Photos by G.
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.
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.