And on the first day of 2006 walterbecker.com came alive as yet another sign that Donald Fagen is not the only Steely Dan man working on new stuff.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the official site steelydan.com. Up until spring of 2004 typing in donaldfagen.com or walterbecker.com sent you to steelydan.com. But last spring donaldfagen.com got its own look and started building to contain basic info and a few texts. Then nothing happened until it went completely off the air a couple of weeks before Christmas. It's not even redirecting visitors to steelydan.com
Most see this as a sign that it will be back with a major update to reflect the upcoming solo album Morph The Cat, due to be released late February/early March.
I expected the site to be back up on one of three dates; January 1 to celebrate the new year, January 10 to celebrate Donald's birthday and the first single from the new album being sent to radio stations or late February/early March to coincide with the release of the album.
I'd have to say that as nothing happened with donaldfagen.com on January 1, my money is on January 10, but in the meantime walterbecker.com suddenly popped into action. Not much happening there yet, but still...
All you find so far is a greetings page with a picture of Walter and the words Ultradank Superfine and 100% Ital. We'll see what he'll add to the site. Right now he's busy recording the follow-up to his 1994 solo album 11 Tracks Of Whack.