Steely Dan principal Donald Fagen will begin his first-ever solo tour March 1 in New Brunswick, N.J. At deadline, 18 dates were on tap through March 28 in Oakland, Calif. The trek comes in support of his third solo album, “Morph the Cat,” due March 7 via Reprise.
On the day of release, the artist will play a hometown show at New York’s Beacon Theatre. The tour set list is expected to be dominated by Fagen’s solo work, with a sprinkling of Steely Dan material. The makeup of the live band has yet to be announced.
“Morph the Cat” is highlighted by the unique blend of Fagen’s imaginative storytelling and the groove-oriented, backing vocal-laden pop for which Steely Dan is renowned.
He woos an airport security screener on “Security Joan” (“Girl you won’t find my name on your list / Honey you know I ain’t no terrorist”), talks shop with the late Ray Charles on “What I Do” (“He says, ‘Don don’t despair — just take some time / You find your bad self — you’re gonna do just fine'”) and imagines a “thuggish cult” taking over the U.S. government on “Mary Shut the Garden Door.”
On-sale information for the upcoming shows can be found on Fagen’s Web site, as well as VIP packages which offer seats in the first 10 rows plus access to soundcheck.
Here are Donald Fagen’s tour dates:
March 1: New Brunswick, N.J. (State Theatre)
March 3: Westbury, N.Y. (North Fork Theatre)
March 4: Upper Darby, Pa. (Tower Theatre)
March 6: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
March 7: New York (Beacon Theatre)
March 9: Boston (Opera House)
March 10: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata)
March 12: Ottawa, Ontario (National Arts Centre)
March 13: Toronto (Massey Hall)
March 15: Cleveland (Palace Theatre)
March 16: Detroit (Opera House)
March 18: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
March 19: Minneapolis (State Theatre)
March 21: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
March 24: Las Vegas (the Joint)
March 25: Temecula, Calif. (Pechanga Resort)
March 27: Los Angeles (the Wiltern)
March 28: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount)