🚨 NYC! Just Announced! @BrettEldredge brings his Holiday Show, GLOW Live! back to New York City for TWO nights on December 17th & 18th at The @BeaconTheatre! 🎅🏼 Tickets on sale Friday, 10/22 at 10AM • Who’s going!? 🙋🏼♀️ #nycountryswag#bretteldredge#glow#glowlive
Yesterday afternoon I was walking up Broadway when I noticed that Steely Dan was in the midst of its annual residency at the Beacon Theatre. I’d barely slept and was craving a quiet night in, but I also badly needed to replenish my soul and mind — how better to do that than spend the evening in the company of a jazz-rock pioneer and musical hero? I purchased a ticket immediately. Though billed as a “Steely Dan” show (for commercial reasons) the death of Walter Becker in 2017 means that any SD performance is now essentially a Donald Fagen solo gig, a fact reinforced by the decision to perform his classic 1982 solo album “The Nightfly” (one of my favorite records of all time) in its entirety. The rest of the show was devoted to what Fagen referred to as “random shit”, but effectively constituted the usual dosage of greatest hits and fan faves. This was the fifth time I’ve seen Steely Dan since 1996, and the third time at the Beacon, but this show was noticeably different, starting with its personnel, though Fagen made a single, typically unsentimental reference to his absent songwriting companion: “I’d like to thank my partner Walter Becker, who can’t be with us tonight.” Becker’s shoes in the 13-piece band are now filled by a 24-year-old guitar sensation from Woodstock named Connor Kennedy, who performed dueling solos with the peerless Jon Herrington. Compared to the last show I saw in 2013, which felt a little by-the-numbers, last night the band was tighter, louder, harder, and at the same time younger, looser, less predictable. “Kid Charlemagne” shifted suddenly into a ten-minute solo by the world’s greatest drummer, Keith Carlock, while the backing singers The Danettes (or should that be “Donettes”?) sang lead vocals on two numbers. Fagen himself seemed to be enjoying himself more than usual, engaging in banter between songs and poking fun at the Upper West Side crowd. I left the theatre feeling exhausted and refreshed after
#steelydan from last night’s “deep tracks” show, which included “Any Major Dude”, “Boston Rag”, “King of the World”, etc. On the left is new band member @connorfkennedy, who had a great night, including singing “Brooklyn”, a song not played on tour since 1974.