Steely Dan

The Pearl at the Palms, Oct. 13

Steely Dan has never fit snugly into any musical category. Many rock fans view the band as soft and too jazzy, while jazz purists deride their pop sensibilities. But it was that diversity that contributed to a first-rate performance at the Pearl.

Founding members Donald Fagen (lead vocals, keyboards) and Walter Becker (guitar) were joined by eight musicians (including four horn players) and three backup vocalists, all of whom were essential to an 18-song set list that was chock-full of classic-rock radio hits and fan favorites.

Drummer Keith Carlock highlighted the end of a tight rendition of “Aja,” flying around his kit with dynamic precision, while guitarist Jon Herington accentuated songs such as “Bodhisattva” and “Green Earrings” with clean, melodic Larry Carlton-inspired riffs. And although Becker deferred to Herington most of the evening, he stepped to the forefront during “Black Friday,” “Josie” and “Time Out of Mind.” The band brought its largely baby-boomer fan base out of its seats with a closing run of hits “Peg,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “My Old School” and “Kid Charlemagne.”

With its patented blend of accessible tunes and top-notch musicianship, the band delivered a performance that was familiar yet seemed fresh all at the same time.

Suggested Next Read

Pumped-Up Hits


Pumped-Up Hits

By Craig A. Nyman

Since leaving their mark in March with four energetic nights at Cosmopolitan’s Book & Stage, the Los Angeles-based Foster the People have rocketed to stardom. They released their debut album, Torches, in May, and it quickly reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with “Pumped Up Kicks” No. 1 on the Rock Songs chart. They played in front of their largest crowd—25,000 screaming fans at Lollapalooza. They recorded a session at Abbey Road Studios and sold out nearly every show while touring the United States and Australia.



Optimization WordPress Plugins & Solutions by W3 EDGE