Monday, April 24, 2017

Donald Fagen & The Nightflyers announce 26 dates!

We wrote about the two Japanese shows Donald Fagen will play in September three weeks ago. Hoping that there would be more. And today a total of 26 dates were announced on Donald Fagen's Facebook page.

The full text of the post reads:

Donald Fagen has a new special project taking to the road this summer: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. Set to begin on August 3rd and 4th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the U.S. tour leg will hit two dozen cities before wrapping at San Francisco’s The Masonic on Sept. 16. Following the U.S. dates, the band will travel to Japan for select performances. On tour, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will play songs from Fagen’s celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus, as promised by Fagen, “some swell surprises.”

More info on the band from a pressrelease:

Joining Fagen (keyboard, vocals) is an all new band -the Nightflyers- a quartet of young musicians that Donald has been working with over the past few years near his home in Woodstock, NY. The Nightflyers are Connor Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Lee Falco (drums, vocals), Brandon Morrison (bass, vocals) and Will Bryant (keyboards, vocals). Previously, the foursome have been performing together in haunts, joints, dives, and even a few reputable establishments, up and down New York's Hudson River Valley and beyond.

And here are the dates!


3: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

4: The Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, New York

8: The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Miami Beach, Florida

9: Ruth Eckard Hall, Backstage
Clearwater, Florida

11: Hard Rock Live Orlando
Orlando, Florida

12: St. Augustine Amphitheatre
St. Augustine, Florida

14: The Montgomery Performing Arts Centre at Renaissance Montgomery
Montgomery, Alabama

16: The Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta, Georgia

17: lson Center - Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, North Carolina

19: Tivoli Theatre • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium • Walker Theatre
Chattanooga, Tennessee

20: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, Tennessee

22: Louisville Palace
Louisville, Kentucky

23: Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, Ohio

25: Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Northfield, Ohio

26: Four Winds Casinos
New Buffalo, Michigan

28: Old National Centre
Indianapolis, Indiana

29: Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall (116 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

31: The Stiefel Theatre
Salina, Kansas


2: ACL Live
Austin, Texas

3: Majestic & Empire Theatres
San Antonio, Texas

12: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon

13: Paramount Theatre
Seattle, Washington

15: Mountain Winery
Saratoga, California

16: The Masonic
San Francisco, California

23: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

24: 横浜赤レンガ倉庫(Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse)
Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan

Tickets are already on sale for a few of the shows. The easiest way to get more information is to visit the events page on his Facebook page:


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Donald Fagen 2017 solo shows

We've already written about the two headlining shows Donald Fagen will do in Japan in September here and here.

But it looks likee there's more coming up.

On Ticketmaster you can find one show listed;

August 9: Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Florida
(Tickets go on sale this Friday = April 21).

Various pages - but not the venue homepage - also list

* August 19: Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, Tennessee

And while looking for comfirmation we stubled upon a third date over on

* September 19: The Masonic, San Francisco, California

Once again no listing on the venue homepage. Also no information on any of this on Donald's official Facebook homepage. Not even the two Japanese dates. But its looking more and more like an autumn solo tour for Donald Fagen this year. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Larry Carlton on stage with Steely Dan

Larry Carlton joined Steely Dan on stage in Las Vegas and posted this on his Facebook page:
That's Larry flanked by Jon Herington and Walter Becker.

I spent easter weekend in Las Vegas hanging out with Steely Dan. And Saturday night I sat in and played kid Charlemagne with them. I will be performing 3 shows with them in the near future. What a wonderful reunion for me. Thanks for the hang guys.LC
And in the comments he added:

 "The three shows that I will deal with Steely Dan Connecticut, dodger Stadium and New York"
That's the The Classic West hoopla at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles on June 15, The Classic East wingding at Citi Field, New York on July 29. No date announced in Connecticut yet, but they did play Wallingford there last year, so...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

R.I.P. Allan Holdsworth

The news came via Facebook.
Allan Holdsworth (b 1946) was indeed thee guitarist extraordinaire of our time. In the 70's Allan had made some remarkable recordings with the group UK (with Bill Bruford, Eddie Jobson, John Wetton) and later with Bruford's group. Allan started his solo carreer in the early 80's with the album I.O.U. The young Van Halen was blown away by Allan's playing and thanks to him Allan got a record deal with WEA.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Donald Fagen live in Japan. Ticket presale starts today

Donald Fagen will be the headline act with his band The Nightflyers both evenings of the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan September 23 & 24.

Tickets go on presale today for members only. General sale starts May 20.

You can pay 11 000 yen (99 USD/94 Euro) for the standing section or go for seated tickets at 16 000 (144 USD/136 Euro) or 24 000 yen (216 USD/204 Euro).

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Donald Fagen will play the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama

Blue Note Jazz Festival web poster
Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will headline both nights of his years Blue Note Jazz Festival in Yokohama, Japan. The dates are September 23 and 24.

You might be forgiven for thinking that his backing band The Nightflyers will consist of members from the Steely Dan touring band, but apparently not.

See the official promo for the festival here.

And the homepage (in Japanese) is here.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Amusing article on Sgt. Pepper anniversary release

Of all the doubtful articles that popped up yesterday this one was the best, according to the Radio Dupree staff. 
It is about the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and includes a list of previously unknown songs. Very amusing and well written.

Here is an excerpt:
“Dead Man” (Lennon/McCartney) – This song begins with a distorted guitar riff and biting lyrics about a “bass player who had it all.” The singer (Lennon) blames the bass player for spending a “careless night on a moped.” The feel of the song shifts dramatically in the chorus as a spectral, haunting choir accompanies the dead man’s assent to heaven.  In the final verse of the song, the singer extracts his revenge by replacing the bass player with the singer of a local pub band. The song fades to the sound of voices chanting “William Cheers! William Cheers!” It is unclear who the dead man represents or why this would have been considered a “Liverpool story.”  

Check out the entire article here: