Steely Dan, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, takes the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall Sept. 14.
CLEARWATER - Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced that Steely Dan will hit the road again in 2013, taking their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour to more than four dozen stops throughout North America. The tour includes a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.
Opening in Atlantic City on July 19, the tour hits major markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston, with additional special engagements to be announced soon. Concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high level of musical excellence that garnered raves from fans and critics alike, and which was described by the LA Times thusly: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer, and they were treated to something close to rapture." The Chicago Sun-Times raved, "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists."
Onstage, Becker and Fagen will be joined by those same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds.
Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics, punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises may be in store as well.
Visit www.steelydan.com for up-to-the minute tour news, information, and on-sale dates.
Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as Reelin’ in the Years, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, F.M., Peg, Hey Nineteen, Deacon Blues, and Babylon Sisters, culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977s groundbreaking Aja).
They reunited in the early '90s, launching a string of sold-out tours. In 2000, they released multi-Grammy winner (including Album of the Year) Two Against Nature, and released its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Reserved tickets priced at $135, $99 and $79 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and www.RuthEckerdHall.com 24/7.