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Steely Dan – Perfection at the Rent Party ’09 Tour


It was nothing short of perfect on opening night of the Steely Dan Rent Party ’09 tour in Los Angeles. This 28-day tour by the iconic band included four special stops: New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and will visit Chicago, where on separate nights they perform select classic albums in their entirety.?

While in LA, I had the opportunity to see Walter Becker and Donald Fagen at their sold-out?Aja
show on August 21, 2009 at the Gibson Amphitheatre. ?Tonight they will be performing Gaucho
and on Monday they will feature The Royal Scam.

Tuesday will be their “Taking it to the Seats” request night, where ticket-holders had the opportunity to vote on their favorite Steely Dan songs online.?

Following the completion of ‘Aja,’ the crowd gave the band a standing ovation. We were then treated to a selection of 14 additional songs, many of which I used to play on the radio. My favorite was “My Old School” from the Countdown To Ecstasy?album, originally released in 1973.

The trio of female vocalists brought me back to the time when I used to listen to songs from The Supremes and added a slice of perfection to those on stage.

Steely Dan fans will be treated to a guest performance by Larry Carlton on August 24th and 25th in Los Angeles and again on September 3rd and 4th in Chicago. Carlton, is known for his?famous guitar solo on ?Kid Charlemagne?, which made Rolling Stone?s list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

For more information on the tour check out

Set list:

Black Cow, Aja, Deacon Blues, Peg, Home at Last, I Got the News, Josie.

Additional songs

1. Time Out Of Mind
2. Daddy Don’t Live In That New York City No More
3. Bodhisattva
4. Babylon Sisters
5. Show Biz Kids
6. Parker’s Band
7. Hey Nineteen
8. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart (The Supremes) – Walter introduces band
9. Black Friday
10. Do It Again
11. Don’t Take Me Alive
12. My Old School
13. Kid Charlemagne???????????????????????????


14. Reelin’ In The Years

The Band:
Donald Fagan: Keyboards, Vocals
Walter Becker: Guitar, Vocals

Jon Herington: Guitar
Keith Carlock: Drums
Jim Beard: Keyboards
Freddie Washington: Bass
Roger Rosenberg: Baritone Sax
Walt Weiskopf: Saxophone
Michael Leonhart: Trumpet
Jim Pugh: Trombone
Tawatha Agee: Backing Vocals
Carolyn Leonhart-Escoffery: Backing Vocals
Catherine Russell: Backing Vocals

Set List courtesy of Tim Jackson

Julie Spira is the author of The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. She was a rock and roll DJ in the 70s and frequently played Steely Dan music on the radio. Visit her at

Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.

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