Just Announced: Steely Dan will play Aja, Gaucho and their greatest hits in a Met residency

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Donald Fagen will bring the current incarnation of boundary-blurring rock band Steely Dan to The Met Philly for a three-night residency this fall.

It is in part a classic albums series, since the band will play its 1977 album Aja on Wednesday, November 6th, followed by 1980’s Gaucho on Friday, November 8th. The run will round out on Saturday, November 9th with a greatest hits show.

Founded in 1972 after Fagen met Walter Becker at Bard College, the band spent the 70s and early 80s releasing records that broke the mold of what rock and roll sounded like at the time. The band was often tagged “jazz-rock,” though Becker — who passed away in 2017 — shunned that label, saying “We play rock & roll, but we swing when we play. We want that ongoing flow, that lightness, that forward rush of jazz.”

The band reunited in the late 90s, toured periodically, and released the Two Against Nature LP which won Album of the Year at 2001’s Grammy Awards. Fagen has continued to tour under the Steely Dan banner after Fagen’s passing, and played the BB&T Pavilion last summer with Doobie Brothers.

Tickets are on sale Friday, March 15th at noon, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.



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