The Wang Theatre in Boston is where Steely Dan will play Aja + tonight, Gaucho + the 24 and Internet request night the 25.
From then it's on to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago who'll also get a The Royal Scam + nights in addition to the three mentioned above. New York will get a double dose of all.
So what can we expect of this the first night?
Most definitely: All seven tracks from Aja. Dedicated fans in the audience. A great evening.
Definitely not: Dr. Wu. Left Bank Holiday t-shirt for sale.
Interesting to see will be what songs hide behind the moniker "selected additional favorites". Will it be from the setlists played so far this year? Will they avoid the other album night albums; The Royal Scam and Gaucho? Will they try out a couple of the songs from those two not played yet this year? Will Aja be played in actual song order from first to last or will the songs be spread out all through the setlist?
AND THIS JUST IN FROM THE STEELY DAN NEWSLETTER:
Steely Dan's Rent Party '09 12-piece band will be enlarged by one when Donald and Walter reunite with the legendary guitarist Larry Carlton for six special setlist shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.The six shows in question are July 31 and August 1 at the Beacon, NYC, August 24 and 25 at Gibson, Los Angeles and Sept 3 and 4 at Chicago Theatre, Chicago. Will Kid Charlemagne be played all six nights? We would think so! Just wondering who'll play the guitar solo... ;)
UPDATE July 23:
Apparently a g-r-e-a-t night last night. The fans are rawing and two reviews from local newspapers are more than happy with the Aja night as well:
The Boston Herald
The Boston Globe
Not only did the band play Aja from start to finish. It followed that up by playing the whole of The Royal Scam plus five more songs making this the longest setlist so far this tour. Something of a contrast to the final European show; the Monaco one with the shortest setlist this tour. About half.
Next up Gaucho tomorrow. What will they add on to that album? The Royal Scam again?