Details from the New Year Honours here: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42504660
As Walter Becker’s wife of many years, I wanted to share with his fans some information regarding his death that has not previously been reported. I realize this is overdue, and I hope you will understand why. For me personally, his death was a devastating blow, as I know it was for many of you. I am just beginning to emerge from its heartbreaking impact.
Walter died in the course of being treated for an extremely aggressive form of esophageal cancer. The cancer was detected during one of his annual medical checkups and its presence came as a grim surprise to Walter, his doctors and to me. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and had spread with terrifying speed.
|The cover for the 3 CD set.|
"Because we figure we've got the ear, so to speak, of fans who have expressed interest in contributing to WB's historical record (that would be you). And maybe that's an opportunity we shouldn't let go of so quickly.
For instance, high on our wish list of Becker archive activities has been to collect all of WB's "Hey 19 raps" into one place….and in a format that won't disappear or change standard, such as Quicktime.
(We won't bother to detail the ways in which such a compendium would be of value; you either get it or your don't).
This project becomes more urgent by the day, as Youtube material disappears behind paywalls quicker that it can be viewed.
Can we (the fans) find, extract, and convert these raps so that we end up with a comprehensive library of the nightly improvisational gems of WB's beautifully twisted mind?? "
"This Thursday, Sept.14th from 9:00AM - 12:00 noon Clam Radio will be darkling down and celebrating the musical legacy of Walter Becker. Steely Dan songs, solo work, co-writes, rarities, interviews and various productions by W.B. will be feeding your speakers. Tune into 90.1FM or listen at www.wusb.fmUPDATE September 22:
No static at all."
|Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Photo: Danny Clinch/steelydan.com|
|Photo: Bon Jane|
|Crimson in Stockholm 2016.|
Donald Fagen has a new special project taking to the road this summer: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers. Set to begin on August 3rd and 4th at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the U.S. tour leg will hit two dozen cities before wrapping at San Francisco’s The Masonic on Sept. 16. Following the U.S. dates, the band will travel to Japan for select performances. On tour, Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers will play songs from Fagen’s celebrated solo albums, Steely Dan hits, plus, as promised by Fagen, “some swell surprises.”
Joining Fagen (keyboard, vocals) is an all new band -the Nightflyers- a quartet of young musicians that Donald has been working with over the past few years near his home in Woodstock, NY. The Nightflyers are Connor Kennedy (guitar, vocals), Lee Falco (drums, vocals), Brandon Morrison (bass, vocals) and Will Bryant (keyboards, vocals). Previously, the foursome have been performing together in haunts, joints, dives, and even a few reputable establishments, up and down New York's Hudson River Valley and beyond.
|That's Larry flanked by Jon Herington and Walter Becker.|
I spent easter weekend in Las Vegas hanging out with Steely Dan. And Saturday night I sat in and played kid Charlemagne with them. I will be performing 3 shows with them in the near future. What a wonderful reunion for me. Thanks for the hang guys.LCAnd in the comments he added:
That's the The Classic West hoopla at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles on June 15, The Classic East wingding at Citi Field, New York on July 29. No date announced in Connecticut yet, but they did play Wallingford there last year, so...
"The three shows that I will deal with Steely Dan Connecticut, dodger Stadium and New York"
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