Saturday, July 02, 2011

Walter Becker on the tour, backup singers and the future

Photo: Sandrine LeeToday is the day! Steely Dan's Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven starts with a show in Seattle.
John Fisher from Seattle radio station 103.7 The Mountain talks to Walter Becker. The 10 minute interview is divided into three parts and available on John's blog:

Part 1 - Preparing for the tour and playing complete albums in sequence.
Part 2 - The importance of backup singers.
Part 3 - What's in the future for Steely Dan?

Our guess is that part three is the one most Steely Dan fans would listen to first. But the whole interview is worth hearing. As far as part three goes Walter mentions having to finish a couple of unfinished tunes from the 1970's or realizing how we want to play them on the tour.
And that one of the nice things in his life now is not having to plan too far in advance. So nothing about any new Steely Dan album, but Walter mentions Donald Fagen's solo record and adds the he himself is "always diddling away on something".

/Click Shuffle Dimplomacy Twenty Eleven for all our posts regarding the tour. /

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