David Palmer, who sang lead for Steely Dan in the early days, is suing his old band. In a suit filed in Los Angeles on Friday (Feb. 28), Palmer claims that he is owed money as a result of royalties earned via satellite and streaming services.
The very notion may sound absurd today, but there was actually a day when Steely Dan’s career longevity seemed anything but guaranteed — until all doubts were quashed with the arrival of their almost universally acclaimed third studio opus, ‘Pretzel Logic,’ on Feb. 20, 1974.
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords and tight harmonies. But it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times. And there’s no better time for that than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.
They remain as dedicated as ever to working at their own determined pace, but Walter Becker and Donald Fagen -- otherwise known as Steely Dan -- sound like they might be getting ready to end their latest long gap between studio releases.
Remember when Steely Dan rarely hit the road? Not anymore. After performing strictly as a studio band from 1975 through their initial breakup in 1980, the group led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is now set for its sixth tour since 2006.
What better way to celebrate Walter Becker’s Feb. 20 birthday -- or yours, or heck, any other event -- than with a Steely Dan drinking song? Becker and his Steely Dan co-conspirator Donald Fagen have a penchant for namechecking libations in their songs. And given the characters that populate these tunes (whores,
Few bands achieved their fame as head-scratchingly as Steely Dan. They weren’t rock-star handsome, they stopped touring after their third album and they rarely spoke to the media (and were often merciless towards their interviewers). Then there were the songs -- full of elliptical and acerbic
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