Steely Dan is mulling a series of performances near the end of the summer, which would be the band’s first since the fall of 2003. At present, it’s unclear how many dates may be in the offing. First up, group member Donald Fagen will embark on his maiden solo tour in March and may extend that trek into the summer.
“It depends on how my shows go and if there’s a demand for it,” Fagen told Billboard.com when asked if Steely Dan would mount a full tour or just play select shows.
It’s also too early to predict when the veteran jazz/rock act will begin work on a new album, which will be the follow-up to 2003’s “Everything Must Go.” Says Fagen, “Not until after the summer, that’s for sure. [Guitarist] Walter [Becker] is also working on his own solo album right now. He went into the studio a month or two ago, but I haven’t heard any of it yet.”
Fagen’s tour comes in support of the album “Morph the Cat,” due March 7 via Reprise. He will be backed on the road by a number of the musicians that play on the disc, including guitarists Jon Herrington and Wayne Krantz, drummer Keith Carlock and bassist Freddie Washington.
“I will probably do a lot of the new album and then some stuff from my previous solo albums,” Fagen speculates about the tour set list. “Then, a couple of Steely Dan tunes and maybe some surprise tunes or covers I’ve been thinking about.”