Steely Dan at Classic East–Minus Walter Becker

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Fans of Steely Dan were beginning to be concerned: As happened in Los Angeles two weeks earlier when the group held the middle spot between the Eagles and the Doobie Brothers at the Classic West concert, Dan co-founder Walter Becker was missing in action at their identical Classic East counterpart on July 29, 2017. The concert was held at Citi Field in the New York City borough of Queens.

Related: The Eagles at 2017’s Classic East

Initial pre-concert reports indicated that Becker would be back for last night’s performance. But singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen announced after the first song of Steely Dan’s 13-number set that Becker was recovering, although he did not specify the nature of the illness. Famed jazz and session guitarist Larry Carlton filled in, as he did at the Dodger Stadium gig.

In spite of Becker’s absence, Steely Dan, under Fagen’s direction, held their own.

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen at Dodger Stadium, July 16, 2017 (via The Classic Facebook page)

According to a review in Billboard, “Steely Dan’s set was marvelous—energetic, proficient and predictably virtuosic, with solos zooming from every direction, courtesy of trombones, melodicas, drums and most instruments in between. The band played at least one song from each of their seven original studio albums,” the publication reported, with the majority of the material coming from the final three of the original Dan albums.

Related: Read BCB’s review of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers at the Classic West festival, two weeks’ earlier

Watch Steely Dan perform a portion of “Kid Charlemagne” at the Classic East show at Citi Field

Steely Dan Classic East Set List
Hey Nineteen
Time Out of Mind
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number
Black Friday
Dirty Work
Don’t Take Me Alive
My Old School
Kid Charlemagne
Reelin’ in the Years

Bonus video: Here are the Doobie Brothers performing “Black Water” during their Citi Field opening set

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  1. Benemom
    #1 Benemom 30 July, 2023, 16:28

    It was a great lineup….a total music overload!

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