The news of the three shows was posted on donaldfagen.com six days before the first show was aired.
February 7 he was a guest on the '70's channel and Magic Matt's Celebrity Thursday.
I never bothered to check out the possibility of listening over the web as I recalled that I had tried that a couple of years ago and found out that you couldn't listen from outside the US. Either way I was sure fans in the States would listen and/or record to report what was said and what was played.
But the reality of it was that not one word was reported on the Steely Dan fan-sites. Odd. Strange. And slightly weird. Surely at least three or four diehard fans in the USA had access to the Sirius satellite radio signal and would tune in and listen?
In the end Carsten from Denmark seem to be the only one who caught at least part of the show. Online using the free three day trial. A bit wiser I signed up to catch Donald's next appearance.
Wednesday 13 was the day he was a guest DJ on the Margaritaville channel. I signed up a day or so before and everything was working fine. Except my grasp of time and when the show actually aired. To me - used to a 24 hour clock and view of the day - "Wednesday 12.00 midnight" could mean either midnight between Tuesday and Wednesday or midnight between Wednesday and Thursday. I finally chanced on it being the latter as that would fit in better with my working week. That - of course - made me miss the show by a mere 12 hours! Damn "a.m." and "p.m."!!!
Just like the first one this didn't result in any reports or reactions on the fans pages. A couple of posts asked for what was played, but no answer appeared.
Quotes from the excellent, original and still first choice for Steely Dan news; dandom.com's BlueBook:
- As i had my radio all set up to record DF on Sirius 70s I heard about 20 seconds of banter when, for the first time since December, my signal cuts out and I lose transmission. OF COURSE, murphy's law at its finest.
- So I guess no one heard the first Sirius Fagen event at all since there are no reports????
- Anybody got the playlist f. Sirius?
- So how was Donald on Sirius this past Thursday?
- May anybody post the playlist of the sirius show?
Saturday 16 was the final show and the final chance for me to listen in. I had to sign up for another three day trial but finally caught Donald on Pure Jazz/72, where I heard him play his and Walters jazz favourites.
The show was 90 minutes long and I managed to record it.
Donald told some memories and stories to go with the music and I'll get back to those, but right now I have to get some sleep - it's 6 a.m. here! So I'll end with a listing of the artists/tracks played:
- Cannonball Adderley - Toy
- Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - There Is No Greater Love
- Miles Davis - It Could Happen To You
- Red Garland - Birk's Works
- Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy's Business
- Dizzy Gillespie - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
- Dizzy Gillespie - Something In Your Smile
- Horace Silver -Song Of My Father
- Coleman Hawkins - Swingin' Skotch
- Charles Mingus - Slop
- Gerry Mulligan - Blueport
- Benny Goodman - Good-Bye
P.S. My guess is that the fans will focus on Donald's comments before he played Horace Silver's Song Of My Father. Some will believe that Donald didn't catch the similarities between the tune and the opening of Rikki Don't Lose That Number, while some will stick with the "borrowed" theory.