This time Europe might be in the mix, but there's no official word yet of any tour.
So - donning our serious investigative journalist hat - we view what's being said so far:
1) A press release from Red House Productions about trombonist Jim Pugh(*) quoted in the formidable Dandom Digest (January 1- 10, 2009) says that Jim's plans for 2009 include
a trombone and harp duo project with harpist Emily Mitchell featuring music from Debussy to Schnyder; jazz concerts and workshops in Australia and New Zealand; and a tour with Steely Dan.2) According to a post from a reader in the Dandom Digest (January 11 - 13, 2009), The Daily Telegraph has named Steely Dan touring the UK (and probaly Europe) in the newspapers' concert preview for 2009.
We searched the Telegraph's website but couldn't find any confirmation.
3) Two separate posts to the above Digest and the Bluebook states that drummer Keith Carlock's Facebook page apparently in an email said that there would be news on Steely Dan tour dates and more very soon.
Once again we couldn't confirm anything on the page itself after finding Keith Carlock(*) on Facebook. The page is listed as a "fan page". Keith's band Rudder also has a Facebook page, but nothing about a Steely Dan tour there either...
So while nothing is confirmed the old idiom no smoke without fire still works. Radio Dupree's gut feeling is that something's brewing... Still, we're pretty sure Chevy Chase won't be joining the band if and when there's a 2009 tour!
And - just in case - may we be the first to wish Don, Walt and the Steely-guys and Steely-gals welcome back to Europe.
(*) Jim Pugh and Keith Carlock have been part of Steely Dan on tour and in the studio for the past few years.
UPDATE January 17:
A message from the Keith Carlock Facebook group says "Finally, the news about upcoming Steely Dan dates came from a UK news article. We didn’t mean to suggest that it came from Keith! It does sound like more dates will be announced soon, so look out for another bulletin which we’ll post whenever we get the word!"