Steely Dan Start Life Without Walter Becker
Weeks after the death of co-founder Walter Becker, surviving Steely Dan bandleader Donald Fagen has taken the group's new lineup on the road.
Fagen led Steely Dan through their first show of the post-Becker era on Oct. 12, and as he told the Orillia Packet and Times, it's definitely been a period of adjustment. "During the soundcheck, we used to consult on the set list every night," he recalled. "And now, I feel really unprepared. I'm just trying to figure it out myself. I'll ask some of the other players in the band, but he had a certain way of looking at it that I really miss."
Creatively as well as personally, Fagen may struggle for some time to cope with the void left by the absence of his longtime partner, but he sounded a positive note when discussing the idea that after fighting his health woes for the past several years, Becker is at rest. "He was really hurting the last couple of years — especially the last year," said Fagen. "But he soldiered on. All he wanted to do was play; that was his life. It's great that he could do it."
Steely Dan's return to the road Oct. 12 in Tulsa featured a set list heavy with fan favorites — and made room for "Book of Liars," a Becker song that Fagen has added to the show as a tribute. ("I think he sang it better than I do," he insisted, "but I give it my best shot.") Look over the songs from the Tulsa show below, and watch a "Book of Liars" performance above.
Steely Dan, Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino, Tulsa, OK, 10/12/17
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
"Time Out of Mind"
"Book of Liars"
"Home at Last"
"I Want To (Do Everything for You)"
"My Old School"
"Reelin' in the Years"
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