Review: Steely Dan live at the Beacon: The Royal Scam + Hits

Posted by The G on September 21, 2011 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

Is there a better way to spend your birthday than by seeing Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s Steely Dan in concert?  (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way).  Steely Dan’s 2011 tour, called “Shuffle Diplomacy,” finds them performing different albums (plus selected hits) on different nights.  On September 20, 2011, at New York’s Beacon Theatre, Steely Dan played the entire “The Royal Scam” album plus 12 additional songs!  You certainly get your money’s worth as the band played for nearly two and a half hours.  The musicianship in the band is fantastic and Donald Fagen’s voice sounds as good now as it did in 1976 when “The Royal Scam” was originally released.

Walter Brecker of Steely Dan
Walter Brecker of Steely Dan

Without a doubt, I was the youngest person at the show and perhaps one of the few that was sober.  People sitting around me were absolutely wasted.  It hindered my ability to enjoy the show fully as security kept having to be called to try and control the unruly drunks around me.  At times it was hard to hear what Fagen and Walter Brecker were saying when they addressed the audience.  I do recall Brecker telling the audience to use drugs while listening to their music (I am paraphrasing here, not directly quoting) and also both guys gave many shout outs to their fantastic band.  I thought they were great and I am really glad to add Steely Dan’s name to the list of legendary performers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live.

See the set list after the jump.

The Royal Scam (Album) :

Kid Charlemagne / The Caves of Altamira / Don’t Take Me Alive / Sign In Stranger / The Fez / Golden Earrrings / Haitian Divorce / Everything You Did / The Royal Scam

Aja / Two Against Nature / Hey 19 / Time Out Of Mind / Show Biz Kids / Bodhisattva /Godwhacker / Papa Don’t Mess/Band Intros / Dirty Work (ladies on vocals) / Peg / My Old School / Reelin’ In The Years.

Encore: Pretzel Logic /Outro (The Untouchables Theme)

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  • Patsy said,

    HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! Yeah I heard that all those white people were trying to dance and kept falling up the stairs they were so drunk!!!!

    “Without a doubt, I was the youngest person at the show and perhaps one of the few that was sober. People sitting around me were absolutely wasted.”

  • Gail said,

    “Dirty Work,” Nice!