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Our heartfelt thanks to all the fans who have written and told us about their pleasurable experiences at our shows this past summer. Here's a sampling.

            - WB

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From: "Glenn E. Oaks
Subject: Concert at the Gorge
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 15:19:20 -0700

Thank you for an awesome night at the Gorge. This was the first concert my
wife and I have attended there. You even played one of my personal favorites
"Do it Again". We hope you come back next year we would like to Do it Again.
We had reserved seating and were less than 100 feet from the stage. The sun
setting while the band was playing was grand. When you came back for the
encore the Big Dipper was right overhead. Thank you again and please come
back next year.

Glenn & Donna Oaks
Kent, Washington

From: Colin Clifford
Subject: George, WA June 2000, awesome job guys!
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 19:15:04 -0700

I cannot begin to tell you how awesome you guys sounded last night! You didn't miss a single beat. You sound better than you did 20 years ago, and I love the fact that you integrate the horns into all of the songs. Thanks for playing my favorite song: "Deacon Blues." Awesome choice to open with "Boston Rag." Your new songs are great, especially "Janie Runaway." Another flawless performance. I am 17 years old, and that was my first real concert, and I couldn't have chosen a better group to see. You guys rule. Colin Clifford

From: "LeAnn Kaattari"
Subject: Portland, OR, June 1, 2000
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2000 22:18:54 -0700

I have to tell you what finally seeing you live has meant to me. I've listened to and loved your music from the beginning. It seems to have been part of my life, a soundtrack for my life. Three years ago, I listened to "SD Gold" non-stop when I was going through a hellish divorce. It gave me some cheer when I had very little happiness in my life. All these years, I never thought I'd have the luck to see you in concert. I did finally get to, on Thursday of last week. It was an amazing experience! Hearing you play the songs that have been so important to me brought tears to my eyes at one point. All I can say, from the bottom of my heart, is "Thank you". LeAnn

From: "alex garcia"
Subject: Steely Dan
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 16:57:59 -0700

After seeing the Beatles twice then to the Monterrrey Pop Festival and about a thousand concerts more; never have I been so moved by the sounds I heard at the Concord Pavillion in California. My next show is Steely Dan again at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, California. I was feeling like an egyptian on a pyramid trying to beckon the Gods to hear our civilization.The music went right through me and I consider this to be one of the classiest concerts in my 33 years of concerting. Definitely a must. Rise to the occasion.

From: MEH
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 03:46:12 EDT
Subject: Thanks for the GREAT GREAT show!

You knocked us out. We just got home from the San Diego show, and we were
blissed out every minute by you damn tight musicians. Just thought you
should know.

We Love You and can't wait to see you next year!

M & J

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 16:09:22 EDT
Subject: Coors/San Diego

Donald And Walter:
You two and the whole band really gave us our money's worth last night. The
concert was tight and every song sounded right. I missed a couple of my
favorites but hey, you can't do 'em all and the mix was good.
Touring must be like running a marathon every night. Please stay in shape and
keep recording and touring because all your fans really appreciate you and we
need your great tunes to help us survive our own marathons. Great job !

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 23:01:57 -0400
Subject: You are the best!

You are the freakin' best!
How about a kiss?

Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2000 15:42:02 EDT
Subject: Vegas Show

Flew to Vegas yesterday from SLC to see the show. INCREDIBLE!

W Frey

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 09:24:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Pancake Batter
Subject: Danified in the desert

Dear Mr. Fagen and Mr. Becker,

Thank you so much for coming to our dusty one-horse
town! Your performance was sublime. The band members
you chose are incredible. I really hope the hastily
thrown together venue arrangements met your approval.
I hope you want to come back to Albuquerque in the
future. You were complementary of the venue and
audience during the concert, but I wonder what you
really thought?

Was glad to hear Almost Gothic added, and Walter doing
Monkey In Your Soul is *Divine Inspiration!* I wish
you would record it, Walter.

Thank you guys for all your beautiful work, for giving
us a new CD, and for your generosity of spirit with
your fans. Your music makes me glad to be alive! Be
happy and healthy and enjoy the rest of the tour. I'm
holding Donald to his "see you next year."
All the best,

Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 15:58:43 EDT
Subject: Viva Los Wages

Great show at the Mandaly Bay.
5 short and blissful years after I blew off the opportunity to
see the boys at the Shoreline Ampitheater(Mountain View, CA )with the lovely
woman who eventually agreed to be my wife.
(Because I had to rock one more time with a "Hey Nineteen" type.
With that behind me, (and her IPO stock option career supporting these
extravagant types of adventures) We had superb seats at the Event Center.
You guys really worked the "Baby Boomer" crowd into a frenzy during the
second half of the show. Good thing they had an ample force of EMTs armed
with those new totable Defibrillation devices on their backs.
....And the back-up vocalist who sang "Dirty Work" is a STAR!

A few of my favorite things....Steely Dan, $5.00 MGD's and Las Vegas

wish I would've got the T-shirt

From: David Nunez
Subject: Incredible! Come back!
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:29:53 -0600

Albuquerque is on fire after the show last night.

Thanks for a great show.


From: "Smith, Richard"
Subject: west of hollywood
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 15:29:12 -0700

Just caught your show in Concord, Ca and have to compliment you on your hard work. Your arrangements are impeccable, I love the phrasing in West of Hollywood, all those phrases of 6 at the end. Not what I would call your typical "pop" composition. Thanks for the great show!

Richard Smith

From: "crvann"
Subject: thanks for the great show albq nm.
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 21:13:32 -0600

Hi there, I had the pleasure of seeing your show in Albuquerque NM. My wife and i live about 3 hrs. north of there in Taos NM. We are happy to have a new venue like mesa del sol, even if it is in a junkyard .I,ve been a satisfied customer since the mid 70's, but this was my first oppurtunity to see the live show.Dirty Work had us nearly crying and covered with goosebumps with the ladies singing , really enjoyed daddy and monkey Ihad to check studio versions for vocalist because it sounded as if it had always been wb. Thanks again and I hope I don't wait another 25 years to see your smiling countenance agin [sic.] ray vann

From: "Singing Sergeant"
Subject: Las Vegas Wingding
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 01:44:13 -0700

Great show. A special thanks for featuring local artist Victoria Cave. That was a classy thing to do. The show was spectacular enough. That added to the evening. As a lifelong vocalist, I would have preferred to hear the vocals more, but, no complaints. We enjoyed every note. The musicianship was incredible. Thanks again and lets have another wingding next year. Dan Fan, Dave Wadsworth Las Vegas NV

Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 22:15:42 -0700
From: Robert Lopez
Subject: Thanks

Well done,

I've waited many years to finally see a group of extraordinary musicians
that I have spent a majority of my life listening to. I attended the
June 13th concert at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles with my
wife and another manager from my work and his wife. Without a doubt
gentlemen that was absolutely the best performance that I have ever
seen or could hope to see. My sentiments are also shared by my friend
that attended with us. I sincerely hope that you continue to produce
the wonderful works that you do. I look expectantly for new material
from you in the future. I hope that I get the chance again in this
life to see your fantastic performance. Thank you again for returning
to sharing with the world.

Robert J. Lopez

From: "radsinger"
Subject: Universal Amphitheater
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 02:05:52 -0700

I went to both shows at the Universal Amphitheater, June 13 and 14. Due to a
work mixup, I ended up with tickets to both nights. My wife and I decided to
go to both nights, and it was the best decision we made. I've been a fan
since the first album, but I'm a musician, and never got a chance to see you
until now. I play with some guys who've worked with some of the members in
your band now, and they were right. Everyone was outstanding. The girls, the
horn section, rhythm section, everyone was outstanding. We will remember
this as one of the best nights we had. We will see you again next year,
because I plan to take the night off again anytime you're in town. Thanks
for a great night. Night By Night. What a great song. All of them. New
stuff. Old stuff. Great stuff.
Good night.

Bobby Cruz

From: "Casey Ray"
Subject: Carolyn Leonhart's "Steal the Moon"
Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2000 21:26:22 PDT


Just wanted to send my compliments to Ms. Carolyn Leonhart on her new CD,
"Steal the Moon". I bought it from CDNow on the 13th of June and was quite
pleased with my purchase. It should be interesting to see what is offered
up in the future as you continue to mature as an artist.

Oh, yeah. I think Donald and Walter have put out some good stuff too. :)

My thanks to all of you for some fine entertainment. I'm looking forward to
the Steely Dan show on June 24th in Rosemont (Chicagoland).


Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 10:16:33 -0700 (PDT)
From: Robert Keil
Subject: Great Show In Mountain View

Dear Steely Dan-

Your show in Mountain View CA was terriffic. I've
never seen the group live before and wondered how it
would be. It was great- even better than I thought it
would be. I also thought the band playing music from
Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn album was a great idea.
I've always loved Mancini and I'm glad to hear Steely
Dan sees the coolness in 50's jazz/pop music too. I
often wonder: what other artists and recordings have
influenced the band?

Again, thanks for a great show.

-Rob Keil

From: "melinda edens"
Subject: damn....
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 18:20:57 -0500

I am just blown away by my first Dan concert which I attended last night at The Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre in Marysville, CA. I grew up loving your stuff on the radio, but it wasn't until about two years ago that I bought Don's solo "Nightfly" and fell in love with his sound. Soon after I began my collection of all things Dan, and now two years later here I am hopelessly hooked and loving it more than ever. Damn, you are such phenomenal artists and seeing you live has only reinforced my addiction to your drug...I want more; so please hold to your promise at the end of the show and come back to Northern California next year. You guys sure kick some ass for a coupla old farts!!! BTW, what's with all the references to roller skating in your songs, is it a fetish? Melinda Edens (roller skater)

Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 18:52:55 -0700
From: Andrew Horn
Subject: Mountain View show--UNBELIEVABLE!

What an incredible experience. Several years ago, my best friends saw
your show and never stopped talking about it, so I made up my mind not
to miss the next one. I have never been made happier by any concert, of
any kind, ever. What a fantastic feeling. I'm completely over the top
since then. I expected a great bunch of musicians, and you certainly
had that, but the audience was wonderful too. Just a good vibe.
I had honestly never imagined that there would be this feeling of
community among your audience, and that everyone would be so considerate
and kind. I had always loved the music, but had thought of Steely Dan
sort of acerbic. Even if that may be true, I felt nothing but goodwill
at this show. And all the musicians on the stage had great things to
offer. They had all seemingly reached a high enough level of
that they could now just relax, get their cheer on, and get back to the
idea of just having a good time onstage. I will never miss one of your
shows again. Good job people!!!

Andrew H
Redwood City, CA

From: Stuart Smith
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 23:00:22 EDT
Subject: Great Concert!!!! Want to see it again!!!!!

Dear Don and Walter,

Been a fan of you guys for years. Since the 70's. Took the my wife Sherie
to see you at the Gorge, in George Wash. this last June the 3rd. What a
show!!! Thank you for all that you do in the name of Good Music. Will be
looking forward to seeing you again next year. Your attention to detail in
all of your work is above all.

Stuart Smith

Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2000 11:17:18 -0600
From: Patrick Bruce
Subject: Denver Fiddlers Green Concert

Last night the Dan staggered the mind of this luckless pedestrian. I was
up close and personal at what just may be the finest live show I've ever
seen! Donald and Walter crawled like Vipers until darkness finally fell,
then the 2 shed their skins! I must have died and gone to Funway West...
when on this splendid evening the live versions of Peg and Kid
Charlemagne actually surpassed the original versions! That is an
extraordianary feat! The backdrop was very trippy and I felt like I
might have had a flashback or two when Mr Fagen sang his masterpiece
Deacon Blues! Thank you W and D from the bottom of my heart for banging
the skulls of the undead on this glorious night! Thank you for bringing
your skinny girls Here At The Western World!!!!!!!! Please come back,
Jack o' speed and Do It Again!!!

Yours truly, Patrick Bruce Denver, Colorado

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 16:01:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: irvine meadows ampitheater concert

Dear Donald and Walter;
I was an attendee at your recient show at the Irvine meadows Ampitheater in
, of course, Irvine Calif.
This was my first opportunity to see you guys live and I was blown away ,
the show was wonderful , as is the new album.
I just wanted to thank you for the past 28 years , your music , your
lyrics , its good to know you guys are going to be a big part of the
second half of my life , certainly as much as you were the first half.
Congratulations on a brilliant career .

Sincerely , Scum

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 20:06:37 -0800
From: Russell &Martha Leslie
Subject: The Gorge at George

Dear SD:
The concert at the Gorge in June was just awesome. Beautiful weather
and spectacular music. I only wish you could have done more songs, we
could have listened for three more hours. Please, please come back next
year! We will all come back and listen again. Bought your first album
just to hear "Dirty Work" and "Midnight Cruiser"--I'd like to hear your
singer do her rendition, record a live album from the concert!!!
Have a great tour! Martha & Russ from far away Washington State

From: "vernons"
Subject: Denver show
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 02:17:18 -0600

Dear Walter, Donald and Band, Well, you fed me some fantastic music and I loved you twice! I enjoyed the Denver show even more than the Albuquerque show. Thanks for two incredible performances. My husband and I had the unexpected opportunity to meet some of the band and we really appreciate everyone's graciousness and hospitality. I'm sorry we didn't get to meet Donald and Walter, but we were absolutely thrilled to meet the band. What an incredible lineup of musicians and vocalists! We wish you the best for the remainder of the tour. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your music and live performances. Thanks, Lisa

From: "Bob Mitscha"
Subject: Shoreline Mt View, CA Feedback
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2000 11:14:49 -0700

Hi Guys, Great Show at Shoreline Amphtheatre in Mountain View, CA on June 17th! Enjoyed the new material though I noticed that most of those in attendance were not hip to the new CD as they will be later in the tour. I loved the arrangements of the old stuff as most of the audience did as well. Saw you at Shoreline back in '95 and enjoyed the music about as much. The arrangements are incredible. I think that you could arrange the National Anthem that would blow some minds. Loved the Henry Mancini from Peter Gunn soundtrack at the break. I was thinking "That sure sounds familiar". I bought for the first time about 2 years ago and really enjoy the LP. Uniquely Mancini has also got some killer material, Bonzai Pipeline, etc. for future breaks. Just a thought. The Sony Show will be rebroadcast this SAT and I'll check it out. With regard to the new CD: Masterpiece material in my book and I will be voting it for the best CD of 2000. I was fortunate to buy it about a month ago and have had time to get into it. As will all Dan material, it takes time to get into it but when your in...serious hooks and a great gift to enlighten friends. My brother didn't make it this year (he is 6 years older than me and discovered the Dan through Aja and the Nightfly) but will catch next years show. Thanks for all the effort. Very Well Done!! Bob Mitscha Fremont, CA

From: "Jeff Inman"
Subject: Thanks for the great show!
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 00:31:50 -0500

Talking about Chicago, June 24th. Despite the rain, and an apparently deranged Chicago police traffic control that sent us out of the arena parking lot twice, we arrived in good spirits. Received really good seats for the show (thanks again for the pre-purchace gig, here is one satisfied fan who appreciates your efforts here!), that were actually better than I expected, so a definite up there. As for the show, no complaints at all. I can't imangine having a better start than Boston Rag and Bodhisattva. My Old School literally sent a chill up my spine. Every song was excellent and the solos you allowed were greatly appreciated. My wife (who has tolerated my fanhood for a few years now), was extremely impressed with the entire affair, and stated it was one of the best shows she's ever seen. Mind you, this is from someone who has never particulary liked your songs (except Deacon Blues). Finally, we appreciated Mssr. Becker's comment at the end, and would like to reciprocate in saying you were the best band we've seen this year! Thank you gentlemen!

Jeff Inman

From: "Chris Kaffenberger"
Subject: Rosemont IL
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 10:02:21 -0700

Awesome!!!!!!! We drove from Iowa to see you in Chicago. Fantastic show !!!!! I'm one of your loyal fans since back in the early 70's. I even have your PBS and VH1 shows on tape. My daughter, who usually tires of hearing "Dads oldies" at home, said as we left the show, "SD ROCKS !!!!!!" and wanted to listen to your CDs on the trip home. Thanks for all the excellent tunes and memories, Chris K.

From: xxxxx
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 16:11:55 -0500
Subject: Re: kudos

Greetings Don and Walter,

Long time fan. Truly enjoyed your performances the other eve. at the
Marcus in MKE. (Even though the acoustics of that place aren't the

Recently acquired your Two Against Nature video and CD's through Public
Television and feel you're improving with age. Your new material is as
innovative and diverse as past productions while maintaining the SD
personality, intrigue and "wry" humor.

As a result of seeing the video I am somewhat gratified to learn of Don's
self-admitted label of growing up falling somewhere in the category of "a
nerd" and a "schmendrick" and the fact that you "didn't seem to fit in"
with any group in your early years. Been there brother, spending much of
my youth isolated in my own interests... Although I could only have
dreamed of an outcome such as yours. Thank goodness for the fate that
brought you two together, as well as with many of your past band members.
You are both very gifted in my opinion and complement each other very
well from what I've seen. It is engaging to observe the bond and
tightness that you both have demonstrated for over three decades. The
results are obvious!

Walter... Don't know how sincere you were with your encore comment
regarding the exhuberance of the crowd to date (knowing that being in
beertown, half of the fans were probably "in the bag"), but reactions to
your performance from the majority of coherent individuals I heard
afterwards were awsome.

Well, thanks for taking time to read this. Good luck and continued
success on your current tour and in future endeavors.

"This Brother is Free"...

From: "Andrew Bullock"
Subject: San Diego Performance
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2000 16:00:16 -0700

Walter, Donald;; Superlative is the only way to describe the experience we had in San Diego. From the pre-party to the limo to the front row seats, to the ten Steely Dan T-Shirt Hero's I brought, the songs and perfection was better than we imagined twenty years ago. Could time pass so preciously? You guys have been a beacon and comfort in many lives. I took two lines from Janie to my company: "Who makes the morning fabulous, who says today's a FUN DAY"? We have had a lot of fun and inspiration from these words. Keep them coming. I will be in Birmingham on September 8, would love to meet you guys. Any possibility??????????? A loyal fan, Andrew R. Bullock

From: Jenna
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 10:17:01 EDT
Subject: Pine Knob

Just thought I'd share that I was there at Pine Knob last night (June 25th).
What a show! The tickets were actually a gift for my dear hubby but that
doesn't mean I didn't want them too! Of course there were songs I still
wanted to hear but any group with a body of work as great as what you guys
have just isn't going to be able to play them all. This was just an
incredible show. As much as we have been so happy to see you two together
again and touring and such, I think the thing that has made us the happiest
is the new CD. So often when a group has been silent (well, as a group you
had been silent) for a while, sometimes a new CD is done for wrong reasons
and just doesn't measure up to earlier work. Not the case here. The new music
is exactly what we have all come to expect from Steely Dan. Keep it up guys!
Hope to see you here in Michigan next summer!

From: Trish
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 09:53:56 -0500

Thanks for a gorgeous evening of tunes on Saturday, June 24th at the
Allstate Arena in Chicago. It was well worth the wait - just wish it
could've been longer...


Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 12:29:45 -0500
From: Steve
Subject: Stage set and lightin, Chicago, 6/24/00


Please somehow pass along my kudos for a FABULOUS set design
and lighting on the 2vN tour. I saw the show in Chicago last
Saturday and the set just blew me away!

Of course, the music wasn't too shabby either!

Thanks, guys!

Steve Lelchuk

From: "Matt Mays"
Subject: L.A.
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 17:04:09 -0500

Dear Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen,

I would like to thank you for a fine performance on June 13, in Los Angeles.
I flew to L.A. from Indiana just to see the show with my good friend Dave.
We had a near religious experience. Dave and I discovered you guys a few
years ago while in college and had been waiting in great anticipation for
the chance to catch a live show.

Thank you for giving so much attention to detail. I've been to many a show
where things were wrecked sonically and professionally but you guys were on
it. I think that every band that is out there right now, even if they don't
appreciate your music, should take a lesson from you in terms of overall

Thanks again and try to remember Indy on your next tour!


Matt Mays

From: "Moore, Mike"
Subject: Concert in Milwaukee
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 09:45:22 -0500

I waited almost 30 years to see you and it was worth the wait.

Thanks for the show

From: Jamo
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 17:53:24 EDT
Subject: Fiddler's Green


Just wanted to thank you for the terrific show at Fiddler's (Denver 6/21), we all got a big kick out of it and no one misbehaved. I, however & unfortunately, missed Walt's singing by an ill-timed beer run. I think he did "Monkey in Your Soul" which is one of my faves. Damn! Oh well, next time (there will be a next time, right?). The set list was really chock full of delights, so many chestnuts and so little time. The stage, by the way, was really, dare I say it? Trippy! Looks you guys have been at Yes' garage sale- which is meant to be complimentary.*

This lineup is one of the strongest, Ricky rocks and tell Carolyn L. (sp?) that her interview on KUVO was very cool, she's on the list of CD's to track down. Herington? Jeez, is there anything he can't pull off? Shep was kickass too, and Barney is always so in the pocket it's scary. Not to slight anyone else, mind you, they all turned in stellar performances.

Anyhoo, hope you finish strong & healthy- congrats on the platinum!

With warmest regards,


Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 18:35:20 -0400
Subject: Awesome Show!!
From: "Tom O'Connell"

Dear Walter and Donald; Just wanted to drop a note to say much fun we had at a recent 'Dan concert at Pine Knob in the Detroit area. After a few decades of enjoying your stuff, my wife and I really were impressed. Wow, the total sound of all involved was incredible.

Kudos to you both for your surrounding cast-the "choir", horns and others produced a great atmosphere. Please plan on a return visit next summer. Note to any of you still with a chance to get to a show...get out there and get tickets, you'll be blown away by one of the greatest sounds in music for many years. Good Luck with the rest of the tour and thanks again for a terrific new CD-it was worth the wait.

Tom and Robin O'Connell

Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 23:30:23 -0700
From: richkurl
Subject: June'00 Irvine CA....EPIC!!!

Donald, Walter et al, You have made my entire year! Of the 50+ concerts I've been to, this one absolutely took the cake. #1 Irvine '00, #2 Irvine '94 #3 - #50 a blur What I truly appreciate is your ability to take great old tunes like Do it Again, rearrange them, update, energize, and modernize them into state-of-the-art masterpieces that would immediately go platinum today. Sheer genius. Donald, your voice sounds better than I've heard in years, and I love the fact that you decided to position yourself front and center. Walter, your guitar work just improves with (dare I say it) age. The band is filled with virtuoso musicians all, and the tightness and soul synergy (pumpin' steady) was on the verge of frightening. Ah, and that BIG APPLE ATTITUDE!!! A subtle observation: Your songs are all very unique stories. Each has it's own mood and atmosphere. Since I know your style well enough understand that everything you do is planned with precision, I believe that your brilliant segues (a gorgeous piano solo that took me to a dark piano bar on a rainy Manhattan evening, for instance) were designed to clear our minds of the previous song and set the tone for the next. Brilliant touch. As long as you keep touring, me and my woman will be there. WHEN IS THE NEXT CD COMING OUT!!!???? Rich Kurl

From: "Adam Vogt"
Subject: Live in Denver
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2000 04:44:40 CDT

Excellent concert at Fiddler's Green last month! The set list was
particularly inspired, with all those cool album cuts being played in the
place of some of the big hits, which I had no problem with (incedently, many
of these songs I would not have known a year ago, but the rereleases have
really been good for me in terms of exposing me to the complete albums.
Great packaging, too!).

Are there plans for a live album for this tour? I know there is a live
album already, but with so many different songs being done, plus a winning
version of "Dirty Work" with those great singers, it seems like a cool idea.
Please consider it!
Adam V. from St. Paul, MN

Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2000 15:11:23 -0700
From: "Glenn Jarvis"
Subject: concert at sac vally amp.

Donald and Walter, I could not believe I've Finally got to see you live
it was (outrageous) The best I've seen Many. I brought my Wife my mother
and my daughter Souvanna, She Dance to every song you played and she's
only two years old, Please come back next year and play Do it Again, We
would love to hear you play that live, Great concert!
Thanks The Jarvis Family.

Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2000 18:26:57 -0400
From: jill nado
Subject: Revved for MD/DC/VA

Dear Walter and Donald,

I flew from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas to see you at Mandalay Bay,
thinking I would win the distance record. Nope. The guy sitting next to
me came in from WALES! You really have some extraordinary fans,
intelligent, thoughtful, cynical beautiful, crazed (and I don't mean
just me)...

The performance was great and I couldn't have been happier. Now I'm
looking forward to Danfest MD on July 14th and the show at Nissan
Pavillion in Virginia on July 22nd.

Thanks for the wonderful memories, and memories yet to come.

Love You Both Madly,

Jill Nado

Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 01:07:07 EDT
Subject: Concert At Saratoga

Just wanted to tell you that I just got home from Saratoga and it was the
best f***ing concert I have ever been to. I am 46 years old and have been to
a few. I have waited almost 30 years to see you live. It was an even better
thrill than I could have ever imagined. You have not gotten older, but
better. And the band is just awesome. Who says you can't buy a thrill? Best
$65.00 I have spent in a long time. Thanks for such a superb show.


From: "Larry Lagasse"
Subject: Tonights Concert at Saratoaga Performing Arts Center
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 01:15:40 -0400

Thanks for a great show. I have listened to your music for 25 years. I am glad that I finally got to see you live. Thanks again for the great show and all the great songs that have been with me throgh good and bad times for 25 years. You guys rock. Sincerely Larry LaGasse

Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 03:51:39 EDT
Subject: Blossom Music Center Concert 6/28/00

I have heard many bands perform at Blossom Music Center in Richfield Ohio
in the past. They all have that tinty sound, basically no balls. But on
6/28/00, I had the pleasure of seeing Steely Dan and that all changed. Walter
and Donald had a sound like no other. The combination of an excellent band
and an outstanding blend of vocals from the girls added a sound that other
bands could never duplicate. I hope that I get to see you next year and many
years to come. Also, thank you for your influence that night in getting me
off my ass to play and write again. Hope to see you at the top....

Thanks Walter and Donald you are the best.

Best Regards,

From: "Carl Jenkins"
Subject: 7/1 Saratoga Concert
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 10:37:55 -0400

7/2/00 Hey Donald, Walter & all the members of the unbelievable touring band, Thank you for an outstanding evening. I'm a musician and thoroughly enjoyed the playing...artful and souful in two words, a great combination...Anyway, I'm sure you guys know how amazing you are musically (this isn't the first email you've received that says this...) so I'll just pass along a funny audience experience. I was out on the lawn at Saratoga last night and I was next to a guy who looked like he hadn't stopped partying since the release of "Pretzel Logic". This man, in a true homage to that record title, was continuously yelling requests for "Bohemian Sisters" all night...I thought you two would be most amused by the implications of this little slip. Especially considering the source... Peace, ~Dave

From: "Hilton Garden Inn"
Subject: Australian Fan at Saratoga Springs concert...
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 12:28:54 -0400

Saratoga Springs is a long way from NYC but it was totally worth the journey 'cause, for one thing, you guys play Australia so often, don't you?, and another, it was completely and utterly spellbinding. It was uplifting to see such a large crowd connecting perfectly with such complex songs - it says great things about the unique style of this band. Kid Charlemagne was so good, it's deadly; maybe you should be careful taking it out too often. One final thing, I've always been a huge Donald Fagan nut (vocally speaking), but I'm steadily becoming a Walter Becker nut as well ('Monkey in your Soul' and 'Daddy Don't Live' beautifully rendered, emotionally crushing and somehow dispassionate at the same time). Exchanging songs between you guys is really fluid. So Walter, if we don't get you singing on the NEXT Steely Dan album (don't worry guys, I'm not holding my breath), then please please please another 11 tracks of whack? Christopher Benz Melbourne, Australia

From: (Zoot Boy Slim)
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 13:26:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Thank you

What a great show you guys put on at SPAC on July 1st. Your music and
lyrics have been a part of my life for nearly 30 years. The audio was
superb that night and the selection of tunes ( old and new) was
terrific. I only wish I had a CD of that evening. Thanks for the
inspiration, laughter, tears and musical enjoyment you've brought to me
and so many others over your careers.

From: "S. Schmoll"
Subject: Pine Knob Concert
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 16:35:23 -0500

I, like others, have waited much too long to catch you guys live. Thanks to DF and WB for assembling such a great band, and giving me more than my money's worth at the Pine Knob show. I had such a great time watching you folks play the songs I grew up with. Awesome. With the purchase of CBAT those many years ago, (in fact it was the first cassette I owned) I have been a big fan. That being said, I just recently purchased Citizen Steely Dan, and found jewels I forgot or only heard a couple of times. Wonderful. As for 2VN, what a great CD. As was noted in another e-mail, a lot of hype can surround the release of a new CD. I got exactly what I expected when I played 2VN. What a treat, and one of your best! Wonderful addition to my collection. Thanks to the many years of great music and commentary you have provided. May it continue for many more years. When the demon is at your door, in the morning it won't be there no more.

Any Major Dude will tell you.

Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 19:44:38 EDT
Subject: heartfelt musings

Dear Walter, Donald, and great ensemble: It is one day after experiencing the
unique magic of SD at Sartoga Springs, NY. Your July 1 concert was indeed
beyond reproach on any level. I was fortunate enough to attend with my entire
nuclear and extended family...and let it be known that we all enjoyed to the
MAX! My bro and I(both physicians and frustrated musicians) and my pre-med
son(the drummer!) have been playing your music in one fashion or another for
many years. We all waited with anticipation for 2 Against Nature and were
absolutely blown away. Perhaps it is one of your finest works! We sure as
hell can't play it though!! At any rate---- your Sar. Spr. performance was
mind-boggling. The level of musicianship was at the highest level. The
arrangements were fantastic and most of all the eclectic song selection was
fantastic. How do you ever decide which songs to perform with such an
outstanding catalogue?? In particular the night became forever memorable when
the band's photographer approached my son and his good friend to tell them
that Walter had seen a dig.picture of him and his buddy enjoying the concert
so much that he wished to "reward " them with a signed copy of his CD. This
was indeed Phil's greatest concert -going moments and he was entirely on
another planet after realizing what had just happened. Walter, I must thank
you from the bottom of my heart for giving a Dad a moment of such intense joy
by allowing me to see my son's reaction to your generosity. At any
rate---------SD and co. please keep up the great work you all do. You touch
so many lives in ways you may not even be able to conceive of. Best wishes
for continued success for many eons to come Respectfully- Stuart I. Erner,

Date: Sun, 02 Jul 2000 20:53:09 -0400
From: Tom & Amy
Subject: Generosity of Spirit

A great concert is expected when my lovely wife, ten year old son Ben and I attend your concert at Blossom Music Center on the 28th of June. What we receive, in addition is affirmation of what it means to be good.

While walking from our car, admiring the steely motorcade and guessing who rides where, Jon Herington happens to be walking toward us. I say, "Hi John". He doesn't know us but, he stops and we speak pleasantly for a moment. We quickly decide that apart from being skilled enough to be in the SD Orchestra, John is a nice guy who, you know, stops and speaks. Cool.

After our brush with greatness, Ben is the sizzling isotope. His favorite tune is "East St. Louis Toodle-oo". Okay, it's Ellington and Miley but, he loves your cover. When the ticket lady asks, "Do you like Steely Dan?", he can only muster "Steely Dan, yea".

We find the Hut from which to buy Dan regalia and then our seats.

Soon, Ricky Lawson walks up, asks our son his name and tells him how much he likes the SDU hat. We talk with Ricky for awhile. He is smiling and friendly. After Ricky leaves, our son dances and spins, embraced by the trade winds. Ready. Did Ricky say he might come back at intermission?

The concert is flowingdrivenrelaxededgydarkcolorfulmelodicjazz.

The experience provided by W&D and the SD Orchestra is not just good music sculpted by great musicins, but and example of good people doing great works.

Ricky, thank you for your generosity. Your new friend loves the drumsticks. They are on his trophy shelf with his other treasures. What a great way to show a young man the value of giving.

Peace to you all,

Tom, Amy and Ben

From: "Cheryl Kenworthy"
Subject: July 1rst, Saratoga, N.Y. concert
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 21:03:04 -0400

Mr. Fagan and Mr. Becker,

I had the most incredible time at your concert last night.It may seem quite strange, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have listened to your music, for a very long time, when I heard you were coming here, I did every thing I could to make sure I got tickets. I was in front row. I listen to you guys every day in my car on the way to and from work.You sounded great last night, and the memories you brought back with your music, just made me feel like I was part of a dream.I love your new cd,Janie's runaway is great.I will be talking about this for a long time, in fact I've turned alot of my employees on to your music.Thanks for a great show, I hope I get the chance again to see you in concert. take care, you guys are beyond the best, Truly, Cheryl Kenworthy

Date: Sun, 02 Jul 2000 21:04:36 -0400
From: Mark Bergen
Subject: Donald + Walter + Toronto = Steely Damn!

Hey Dandom:

Caught the show the other night in Toronto. I never thought that when Art Crimes came to town in '96 that Steely Dan could ever sound so good again. S'wonderful when lightning strikes twice. In fact, this time it was even better.

With the slowly setting sun on this fine summer night, the boys began to lay it down. I just bust out in smiles with every song. Not only cuz it sounded so fine, but for tunes they were sending up. Favorites of mine that I thought I'd never hear live: Dirty Work (sung by the 3 'Dan Dames' - Victoria, Carolyn &!) Boston Rag, Night by Night, Monkey in Your Soul (Walter just grooved it) & The Royal Scam. Other greats old and new also had the place shakin'. Jon 'Did I spell it right?' Herington and Ted Baker just slew me with their tasty playing, not to mention Cornelius and the rest of the band. Stu-freakin'-pendous. 'Mancini at midway' was a nice touch, too.

A good time was had by all. Case in point, a slightly stewed Dan initiate was heard to exclaim on the way out how much he had enjoyed "Buddha-Vista"(sic). Goes to show ya, Walter & Donald's tunes are dug by every denomination!

Don't be a stranger SD cuz four years is waaaaay too long to wait for another vaccination.

Mark Bergen

From: "The Sprungs"
Subject: Saratoga Springs, NY July 1, 2000
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 22:08:12 -0400

All I can say is WOW!! My husband and I are very Large Fans from the 70's. We were at the Performing Arts Center in 1996 on the lawn. We enjoyed it but vowed to be inside for the next one. The wait was worth it. We had front row (for non-patrons) balcony seats and were completely blown away. It was magical. I dont know what my favorite was as they were all mind blowing. Deacon Blues and Royal Scam were hypnotic and took our breaths away. But I keep looking for Ricki Dont Loose that Number We will be there next time and the time after that. This is one music that my husband and I agree on.

From: (Jon Russell)
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 22:58:21 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Saratoga Concert


I just wanted to drop a quick line to tell you that I saw your
concert in Saratoga NY on July 1st and to tell you thanks for the great
show. Everything from the set list to the stage backdrop and lights to
the song performances was fantastic. Thanks for making my first Steely
Dan concert a night to remember.

Jon Russell

From: "Joe Blattner"
Subject: July 3rd Concert in Pittsburgh
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 02:26:55 -0400

We just got in from your concert. It was by far the best concert we have seen. We were so sorry it had to end. We could have stayed there all night. My whole family are fans of Steely Dan which include my six brother's and sisters and my 80 year old mother. While my total dream is to have all of us go to one of your concerts. (Had you come in August, we all would have been there) A few of us had the most fabulous opportunity to do so tonight. The last time you were in Pittsburgh I had to choose between my brothers wedding or you. It was a mighty tough decision. Yours is the only music I will listen to night or day, good mood, bad mood, anytime or anywhere. Thanks for one fabulous evening. Jane Blattner

Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 03:16:32 EDT
Subject: The concert in Pittsburgh on July 2nd

I saw Steely Dan for the first time last night and it was the most amazing
concert I have ever been to! I've been listening to them since I was around
5 years old...I would take one of my dad's Steely Dan tapes and just listen
to it for hours...I'm now 24 and this was just a dream come true for me to
finally see them. The whole band was fabulous...everything sounded perfect! I
even got to hear my favorite song "Deacon Blues" which made me so,
thanks for coming to Pittsburgh Steely Dan! Hope to see you again here soon!

Niki Sacco

From: "bk"
Subject: pittsburg show!
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 11:27:41 -0400

To entire steely Dan band, I saw you last nite at Pittsburgh, WOW!!!! as good as 1993 if not better, nice job on arranging the horns on all the songs, we want to see our favorite band next year again and my daughter will be 1 yr old so I want her to see you guys! also two against nature is excellent, keep the good music rolling we need more steely Dan every year.

Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2000 12:34:22 -0400
From: ASmith
Subject: SPAC - 7/1/2000

Simply put, S.D. was tighter than two coats of paint at your recent
performance in Saratoga.

As I "sat" there smiling and bouncing to the music, I realized that I
was being treated to the makings of a lifetime memory.

Mahvelous.....simply mahvelous!

Alan Smith
Albany, NY

From: "Dave Diosi"
Subject: Pittsburgh Show
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 14:02:29 -0400

Just a short note to say that you guys have not missed a beat... in fact, you gained a few. Wonderful performance last night in Pittsburgh-- I'm sure you hear it all the time, but what's ANOTHER compliment.

From: "terry faulkner"
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 14:07:04 -0400

My wife and I took some friends to your show in Pittsburgh last night and had a fantastic time. What a talented group of musicians! I'd bet you guys could play kitchen utensils on a back porch somewhere and still sound good! Thanks for a Great Performance! Terry

Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2000 15:42:59 -0400
From: Gary & Laura Carter
Subject: Show in Universal Ampitheatre June 14, 2000


I flew from NORTH CAROLINA to see this show (after finding out SD will
be in Raleigh NC in July!) No matter ... it was MORE than worth it. In
fact, I'm contemplating going to the Raleigh date, anyway, just 'cause I
want another sampling of the EXCELLENT, tight musicianship I saw on the
14th of June.

Just wanted to say that you, Fagen and Becker, made my very first trip
to LA a wonderful experience! Even got to see, in a surprise concert at
the Roxy, Stan Ridgway, formerly of Wall of Voodoo! So my trip was
musical from start to finish!

You guys are some of the most talented and generous musicians I've had
the pleasure to witness. The way you gave the band members equal time
onstage, the backup singers' rendition of "Do It Again" and the
freshness you brought to your classic compositions ... it can't be
beat. So glad you're together again!

Keep it up! Looking forward to that Raleigh show!

Laura G. Carter

Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 17:35:17 EDT


I just saw the show in Pittsburgh, PA last night, July 2, 2000, and it was
FANTASTIC to say the least. I have spent the entire day singing and humming
the songs to myself and telling everyone that I work with how wonderful the
show was. I was so impressed with the music and the sound...........with out
a doubt, your concert was one of the best that I've ever attended and I see a
lot of shows because I love to see and hear live music. Please continue to
create great music!

Christine Cortazzo

From: "Janna Eversmeyer"
Subject: Pittsburgh show, July 2
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 18:55:51 -0400

Please, please do not ever stop touring until you are too wizened and decrepit to totter onto the stage. And even then, please reconsider. Last night at Star Lake was - well, words fail me. (Fortunately they don't seem to have failed you.) To those who didn't make it: next time, drop everything and get your *** over there.

From: "David Blinn, M.D."
Subject: thank you!!
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 19:06:51 -0400

Thanks for a great show in pittsburgh. I thought the crowd was great, the weather was perfect with a great sunset, and your wonderful songs brought back memories of life during the past 25 years....(love that hey nineteen!!!!)........ thanks for the sounds, the songs, the memories, and for reminding all of us that getting older isn't so bad..... please come back!!! David L. Blinn Pittsburgh, PA

From: "Richard Bell"
Subject: post gazette pavilion
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 19:20:36 -0400


Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2000 22:03:48 -0400
From: Neil Rudish
Subject: Hot Damn!

After perusing the yearly Pine Knob summer music schedule, wading through
listings of obvious shit like Kenny G., Village People and Britney Spears,
as well as countless rock and roll has-beens out to make the quick bucks
(Brian Wilson with a fuggin' orchestra? Gimme a break...), it was a
revelation to see some QUALITY music on the bill for a change!

The Pine Knob concert was every bit as good as I thought it would be, and
then some. WB and DF, you are (to steal a word from my pal Jimmy Haslip)
HAPPENIN'! Ricky Lawson sounded better than I've ever heard him...a master
timekeeper with atomic precision and that perfect mix of jazz, soul and
rock. Perfect fit for your music! (The Jackets need him back, BTW...kinda
bummed I couldn't get backstage to get a photo of Ricky for the Jackets'
site.) And! Everyone I've talked to has been raving
about his on-fire performance. Tight horn section, too, something I really
can appreciate having played in a big band almost 20 years ago!

After the smoke clears, and the buzz is gone, I only have one thing to
say--you guys gotta do this again! And to borrow DF's own words, your
appearance here was "much appreciated," even more than I can put into
words. Best of luck on the rest of the tour. "Go have a good one!"

From: "Gatto, James"
Subject: Pittsburgh Show @ The Starlake Amphitheater
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2000 22:40:48 -0400

Donald & Walter,

We attended our first show and experienced simply the best musical show
either of us have ever seen. We have been fans for 23 years and are enjoying
your music now more than ever. We own every studio and live albumn you have
ever recorded and now have finally experienced your wonderful music live.

The Pittsburgh Show was one we'll always remember for what it was, simply an
exceptional night of musical perfection. Donald and Walter, your band,
Steely Dan has always been our favorite band. Sunday nights performance only
solidified your standing with us as the best musical group around. You were
in the seventies and you are still today. We only wish we could thank you
ourselves in person, but I know that would be alot to ask. Anway, thanks for
your music and how it has made so many moments in our lives so enjoyable. I
couldn't imagine being without it. We sincerely hope you tour again and
record yet another magical albumn. We hope you do, no one today can touch
your superb music.

We hope to see you perform again soon. We have even been talking about
following down to Manassas, VA, where friends of ours will be seing you
show. Until we meet again ...

See the glory of the Royal Scam,

Jim & Kim Gatto

From: "Larry Morris"
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 18:21:02 -0400

7-5-00 Donald, Walter and entourage, I am never disappointed after attending you concerts! I was on an extended weekend over July 4th and I was able to witness your 7-2-00 show in Pittsburgh, PA.....FANTASTIC! (putting it mildly). I am now at home in Tampa, FL and in the process of obtaining tickets for you 7-26 Tampa show, I am sure it will be well worth it. KEEP UP THE GREAT PERFORMANCES AND LONG LIVE STEELYDAN. See you in Tampa

Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 18:45:56 EDT
Subject: Great Show!!

Dear Donald and Walter,

I have been a fan since 1972 when I heard "Do It Again" while on the west coast while in the service. Your music has been special to me ever since then. I first heard you live in Cleveland in 1993. I have seen you in concert 3 other times. The most recent being at Pine Knob in Detroit on June 25th. I must say you guys are tighter than ever. The music sounded better than ever. I guess you can say that some things do get better with age. The horn section is fabulous, the vocals outstandin and Walter, Jon Herington, and Tom Barney are exceptional players. Donald your vocals are still supurb and you guys still have the heart and soul which caoyured me so many years ago. Thank you for your music. I am hoping to see you again at Virginia Beach. Keep doing what you're doing.


From: "Clark, Kerrie"
Subject: Saratoga Springs 7/1/00
Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 13:11:38 -0400

Oh my God is all that I can say. Everyone in the band filled every hope I had to a spectacular evening !!!!! This was truly a religious experience like I was told it would be. My husband and I had to make a "road trip" to see you and it was worth all 4 hours of driving one way. We'd do it again in a hearbeat so please, please, please come back to Saratoga Springs next year. Keep Rochester, New York in mind next year too, then I'll see you twice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

K and M Clark
Sodus, NY

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 10:21:30 EDT
Subject: Saratoga

Bravo, bravo, BRAVISSIMO!!!!!! What a cool thing to be a part of. Thank you so much for years of incredible music. I don't get too worked up about too many things anymore, but this truly was something special. Walter's take of Monkey had me spellbound, and the girls singing Dirty Work made me cry. Donald's voice still gives me the shudders and the band....WOW! Please, please, please come back. You guys just kill me, and I've been loving it for a long time.

From: Chris Lonn
Subject: What a night!!!
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 09:58:56 -0700

Dear Donald and Walter:

This is repetitive -- but it must be said -- the creativity, vitality and everlasting nature of your music will be your legacy. I have been a fan for many years and continue to appreciate the old and new music more and more. I saw the show at Shoreline in June and was knocked out -- as were my four friends who joined me. The band is great!! Hearing the Royal Scam live was a delight -- all the musical selections were a treat. I am sure all of us in the loyal fandom would love to spend an entire weekend listening to anything and everything you guys would like to play. I only have three wishes: (1) please release a live album from this tour!!!! (2) KEEP recording and (3) keep touring. Steely Dan brings joy to many of us out here in the cruel world!! Enjoy the rest of the tour and be safe!!

From: "Sandy Caligiore"
Subject: concert mail
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 13:19:11 -0400

saw your show in saratoga. after listening to the "pressed" steely dan for many years, you guys blew us away. no one'sbetter live. hats off to the musicians and the choir too. tremendous. am currently looking for 2 vs nature. by the way, after listeningon tape, my 10 year old daughter got a real big hoot out of you guys. she just loved the show and sang along with many of the songs. unfortunately, she doesn't want to go back to her old school anymore!! keep it up. sandy in lake placid, ny

From: Jennifer McCarthy
Subject: The Cincinnati Show
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 13:31:28 -0400

My sincere gratitude to you for a freaking amazing show. You sounded fabulous--polished, tight, and alive. I loved it. You really made me smile.

Mmmmm-wah to Don and Walt!

Jennifer McCarthy

From: "George Reagan"
Subject: Great Performance at SPAC
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 14:05:00 -0400

Donald, Walter and the Band:

I have been listening to your music for years. I have always enjoyed the lyrics, harmonies and complexity and tightness of your scoring packaged within a great groove. This was my first chance to see you live. I made a pilgrimage from York, ME to Saratoga..the healing waters and I have to say it was a trip I'm glad I took! It was an incredible evening. You are both musical perfectionists and your band ensure you live up to that. Great tunes..Deacon Blues, the Boston Rag and especially Royal Scam. We all had an incredible night! I am now on a non-stop listening binge of all my Steely Dan albums and CD's.

Thanks for a great night!

-George Reagan

From: "Stoltenberg"
Subject: MKE 6/23
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 13:13:35 -0500

My 17 year old son went with me to see your show on June 23 at the Marcus Amphitheater. It was one of the most memorable nights in my life. I've been kicking myself since I missed you at Humpin' Hannahs way back in the beginning and this is the first time I saw you live. It was fantastic! Everyone on stage did a tremendous job. It clicked. Like others on this site I have been to a number of concerts in my 47 years but this one ranks number one. Look forward to seeing you again.

From: "Peggy Jordan"
Subject: Cincinnati concert
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 14:57:58 -0400

Thank you thank you thank you! What an awesome time! I am amazed at how your older music does not seem old, even if it's been around for awhile. And at how your new tunes just rip a spot into my soul and then take up a permanent spot there, just like the other songs. And the musicianship was superb. Tasty jazz licks anddeep rippin' beats. It was my first Steely Dan concert and it will not be my last, if you just will keep it comin' -- please! ~

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 17:02:45 EDT
Subject: Smoking sow on the river!!

I caught my first ever steely show last night (July 5) in Cincinnati, and am currently considering chasing after the band for the rest of the tour. I was amazed by the number of my personal favorites(Deacon Blues, Kid Charlemagne, Night by Night, etc...) the band kicked out. I felt like they were reading my mind. Is this the Pengo power I have been hearing about? All I can say is keep pushing the right buttons, and I'll keep shaking my ass! Much love from Southern Indiana!!

Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 19:40:53 EDT
Subject: Life Is Great

Your show last night in Cincinnati was a dream come true for me. I have been
a huge fan ever since I was 13. I am now 37 and like you I have gotten
better with age. My wife and I had the best time last night. Steely Dan is
one of those things I consider as being the best things in my life next to my
wife and daughter. Thanks so much and remember Donald you said "We'll be
back next year"!! I love you Gregg Thompson

Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 20:07:03 -0500
From: Scott Reed
Subject: Finally In Rosemont

The June 24th concert was the realization of a dream to see SD live and
in person and you didn't let us down! What a fantastic show - thank you
for a tremendous evening!

Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 03:28:02 EDT
Subject: The Best Yet

Hello Guys!! I am so Thrilled that you are touring and thought the show you
did in Cincinnati the other night was the best I've seen.I saw you on the
last tour twice, once in Cincy and once in Columbus but this was a very
special show. The way you blend Jazz,Soul,Blues,Rock and pour both your
hearts into your music is absolutely amazing to me. Thank you both so much
for moving me and sharing your blessed talent with all of us DanFans."I want
a name when I lose"-Jeff

From: "Jennifer Sayatovic"
Subject: Fist time, best time!
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 12:23:33 -0400

Just saw my first SteelyDan show and it was absolutely fantastic! You were
in Cincinnati (Riverbend) June 5th. I am really impressed with the stage
presence that I saw...many groups have to jump around and do crazy stuff to
have presence. You guys just have to BE. That's it, and that's more than

From: Eric White
Subject: Steely Don + Walt and Whatever.
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 09:38:23 -0700

You can tell yo friends tonight, George, WA had been definitely set on fire.

Amazing show. Thank you.

Eric White

Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 15:03:10 EDT

The show on July 5th was quite frankly the finest exhibition of musicianship
I have ever witnessed.I never thought when I got my ticket I'd get to hear
Don't Take Me Alive. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

From: "Timothy Van Handel"
Subject: milwaukee show
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 14:29:20 -0500

hey guys- can see tons of people have commented on the tour, guess i'll jump on the wagon too!!! i've been talking about the milwaukee show to everyone!!! absolute perfection!! walter-it takes a guy who's pretty sure of himself to be able to share the spotlight with a guitarist with the talent jon has!!! i admire you so!!! my wife isn't really a dan fan, but after the show, even she was pretty excited about what she had experienced!! everything was perfect; horns, singing, guitar work!!! the most fun i've had in years!!! donald-your sense of timing and arranging is sheer genius...i actually look to you for inspiration; although i could never come close to matching your talent!! after this tour is over, you both need to keep your fans up to date on what your doing; both professionally and personally. it may seem trite but people do care!!! and in closing, please come back to wisconsin!!! sincerely, tim van handel

Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 00:17:22 EDT
Subject: Better than Ever

I just came back from the PNC concert, Friday the 7th, and wish I could live
there listening to you guys!! I fist saw you in 1993 and I must say I always
thought of you as more of a studio band. (one thing for sure, your music has
always been professional and very well put together) but when I saw you in 93
I was totally impressed and was proud to bring my two sisters who in 73
turned me on to you guys, to the show tonight, and may I say, better if that
is possible, I had a huge smile and sang every single word with you. You are
true musicians and are one of my 5 favorite all time bands!! Love you guys,
and thanks for the great music, keep it coming!!!

Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2000 00:38:42 -0400
Subject: PNC Bank Arts Center 7/7/00

Terrific show, guys. I last saw you at Roseland in Manhattan...I guess
it was almost 6 years ago! The band sounds tight and clean, and you both
sound better than ever. Thanks for your energy.

Mike Pepe

Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 20:56:11 EDT
Subject: You rocked at PNC!

Last night (July 7), I went to the PNC Bank Arts Center to see you guys
and I must say that I was rather impressed. Your band is amazing and you
played some great songs. 'Boston Rag' was a great opener. It was my seventh
concert (I'm only 11, cut me some slack...) and it will forever stand out in
my mind as one of the best. I just want to say thanks for playing such
favorites as 'Kid Charlamagne' and, of course, 'My Old School'. Do us all a
favor and stay true to your word: Come back to the Tri-State are next year!!!
---Mike from Staten Island

Date: Sat, 08 Jul 2000 22:39:03 -0300
From: Ian Grant
Subject: Toronto concert

I travelled half way across Canada to see the concert at the Molson
Amphitheatre. I've been a fan for 23 years and never thought I'd get a
chance to see you guys. It will truly be an enduring fond memory for me.
I thought it was the coolest place on earth that night. I look forward
to the next chance, hopefully in the near future. Heartfelt thanks for
the years of pleasure. Keep writing, keep playing, I'll be looking for

From: "Donna McKnight"
Subject: Performing Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ)
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 23:06:08 -0400

Dear Donald and Walter......

We traveled to Jersey from New York to see you, and it was worth the
trip...We last saw you at the Garden in Manhattan a few years back, and we
thought that was the best show we had EVER seen...but you continue to outdo
yourselves. The show was great, the mood was right, the open air it all set
the stage!!! I have been an huge admirer of your style since high school
(70's). THANK YOU for another wonderful evening!!!! Here's to many more!

Donna/New York

From: "Terry Moore"
Subject: Show of a lifetime!!!
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2000 22:06:21 -0500

I'm sure my thoughts reflect those of most of your fans, but here goes anyway... I was never one to go to concerts until about a year ago, when I saw the Doobies and Chicago in Indianapolis. After seeing the show you guys put on in Cincinatti, I'm flogging myself for missing the rest of yours! I grew up with your music, and love it because it wasn't something I picked up from my older brothers - it was "my music". For me, good music is all about the music more so than the lyrics. I am amazed by how talented people such as yourselves can put all of those instruments together to get such "heaven of sound". Anyway, when I heard about "Two Against Nature", I was ecstatic, and, of course, prayed that you would tour... When I found myself sitting in the crowd in Cincy, I realized that this would be the last concert I would ever have to see! Your great music and unassuming personalities blew me away for life! You guys are the best there is to my ears, now more than ever! I hope that you'll keep making music, and will covet 2VN if you don't!!! Thanks for the best concert I'll ever see, and best music I'll ever hear!!! Keep up the great work!!! Terry Moore, Indianapolis, IN

From: "Daniel Irvine"
Subject: Toronto Ontario,Canada June 27 concert
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 08:18:38 -0400

What can I say ! this show was ear candy ! I've been listening to Steely Dan since I was 12 and they have never dissappointed .Great job ! Thanks again Daniel Irvine Penetang.,Ont,Canada

Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 11:28:08 EDT
Subject: July 5, Cinncinati.

Im still walking on air from the Cincy show.What a wonderful lineup of
musicians you have picked for this tour. Cant say enough about Rickey`s
playing and your gonna have to get a licence for Herington because he`s
scarin` the hell out of all of us. Thank you for your commitment to quality
control. I appreciate it. I dont look like I do, but I do.

Date: Sun, 09 Jul 2000 22:44:20 -0500
From: "John R. St. Clair"
Subject: Chicago/Rosemont 6-24-00

I thoroughly enjoyed your show on the Y2K tour. I also saw you in 96 at
Alpine Valley WI. I liked booth shows. Hey I love the new material on the
new Album. (remember when we had albums). One of the coolest things about
your shows is seeing all the different types of people that come together
for the music. It's kinda like an AA meeting.

Anyway please don't wait 4 more years to visit Chicago again OK.



Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 01:21:25 EDT
Subject: Pleasure Island

Gentlemen and Ladies,
My brother and I had the good fortune of seeing you perform July 8th at Jones
Beach and I wanted to tell you how thrilling it was. I had never seen you
live before so it was almost surreal hearing the legendary Steely Dan sound
live. It was like "Oh wow, that voice I've been listening to for years comes
out of a real person!" Thank you for bringing your unique sound to us on
tour. It was a memorable evening; no frills, just pure kickin' music. Peace!
Ted Alexandro

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 08:19:59 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: July 9 Hartford CT

Thanks Mr. Fagen and Mr. Becker!

The Hartford show was everything I hoped: Tight, on time, and decidely
The Ivy-covered windows backdrop used for "My Old School" was very
inventive. I suppose I should expect that from Steely Dan, though...

This is the morning after the show and I find myself completely awed!!!
I'm also replaying the entire SD catalogue, and I am realizing how much
the music has been a soundtrack for my life. I am sure my
contemporaries will know what I mean.

Thanks again for the GREAT show and for putting your hearts into it.
Keep in mind, ours were in it too!

Frank Cuzzone

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 12:26:31 -0400
Subject: Jones Beach Gig
From: David Levine

Mr. Fagan, Mr. Becker and Steely Dan Orchestra 2K,

You truly put on one of the classiest, sexiest live shows ever to grace a
stage in New York--or anywhere. The production quality was outstanding, and
you guys grooved so incredibly throughout the evening. Deacon Blues, which
seemed a little more up-tempo than the record, was surreal! And as I'm sure
you were told, Dirty Work was a particularly beautiful part of the set. I
was there with my band mates, and as always when seeing your show, we were
in awe--but at least we have something to aspire to.

We also missed Mike Leonhart, who actually stumbled upon a Steely Dan jam we
were having outside on the upper west side a few years back--he didn't
laugh. Please send him our best wishes.

Good luck with the rest of the tour. Hope you do come back next year.


David Levine

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 13:31:50 EDT
Subject: july 8- jones beach

Sat. July 8th performance at Jones Beach, New York was fabulous! The energy
was wonderful...

It was a beautiful night, stars sparkling and a cool breeze blowing.
The band was crisp, magnetic and as brilliant as ever. The best part was the
sound of the old and new, merging together beautifully without introduction.
Looking so forward to next year...

Julie Kostas
New York, New York

Subject: great show
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 11:58:10 -0700

hi my name is sara im just writing to say that i saw steelydan at the hartford meadows last night and it was the BEST show i have ever seen when you come around again i will be the first one in line for tickets i grew up listening to you im 23 now my father went with me and we just love it keep up the amazing work fan forever sara

Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 15:31:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: Eric Pearson
Subject: Holmdel, New Jersey

Donald, Walter and the Gang,

I attended the July 7th show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. What a 'PERFECT' performance. The Dan were at their performance peak, this was just absolutely amazing!! I have never felt so satisfied after a show in my life. I hope to see you there next year. Keep the music alive and in our souls!!! I was ecstatic to hear you play "The Boston Rag", and "the Royal Scam". What a treat!!!

Thank you.

Eric Pearson
Loyal 'Dan' Fan

From: "Rich Cohen"
Subject: Hartford Concert 7/9/00
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 22:16:20 -0400

W/D and Band...

I have listened to the music over 40 years. I have been to Stones, JT,
Dylan, Motown Revues, Joni, CSNY, Zeppelin, Ella, Paul Simon, Brubeck,
Quincy Jones, Billy Joel, Elton John, and many others. Great
musicians...great music.

Then there is Steely Dan. On another plane. Perfect in studio, better
live. Great history, amazing musicianship, hopefully much to come in the
future. 93 was great, 96, too. Last night, another chapter...brilliant
band, very tight. Exciting songs, unusual mix, great to hear them
again...some we never heard live.

Few things are dependable in today's world. Thank you for work, your
ability to entertain, and the certainty (from our point of view) of your
output. You help many of us balance the negative parts of our lives with
pure enjoyment.

Good health to you and your families...may you enjoy creating as much as we
enjoy listening!

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 09:09:42 EDT
Subject: SD Show @ Garden State Arts Center (or whatever they call it now)


How old are you? Not too old to keep doing this for a while, I hope! I saw
your show last week in NJ at the Arts Center in Holmdel, and was thrilled!
I'm ashamed to admit that I had no clue about the Dan until insomnia drove me
to watch the PBS special Sessions at West 54th this spring. That was the
most amazing, eerily erotic bit of musicianship I'd ever seen, and the live
show was even more intense. My unenlightened hubby didn't want to go
(although he was just starting to groove on 2vN), so I left him home with 3
small children and houseguests with their small children. I imagine I will
be "working" this debt off for some time, and hope to get myself in dock
again next year! You guys are smart, subversive, kinda creepy - just my
type! Please keep yourselves healthy and happy and c'mon back next year.
You've made alot of people very happy (and sore) this year!

Love ya!

From: "Neel, Courtney"
Subject: Cincinnati
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 10:46:24 -0500

Been waiting a long time and it was worth it! What a great show. I've been
listening to SD since I was a little guy in the mid-seventies and have long
since considered Steely Dan my favorite band. I can't even describe how
special seeing the show at River Bend was. Keep at it.

Courtney Neel

From: Steven Olshefski
Subject: 7/3 Show @ Jones Beach

Hey guys! We were two of the many who braved the elements at Jones Beach on 7/3. We drove about two and a half hours from Pennsylvania to get there and would do it again (no retroactive 1970s pun intended) in a heartbeat!

From beginning to end the crisp sound and excellent stage presentation made this a night to remember. Especially impressive were Cornelius on sax and John's amazing guitar work. Donald's vocals and Walter's guitar were both right on the mark. There was no doubt that the audience was being treated to an unequalled group of musicians. It's no wonder that no one wanted it to end!

Thanks for the show. It was top-notch all the way.

Steve & Janine

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 11:55:58 -0800
From: "Josie Z."
Subject: You guys rock!

Although the concert fell on finals week for school, I ditched the books anyway for the evening. ;0) I really wished my dad came with me...after all, it is his admiration for Steely Dan that gave me my name! I am only 21 years old and I grew up listening to "Deacon Blues" and "Rikki Don't Lose that Number" while handing him tools to fix the cars...the concert meant so much and I thank you, Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen, for putting on a wonderful show! I enjoyed every second of it!

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 19:13:33 -0400
From: karen kowalczyk
Subject: Hartford Concert July 9th

After 25+ years of being a Dan fan, I finally was able to see you guys
live at the Meadows. Awesome show!! You played one of my old favorites
"Royal Scam"... and the rest of the repertoire was nattily put together,
I might say!

You guys look great, played better and show no signs of the 30 years
you've been together. The new stuff sounds contemporary, but with that
Dan sound that is unmistakable!! Thanks for a great time and hope to see
and hear you again....

By the way - Hartford is definitely a Dan city - come back soon!!!

Karen B. Kowalczyk

From: "Usery"
Subject: Cincy Show
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 21:10:43 -0400

Hey Guys: I went to the show in Cincy last night with my son (we drove up from SE Kentucky). He got us tickets for Father's Day. It was the one of the best Father's Day presents I've had in the 21 years he has been around. My daughter was born on Father's Day 18 years ago, so the concert is a close second. The whole group sounded great. I have been a fan since 1977 and you sound better now than you ever have. I have several of your albums, including the 2 Against Nature. Your music is always good, which is proven by its appeal to everyone of all ages. Keep going strong and I'll keep buying the albums and going to the concerts.


From: "Bway"
Subject: Jones Beach, July 8th
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 22:00:14 -0400

To Whom, Saw the Jones Beach concert Saturday night, a perfect evening.I was blown away by the excellece.It was great to be among my generation too, all devoted fans.I was grateful for the mix of new stuff and old favorites and especially surprised at being treated to a few obscure tunes too.Walter sang two and was in fine voice.The guitar performances and solos were restrained yet phenomenally communicative.As a matter of fact, the show was classy and understated which was as you would expect.I felt Donald really enjoyed himself too, despite his deadpan.For me Steely Dan has remained at the pinacle of Pop.I have seen almost all of the significant groups of the past 25 years but had never seen Walter and Donald.This show was by far the most exhilarating one I have ever attended because I got to see my all time favorites.
Steven Baker

Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 21:57:51 -0700
From: Mark Phelan
Subject: SD at SPAC, Saratoga, NY

Hi folks!

I just felt compelled to write and say the band sounded awesome when
you came to Saratoga, NY this month! Being 35 years old, I grew up
listening to SD and hearing the band live for the first time just was a
treat I will never forget. Playing guitar myself, Jon Herington was
absolutely inspiring to watch on the big screens from the lawn where we
sat. Thank you for a great night!

Mark & Dorine Phelan

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 02:34:08 EDT
Subject: No Subject

Walter and Donald,
I'm sure people tell you all kinds of flattering things about the way your
music and lyrics have captured the essence of their lives. I just want to
tell you that I realize you were not thinking of me when you wrote any of
your songs, but that's OK. Somehow they speak to me, and I take from them
thoughts that are meaningful to my life experiences. When I heard you
playing live in Hartford on July 9th, you sounded so good I had to close my
eyes at several points just to appreciate that I was hearing you play in real
time, and just for me! Thanks guys. I can't remember a time when I wasn't a
fan-must be 30 years now... are you up for another 30?

Joyce Hardy

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 15:59:54 EDT
Subject: July 7 2000

What a night!!
My husband and I CAN NOT stop talking about your show at the PNC Arts Center
on July 7! You were unbelievable! Every song sounded so crisp, so PERFECT!
And what a set list! It was one amazing tune after another! But the
highlight of the night was "My Old School" as an encore! Your fans adore
you...Please tour more often!!

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 16:20:00 -0400
Subject: Blossum Concert

Thanks to all for an unbelievable night of music and vibes from the best
band in the land. All the Nirvana Street Concert and Theater Guild were in
attendance and haven't been the same since. A group epiphany was achieved
and we haven't recovered yet, nor expect to soon. Thanks again. It was

Kayak Kev and the entire Nirvana Street Concert and Theater Guild

Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 20:55:23 EDT
Subject: The Garden State Art Center Show

Dear D&W

I can't begin to tell you what an awsome night it was! WOW!!!!!! I have been
listening to your music, from the very beginning, and were always my all time
Favorite! I missed your last tour, and was very disapointed. Now Im even more
disapointed I missed it. You were extreme! What amazed me even more was, how
fresh, the old tunes sounded. gave a new spin, to the classics, but still
love the origional perfection. You have the best, of the best, touring with
you. Your all amazing! I hope to hear a second live CD, from this tour.
Thankyou for a night I will never forget!

Jack Cawley

Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 21:29:05 EDT
Subject: (no subject)

Dear Walter and Donald,
I was in the record business for 30 years (retired in "95) and saw them
all and hung with many. But your concert at Blossom on a perfect Ohio night
was perhaps the musical highlight of my life-except that if I was still in
the business I would have been sitting up front! Thanks for a GREAT evening.
The new CD is wonderful and I am wearing out the DVD as well. "Jack Of
Speed" is a classic. Don't make me wait 19 years for the next new album.

Joe Bressi
Canton, Ohio

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 02:05:32 EDT
Subject: Holmdel and Camden!

Thanks guys! I had the pleasure of catching the shows in Camden and Holmdel.
Two shows in two weeks! I must be in heaven man! (apologies to Wavy Gravy)
The song selection is fabulous. Just the right sampling of the best of the
decades worth of great Dan tunes. For anyone who still has a chance to go to
a show, run, don't walk, to get yourself some tickets. Fagan, Becker, the
ladies, the horns (the drummer!), everyone....never will one hear a band
playing such beautiful music so tightly.

Tommy C

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 08:35:30 EDT
Subject: A Performance That Transfrormed

The Best Performance Imaginable:

Steely Dan and their aggregation of talented friends performed so well last
night at the Sony ECenter in Camden, New Jersey that words just can't portray
or describe the synergistic union and energy that was present between the
band and the audience. It was like a religious evangelical revival. A packed
house of thousands of devotes across age and cultural lines were enthralled
and transformed into a homogenized mass of happy excited and elated people.
To be there was truly a transformational experience. Everyone was united in
joy. You knew that you were among the chosen few if you were fortunate to be
there. The band sounded better than if they were in the studio. The mixing
engineer had the levels perfect balanced. The song list reflected an
excellent repertoire from older classics as well as 2 Against Nature. The
juxtaposition of Don't' Take Me Alive with Jack of Speed was but one example
of the balance and sweet sampling of S/D's anthology of genius inspired
recordings. All instruments and voices could clearly be heard. Donald Fagan's
voice was as strong as ever in terms of pitch clarity and range. Unlike the
strained voice heard on the PCB tape this spring Donald's voice sounded as if
he was 25. Just perfect! The inclusion of the trombonist also added brassy
punch and the four horns sounded as if they were 9 hunks (a musical term for
the number of players present during a gig). I can only say to anyone who
likes anything about S/D do not miss this tour. It was the best musical
experience of my life. I speak from 20 years of playing in bands in clubs
across the nation. Absolutely superb.

Donald and Walter realize that you are very important to so many way beyond
being a band you are for so may a way of seeing and interpreting the world.

Ed Gibson

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 08:49:11 EDT
Subject: 7/13/00

The void has been filled. After years of admiration for the inspiration the
fates allowed me the pleasure of the live Dan. The evening at the E-Center in
Camden,NJ was one of scintillating musicianship.I can't thank you enough for
the effort you all put forth to share the gift of your music. What an
ensemble. The presentation was near perfection. Mr. Fagen, I can't imagine
you could sound any better than you did last night. Yes, there's gas in the

Bob Wigo

From: Sue Johnson
Subject: 7/13/00 Camden Show
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 09:31:01 -0400

Thank you so much for a stunning evening. My husband and I took our two teenage (budding musicians) sons. They were amazed at the musicianship. I loved the song selection and a special star for Jon Herington, his guitar work was amazing. I was brought to tears by the experiance, a truly memorable evening. Thanks! Sue

From: "Byer, Richard"
Subject: Concert @ E Center - NJ
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 14:26:08 -0400


What can I say, but "OUTSTANDING!" I have been a more than casual fan for
years, but within the last 5 years or so have really appreciated your work.
That goes for the solo efforts, as well. Last night I had the privilege of
seeing the two of you, with your brilliant ensemble, for the first time live
at the E Center in Camden, NJ. You guys are something else. The only
regret I have is that I missed some of the perfectly complimentary visual
effects when closing my eyes to truly appreciate the arrangements. Great
choice in distributing the lead vocals to your lovely back-up singers for
"Dirty Work" and for including some of the more "obscure" pieces in your
set. I was extremely thrilled that you decided to end the show with "Don't
Take Me Alive." That song doesn't get the air play that, for example, "Peg"
and "Hey Nineteen" still get, which sounded better than ever last night, by
the way. I didn't want it to end.

Thanks for the new album, thanks for touring and thanks for staying true to
your perfected craft. Please, keep up the good work.


Rich Byer

From: "Fox, John T"
Subject: How I feel about the whole thing!
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 15:57:15 -0400

I attended my first SD concert at the E-Centre in Camden, New Jersey last
night. It's twelve hours later and smile still hasn't left my face. What a
great time! Not a flashy show, just loads of really kickin' music. The band
was tight (and so was I). I don't want to wish my life away, but I can't
wait till next year so I can "Go back Jack, 'n do it again".

A long time fan,


From: "JJW"
Subject: Fabulous, Fabulous, Fablous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 17:15:04 -0400

Tremendous show guys. I attended the show at the E Center in Camden last night. What a wonderful evening. As I have come to expect from Donald and Walter, the show, just as the music always was and is, was top notch. But then again how could it not be, with such tremendously written songs performed by an orchestra of great musicians. I have been listening to you guys for over 20 years now, and I will be listening for another 20 I am sure. I just hope you guys decide to come to the Philly area again real soon.

Thanks and keep 'em coming guys,

John Widmaier

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 18:42:47 EDT

Mr. Fagen, Mr. Becker, and all the ultra-talented Dan members, you have our
heartfelt and sincere THANKS for an inspiring and inspired performance last
night at the SPAC in Saratoga Springs. I loathe traffic jams and crowds, but
I would brave both again in a hearbeat to see you live again (and just may do
that soon!) Steely Dan puts on the most excellent performace I have ever
seen in my time, a tribute to you, Donald, and you, Walter, and your superior
talents. You are both geniuses in more ways than one, and it was more than
an honor to share the much-loved music of two decades with you last night.
I'll always cherish the memory; it will be with me forever, of that I'm sure.
Thanks again for music that has enriched my life in more ways than I can

p.s.- congrats on your recent "renewed" success!!

-Debi, Donna and Kevin/Fans from Rochester and Buffalo, NY

Date: Fri, 14 Jul 2000 19:33:15 EDT
Subject: E CENTER SHOW 7-13-00


Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 02:32:41 -0300
From: Eric D Krenzer
Subject: merriweather

To all of steely dan:
That was the best live performance that I and my friends have ever
experienced in oue lives!!
I hope you are not finished! We would all like to see you again,
without the rain!!
You all played perfect...(Don't take me alive & Night by Night)
Whisltes, whistles... That is the best way to thank you without telling
it your faces how much we appreciated you performance!
Donald and Walter rule!!!
From everyone on the lawn at Merriweather. We hope to see soon,
A bookkeeper's son the (accountant - gemologist)
Eric D Krenzer

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 01:22:03 -0500
Subject: Friday Night @ Merriweather


From: "J. Shayne"
Subject: Camden show 7/13
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 10:19:57 -0400

Incredible! The music made me high. It was truly a treat for the ears. I only ask that you guys keep taking your vitamins so you can come back again and again. Also since the place was so packed, do another show. Thank you very much for your wonderful contribution to this world. Jon

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 11:06:58 -0400
Subject: many, many thanks
From: "Smith"


still blissed-out from last night's show at merriweather post pavilion in MD
We have been serious fans since '72!!! The musicianship you provide is

D & W, each of your band members was pristine... yet, you-two are the
monster dinosaurs that set the tone for the music world to admire!!!!
what an honor to see you do "your thing" live !!! Though we could have
listened & watched for hours more... we are very grateful for the time you
spent with us!!! come back!!!!

you brought us tears & cheers!!!! again, many,many thanks!!!!

betsy & brady
Brookeville, MD

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 11:36:21 -0400
From: marstokyo
Subject: Stormin' at Merriweather Post Pavillion

Dearest Walter and Donald,

You guys gave me goosebumps last night!! I'd never seen you perform but
I've loved your music for years and years and years. What an
extraordinary experience to go to a concert where I know ever lyric by
heart! Good God! It was a great show in every way-- well staged,
wonderfully performed...even the audience was good if I do say so
myself! And you know those flash floods, downpours, mudslides, and giant
cesspools I had to wade through to get to my car afterwards? ---- well
you were worth every squishy pair of Birkentsocks there last night!


Mars de Tokyo

From: "Dever, John, CMSgt, 177FW, DO"
Subject: feedback
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 19:43:58 -0000

My friends (Kniptster and Hayeselburry) and I attended the concert at
Camden's E-Centre the other night. The band put on an excellent show. The
individual talents of the ensemble are only exceeded by the overall group
effort. The sound was strong and on the mark. We had a feeling that we were
witnessing a moment of history because of the limited number of appearances
that the group provides.

It is certainly good to know that quality and high standards are still
important to folks. You certainly got the sense that those attending were
really appreciative of the values the "Dan" has insisted on over the years.

Jack Dever

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 16:03:52 -0400
From: Chris Hardman

i was at the Columbia MD show last night and found myself in tears when
you played Deacon Blues - not surprizingly my fav. tune - but i didn't
know how much of a fav. - I have em all and have been listening to you
guys for 25 years! - talk about timeless/enduring. To me ( and your not
everyone's taste - though I don't know why) you guys are the best and I
ve listened to many others, but I have constantly listened to your
fantastic stuff for a quarter of a century ! - Reading the other notes, i
feel a strong bond with many of the sentiments. I never thought I'd get
this emotional over a band, but the time has come for me, a father of
three living in suburban VA , thru this marvellous medium to tell you
both - Donald and Walter > Thanks for everything you done for so long and
hopefully will continue to do > I am 40 next year, so you've gotta "DO IT
AGAIN" > pls come back to MD/VA

Regards, Boys! - thanks again.

From: "Shane Grimm"
Subject: Merriweather Show
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 14:35:35 PDT

Thanks for the great show last night guys! The wild storms that blew
through made it a crazy night, but one I will not soon forget. All be it a
little dangerous, the lighting was a great backdrop for the show. John
Harrington was killer on that guitar, and the drum solo left us in awe. The
new album is excellent and I was stoked to hear some Jack of Speed. Thanks
again, looking forward to more shows.


Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 19:01:45 EDT
Subject: Philly Area Concert


Victoria Stephens

From: "Stephen Williams"
Subject: Walking between the raindrops - Jones Beach 7/3/00
Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 19:22:07 -0400

The rain would not stop the Dan Train!! Great show! A fan from the late seventies to the present, I am in awe of the tightness of the band. You even threw in a few tunes that are my personal favorites (Royal Scam, Dirty Work). Keep it up. Stephen Williams in NYC

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 20:39:04 EDT
Subject: PNC

The night of July 7 was not only my twenty-first weeding anniversary but on
that night I saw what I consider the greatest show of my life. This was the 3
rd time seeing Donald and Walter in the last 7 years an being 48, I have a
vast knowledge of Steely Dan music.

Two Against Nature is the best work to date to be released in my opinion. I
listen from track 1 thru track 9 many times in a day and I am unable to pick
a favorite song. The music is as old as Steely Dan in it construction and as
fresh as everything that came before it. My favorite of all times though is

The band on this night smoked, the guitarist currently touring fulfilled
every requirement, the horn section was impeccable, and the rhyme section was
in the pocket.

Seeing Walter perform was great and having Donald larger than life making is
magic on stage was everyone's gift.

Thanks for the ability to show my gratitude for an exceptional night.

Charles F. Bundick

Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 22:00:37 EDT
Subject: camden, nj / philly show on thursday

words can not explain the unexpected song list! gentleman, you have not only
astounded us over these past 6 years of rejuvenated touring but have
qualified yourselves as optimum show men. night by night, don't take me
alive, Boston rag, daddy don't live in that NYC no more, and royal scam
brought the place to their knees! with a repetoir of songs that could never
all be played, you made every fan's dream come true with an astounding
variety of "standards" and "unique" jams. your energy, sense of humor,
("does anybody have the time?" and "what is that type of tequila?", Bunsen
award presentation) and display of musical chops id the epitome of a band on
the road. thank you.

Seth Bromberg
NYC, NY 2000

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 00:04:46 EDT
Subject: Oh man, what a show...

I'm certain you could feel how much the crowd at the Tweeter Center loved your performance tonight. I was sitting next to a younger couple and we were absolutely freaking out (oops...gave away my middle age) over the song selection. On the other side were two kids about 10 or 11 with their father(obviously mother had no musical taste, as she was absent)who were digging it right along with me. I smiled and told them I knew every word and every note to every song, so they wouldn't think I was just some obsessed, wait...guess I am. Walter sings! Donald rocks...the band was tight. You are the best. Work with the "choir"...great.Deacon Blues, never better. Awesome show. Thank you very much and keep touring!

Rich Meredith

Subject: Boston WOW!
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 01:56:10 -0700

Steely Dan! Man! Where to begin? I've been home from tonight's exhilarating event at the Tweeter Center for two hours, it's four a.m. at this point and I'm still so jazzed that I'll never get to sleep! Fagen, your vocal delivery tonight was fantastic-- so smooth, consistent-- such nuance! And Becker, it was great to hear your voice as well (but there's still nothing like the way I go weak in the knees for the tones you seduce from that guitar!) I loved the orchestra and your arangements-- particularly the way you presented "Dirty Work" with the women on vocals.

Guys, all I can say is that your muse is an element of serendipity in my life. Period. Your style and substance first resonated within my soul when I was a toddler, and I've rediscovered you after 25 years-- you are original to my tastes and inclinations. You inspire me in my musicianly work, and I know I'll never go wrong with your infusion of soulful, gritty honesty and humor as my guide.

You two are the best of both worlds, the cake we get to eat too, and we LOVE it! Thank you!

Kindest regards,

Joy Anne in Boston (somewhere between NEC and Berklee).

From: "Bruce Krasnof"
Subject: what a show
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 10:26:58 EDT

Dear Mr. Steely Dan, Great Woods was on fire last night! I just want to
thank you for the best concert of my life (and this had some stiff
competition). I fell in love with your music 13 years ago in college, and I
was grateful to see the usual die-hard fans from your 70's days dancing in
the aisles with youngsters just discovering you. I'm not sure when anyone
of us will see a better band playing better songs..until your next tour.

My favorite moment last night was when we all decided to shower you with our
thanks through the last set...I've never heard Great Woods (oops..I meant
Tweeter Center) louder. The music has always been special, and we all know
how special it is to see you play live...with such awesome players (please
keep them all!!)...and know you are all having a good time with us.

Love the new album, please make a new one soon, thanks for opening with
Boston Rag!

Bruce K

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 11:19:51 EDT
Subject: merriwether post pavilion

Donald and Walter, et al:

The performance at Merriwether Post Pavilion this past Friday night was the
best live musical performance I have ever seen or heard. I especially
appreciated that you included a wide mix of your best songs in the show.

Thanks for a fantastic show. I hope you will be touring again in 2001 or
2002 so I can experience it again.

Tom Conrad

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 11:30:36 EDT




Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 11:31:47 -0400
From: Sergio Lenza Jr
Subject: Tweeter Center, July 15th

Guys, I must say, Last night's show was without a doubt one of the best
shows that I've seen in quite a long time!! Thank you for playing the
majority of your hits while sprinkling in the best songs from "2". It
was quite a surprising and pleasant change of pace to hear WB belt out a
couple of SD faves. DF sounded great, and the band is as tight as I've
ever heard them. What shocked me was how many younger fans were at the
show. To be quite honest, at 30, I thought I'd be one of the youngest,
but it was great to see kids much younger than me getting up nad dancing
and knowing all the words! (Much to the chagrin of the geriatrics in
attendance!). Anyway, PLEASE come back soon, and next time you can
play all those songs you conspicuosly left out of the set (Aja, Reelin',
Do it again,Pretzel....) That would be a 2 hour show in and of itslef!!
Thanx for making my summer, guys.

P.S. Having the ladies sing Dirty Work?.....Brilliant!

From: "Gene Bodio"
Subject: I've been to the mountain and it's name was SD
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 14:23:39 -0400

Hi Guys,
After a 20year hiatus from concert going, I simply could not miss seeing your show at Greatwoods (Tweeter Center) last night. May I say, our group was completely blown away! It seemed like close to three hours of none stop hits! Deacon Blues actually sounded better than the album! At least it did until the crowds cheers blew out my ear drums! Well, thx for making life a little easier, and thx for not copping an attitude regarding playing old tracks!

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 14:32:07 EDT
Subject: Your July 15, Tweeter Center Concert In Massachusetts

Donald and Walter......

May I be one of the many thousands of people who would like to express my
heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your music.

I was in attendance at the Tweeter Center performance in Mansfield,
Mass........your concert, plus the vibes that were coming from the audience,
made that night one of the most memorable musical moments in my life.

Your music has been basically the soundtrack of my life. I have so many
wonderful memories associated with SD playing in the background. For that, I
thank you.

I hope you enjoyed playing for us just as much as I enjoyed hearing you. I
will move heaven and earth to make sure I'm in attendance the next time you
decide to come to Massachusetts again.

Perhaps my all time dream of hearing "Aja" performed live with Pat Metheny
playing guitar, Michael Brecker playing sax, Roy Haynes on drums, and even
perhaps Gary Burton on vibes will come true. Hey, I know it's a
dream......but at least dream big!

Again, thank you for memory!!!!!!!

Rhonda O'Brien

From: "Suzanne Smith"
Subject: Boston concert
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 15:11:29 -0400

We just saw you at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA and were absolutely blown away!!! You are as good, if not better, than 20 yrs ago. It's very obvious from your choice of musicians and chorus show that perfection is the rule. Thank you so much for a wonderful evening and please come back to Boston soon. Sue and Dusty Smith Hudson, NH

From: "Catherine Guido"
Subject: An Event
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 16:31:49 -0400

To all the fandom of SD, Donald and Walter and Orchestra 2000, delivered to to us the most electric and palpable performance on the night of July 14, 2000 that Marylanders and others will not soon forget! They opened with an incredible rendition of "Boston Rag" which just reached out and pulled the audience into the "Dan" sound that we all have come to knoow and love . There was a definite give and take from the players to the fans and the fans to the players. Walter mentioned that this was the best audience they had ever played for, my question is how could we react any differently? Towards the end of the event, mother nature had her way with the concert goers delivering everything she had, but this night was "Steely Dan's".Mother nature would have to wait .Thank-you Becker and Fagan and SD Orchestra 2000.
SDU alumni Mike Guido

From: "Chris Karam"
Subject: Two Against Stagnation: An attempt at a review
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 16:47:01 EDT

Donald, Walter, Webheads, et. al,

If I were going to write a review of the SD show played at The Venue
Formerly Known As Great Woods (Mansfield, MA - July 15, 2000), I would title
it "Two Against Stagnation."

While it shared some of the songs from the previous show I attended there
back in 1996, I was amazed at the number of deep cuts played from the
legendary classic SD catalogue.

When I heard the opening chords of "Don't Take Me Alive," I thought I was
going to lose my mind. I probably did and just don't realize it yet.
That's something I'll have to deal with on my own.

As for the show, it was played very well and was full of good surprises.
One of my friends remarked that people start to leave during the encores.
We didn't see anyone moving for the exits.

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 21:28:13 EDT
Subject: Tweeter Center - Mansfield Ma


Just a few word about last night's show -- SIMPLY AMAZING!
The place erupted with the opening of The Boston Rag (which one would expect)
and the band never looked back. You guys were so on the money. Having been
hooked in 1972 with "Do It Again" The Dan is and will always be one of my
all-time favorites.

David Winthrop
Tewksbury Ma

Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 11:10:45 -0400
From: Ben Greene
Subject: Y2K Against Nature at the Merriweather!

That's what happened on July 14, 2000 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland! While the heavens opened up, the 'Dan Crew electrified the audience with an all out barrage of rhythm and funk! And as a previous email says, WB proclaimed us the all time best Steely Dan audience. It was totally awesome dude! I have already got my tix for July 22, 2000 at the Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Virginia. I don't no how they can top 7/14 but since we don't know when they will be around again, I have to man. I just have to!

From: "robert goldman"
Subject: Tweeter Center Show
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 07:15:19 -0400

What an incredible night at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. You all sounded so great. The energy and tightness of the band was amazing. The selections of songs you played was incredible as well. Some great tunes that have not been played in some time, I'm sure. It all evoked some great memories of days gone by. There was an excellent repoire with the audience and the energy exhange was a great contributor to an overwhelming show. Hope to see you all again soon. Great new CD with "T.A. N.". Looking forward to aonther studio disk. Let's hope it doesn't take another 20 years!!!. As you sang many years ago, but still sounds so fresh today, "DO IT AGAIN"!!!!

From: "Bradford, James"
Subject: Great Show!!
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 13:27:14 -0400

Dear Donald & Walter (& Supporting SD Cast):

I wanted to let all of you know how excellent your show was Saturday night
at the Tweeter Center/Great Woods (July 15). I've seen you each time you
played there (even when Donald & Walter appeared with the New York Rock &
Soul Review). This was by far the best show I've seen. The song selections
were great and it was truly apparent that everyone on stage was having fun.

In the past you guys seemed laid back and the crowd just sat around
appreciating the music. In fact at one show in the mid-90's an usher made
my wife sit down because she stood and danced along while you played her
favorite SD song - "Deacon Blues." This year, people were up dancin' and
havin' a great ol' time.

I know I was pretty far back in the pavillion, so hopefully my singing along
with you didn't throw anyone off. Yes, I'm proud to say that I new every
word to every song you played. My wife and I brought along a friend who was
amazed I knew all of the words. But, really, what true Dan Fan doesn't?

My only criticism (I know you guys are used to such things...) was that the
concert ended way too soon. I was left hungring for more. I'm hoping it's all part of your grand plan and that you'll be back again next year to sate my SD appetite.

One more thing... I'm still totally addicted to "2vN." The lyrics are so
wonderfully sick and the music is incredible. I hope you guys are spending
your time on the tour bus writing new material for another CD.

Thanx to one and all for the most memorable and enjoyable concert
performance I've yet seen.

Jim Bradford

Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 13:32:54 -0400
From: Jeff Chadwell
Subject: Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta GA

My wife and I saw the concert last night in Atlanta and all we can say
is "Wow"!!! She's about eight months pregnant, so she wasn't wild about
seeing any outdoor concerts this summer -- except for Steely Dan. We
were both willing to brave the hot Atlanta summer to see the show and we
were not disappointed. It's refreshing to experience such musicianship
and such a willingness to let everyone share the spotlight. Plus, these
guys ROCK!!!


Subject: Incredible Atlanta Show
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 16:30:17 -0400

Mr. Becker, Mr. Fagan, and the entire touring band:

Just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU for your incredible performance in Atlanta
on 7/17. I read through the e-mail that other concert-goers have sent and it
seems like they have all had the same experience I had. I was in heaven
sitting in that audience....when "Deacon Blues" started I was practically moved
to tears. Wow, what an experience.

Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagan, you two continue to absolutely rock. You had the
audience rocking and at the same time everyone was completely transfixed by the
music. You have also assembled a cast of incredibly talented and exciting
musicians and vocalists. Each one of them shined last night. I know that I
what I saw last night was pure musical magic and perfection, all rolled into

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please tour again soon, and be sure to stop in


From: "Chris S."
Subject: Wow!
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 17:08:51 -0400

Awesome concert on Saturday (7/15). I was BLOWN AWAY! You guys were SO good. It was unbelievable! I had high expectations, and they were exceeded. As Donald said: Thanks very much! -Chris

Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 00:33:27 -0400
From: David Lane
Subject: A sublime evening!


Thank you for the superbly enjoyable show! What a wonderful night at
Chastain Park. I can say with no exaggeration that I have never
enjoyed a concert more -- I can't describe it except to say that the
SOUND was incredible. I was bowled over by the crispness of the vocals
and the guitars, and the nice roundness of the horns. The band is
great, and you guys are just as sharp as ever. When you come back to
Atlanta, we want to hear "Tomorrow's Girls", "Countermoon" and "This
Moody Bastard".

With Love and Admiration,

Fran Roseberry

Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2000 23:26:26 -0700
From: jerry and ethel pastore
Subject: Camden, NJ Show

Steel Me Dan!!!! You are pure sweetness!!!!!. I have waited a long time to hear you (SD) live. I caught Rock 'n Soul many years ago, but you were incredibly delicious!!!! I'll be seeing you in the 12th row in Manassas, Va. Thanks again for makin' me smile. Love, EPastore

Subject: Tweeter center
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 00:06:37 -0700

Hey Guys, I am a 17 year old fanatic and u made it so special for me at the show the other night to share with my dad his favorite bands and his 2 favorite songs "Don't Take Me Alive" and "Deacon Blues", he was blown away i have never seen him more amazed by one single thing, thank u for making my night and my dad's life, you guys rocked and i hope u plan to go out again soon, u were simply amazing! hugh mulligan andover, MA

From: Jennifer Banks
Subject: Mansfield, MA show
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 15:34:52 -0400

I couldn't agree more with my fellow Bostonian who summed up the show as
SIMPLY AMAZING!!! I have enjoyed your music for most of my 28 years but have
to say that within the past year I have become a near addict. Hopefully I'll
have many more live Dan experiences. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You're
the BEST!

From: "Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado"
Subject: Sublime in Georgia
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 15:51:58 -0400

Mssrs. Becker and Fagen:
Not the self absorbed yuppies whining incessantly about the bad results of
their latest lipo-suction adventure, not the poor access to the otherwise
beautiful venue, not the cluster F**K that passes for an orderly flow of
traffic could diminish my sublime evening with the SD Orchestra 2000.
Perfection is a bitch, but somehow you have cracked the code, and turned the
bitch out.

Thank you,
Jonathan C. Benjamin-Alvarado, Ph.D.

From: "Lowery, Michael W"
Subject: 2nd show at Chastain Park Ampitheater in Atlanta 7-18-00
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 07:50:11 -0500

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my distinct pleasure to thank you all for an evening that couldn't
have been better if I had picked out the set list myself. I saw the 1993
Starwood show in Nashville, and it was the best concert I had ever seen
(even though I had to sit in the rain) up until July 18th. My compliments to
the 2K Orchestra members: you are consumate professionals, inventive
players, and titans of tightness. My special compliments to Carolyn Leonhart
who won my heart from 50 yards out--and that in spite of the fact that I
came 5 hours to hear SD, from Huntsville, Alabama, for the 23rd anniversary
of my wedding. My wife loved you, too. Never stop giving us something great
to listen to.

Mike Lowery

From: "Fisher, Will"
Subject: Chastain Park in Atlanta
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 09:51:41 -0400

I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated the July 17th show from
Atlanta. I had chills up my spine during the Dirty Work>Peg combo you
played. That band you are touring with is wonderful and professional....I
still can't get over how tight they are!!! I was really impressed with the
new music....i.e., West of Hollywood and Jack of Speed....the new album is
great and I hope that the two of you don't wait so long before releasing
another one. A second request would be to release another live disc(s)
concluding the tour...people should hear what an exceptional live band you
guys are. Thanks for the many years of wonderful music and humor you've
brought to my life! I named my dog after a dildo for crying out loud!!!
Will Fisher

From: "Michael K. Terry"
Subject: 7/15 Tweeter Center
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 15:35:38 -0400

That was the best sound I have ever witnessed at a live show. Hope you will
release a second live album. Thanks.

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 09:04:58 -0400
From: "Barry N. Dowdy"
Subject: Raleigh Concert thoughts

Finally! After missing the 1996 Raleigh show to due the birth of my
daughter the day of the show, my 20+ year wait to see the Dan came to
fruition Friday night(7-21-00) at the Walnut Creek ampitheatre in
Raleigh. On a beautiful night for a show, Walter Becker and Donald Fagan
electrified the crowd from opening to finale. They have assembled an
amazing band and all the old songs and the new ones sounded great. I
told my wife that my life is complete, now that I have heard Deacon
Blues performed live. Also the Steely Dan Choir(the girls backing
vocals) did a great job on
Dirty Work. The house was really rockin' when the guys came out for
their encore and performed My Old School and closed with FM. The wait
was certainly worth it. I can't wait for the next album and the band's
return to North Carolina. Thanks!
Barry Dowdy
Broadway, North Carolina

From: "rob bowman"
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 14:49:18 EDT

Hey guys,
I recently attended the Merrywether show in Columbia, MD. I am 23 years old
and, until recently was not very familiar with your music. I was offered a
free ticket so, therefore I could not refuse. I have to say that I was
completely impressed! I had no idea that the band consisted of such
incredible musicians. It seemed as though the concert was a album playing
rather than a live performance. I was so impressed by what I heard that I
purchased the DVD, two against nature, so that I could attempt to relive the
experience. After having viewed the DVD several times, my thoughts on the
incredible talent of the band were reconfirmed. Thank you so much for an
excellent show!

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 14:53:43 -0400
From: James Schiavone
Subject: Raleigh Concert

Outstanding! In the words of WB "fucking great gig!"

Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 21:42:57 EDT
Subject: (no subject)

Wow, we just saw you in Raleigh last night (7/21) for the first time and it
was everything we could have expected and more. It is not said very often
but in your case it is true that you sound better live (if that is possible).
We are hoping that following this tour that you will release a live disc.
Thanks again for a great evening, we'll look for you again on the next tour.
And by the way, Fagan was correct when he said at the end of the night that
he thought is was a "great fuckin' gig", We agree completely.

Jeff & Vicki Morton
Raleigh, NC

From: Grant Randall
Subject: Show in Manassas,Va.

Hey Guys!
Thanks for the great seats we were able to get through the advanced
sales chanel you opened.I have never seen SD live,and It was better than
I would have imagined,although I shouldn t be suprised.I 've bought
everything you have done at least twice,and the feelings that these
songs invoke in me dwarf any artificial substance.Thanks for touring
again,and I hope you enjoyed playing for us as much as it looked like
you did.

From: "Nick Barone"
Subject: saratoga
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 21:05:41 -0400

To impress a certain woman back in 1993 I bought two tickets to your show in
Saratoga. Absolutely outstanding! Now seven years later that woman is my
wife and once again we went to Saratoga for the July 1 show. And once again,
outstanding! I hope you guys know how great it is to hear those songs played
live on a beautiful summer night. Thanks a lot for that (especially "The
Royal Scam"), and for a great new album.

Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 23:36:26 -0400
Subject: excellent!!!

went to the Nissan show July 22. Outstanding is all I can say. third
time I have seen the "Dan" and always enjoy the show. no frills but
great music just the way I like it. hope to see the band again next


Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 00:06:00 -0400
From: James Loeffler
Subject: Virginia Beach, VA concert

We just got home from your awesome concert in Virginia Beach. My husband
and I are both fans going back to your early days. Some couples have a
mushy love song that is "their song", ours happens to be "My Old School".
Thanks guys for playing it for your encore. The set design was amazing,
the band was tight. We loved seeing Cornelious Bumpus play again.
"Deacon Blues" and "Kid Charlemagne" were particulary outstanding. We have
been to a lot of concerts in our day. Tonight's concert ranks as one of
the best. Please come back again next summer.

Kim Montgomery and Jim Loeffler

From: "Laurie Rockelli"
Subject: July 23, 2000 at GTE Ampitheater
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 10:40:13 -0400

What a musical orgasm! Really enjoyed the roadies' choreography, as well. Thank you for touring so I could see the band concert-going life is now complete (for the time being)!

From: "Philbin, Daniel"
Subject: Nissan Pavilion, 22 July
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 11:27:41 -0400

You guys -- and gals -- were everything I imagined. I've listened to your
tunes all my life. In some cases, for obvious technical reasons, live
performances don't do the music justice. This was not the case at the 22
July show. The sound was clear, crisp.
The crowd was so into the event - especially with "My Old School," it was a
night I will remember for the rest of my days.


From: "M. Greg Crumpler"
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 13:45:38 -0400


Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 17:03:48 EDT
Subject: Nissan Pavilion July 22

Dear Band,

What to say....can't find the words to describe the occasion on Saturday,
July 22. I've waited 31 years to catch you guys, and it was an awesome
show!!:) To hear "Deacon Blues" and "Hey, Nineteen" live made the night!!:)
Please, please, come back and "Do it Again" soon. Your music is awsome, your
band incredible, and the show you put on was throroughly the best concert
I've ever heard. Thanks, Dan Fan in NOVA

From: "Ben Freud"
Subject: Nissan Pavillion Show
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 20:14:37 -0400

Just wanted to send a heartfelt thanks to you guys for a wonderful concert. The band was as tight a group of musicians as I've ever heard and the song selection was perfect. What a pleasure to hear new life pumped into the arrangements. We had a great evening. Your music has definitely enriched my life over the years and not surprisingly the new CD is superlative. Again, thank you Mr. Becker and Fagan - my wife and I hope to hear you in concert again someday. Sincerely, Ben Freud

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 23:25:46 EDT
Subject: CONCERT

On Saturday evening, July 22nd, I saw Steely Dan in concert. The weather was
nice and the venue was impressive. But it was most impressive to see Steely
Dan in concert. I was amazed. The music was played to utter perfection. It
sounded like I was listening to one of their CD's. Also, the sound system
used provided crystal clear feedback. My brother and a friend attended the
concert with me. They did not know much about Steely Dan but vowed to buy
some of their recordings after seeing the show. The friend of mine that came
with me had seen other concerts before. But after the show remarked, "it
takes an extremely talented band to play as flawlessly as this band played
tonight." I think they became Steely Dan fans overnight. Anyway, my thanks
goes out to Steely Dan for the great show. I hope to see them next year.

Subject: 7-23-00 Virginia Beach Virginia
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 23:39:09 -0400

I send you this humble message in praise of the best show I have ever seen. The music was crisp, the sound incredible, the drum solo in josie unreal--- truly an event few should ever want to miss. I must say my jaw dropped when you played glamour profession(something I never thought I would hear live) and then deacon blues brought tears to my eyes. You are all musicians with whom god created live music for. Thanks for the great show, the steely dan t-shirt.

From: jnh3
Subject: Steely Dan - AllTel Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh - July 21
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 16:40:20 -0400

A fine evening was had by all on a pleasant North Carolina (atypically)
cool evening.

"The band was hot."
"They danced a famous marango."

>From the opening strains of the first song with Herington's simple but
tasty two note guitar licks that tipped the crowd off to Boston Rag (as
well as brought to the stage the two leaders of the Steely Dan 2000
Orchestra) to the closing 2 note repeated bass riff of FM - - nothing could
have been finer than an evening with Steely Dan in Carolina.

I remember watching the guys 28+ years ago - - a bunch of us crowded into a
dorm lounge at UNC-Chapel Hill watching a black and white TV set for an "In
Concert" performance (anybody remember that Friday night show?). I think
they played "Do It Again" and "Reeling in the Years". I was captivated
right then and there and have been a fan ever since. I've played a number
of their tunes on guitar in bands over the years, and love to work out the
piano parts at home. (Beats doing crossword puzzles!)

On this July night, the band just could not have sounded better, the mix
was perfect, the rhythm section was in the pocket, the horns were right on
the mark and perfectly blended, backup vocalist were just perfect, and
Donald's singing (and his Rhodes/MXR Phase 90 combo as chunky and buttery
as ever) and Walter's guitar playing were superb. Jon Herington could not
be a better pick for the first guitar position, using that bridge pickup
throughout the night for those screaming leads - - presented in a perfectly
tasteful and not-to-much-for-the-song-or-situation way. And Walter's guitar
playing using a mellower neck position sound was the perfect complement.
Walter showed off nice guitar leads and licks throughout the night as well,
always tastefully administered.

The choice of songs for the evening and the buildup through the last half
of the show was masterful.

In a word, if you're reading through this and haven't yet seen them on this
tour, you're in for a treat!!



John Hackney

From: "david long"
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 17:37:35 EDT

I am writing in to let everyone know what a great concert Donald, Walter,and
the rest of the STEELY DAN lineup performed on Sun. July 23rd,2000 at Va.
Beach, Virginia. I have attended many concerts over the last 20 years,and
this was by far the greatest performance I have ever seen. Whoa!! WHAT A
SUPERB SHOW!!! I was so impressed with the tight sound of the band. I was
also very pleased with the enthusiasm that Donald and Walter seemed to show
for the audience attending the show.We were blessed with two excellent
encores, and the bands performance of "Dirty Work" sounded so good that I
almost cried.This was truly a Spiritual Experience!!! thanks so much for
gracing Virginia with your music. I will remember your performance as the
best I have ever had the privilige to witness, and I'll never forget a
single moment of it!!! THANK YOU STEELY DAN for a wonderful show.I'm A FAN

From: "Joey Blanks"
Subject: Virginia Beach Concert
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 18:51:24 -0400

My husband and I went to see the show at Virginia Beach. I've been waiting
YEARS to finally see The Dan play live, and it was everything that I hoped
that it would be! Even the hubby, who isn't as much of a fan as I am,
admitted that it was the best concert he'd ever been to. Please, guys,
don't wait so long to come back again!

Richmond, VA

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 01:20:51 EDT
Subject: What A Freakin' Show!!!!

Dear Donald, Walter & the Entire Band-
Thank you for such an awesome experience as I had tonight at Mars Ampitheater
in West Palm Beach. Your show has got to be -by far- the best I have EVER
seen in my entire life! What a tight band!!!!!! What acoustic candy....What
a show...the stars, the harmony, (the Rum Runners...) Oh what a night!

My step daughter saw you on Long Island and warned me how great you guys
were, and she didn't lie. I was elated to hear "Royal Scam" and of course
"Kid Charlamagne" from my favorite album. I especially enjoyed your "chorus"
doing the tri-harmony of "Dirty Work". They have voices of angels...

I was impressed how the years have not affected your voices in the least .
You guys are as good as the first day I heard you back in '71-72. Please
continue with your gift of song; you are truely a class act. I thank you

Patti Egiziano

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 02:29:29 EDT
Subject: Palm Beach / Mars Theater / 7-25

Best live sound I've ever heard. Perfect mix. The ladies'
harmonies...awesome. Best song? Jesus, they were ALL perfect. Donald, how
the Hell do you STILL hit those notes?

Chuck Kirkpatrick

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 06:34:59 -0400
Subject: AWESOME Show!

I can't thank you enough for the marvelous show that you guys put on Saturday,
July 22 at Nissan Pavilion in Virginia. BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! You had a
wonderful line up of songs, both old and new. What a special treat hearing the
girls sing Dirty Work. And Mr. Becker's "fine" introduction of the band was
hilarious. Your encore performance of My Old School and FM couldn't have been
more exciting and energy packed. The crowd was going wild.

It was a beautiful evening with beautiful music. My third time seeing you, but
definitely not my please come back to Virginia soon.

Very Respectfully,
Kelly Brown

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 11:25:28 EDT
Subject: Show in West Palm Beach, Fl.

You guys were the best. What a great mix of tunes, amazing musicians and a
great back up section. Once in a great while I see a show and realize that
the band is actually better live than on recording. That's how I felt about
last nights' show.

"Deacon Blues" was amazing and "Dirty Work" by the those beautiful and
talented backup singers was brilliant. Thanks for all the happiness and

Marty Rosen

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 18:05:43 EDT
Subject: ...That Night In Palm Beach

Dear Donald & Walter,
I'm still floating from your show last night at the Mars Amphitheatre
in West Palm Beach. Thanks for regaling us with your continuous tales of
pimps, hustlers and vagabound losers. It was wonderful that you could pull
out of your bag of tricks, classic songs that still can stimulate us into a
manic frenzied groove. A special note of appreciation for performing "Dirty
Work", a musical ditty I never thought would ever reach a concert stage.
Thanks for everything!



Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 19:15:03 EDT
Subject: West Palm Beach Show

Dear Mssrs. Becker & Fagen,

Last night, I had the thrill of watching your traveling show roll through
the barren and arid landscape that we call West Palm Beach. I was playing the
VIP tent along with my bass player, and we both agreed that we have rarely
seen a night that was as musical and as interesting as last nights was.

Your band is stellar, your choice of material is impeccable, the
arrangements unbelievably well written...and as a guitarist, I appreciated
the space that you gave to the solos. So many guitarists say a lot and mean
nothing. BOTH of the players last night spoke volumes in taste, selection and

I've seen countless shows through the years, but last night was something
special. One that I'll remember for a long time. It showed me that in this
world of 7-string guitars, bad rap/metal/funk hybrids and general lack of
musicianship and heart, there are still people who give a shit about the
message AND the method. Thanks for an injection of inspiration. Enjoy the
rest of your tour.


Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 20:35:04 EDT
Subject: Thank You!

Dear Walter, Donald and the Y2K Orchestra,

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! That's one for each of the shows I was
lucky enough to see this year. I've seen every tour since 92's Rock and Soul
Review and this has been the best yet! (also the soberest. coincidence?) I
was at all three of the Great Lakes Trifecta shows (Milw., Chi., and Det).
Even with the same set list, each show was like a new beginning. Thanks for
letting us be a part of your lives as you are a part of all of ours.

Chris Eisold

p.s. Walter, thank you for mentioning the Trifecta at the Milwaukee show. It
really meant a lot to me and everyone else who made that Pilgrimage.

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 21:46:29 -0400
From: "Cheryl U O'Connor"

Dear Donald and Walter:

My husband and I just enjoyed an evening with Steely Dan in VA Beach, VA
on 7/23/00. I have never seen you perform, and it was undoubtedly THE
BEST concert I have ever attended (and I'm 40 years old). EVERY song was
a favorite of mine - your band was wonderful and I loved the "choir". I
never took my eyes off the stage and it was well worth the money to see
both of you. I still have the 8-tracks from high school I played in my
VW Bug on the way to school....upgraded to cassettes, and now have all
the CD's. I love you guys and your wonderful music.

Cheryl O'Connor

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 21:52:57 EDT
Subject: You did it again!

Hello boys. I made the West Palm Beach, Fl. show on July 25. Once again, the
Dan is truly an outragouse band. Its been 28 years since I saw you last at
Pirates World, Hollywood, Fl. in 1972. You sounded great then and you were
wonderful to here again. Your opening tune, Boston Rag was done with style
and grace. The real treat though I must say was hearing Gold Teeth. Next tine
your in South Florida. I'll be there, again. Thanks for alot of years of
great music. Nothing comes close to the Dan.


Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 22:28:11 EDT
Subject: Concert at Mars in Florida

Thank you for a wonderful evening. The selections you picked were terrific.
The orchestra was very tight and the orchestrations perfect. With terrific
weather, a great venue and excellent, wonderful music, my only sad point was
that it had to end.

As a fellow trombonist, I am in awe of Jim. His sound reminds me of velvet.

Thank you for all the years of great music. I was taught that truly great
music can endure time and generations and sound fresh years after it is first
written. Steely Dan's music does just that.

Larry Sturm
Coral Springs, FL

From: "Marc Lewis"
Subject: E-Centre Concert
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 09:51:49 -0400
Donald and Walter,

Life-altering show at the E-Centre in Camden, NJ on 7/13/00. Saw you there
four years prior and didn't think it could get any better. Well, it did. Too
much to say other than you hit a bulls-eye. Great mix of 70's stuff.

My 9 year old daughter's favorite songs are "with a gun" and "cousin
dupree" -- my 12 year old son's favorite is "deacon blues" -- my two
favorites are "rikki don't lose that number" and "reeling in the years"
(which I am, by the way!). I keep your box set in my car, under my seat, for
quick access.

Your passion for creating music has provided me and my family a wonderful
"tool" to use over and over again, helping us pass the time and reflect on
our lives.


Marc Lewis
Doylestown, PA

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 09:52:35 -0400
From: Pablo
Subject: Tampa Show

Last night (7/26) I attended the show in Tampa, Florida, my first time
with real live Steely Dans. It was an awesome experience, I thought you
guys only existed in mythology!

As a musician of 30+ years (NY,drums), who had to hang it up a little while
ago due to hearing loss, I decided to brave the thunder, and stratospheric
prices (with ear plugs, bummer!) to see my favorite band of all time, it
was well worth it! You guys rock!! And I hope you "do it again" in the
coming years.

I have really appreciated your level of excellence, in songwriting,
performance, and dedication to sonic perfection through the years, and the
new material stands up to the test.

My wife who is not as big a fan as I, remarked that no matter how old the
songs were, they are as fresh as today, and she was amazed with the
tightness of the performance. What's the matter, hasn't she heard a damn
word I've said over the years?

I have a tape of your performance at the Sony studios, and I will treasure
it. I think you should do more of that in the future, maybe before you
pack this tour up, and put all the songs you did down on video for posterity.

Thanks for the ride,
Paul Wilsbach

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 15:23:34 EDT
Subject: Re: West Palm Beach Show

I am 9 and my Mom took me to see you and guess what? I took up piano this
past year but I'm taking up sax or drums next year in school cos I want to
join your band.

My Mom has all your albums (only 2 cd's) so guess what she did tonight? She
went out & got me the "Royal Scam" CD cos she said it was your best work.
I love jazz now and Smashmouth can now kiss me good-bye, cos I like your
music much better. Steely Dan Rules !!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for playing "Black Friday"- it's my favorite. (I am now listening
to "The Fez" and it has a cool regge sound---very awesome, but whats a fez?
Is it like a pez?). My uncle was in a band in NYC 20 years ago and loves you
guys too ( and he is a great drummer) so my Mom called him in NY last night
during the concert to let him hear "Deacon Blues" . She said it reminded her
of him .

Even tho you are kinda old, your very, very cool.

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2000 17:32:05 EDT
Subject: Style and Grace in Virginia Beach

Hello again guys,

Recognize me by now? The grey haired guy with the SDU hat....always near the
front of the show. Had great seats at both Jones Beach shows, Hartford and
center front row in Virginia Beach. My friends think I've gone crazy, but
only the ones I didn't take with me to see the Dan.

Nothing in my years of concert going approaches the musical professionalism
production quality of live Steely Dan. I waited my entire life to witness
and experience a live show by the masters of music, and words can not
describe the joy you have brought to me.

Thanks for the four summer nights of bliss that you have given me. To hear
songs that call back memories played to perfection so many years
later......WOW !!!!

Now, I need to convince my wife to travel with me to Europe for a couple
nights more
with Steely Dan.

Thanks for all the joy,

BIll Levine

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 09:59:40 -0400
From: Greg Michaels
Subject: Ice Palace, Tampa, FL show

Wow! "The Boston Rag," "Daddy Don't Live...," "Dirty Work," "MONKEY IN
YOUR SOUL?" Does it get any better than that? I think not.
Absolutely the finest musical performance I have ever had the honor to
attend. Everyone in perfect tune, time, and sync. Are you guys androids
or something? Thank you very much for a stellar performance. My brother
Brad and I were in awe. Oh, and I hope Walter is OK after that
almost-header he took getting back on stage after the break. Jesus,
Walt, don't scare us like that! (Just what were you guys doing back
there anyway?)
Thank you again for a wonderful show. It was Dan-tacular.

Greg Michaels.

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 07:44:24 EDT
Subject: South Fla. Venue

Don, and Walter,
You guys were awesome! When you hit the stage I was spellbound.
Mezmorized, The sets were incredible, Glamour Profession was a real surprise.
Hope you guys tour again. Just want to say thanks for a life of great music.
Where would we all be without you?

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 06:52:34 -0500
From: Manuel Trevino
Subject: The Houston Show

To Walter and Donald,

Your Show last night was so Great, and the energy that it provided, should have been harnessed to help with Houston's Power Supply. Your Band came out.. without the usual warm up period...and they just lit up the place with Boston Rag. I took a friend, and my Brother, and his Wife..Debbie to the Show...They loved your work; however, had never seen you perform...I had in 1994..Houston. I just sat back, and watched them freak on you guys..Screaming, Dancing,Singing...I saw it all around me..16 year old girls...50 year old hispanic...Everyone smiling and o' was a Shindig Fellows!

The Steely Groove just takes over like a Fire...Texas Loves The Steely Dan 4
Sure...Thanks Gentelmen, For An Experience I will never forget, and always
treasure. My name is Manuel Trevino, and I was about 12 when Can't Buy a
Thrill came out, so I know your act all too well. I hope you guys don't Houdini
Again..hahahah....Peace and Love to you and yours...MANUEL

Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 18:59:47 -0400
From: Darrell Nutt

Guys! Guys! (and the chorus girls too!)

It was such a treat to see your show in West Palm Beach July 25, 2000. I
was supposed to attend with a friend of mine, Elliott Randall but he got
caught in New York for another day. It would have been a nice surprise
for the guys. Maybe next time.

I must say... Everyone was exceptional. Jon Herington did a fine job.
I'm a drummer in Southwest Florida and Ricky Lawson was, "as Becker said
during the show - THE ROCK!" The girls and horns were flawless! Oh,
kudos to the lighting engineer. I noticed that every little vocal word
or horn hit was triggering a lighting cue. NICE JOB! FOH also did a
great job. I could hear everything clean and fresh and my ears didn't
ring when I got back to the hotel.

Thanks for writing, playing, touring the music that's makes me feel like
all is not lost in the industry!

Darrell Nutt

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 01:16:32 EDT
Subject: Woodlands Pavillion Houston Concert

Dear Mr.Becker & Mr.Fagen:

WOW!!!!....What a way to Cool Out on a hot Houston night. The concert was
impeccable. What a masterful group of musicians you are!!!! Really loved
"Royal Scam". Ya'll come back now ....Ya' hear!! And do please get those
Steely Dan T-shirts on-line .... I was so into the tunes that my size/style
sold out
by the time I decided to rip myself from the show to lay down my Jacksons and
buy a shirt. Thanks again for all the enjoyment that you have provided me and
countless others. Thanks for the concert tour. Please be sure to DO IT

Avidly Yours, Ruben Rodriguez/Houston,TX

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 14:16:54 EDT
Subject: 7/25/00 concert in W.Palm Beach Fl

Just had to let you guys know how mucj we enjoyed the show Tuesday night at
the Mars Music Amphitheatre. The sound was so perfect, the musici was so
tight, and the "choir" was just fabulous. Thanks for saving my two favorite
SD songs ("My Old School" and "FM") for the encores...they capped off a
perfect evening. Come back soon!

Phil Wishna
Loyal fan since 1970

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2000 22:11:19 EDT
Subject: Houston Show - 7/27

To Donald & Walter - thanks to you and all the fantastic players in the show
last night at the Woodlands. I've loved your music since I was 10 (when your
first LP was out, so that gives you an idea of how long I've been a fan).
I've always wanted to see you perform, but never had the opportunity. Well,
it was all worth the wait. Every tune was perfect! Truly beautiful music.
The really cool thing was how my husband reacted. He's a total metal-fan,
and I didn't know if he'd get into the show, but he was blown away by the
quality of your sound. He agreed with me that it was the best concert we'd
ever seen - and believe me, we don't agree on anything too often! The only
problem is now he'll be stealing all my Steely Dan CD's to play in his car.
I know we'll both be looking forward to your next visit to Houston. Thanks
again for the great time!

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 01:50:07 EDT
Subject: Dallas Show

It doesn't get any better!! Thanks guys for returning to Dallas. Hope you had
a good time. We sure did. See you again very soon. Keep on making music!

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 01:59:09 -0500
From: Steve Sivek
Subject: Houston Concert - 7/28

After all these years, Donald and Walter haven't missed a beat! In almost 30 years of attending concerts, Houston's Steely Dan concert was unmistakably one of the most memorable I've ever attended. I could close my eyes or gaze up at the stars and I drifted back to familiar faces and places almost thirty years ago while the music played in my head. Their music genre of jazzy rockin' blues definitely spans the ages. The full house crowd was a mixture that ranged from the geriatric generation to today's ravers. It did amaze me to see those in their twenties singing along to most of the old tunes. After the show I asked some of the younger attendees what made them come. Many said that their parents had listened to SD. They just never admitted to them that they really liked the music. Just goes to show that good music never dies. After the last song, FM, it was bittersweet. Still pumped from the music, I was sad to see that it was over. I could have stayed for many hours more even if I had to hear some of the same songs twice. And the band? All I could say was "WOW!!!" The ensemble of musicians and vocalists is one of the best brought together. Truly awesome!

I remember a time in the early 70's driving alone on a trip when I heard a newly released Steely Dan song on the radio. As soon as I saw the first store that I thought the album might be available at, I pulled in and bought it. Same thing happened after I left the concert. The new CD, 'Two Against Nature', lives true the the Steely Dan legacy. The Cousin Dupree track really sounds as if it were written back in the early days. I was so pleased to hear that the music has progressed without changing style.

Thanks for an unforgettably fantastic concert! Keep up the good work, guys. When you come back to Houston again; I'll be there.

Best wishes & good luck,

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 10:14:20 EDT
Subject: extreme

We saw the show at the Tampa venue on 7/26/00. I can not tell you how much we
enjoyed the entire experience, fagen was just so into the show, becker was
mellow and kickin' out the licks as usual, and the singers doing dirty work
was a great touch...harrington made that gibson and fender sing to
perfection...the entire band was great. i saw them during their '74 tour at
the waterbury palace in CT...that started my complete love of their 26 years later i got to sit and watch these outstanding
musicians...perfectionism was reached in every way and i am hoping as fagen
promised, we will see them next year with the same band...
a loyal fan forever

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 14:13:25 EDT
Subject: concert 7/23/00/Va beach gte

I have been a loyal steely dan fan forgoing on 30 years. But i will say that
nothing could have prepared me for the show i saw on the 23rd of july. I took
6 of my good friends to see the show. They knew who steely dan was, but had
been sick of me listening to the band for years. Those guys have not stopped
talking about the show since. It was in my opinion one of the best shows i had
ever seen and im looking forward to you guys coming back again soon. Hurry
back. I need to have some more fun. Thanks for reminding me why i think you
guys are two of the finest songwriters ever. Next time charge more and play
longer/just kidding.thanks Michael the Troupe

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 17:15:43 -0500
From: "Todd R. Mayer"
Subject: transcendent and resplendent

was the final NA show in Dallas last night. We had seen the Houston show
and immediately drove north to catch the last one. The choreography, set
design and use of color visuals was stunning - these were the most
engaging of any of the shows I've seen since '93.The Dallas show was
magnificent until the late last-set addition of Dean Parks moved things
into an altogether higher realm. I don't have words for the feeling of
unstoppable momentum this added. Gentlemen, I stand in rapt admiration
but not so mute that I can't say "thanks from all of us to all of you
who pulled that together".

Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2000 19:33:32 -0500
From: Sean Willeford
Subject: Dallas at the VodkaDome 7/29

WB & DF,

30 years of loving your music and you....the Dallas concert was
terrific, the only thing that would've made it better would have been if
it just kept on all night.....thank you for your inventiveness,
edginess, lyrics, musicianship and for writing the score to a *lot* of
my life...The Nightfly, Kamakiriad, A Decade of SD and (of course) 2
Against Nature are always with me drive-time just to put life in
prespective every day.

There is no "thank you" large enough or meaningful enough -

Bravo....I am honored to be on the same planet.


From: "Williamson, Paul"
Subject: Dallas, TX Show 7/29/00
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 08:51:41 -0500

What can I say? Probably the best performance I've ever seen! Jon Herington
has got to be classified as a guitar GOD! His lead guitar playing complimented
WB to lofty heights. As for DF, the voice is still as strong as ever.
We sat in section 101, row J right in front of long time SD bassist, Chuck Rainey.

What a wonderful night 10 rows from the stage!!!

Paul Williamson
Dallas, Texas

From: Fred Herauf
Subject: Houston, Texas Show
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 09:30:35 -0500

Awesome! Blown Away! Just two of many adjectives to describe the concert
experience July 28th at the Woodlands Pavilion in Houston. Simply stated
this was the finest live musical event I have ever had the privilege of
attending. I am 50 years old so I have been to my share of shows. That
unmistakable Dan sound, the absolute professionalism, and of course, all of
those great musicians added up to an unforgettable experience.

The Pavilion was packed and it was certainly satisfying to hear all the
tunes both old and new. My only complaint was it was too short. My wife
and I could have stayed all night and judging by the audience's respone they
felt the same way. I have been a fan since the beginning and this
experience reinforced what I already knew - namely Steely Dan is the best!

I have some advice for the fine people in Europe. Get ready for a show of
the first rank. If you haven't gotten tickets yet, you better hurry.

Please make a live album of thr tour and please come back again.

Thank you!

Fred Herauf

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 11:40:35 -0500
Subject: 7/29/00 Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, Texas
From: Carlos Zapata

Back in "93, my friend, H. Michael Karshis, and I drove three hours to the
Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston to catch a tour that I thought would never
happen ever again - Steely Dan.

Well, seven years later Mike and I were back on the road to catch what we
found out later was the last stop on the U.S. tour. This time we found
ourselves in Dallas on the ninth row of an amazing show that started with
The Boston Rag and in the 3 hour show included a version of Dirty work with
vocals handled by the "SD Choir".

Mr Fagen and Mr. Becker, thanks for an amazing show and thanks for all the
years of amazing tunes.

One of your biggest fans,
Carlos R. Zapata
San Antonio, Texas

Subject: Dallas
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 13:24:43 -0500

I won't beleaguer you with a lengthy diatribe into what concert should be
like. In short, Saturday at the Starplex in Dallas was it. Really wonderful.

Fritz Reinig

From: "David Fyffe"
Subject: Dallas, Texas Show 7-29-00
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 18:10:52 -0500

Hey guys, I just wanted to tell you guys what an incredible show that was Saturday night. The setlist was absolutely phenomenal, digging deep into the bag of tricks for very pleasant surprises! You mentioned that night as the last stop on your U.S. tour and how much you have enjoyed playing - it showed because everyone seemed loose, although the music tight, as always, and your constant interaction with the crowd made the 20,000 seat venue seem as intimate as a nifty jazz club!! I had the pleasure of seeing you at the same place, back in '94, and didn't think that show could be topped - I was wrong by a mile. The entire evening was, in a word, magical! It had the feel of everything firing on all cylinders - the entire band smoked from start to finish. It was a thrill to see the show with five good friends - all huge fans - four that had never seen you before. They were blown away. That, guys, is a thrill you can't buy! Thanks, again, for another awesome experience - well done!

From: "jack daniel, jr."
Subject: Dallas, Tx 07/29/00 concert

Steely Dan's concert in Dallas, Texas on July 29, 2000 was an
overwhelming and
emotional tour de force of sound and sight. The concert was so good it
almost defies description. If you have never seen Steely Dan and ever
have an opportunity you could not help but like it if you consider
yourself any kind of fan of good music.

Jack Daniel

Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 04:28:31 -0500
From: Victoria Garcia
Subject: Nirvana


I attended the 7/28 Friday evening concert at the Woodlands Pavillion
and swear it was the best concert I have ever witnessed. I have been
going to shows since I was 13 (now 34) and have seen the best of the
best but nothing compares to Steely Dan live.

I experienced a complete state of Nirvana and utter blissfullness. I
felt like I was in a heavenly state and had chills and tears which has
never happened before.

I love you Donald and Walter and the rest of the fabulous musicians for
putting out such wonderful music. Your heart and soul were into it and
it showed.

I am a native Austinite and would love it if you came and played in
Austin sometime or better yet my friend Terry Lickona of Austin City
Limits would love it if you played an ACL taping.

Please tour again!

Victoria Garcia

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 23:20:09 EDT
Subject: Houston Show

Becker & Fagan,

I can not express in words what it meant to me seeing Steely Dan Live!! In 1974 I had tickets to see you (I believe it was at the Music Hall, Houston, TX). Unfortunetly, my parents would not let me go cause it was a "school night". My mom said " I am sure you will see them next year". Well, next year came 26 years later. It was everything I expected. I was lead to believe (by the limited reading material on Steely Dan) that the group was strictly a studio band and could not reproduce the music live. Well, that was definitely proved wrong. Steely Dan sounded excellent live (much better than the bootleg tape I bought back in high school). More importantly, you guys actually seemed to be enjoying yourselves which made my heart feel good.

And last but not least, I finally got my very own "Steely Dan Teeshirt".

Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2000 15:08:04 EDT
Subject: Awesome in Tampa!

Clean, Clear, Precise, Authentic, Mature, Outstandingly Talented, ... like if I closed my eyes it would seem like I was listening to your crisp CD. These are just some of the words that I can think of right off the bat. My husband and I so enjoyed your show and we thank you for coming to Tampa. A great mature crowd with LOTS of LOVE and APPRECIATION for Steely Dan and it's 13 members. Simply Awesome. Can't wait to see you again. Thanks for the fantastic show.

Pam Loher -

Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2000 21:04:25 EDT
Subject: Starplex 7/29/00

Caught your final domestic show down in Dallas at the Starplex. Well, all I can say is "ouch"! Steely Dan has always been the tightest and brightest band ever to invade my eardrums, but even I was blown away. The smile on my face must have been severe because my cheeks still hurt the next morning.

The song list was killer. Knowing full well that certain tunes are standard issue, I prayed hard for a few personal favorites. Well, from Boston Rag to Don't Take Me Alive to Night By Night to Jack Of Speed - there were many highlights. The girls getting down on Dirty Work was beautiful to be sure. It was, however, The Royal Scam that put the show over the top. How unbelievably sharp! It was the closest thing to musical perfection I have ever heard. Typical Steely Dan stuff.....

Many thanks for music unmatched.

Adam H. Gutman

Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 12:38:41 EDT
Subject: Perfection redefined!

Hey guys:

There were moments during your three-hour performance Saturday night at the Dallas Starplex when I felt I had died and gone to heaven. The show, for me, is summed up in two words: Greatness and Historic. I saw the 1994 show at the same venue and I didn't think it could be improved upon. I was wrong. Donald and Walter have given perfection a new definition. I could have listened for three more days and I hope this will not be your last performance, though if it is, I will have become a part of history.

If only I could live in "Barrytown".

Todd Burrow
Denton, Texas

Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2000 14:03:28 -0400
From: Bob Blankenship
Subject: The Virginia Beach Show

Hey Guys,
I've always liked your music, but never seen your live show. Some friends convinced my wife and I to catch your show in Virginia Beach on 7/23/00. It took a little convincing since my wife wasn't real excited about driving five hours one way to see you guys. I just wanted to let you know your performance was truly excellent. You guys are winning big time against nature. I've been fortunate to catch most of my heros on the geezer tour circuit, but Steely Dan is far and above the greatest act I've seen and heard. You are true professionals. The sound was excellent, the players are top notch, and the setlist was perfect. It was a great evening, and I'd like to do it again. As for my wife. She ended up dancing to the encores, just after you blew us away with "Don't Take Me Alive". I don't know if you consider yourselves to be part of the geezer tours or not, but for my money you guys can not only play, but rock with anyone anytime. Best of luck and be safe during the rest of the tour.


From: Sean Gilgallon
Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 19:33:51 EDT

Hurry up boys
England is waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

E u r o p e

From: "Mette Tonnesen"
Subject: Copenhagen, Denmark - concert 28.08.2000
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2000 23:56:18 +0200

Well well well, just arrived back home after attending your concert. What can be said that you've probably havn't heard before? Still i'm gonna give it a shot....

It seemed that you folks were taken a bit by suprise by the enthusiasm from the audience, but you did a great concert
- Now you do have to keep your promise, that "we have to come back here more often..." it was a magnificient evening, you played almost all the songs we wanted to hear - a nice "go-through" - songs from all the album's... off course there was a few ones missing, but then you would have had to play on until four'o'clock in the morning.... thank's for giving - and I think I can speak for all of us being there - everyone great show. Hope you don't wait 20 years before comming back...

- Good luck to all of you on and off stage - see you hopefully soon...

From: "Peter Olsson"
Subject: Copenhagen Concert 28/8
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 00:48:56 -0000

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I can't believe that you actually came to play for us after all these years! Well, finally you did, and i think you were a bit surprised that you got such a warm welcome here in Scandinavia. All i can say after listening to your records for the past 25 years..... You were great!!! almost a religious experience too see you live, and what a band! If you ever plan to come back, that would be AOK, but if you dont (chances are small, arent they?), we still can live happily everafter, and die with peace of mind and heart ;-)) Once again, Thank you masters of melody and perfection!!! /Peter, Sweden

From: "Beta Technic / Sune Granzow"
Subject: Concert in Copenhagen
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 09:46:29 +0200

Hi Guys What a great way to start your European tour. Normally a Danish audience is pretty tough to stir, but you really got us going. A standing ovation through 3 tunes is pretty rare these days. No question about it, you deserved it. The Valby Hall does not have a very good reputation in terms of "sound". To much concrete. But hand it to your sound manager, yesterday the sound was clear as alpine air. Don said "We should come here more often", why dont you? Best Regards Sune Granzow Denmark

From: "Tallbacka, Jon
Subject: Congrats man - Outstanding concert, Copenhagen 28th August, 2000
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 10:37:44 +0200

With a big lump in my throat I left the concert Monday night. My lifetime
companion since I was eight years (1975) old stood a couple of feet in front
of me that knight, and what a concert. Not in my wildest dreams could I have
hoped for such an outstanding, well-matched bliss of a concert. Thank you!
You are, will always be my lifetime companion. Come visit us soon again.

PS. Say hello to the rest of the band.

Yours respectfully,

Jon Tallbacka
Copenhagen - 2nd row - in front of your choir angels.

From: Mads Gudik-Sørensen
Subject: copenhagen gig, August 28th
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 11:14:55 +0200

Hi guys. Thanks for coming to Copenhagen this time round.

Fantastic concert last night, the entire band throws out the toughest groove
this side of the Andromeda.
Play list pretty much as on the American leg of the tour, I loved the back
catalogue quotes, and the altered lyrics in "Hey Nineteen".

Amazing Jack of Speed, My old school, and Don't take me alive. The girls did
splendid job on Dirty work, someone should buy these girls some roses, I'm
sorry I did'nt!
If it wasn't for my newly born son, my new job and the 2.nd mortgage I would
follow you guys round Europe this season.

Best regards
Mads Gudik-Sørensen, Roskilde, DK

From: Pär Edman
Subject: 28 years of longing and waiting!
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 18:12:51 +0200

Is over now!
Yesterday I went from Gothenburg Sweden to Copenhagen Denmark and
had an experience of a lifetime - the Steely Dan 2K tour premiere in Europe.
What can I say?
I've waited since 1972 for this chance. And now I'm almost sad it's over.
And I'm never going back to my old school, because you, Steely Dan, taught
me to
constantly look for new harmonies.
Your first 2K European concert was just as great and memorable as I had
possibility to expect.
I want to thank you guys for never giving up making and playing real music.
At any cost.
Because as they say "The bitter taste of poor quality remains long after the
taste of low cost has dissapeared."

Now I got Steely Dan T-shirt!

Come back soon!

Pär Edman

From: "Lars-Bo"
Subject: The Copenhagen Gig
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 22:56:48 +0200

Hi there. Thanx a bunch for an great concert. Being Steely Dan Fan(s) and having seen your your concert in Bruxelles some years ago, it was nice to be able to go to our own back yard to enjoy the good old and new tunes. Boston Rag --great opener, Deacon Blues the high light, Royal Scam was there, lovely. More relaxed than the last time & it was good to hear some of the more strange old stuff. The jazznerd in the company feels good that he recognized that quoting of "Laura" over Bodhisattva, and is dying to mention that he heard Harold Mabern play Do it Again at the N.Y. club Augie's; also, he likes the new CD better because it's so stuffed with lush and depraved chords. And we all felt a strange mix of comfort and uneasiness when we with a 5 second delay noticed "wonderful copenhagen". We're tinseltowners and not used to that kind of exposure. Humour is a gift from above. Piano player's elaboration on Janie Runaway fine too. Bye now. On our way into nothing special..... Lars-Bo and Mads

From: "Tarkiainen, Pekka"
Subject: Your show in Helsinki, Finland
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 12:31:33 +0200

Hi Walter, Donald & the rest of your incredibly tight band,

I turned 33 just a three days ago. Your show last night was by far the
best birthday present I've had in my life.
And that includes a multi-purpose-wonder-machine Swiss pocket knife given
to me by my father some 17 years ago!
Actually, I never dared to dream of seeing you (a)live, so now I may die
happy (but preferably not yet).
Your set was smashing, groove being soooo tight you couldn't have squeezed
a... well, anything extremely narrow in.
I was also surprised to hear how you could add an extra funkiness to your
songs - extra thanks to your backbone, i.e. Ricky & Tom!
Well, what the hell, here goes: other highlights of a glittering
performance were Ted's keyboardian (is that a word? it is now)
John's liquid fingerisms (oh my..), the excellence of Cornelius
"Hornelious" Bumpus, overall sweetness of the horn section (Mr. B,
Michael, Bob and Jim), and last, but not least
(talk about understatement), the very lovely backing trio Cynthia, Carolyn
and Victoria - your version of Dirty Work surpasses even the
original one (is that blasphemy?). Oh yes, there were Donald and Walter,
too, somewhere...
An now, words fail me.

Thank you.

With gratitude,
Pekka Tarkiainen

PS Have to try that combination of sauna and tequila sometime...

From: Harry Nikander
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 16:54:02 +0300

WHOAA!!! Unforgetable evening. Finnish crowd were respecting the long-a-waited SD-act listening every note carefully! Not too much dancing, which was positive. Stage setting were sparse and brilliant. Very elegant with tasteful lightning. Sound was almost perfect >from the beginning and volume very pleasant. Set list was almost the same than in US gigs August. One great "surprise" was "Babylon sisters", which has moved "Glamour profession" away. Band really a Band, not individuals. Everyone got their solos, which they deserved with pride and joy. Maybe not necessary to count highlights, anyway here's my choice: "Jack of speed" (great double sologuitar by Walter and Jon)/ "Hey nineteen" (Fagen doing his best performance, great vocals with nice backing vocals by The Girls), "Kid Charlemagne" (brilliant!) and "Don't take me alive" (Band was cookin! at this point) I once shouted my humble want to Donald from my front seat! That was "Third world man".That was never heard. Otherwise evening was tremendous. Long live SD. Ps. Now we are praying for SD concert in open-air International Pori Jazz Festival 2001 or any year! Thank you. Yours always, Harry Nikander Helsinki Finland

Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 18:03:11 +0100
Subject: Copenhagen gig

Hi there!

My name is Marie-Louise and I'm a huge fan of yours!!!
I went to the Copenhagen gig last monday, and it was my first SD gig ever - but
certainly not the last!!!!!!
With patience I've waited for that day to come when I finally got to see you
perform live...and now
I must say that it was the best concert I've ever been too in my entire life -
wow, some fantastic musicians
and what a nice selection of songs, with many faves of mine (Night by night, The
Boston Rag, Glamour Profession....etc.)
and what a joyful mood (is that the rigth word??) - I'll never forget that
evening!!! Actually, I'm probably going to the Hamburg gig
as well!!!

Thank you - you are awesome!!!

Best Regards,

Marie-Louise, Denmark

By the way: I'm "only" 25 years old....!

From: "Heikki&Kristiina Nieminen"
Subject: awesome...
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 20:04:42 +0300

I just wanted to tell you guys that I haven't been so emotionally erect in a looooong time.....maybe never. I saw y'all live yesterday in Helsinki, Finland and I have to say that you should rule the world =). I've been a fan since maybe -93, and have been hoping (and praying) for a gig in my home country. Now I can die a happy man...I even bought a t-shirt, so you poor bastards don't have to starve. Well, in conclusion, thank you a million times and hope you'll continue making the world a better and insane enough place to live in. Heikki Nieminen Finland

From: Søren Frellesen
Subject: The Copenhagen Concert
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 19:10:21 +0200

Was everything we could hope for. It's a crying shame that you didn't play
all night, because there was so muany great songs you didn't play, but we
all agreed that you could do to equally good concerts with completely
different songs. I can see from the other E-mails, that you vary the sets,
so we have to catch you a couple more times while you're in Europe. The
sound in Valby Hallen is notoriously crummy, but you somehow managed to
sound fantastic! What a great band, and what a joy that Mr. Becker sang two
songs in his über cool voice, which I we all know and love from the great 11
Tracks of Whack. Steely Dan and youe three fantastic solo albums (when I got
my first apartment in 1990 THE NIGHTFLY stayed on the turntable for three
months - I kid you not) are so popular in Denmark that you would not believe
it, I hope you felt some of that monday night. And thanks for playing MY OLD
SCHOOL. Did you know that SHUBIDUA which is the most popular band in Denmark
covered Change of the Guard in Danish in the early seventies, and turned it
into a pretty funny song about steeling apples? Hope you got paid!!! Well
anyway it was just such a great pleasure to finally see you guys live, and I
think MY COUSIN DUPREE is the best song of the millenium!

Sincerely - Søren Frellesen, Copenhagen.

From: "Orla Kristensen"
Subject: Copenhagen, ultimo August 2000
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 20:59:07 +0200

Dear Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen, Thanks a lot for a hell of a concert ! I have bee enjoying your records for years and your concert in Copenhagen was some experience. Northern are good listeners, you are great preformers and artists and the concert was out of this world ! I (and others) demand a live-cd from this tour - and off course you and and your magnificant band and choir to be back in Denmark as soon as possible. In deepest respect and with still tears in my eyes, Yours, Orla & Ulla Kristensen Copenhagen, Denmark

From: Kai Kärkkäinen
Subject: August 30th Concert in Helsinki, Finland
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 23:36:39 +0300

Many thanks for taking the time to play in Finland for the very first time. I thought I'd never be able to see you live (I have been a fan since "Reelin' In The Years"), so I was really looking forward to the concert and it was even better than I expected. The band is absolutely incredible and the songs... well, to call them masterpieces would be the understatement of the century. The new songs are great, especially "Janie Runaway", but the highlight of the show had to be "My Old School": GORGEOUS!!! Hope to see you again in Helsinki (please,please,please...). Meanwhile -> Sweden, Norway, Germany, Scotland, England, Belgium, France and the Netherlands: Enjoy, you're in for a treat!!! Thanks again, Kai Helsinki, Finland

Date: Sat, 02 Sep 2000 19:32:04 +0200
From: iMac
Subject: Copenhagen

Walter & Donald! (and of course uor knockout band)

What can I say.
Better than anything I've ever heard or seen.

And top quality sound, even for us on the first row.

Thank U, and welcome back...soon.

Hope there'll be a live CD soon



From: Kjell Myklebust
Subject: wow
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 00:55:44 +0200

Your consert in Oslo was fabolous !
We love Steely Dan !!


From: "John Stanich"
Subject: Stockholm
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 08:31:56 +0200

Hello All you 14 on stage and everyone else behind the scenes, Having only seen Steely Dan live for the first time two nites ago in Stockholm, I can only say that your sound was incredibly tight, the show was bodaciously cool and next time come to Gothenburg (the "other" Swedish city) where you'll play in our Concert Hall where the acoustics are geared to giving the audience orgiastic experiences - guaranteed! Thanks to all for an experience never to be forgotten. John S (formerly of Hasbrouck Hgts, New Jersey)

From: "Gulbranson, Carl"
Subject: Oslo sept.2 2000
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 10:04:17 +0200

Hi guys

Just want to say thank you for an exellent gig last night. You really know
how to meet expectations, and they were high! Great looking choir too.....

Carl Gulbranson

From: "John Erik Larsen"
Subject: Conert in Oslo
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 11:55:22 +0200

Hello! Oslo 020900: The best consert I've ever been to. Thank You! It was really a great inspiration for further composing og performing. Erik Larsen

From: "Jenn L. & Svein B."
Subject: 2 Sept concert in Oslo Spektrum
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 12:51:13 +0200

They'd never toured here Norway before, and I'd never seen them live before,
so it was a truly fantastic and special evening for the entire audience, and
think it showed! I believe a few New York-hardened eyebrows on stage went
at the warm reception they got...
To avoid going into loads of detail, where I'd have to pull out the
thesaurus to find
different ways of saying "extraordinary," I'll just say that Uncle Walty and
Don and
their entourage of mind-bogglingly ACE musicians put on an incredible show!

Guys, thank you for finally coming here! Please come back sometime, even if
you put on the viking helmets again! ;-) (And thanks for playing "Night By
and "Don't Take Me Alive")

Jennifer Hjorthaug

From: "Glenn Dyresen"
Subject: Concert in Oslo 2. sept. 2000
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 17:01:30 +0200

All I have to say is : Thanks ! It was a great experience "to be there" !!! :-) Glenn

From: "Even Smith Wergeland"
Subject: Concert in Oslo
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 18:26:53 +0200

Dear Mr. Fagen and Mr. Becker Last night I went to see you play in Oslo Spectrum, and I had a really great time ! I discovered your music when "Two Against Nature" was released this year, and I loved the record, so I bought some of the albums from the seventies too. Seeing you live was fantastic, and'I'm very glad I took the oportunity when it showed up. I sure hope this wasn't the last time you visited Norway. The band you have put together for this tour is the best I've ever seen, and the playing was superb ! I think the old songs sounded even better in this millenium, and I especially enjoyed "FM", "Josie" and "Deacon Blues". The ones you played from the new album were also topp class. Thanks ! Even Smith Wergeland, Bryne

Subject: concert in OSLO
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2000 20:44:16 +0200


From: Lone Malmaasen
Subject: Your show in Oslo Spektrum

Thank you so much for a wonderful concert on Saturday the 2.nd of
I have been a faithful follower since I first heard the Katy lied album
in 1975...I was fifteen then.
I am already waiting for your next european tour!.......hehe.........
Once again: Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

Bjørn, Oslo Norway.

Date: Mon, 04 Sep 2000 02:27:38 +0200
From: Fredrik Olsson
Subject: Re: Stockholm concert

Hi D&W

You knocked us out last night here in Stockholm Sweden. What a great
moment that I have waited for since I was a young kid, I mean to finally
go to a real concert with The Dan, honestly I couldn't in my wildest
dreams beleive that you would stop by for a concert. I have had maybe
two or three artists that I always wanted too experience live and it's
Steely Dan the Beatles, Sinatra it ended with you guys. Thanks again
for a fantastic memorable evening and hopefully you will come here next
year again.

Good luck with the rest of the tour in Europe.

P.S Is the tour ended after Europe?

Kind regards
Fredrik and Pia in Stockholm

From: "Maritim Group"
Subject: Spektrum concert
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 10:51:52 +0200

Donald and Walter I just wanna say .............-EXCELLENT. The sound was excelent. The band was excellent (excellent move to to get Ricky Lawson ? in) I was somehow disappointed that you did not include I.G.Y and Walk Between the Raindrops that is so easy and typical for Steely Dan. Though, that's my my opinion. However, I want to go to Rotterdam to see you again in a few days. Keep it up and never die --Ron

From: "George Helmke"
Subject: Oslo Concert
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 20:37:22 +0200

Caught the Oslo show a couple of nights ago. I knew I wouldn't be
disappointed, and I wasn't. I am a lifelong fan ever since I saw you guys
play Reeling in the Years on ABC's In Concert so many years ago.

Seeing you guys perform brought something into perspective for me. At the
center of it all is Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagan, and it was plain from what I
heard Sat. night that that is where it all starts. I could have listened to
just the two of you play all night. However, all of the great musicians you
had with you only enhanced things. I have always wondered about the
relationship of SD to the various sidemen. The concert showed me a lot.

There was a woman in Oslo by the name of Randi Hultin, who was a big
supporter of the arts, specifically jazz. She passed away this year, and
will be missed. She had organized a lot of jazz concerts over the years,
and had befriended jazz musicians from all over the world. Being in her
house was a strange experience for this expatriate American, which I tried
to explain to the Norwegians around me. How could so many great American
musicians have passed through this house, did they really realize how huge
the USA really is?

Now, why did I bring up some Norwegian woman's living room? Her house and
her life were a focal point for jazz.

From where I sit, your work over the years has been/is a focal point of its
own. This is a meeting point of pop, jazz, and R&B, and serves several
purposes. Firstly, your compositions and arrangements get the attention
they deserve. But also, we in nowhere land have been exposed to a lot of
great players. Hearing Randy Brecker, Chuck Rainey, Steve Gadd, Phil Woods,
etc. on your albums over the years gave us some things to ponder. And
sooner or later, we ended up hitting a music store, trying to find other
records with these guys, thus opening even more doors.

When I put all of this together, I see what has made me love your work all
of these years: Thank you for being curious about something, and trying to
get to the bottom of it. Thank you for putting so much thought into what
you have done.

It makes me happy to the bottom of my heart that you are composing,
recording, and performing again. I sincerely hope that you get as much joy
as you have given.

Looking forward to whatever you do next.

From: "Anne Elise Svingel"
Subject: Comments from Copenhagen
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 23:03:06 +0200

Hi Donald & Walter!

Thank you for a mega-memorable evening at Valbyhallen last monday, Aug. 28th. Cool music (of course), wonderful band, good sound despite the terrible venue. Also thanks to whoever designed the Steely Dan babydoll T-shirt, I love it. What was the title of the Mancini piece the band played opening the 2nd set? And who on earth got the idea for the band aid?? "Can you tell me where I might find a festive atmosphere?" - the danish part translated directly into english meaning: "Is this a good time to show off my dick?" !!!

Otherwise love and respect,
Anne, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 04:11:36 EDT
Subject: Concert Hamburg

Hi Donald and Walter,

thank you for a great concert in Hamburg last night. Great musicians, a cool
mixture of thirty years of Dan-Music. A special thanx for the choir-Version
of "Dirty work". See you in Hamburg?!?! Do it again!


Date: Tue, 05 Sep 2000 13:59:16 +0200
From: Christian Ulstad
Subject: Thanks to (YOU and my sister), from me, Grieg and the Vikings!

Thank YOU for the saturday night SD-fever!

I see this tour as a kind of Tour of Honour: So many people have kept
waiting for so long ....!!!!!! ..... since the time my sister gave me
(now 36) a tape with the Aja album in the 20'th century, 1977, I
guess between September 23, 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., I've bee waiting!

Though, living in Norway doesn't give me the best of hope for another
chance, (unless you oppose to that) so will there be anything from the
Y2K2vn-Tour on VHS or DVD or even CD?....just in case you must resist a
return to this fabulous, irresistable home of Grieg and the Vikings!

Deemed to DanDom

Christian ulStaD

From: Kenneth Jennings
Subject: Rockin' Stockholm for the 1st Time
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 14:20:38 +0200

Went to your Stockholm concert at the Hovet. All I can say is you folks
rocked it. The voices were clear, the band was tight, the jokes were
funny (okay Walter, I'll have to be honest and say that the one about
the green dye was a little lacking, but hey) and the Donald had the
strut going on stage :)

Seeing you folks in action was a dream come true for someone who was
probably the only little kid in Harlem who was a fan back in the '70s.

May your minds stay sharp and your creativity increase for another 50
years. God bless you all.

Ken J.

From: "von-Segebaden, Christer"
Subject: What can I say....
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 16:51:22 +0100

Dear Mr. Becker & Fagen!

Thank you for the great show in Stockholm 1/9-00
It was truly one of the best musical experiences I've had for a long time.
I grew up with your music so it was a lot of nostalgia but it is great music
you make, it still works.
And the company you keep is so tight and professional.
If you come back I'll be there again.

Christer v. S.

Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 00:23:47 +0100
From: gary thomson
Subject: Greetings from Caledonia

Hello Don & Walter,

Thanks for coming back to Glasgow. I'm really glad we had a much better
venue this time around, it helped to make it a great show. Thanks for
putting together such a fine band of musicians to showcase your songs.

Lang may yer lum reek.

Oh yeah, and haste ye back!

All good things,


From: "d.mcdade"
Subject: Glasgow show
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 01:53:34 +0100

hi guys! i am speechless! i just got in from the glasgow show...........PHEW! when steely dan decided to stop touring first time around, i was pretty much still in nappies, so to see tonights show was kinda an ambition fufilled. thanks to two older brothers i grew up with the 'dan' so a lot of the set held special memories for me..... bodhisattva......YEA! deacon blues.......WOW! AARRGGGHH! WOT! no doctor wu............BUMMMMER! (only kiddin guys, maybe next time). my superfine mind came undone!!! sincerely david

From: "Fish, Tom
Subject: Glasgow gig
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 11:43:41 +0200

Had to say thanks for a lovely night at the Armadillo in Glasgow last night.
The musicianship was of the highest quality.
The choice of music from your opus was inspired.
The sound was wonderful and you all looked good from row 5.
Special mention for Jon Herington, Cornelius Bumpus and Bob Sheppard.
You continue to inspire my own music making, indeed my life.
Don't Ever Stop.
Thom Fish

From: "laura.mceleny"
Subject: Concert in Glasgow
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 11:15:57 +0100

Hi, Donald and Walter! I got the chance to see you guys in Glasgow last night, (6th september 2000), and I had a wonderful evening. I couldn't pass up the chance to see Steely Dan in the flesh especially not knowing if and when you would come back to Scotland again. I don't know if I may have been one of the youngest people there (I'm 22) but the whole band were awe inspiring and, as I am a learning musician myself, I wish I could play and write lyrics as amazing as you do. I consider it a miracle to even master a Steely Dan chord! Anyway I enjoyed the gig and although I will now be short on cash for the next two weeks the ticket was more than worth every penny! P.S. I have to say, Mr Fagen, you looked quite sexy in a crazy sort of way!! Lots of love, Laura.

Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 16:04:42 +0100
From: Calum Paterson
Subject: Steely Dan Concert/Glasgow

I saw "The Dan" four years ago when they were last in Glasgow and
thought then I had been at the best concert ever, wrong! Last night
Steely Dan produced the goods and with spades. This touring band is
awesome from the horn section right through to the amazing backing
vocalists. Their rendition of "Dirty Work" was something else. Donald
and Walter are true craftsmen and although at one point Donald thought
the audience were quiet, we were just gobsmacked as to what was
happening on stage but after the interval the joint went bananas. Thanks
guys for a memorable night,enjoy the rest ofthe tour, Europe is in for a

Haste yeh back

From: "Ben Rose"
Subject: glasgow gig - awesome!!
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 19:36:01 +0100

donald and walter thank you so much for a fantastic return to scotland! it was an amazing gig at the clyde auditorium in glasgow on the 6th september. with no disrespect to previous gigs/musicians the current line up is different class. superb musicians, classy back up singers(they look like they're having a ball) and your unmistakable dry humour - its great to see you both relaxed and enjoying life on the road. your sound engineer desrerves praise too! the mix was great. i sincerely hope you return soon to this venue as it was far superior to the secc hall. keep making great music- you are the best!! hurry back soon or as we say here in scotland "haste ye back" best wishes ben rose aberdeen scotland

From: "jayessdj2"
Subject: Glasgow concert
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 20:07:18 +0100

Hi guys, just a thank you for your great gig last night. I have been listening to your fantastic music for over 25 years now. You ain't lost nothing.The show was awesome. thanx sd John Sandeman

Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 15:20:26 EDT
Subject: Concert Armadillo Theatre Glasgow 6.9.2000

Brilliant, absolutely brilliant, awesome. Well done Walter and Donald. The
music was brilliant and the musicianship second to none. What a great band to
put together and what a compliment to yourselves and your writing prowess
that these great musicians and singers have come on tour with you. I had
waited a while for this but you did not let me down or anyone else for that
matter. Maybe the audience looked a bit laid back but I can assure you from
the ones I spoke to they thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the show. Please
come back soon and thanks for the evening. Its not every day we get to hear
these great musicians in Scotland.

From: "Jon Lothian"
Subject: Glasgow doo
Date: Thu, 07 Sep 2000 20:10:23 GMT

Dear Walt, Don and the Gang,

Exceptional night at the Armadillo last night.The band was really moving.
The girls are particularly awesome, Dirty Work blew our minds.
Any chance of a release with Cynthia on lead?

Best wishes for the future, long may the dan thrive.

The Bodacious Cowboys

From: "lymac"
Subject: concert glasgow, scotland 06/09/00
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 21:30:54 +0100

I can now die happy! Even better than when I saw you 4 years ago - you even played my favourites - "Babylon Sisters", "Hey 19" and "FM" - my partner disappointed that "Reelin in the Years" left out but I had a ball! Steely's Dan's music has been with me for 25 years - through sunshine and shadow, through my darkest moments of despair - thank you for the music!!! Pauline Glasgow, Scotland 07/09/00

From: "Dave Smillie"
Subject: Glasgow Concert - 6th September 2000.
Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2000 21:34:21 +0100

Please do NOT publish my e-mail address. Thanks.

To all Steely Dan Fans,

I was at the Glasgow (Scotland) concert last night. I've been a Dan Fan
since the beginning and so I know and expected a professional gig. It was
the first concert that I have attended in about 20 years and so, even
allowing for all the technological advances in equipment etc. over the
years, I still thought that the band were brilliant. I half expected a
laid-back jazz session but I was amazed at how upbeat the whole concert
turned out to be. Donald's voice was strong, all members of the band were
allowed to express themselves and, most importantly to me, there was a sense
of communication with the audience - not just one song after another.
It also showed what a great back catalogue of songs that the guys have
available for a live gig. My only regret - they missed out a couple of my
favourites but - what the hell ....
Anyone still to see them live - you will love it.

Dave S.

From: "jackaren"
Subject: Steely Dan At The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Sept. 6th 2000.
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 10:02:42 +0100

What a night, What a band, What a drummer, What a guitarist, What a venue ETC.ETC.ETC. It was absolutely fantastic especially Dirty work and Don't take me alive, Boston Rag, Hey Nineteen,ETC.ETC.ETC. We got a real surprise when Donald said they might be back next year, I'll be counting the days. Once again Donald and Walter and the Steely Dan Orchestra thank you for a night to remember and roll on the next time. Jack and Karen Hepburn.

From: "Hutchison, Ken
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 11:18:09 +0100

Having been lucky enough to see Steely Dan the last time they visited
Scotland I was more than delighted when it was announced they we returning
to our shores and had no hesitation in cancelling an appointment to watch my
soccer team Glasgow Rangers in order to see the superb SD.
Despite missing out Do It Again/Ricky DLTN & Reelin in the Years from the
set they more than made up by turning in superb renditions of FM/When Josie
Comes home/Dirty Work/Aja/Home At Last and many more from the vinyl years.
The audience were initially very quiet and perhaps understandably respectful
but laterly were up dancing in the isles and letting themseves go which was
excellent to see. I wish the concert was tonight as i have been replaying it
in my head since Wed over and over again,it was all over much too soon.
Look after these guys they have a genius so rare.


From: "joemcm35"
Subject: Glasgow Concert - 6th Sept
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 19:00:23 +0100

The concert was such a joy ( what an understatement ) that I am still in 'musical heaven'. The professional delivery of the music was so slick that it would embarrass so called 'modern bands'. Thanks to Donald & Walter for coming to Glasgow and delighting your Scottish legions of fans - HASTE YE BACK!! Joe McMonagle

From: "gauchomw"
Subject: Glasgow
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 20:35:57 +0100

Thanks for the show guys, missed you four years ago when armtwisting of
friends failed to get me company and I ended up not going, bloody minded
this time around and went myself. Just to see Don sing 'I cried when I wrote
this song' & 'Is there gas in the car yes there's gas in the car' was worth
the money any time. Bloody brillant. Wear kilts next time?, more singing
from Walter!

From: "erskinefam"
Subject: Concert at the Clyde Auditorium 6/9/00
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 00:04:04 +0100

Wow guys, an awesome show at the "Armadillo" . Worth the 27 year wait to see the Dan live. The call and response section of Hey Nineteen was a highlight, as was the instrumental break in Kid Charlemagne and the thrill of hearing FM live, (although I could have done without Monkey in Your Soul, which was truly bad.) Please don't leave it another 20 years for another album and tour. David Erskine, Maryburgh, Scotland.

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 03:07:04 +0100
From: Mr C J Manuel
Subject: Glasgow and Birmingham

Hello "2 v Nature" Tour ensemble,

I've experienced both the Glasgow and Birmingham gigs this week. They
were sensational. The musicianship was mesmerising; the Walt & Don
between-song chat was typically dry and very amusing; and the birds sang
like angels and looked like total sex bombs.

Please return to the UK asap!


John "Nightfly" Manuel

From: "Dave A"
Subject: Birmingham NEC 8-9-2000
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 03:25:56 +0100

It was a pilgrimage - and our heroes delivered. How could most of the audience sit through this??? This band are dangerous ... it's all fantastic and then the backing singers and horn section join in - jeeeeezus!!! Many thanks to Mr Steely and Mr Dan from all of us in nowhereland, England - both of you we're on top form, cheers for bringing this mad circus to our shores. Next time forget most of the 70's stuff - the new stuff really rocks... witness genius, witness Steely Dan (Da Vinci's dead) dave a

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 08:26:44 +0100
From: "phil.walker4"
Subject: concert in Birmigham,England

Donald and Walter,

Saw you last night at the Birmingham NEC ( for the second time ) and absolutely loved it. You two and your ravishing troupe are the best. The choir (backing singers) version of My Old School was sumptuous and Don't Take Me Alive was to die for. So great that you gig in England these days. The show was beautifully mixed and put together but ,a minor quibble, why not more new material like What A Shame About Me? That is my fave from Two Against Nature.

Keep up the good work.

Phil Walker ( Nottingham,England)

From: "Martin Jameson"
Subject: Birmingham Gig
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 09:33:15 +0100

Don, Walt and all the Band, Saw you back in '96 in Birmingham when you were good - very good.... but last night was EXTRAORDINARY. Quite simply one of the best gigs I have ever had the privilege to attend. A rockier, punchier sound - a great set list.... Babylon Sisters, Dirty Work, Night by Night, Jack of Speed were spine tinglingly perfect. My other half, Julie, who has dreamt all her life about the possibility of seeing you guys was in ecstasies... Thanks for an evening we shall remember all our lives Good luck with the rest of then tour Martin Jameson Manchester

From: "Stephen Jones"
Subject: BIRMINGHAM-UK-8/9/2000
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 11:09:16 +0100

Dear THE Dan It's been too long since you came to the UK. The show was a knockout as you could tell from the audience reaction at the end. Even Walter can still deliver those tunes! Come back soon as we love you both.

Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 06:35:08 EDT
Subject: Birmingham UK 8 Sept. 2000


Just a word or two to express my appreciation of your Birmingham gig last
night...I'll be buzzing for weeks...truly my Steely Dan
t-shirt...loved the arrangements...Jon Herington was very pleasing to the

One thing....though...My MCA compilation is cheese...any chance of sending me
any Mike Leonhart sheets for my band...I expect not....

Glad you're back..when's the next album?


Steve Schwartz
Sheffield 9 Sept.

From: "Andrew Bailey"
Subject: WOW
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 11:50:23 +0100

What a great show in Birmingham on the 8th....only one word describes the experience AWESOME. Absolutely FANTASTIC thanks a lot to WB, DF and ALL the group . Hope to see you again here very soon :-) ANDY BAILEY Leeds (UK)

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 11:52:14 +0100
Subject: Birmingham UK
From: mike thompson
Hi guys

Saw you at the NEC Birmingham last night. Awesome! Tight as a scuba suit!
What a class mass o' brass!
Drop in again soon!

Mickey Thompson

From: "dave emson"
Subject: concert at birmingham 8/9/00
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 13:56:01 +0100

thankyou for the excellent concert last night at the nec it brought a lump to my throat to hear in person the music i have been listening to so avidly over the last 30 years thank you once again dave emson

From: "Christopher Waller"
Subject: Steely Dan 2000 Orchestra at the NEC Birmingham 8 September 2000
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 15:54:21 +0100

Dear Orchestra, I have been listening to Steely Dan for more years than I care to remember. It all started last Century.... I just wanted to say that your gig last night was exceptional. Words are not enough to describe the experience.... I wish you all success and happiness for the future. I look forward to more albums? Kind Regards Christopher J. Waller

From: "Peter Squire"
Subject: Birmingham England 8/9/00
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2000 19:45:09 +0100

Dissapointed that "the Hits" T shirt was not available to buy before the show - please make it available online!!! The show itself was superb! Words are difficult to express just how good it was and all the group deserve credit - with Donald blasting out the vocals the musicians gave us an absolute treat on each and every track they played - The whole gig was stonking from start to finish - please don't wait another 4 years until you return - keep turning it out Donald and Walter - Birmingham just can't get enough from the 70's right thru to 2aN - We want more!!!

Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2000 22:47:27 +0100
Subject: Birmingham Show
From: Ben Harris

15 years of drudgery for 2 1/2 hours of pure nirvana. Fantastic set/lighting. Fantastic band. and Fantastic material. You guys are simply the best. I've been to bigger and flashier shows but last night I was reduced to tears. The collective gasp from the audience when they finally realised you were playing 'Black Friday' after the truly outstanding intro was testement to the fact that after 20 years none of the songs have dated. The change in roles on 'Dirty Work' was full of the irony that only you guys have. And the new stuff was shit hot too. Best albumn of the year

Only regret was the heinous omission of 'Do it Again'. But of course you can play it when do a gig in Cardiff arena next year.

Thanks for the greatestmoment of my life,

Yours in heaven Ben.

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 11:19:27 +0800
From: Michael Sanders
Subject: Wembley Arena 9th Sept.

Really excellent gig. I was thoroughly disappointed to miss out the
last time you were in the UK (work commitments got in the way) and was
convinced I would not see you. I was thrilled when I saw you were
coming back to the UK and I was not disappointed. A treat worth waiting
for. The music was far better than I had imagined (the backing singers
v. sexy) and it was fab to hear some different arrangements (esp.
"Dirty Work" - inspired arrangement and vocal harmonies). What made it
was the range of songs from all ends of your career - and all so well
performed and fresh. I love the visuals, in particular the tubular
stockings that changed colour. I only wish it had been somewhere
smaller and more intimate (like my front room or a beach!). Wembley's
acoustics have always been too live for my liking but this did not stop
me from shouting for more!

Please come back soon?

Any possibility of a live recording coming out soon?

Michael Sanders & Bryan Simkpins.

From: "Jonathan"
Subject: Wembley
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 07:04:55 +0100

Thanks for a memorable concert here in London. You were so tight musically and made so many people's night. We hope you'll tour again and hopefully continue to compose the fantastic music we appreciate so much. Naturally you picked the two best tracks from T-A-N to complement everything worked so well. Thanks again, and by the way, it wasn't me who asked for "Hotel California". !! Best regards - Jonathan & friends..

From: "vic.watson"
Subject: Wembley 9th Sept 2000
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 12:15:34 +0100

Dear Walter and Donald Saw you guys again last night - the third time for me - I was lucky enough in 1974 to see you at the Rainbow, then 1996 Wembley. All I'd like to say is keep on coming back! I'd hate to think that's to be your last in the UK. The music was tremendous as usual with highlights for me being Hey Nineteen, Black Friday. Night by Night and the ever scintillating My Old School. It was also great to hear Dirty Work sung so superbly by the backing group. Good to see all sorts of age ranges there last night also, shows that your excellence is being passed down through generations...long may it last. Good luck with the rest of the tour and see you again sometime. Regards Vic Watson

From: "WAYNE & LUCY"
Subject: Birmingham NEC 8/9/2000
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 13:39:03 +0100

WOW! What can I say the guys where just awesome. It was a great honour to
see Walter and Don doing their thing right in front of my eyes. Being a
guitar player myself I was very impressed with Walter's solos and of course
John. I had never heard of John Herrington before and I didnt know what to
expect, but, put it like this- Larry Carlton watch out my friend there is
someone who has caught you up fast in the phrasing race and he is going to
overtake you any minute!!(any guitar player who is reading this will know
what I mean!!). Donald and Walter's stage presence was quite spooky and big
credit is due to the rest of the backing band - I wouldnt like to learn and
play all of them Steely songs. An absolute great night and i could tell
from all the faces in the crowd that everybody enjoyed and thiught that they
were awesome. The only shame is they didnt do Reeling in the years and
Rikki but hey after playing them for 20 odd years I bet they get fed up with
playing them. 10/10 Walt and Don and come back

From: "Gemma Beech"
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 13:05:34 GMT

Dear D & W,

Thanks for the great show in Birmingham UK (sept 8th). After seeing you guys
here in '96 I was wondering how the show would differ, (as it was perfect
last time) but I have to say that was even better... (thanks to really close
seats to the stage too :)

The re-workings of old songs (not found on Greatest Hits albums) like 'Night
by Night', and the masterpiece 'Dirty Work' were superb, and we got the
feeling you were all havine a riot onstage! Walter was also brilliant
re-tuning those old songs vocally, the whole show was excellent, and was
obiviously not purely a vehicle to show off the new album, but to let old
fans hear some of their favourites too.

Thanks again for a wonderful evening Don and Walt,
oh, and we may have bought a cap each!

Stuart & Gemma Beech, UK

From: "pb joseph"
Subject: Safe at Last?
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 15:27:31 +0100

Yeah, Just when we thought we were safe, four years on, the boys breeze into town with a gang of folks just born to blow, beat, tinkle and tease - armed with a collection of what can only be described as timeless tunes they gave us our quad yearly fix of delight and then, whilst leaving us basking in that post coitus glow, their off, another town, another victim. Its just too much.
Vic Tim
PS the next time your in Glasgow, why not install a standing room only section, Donald cant even sit behind the piano whilst playing, how do you think we feel listening? Anyways, thanks for everything.

From: "mark winters"
Subject: birmingham,uk
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 15:48:17 +0100

what can I say,great gig and for the aircraft hanger that is the NEC, great sound !!. Loved the Steely Dan show song and the quip about the girls always being popular weith the Dan male demographic! It'd would've been good to hear Ricki and Reelin in the Years but I guess you may be a little tired of them . Anyway thanks for "dirty Work" and "Home At Last", I went home a happy guy. I didn't think you could top '96 tour , but you did. Come back soon please to Brit-land!

From: "P.J.Cottom"
Subject: nec birmingham england
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 16:53:02 +0100

4 years since the last time, but well worth the weight. Amazing sound, great band and arrangements, and that SD Choir - someone give Cynthia a record contract and her own show quick, for Pete's sake!! Walter's band intros certainly hit the spat - particularly Mike Leonhart's "Jazz Odyssey". We enjoyed you twice in '96, but this was even better. Only one downside, when you've tasted the best, you just want more. ps - noticed the "costume change" during the break, so it is a glamour profession, then? SD been a big part of so many people's life for so long, please feel appreciated. Keep on keeping on

From: "Sharon Hall"
Subject: Wembley, London 9 September
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 17:01:52 +0100

A fantastic show last night - wonderful performances all round. Couldn't believe you started with Boston Rag, one of my all time favourites. Great to hear funkier versions of the songs with lots of brass section. Dirty Work was just gorgeous - you have brilliant vocalists there. Thanks so much for one of the most enjoyable nights ever! Sharon & Richard

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 17:26:20 +0100 (BST)
From: marc crumley
Subject: worth the wait


For one reason or another (i.e I could never get
tickets or work commitments got in the way) I have
been waiting 25 years to see Steely Dan, so Friday
night 8/9/00 at the Birmingham N.E.C was just about
the most anticipated night I have ever had and I was
not in the least bit dissappointed (as if).
Thank you most sincearly W.B and D.F for a truly
outstanding night and also a big dose of respect for
the great musicians with you who interperated your
music in such a communicative way.Please please hurry



Reply-To: "Stephen Doughty"
Subject: NEC,Birmingham
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 17:35:08 +0100

Fantastic show.........Hurry Back

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 12:50:17 EDT
Subject: Birmingham, England

What can I say?? I waited 24 yrs - was worth every second. Just hope its not
another quarter century to wait. At 41, when you guys opened up withThe
Boston Rag - blew me away - hairs on the back of the neck, there I am
stifling the tears. How'd ya do it?

Thanks for so much pleasure over the years guys!


From: "Dave Bates"
Subject: Englishman in New York
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 18:23:09 +0100

Dear Sirs Saw you at Wembley Arena last night -absolutely wonderful - worth the hour long wait to get out of the car park. I thought the set was superb, an excellent mix across the decades (hope you don't mind me saying it was better than last year). Although I appeciate you cannot reply to all correspondance, I am visiting New York in December for my 40th birthday, with my wife and would be honoured if you might give me guidance on a choice of music club/venue to visit one evening - if it's one of your favorites I guarantee it will be mine. Once again, thanks for the evening - for goodness sake, never stop what your doing! Best Regards Dave Bates Lincolnshire, UK

Reply-To: "Jonathan Elledge"
Subject: Birmingham UK NEC Concert 8th Sep 2000
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 20:31:33 +0100

Just to say thank you for a superb evening of music, the pilgrimage to the NEC is an experience in it's self ! talking to people you've never meet before or likely to again who have come many miles to be there. The exitement of trying to guess the set ! listening to the intros trying to guess the song ! AND MOST OF ALL THE UTTERLY SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP (The material goes without saying!) The trombone of Jim Pugh was a wonderful addition also mix of voices of "the choir" was inspired Please Please return as soon as possible!! A concert to live in the memory
PS Jon Herington has earned this spurs !

From: "The Fieldings"
Subject: Concert in Birmingham on 08 Sept 00
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 20:57:50 +0100

Guys Amazing gig on Friday. Cannot convey in words the absolute satisfaction I reached from seeing the concert - and you opened with Boston Rag as well!! I know that this has been said for a long time from the "loyal fandom" but it was fantastic to see the Dan live and in the UK. LONG may it continue and may we have some solo sounds as well? A great evening and well, what can I say?!!

From: "Nicholas Blair"
Subject: Concert 10/09/00 London
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 21:02:29 +0100

What can be said...... What a night - Absolutely brilliant - Please come again soon. Nicholas Blair Edinburgh Scotland

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 16:35:17 EDT
Subject: WEMBLEY 9/9

Thank you for a terrific night. Missed you in the UK in '96 but you were the
tops when I was at school in the 70's and you still sounded as good last
night. 'Old school' has always been my favourite so to do it as part of the
encore was wonderful.

Have to say that an enduring memory is going to be the vision of watching
Carolyn when you did Babylon sisters. I have never seen a lady move like her
! - but don't tell my wife!

Looking forward to the next tour


Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 22:21:14 +0100
Subject: Concert at Wembley Arena London
From: Nan Worrell

Fantastic concert at Wembley Arena. Loved it! NEVER stop touring.

Chris and Nan Worrell
Epsom, UK

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 23:12:56 +0100
From: ronsonsr
Subject: Concert at NEC Birmingham, 8th September 2000

I have seen all of my heroes and I have witnessed many great concerts
(The Beach Boys / Lou Reed / The High Llamas / Dave Brubeck / Johnny
Dankworth to name but a few) but none of these compare to the Steely Dan
concert that I saw on Friday.

From the very start, the distinctive opening of 'The Boston Rag' the
band were excellent! The choice of material was just right and the
atmosphere was great. Jon Herington is a truly versatile guitarist and
deserves credit for his role in the touring band. Not only does he
emulate Larry Carlton and Denny Dias, but, in my opinion, he outdoes
them. His understated body language and apparent lack of pretenciousness
is endearing. I loved his playing, he really made the difference.

Donald's singing, too, was a revelation. None of the 'thinness' that is
apparent on the '2vN' video. He sounded confident and strong on all
numbers, the years falling away on 'Night By Night', 'Babylon Sisters'
and 'FM'. Walter's singing was a real treat, he deserves the spotlight,
as a truly great artist. The whole band really rocked, and, one song
after another, the show just got better and better. Highlights, for me,
were: 'Night By Night', 'Deacon Blues', 'My Old School' and 'FM'. I only
wish they could have performed the whole of their back catalogue!

Twenty seven years is a long time to wait (living in the middle of
nowhere, and unable to get tickets in '96) but you exceeded all my hopes
and expectations Thank you very much for a truly wonderful and memorable
experience. I am looking forward to the next time.

Steve Ronson

From: "dunn587"
Subject: birmingham uk show
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 23:52:52 +0100

Well guys ive just returned from the show at birmingham uk, and i must say im still buzzing,what a night!,i can honestly say it was emotional, nay almost spiritual.I have never seen anything like it in my life!.The band was hot, soooo hot, and to see Walter grooving efortlessly through "daddy dont live in that new york city", and the sweet vocals of the girs was somthing else. Thank you so much for coming to the uk and blessing us with your'e talent that i think spans from a different world. You are and always will be the masters of groove, yet so much ignored in this country its criminal.Good luck with the hall of fame deal. Continue to stun youre audiences for the rest of the tour.god bless . Wayne Dunn (uk)

From: "stuartmay"
Subject: Moving Stuff.
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 00:20:54 +0100

Dear Donald & Walter After seeing you for the first time last night (Saturday 9th September) at the Wembley Arena London, I felt the sudden urge to write and thank you for a great night and the continuous inspiration you give me. Being barely out of my teens and a new comer to the Dan, (as well as the solo work) I have never before experienced music that can move me in so many ways. Take care.
Paul May, Kent, England.

From: "Andy Matheson"
Subject: The Wembley Gig
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 00:40:40 +0100

Having read all the other emails it seems I am not alone in the total feeling of awe struck admiration for last nights gig... I caught the band in '96 and couldn't believe I would ever get a second chance.. The sound was fantastic, great choice of songs (although ya still haven't played Aja at time maybe....).... So I came home..picked up my guitar...tried a Cmaj 7th with a Bb bass...then looked to find the price of a Fender Rhodes... Thanks a million

Subject: Wembley 9th Sept 2000
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:48:36 +0100

Just had to drop you a line to say what a brilliant time I had Saturday
night. Enjoyed all the new songs but a special thanks for all the oldies,
I've always wanted to hear "Bodhisattva" live and I wasn't disappointed,
"Black Friday" was another highlight. Thanks guys, come back soon.

John Adams

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 10:46:41 +0000
Subject: Live at the NEC, Birmingham UK
From: Julian Evans


I couldn't believe it when I heard the opening guitar line from Don't Take
Me Alive... one of my all time favourites.
The evening was just great... 2 hours of superb music played by great
musicians. Please come back again!
We all liked the "taking your girlfriend down to the beach with a bag of
fish and chips" line from Donald.
The 'Steely Dan Show' song in the interval was great fun. You are completely
on form. Wonderful stuff! ... Just bought the new DVD too - excellent!

Julian and Alison - England

Subject: U.K tour
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 11:46:19 +0100

I saw the Birmingham UK show a few days ago. If a white, middle-class, (nearly) middle-aged Englishman feels an overwhelming rush of affection for two guys he's never met when they walk onto a stage - you can bet something unusual is going on. And it's been going on for me for twenty five years. When I feel bad it makes me feel good - when I feel good it makes me ecstatic. What is it? It's crystal clear, shiny, uplifting music with a secret heart. It's Donald and Walter. Thank you. Dave Spencer, Bath, UK.

From: Chris Doughty
Subject: England Welcomes the Dan
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 13:43:52 +0100

Dear Don, Walt et. al.

I've noticed you don't get many mails from Brits - so I thought I'd put
down my fish and chips and let you know how much I enjoyed this last

I was privileged to be able to attend your recent performances in
Birmingham and London's Wembley Arena which I have to say were two of the
most inspiring and pleasurable evenings of live music I have experienced.
May I also say how much I enjoyed being able to chat briefly with a number
of your touring ensemble before and after the gigs, very flattered with how
pleasant and polite they all were to chat to (and if anyone can get a
message to Mr Lawson, tell him Chris and Robin say thanks for the sticks).

Some highlights for me included the choir's performance on Dirty Work, and
may I say how I thought Boston Rag was an inspired choice for an opening
number. Also many thanks for the Spinal Tap tribute after Michael
Leonhart's trumpet solo in Birmingham - truly a jazz odyssey.

Thanks once again for two wonderful evenings

Chris Doughty
Reading, England

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 13:54:12 +0100
Subject: Birmingham NEC, UK - 8th September 2000

Walter & Donald,

Thank you so very much for a fantastic night of pure magic at the NEC in

It was my first Steely Dan gig, but my husband has seen you before and
knew what to expect, it was truly a moving experience to listen to two
of the most gifted musicians the world has ever seen, and being
surrounded by a bunch of guys (and gals) who were truly awesome too

It was a night I will certainly never forget and we are looking forward
to the next one, let's hope its not too long before you are back in the

Just one thing, next time will you play 'AJA' ??????

Thanks once again and see you guys soon

Sarah & Kevin Coogan

From: "kevin myler"
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 15:35:32 GMT







Kevin Myler - BLOCK 3 ROW Y SEAT 66


From: Mark Foxwell
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 12:07:05 +0100

10th September 2000.

London is basking in a late Summer, at least for a few days, and in the heat
of a Sunday night, Mr Becker and Mr Fagen stroll on stage with the finest
ensemble I have seen for a long time.

I had expected a good show, but maybe not the best music reproduction and
perhaps some lack of energy.



Mark Foxwell

From: "Simon Cantwell"
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 18:38:07 +0100

Re. the Hammersmith Apollo show in London. Musician's Heaven. I might not return to Earth for some time.

From: "Hugh Manistre"
Subject: Birmingham NEC
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:08:28 +0100

Just to add to the numerous other messages: Birmingham was awesome. Saw you twice last time, but this was better, Boston Rag prompted tears of joy, heartfelt thanks to the ensemble, come back soon and play Dr Wu! Hugh M

Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:29:53 +0100
Subject: Saturday's Gig at Wembley
From: Simon Plissi

As I write this it is now Monday night and the euphoria has still not waned.
What I really want is more of the dog that bit me.


From: "Jonathan Heywood"
Subject: Gig in Birmingham, England
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 22:35:41 +0100

Dear Donald and Walter,
I greatly enjoyed the concert on 8.9.2000. I had to pinch myself that I was
finally getting to see the band after 25 years of infatuation (musical
infatuation!). I left the gig longing for more- even though you were on for
2 hours 40. Your songs are fantastic, as are the re-arrangements. I loved
the re-working of "Dirty Work".
The standard of musicianship was incredible- where did you find Jon
Herrington?- he played like a demon all night- he had the job of following
in the footsteps of some of the greatest guitarists of all time (how come
they all seem to play on your albums?).
Jon Heywood
PS. How about playing Manchester next time?

From: "Jeremy Logue"
Subject: hammersmith Apollo gig
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2000 23:37:44 +0100

Dear Donald and Walter,
I'm still basking in the afterglow of a wonderful concert, the sound was
perfect, I could hear every instrument and the space between them. John
Harrington - what a fine guitarist, Kid Charlemagne was stunning. The light
show was nice too, thanks for a truly memorable gig.
Jerry Logue

From: "Mal McConechy"
Subject: NEC CONCERT 8 September 2000
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 10:16:14 +0100

Just a line to say that the concert was brilliant. You have a great band (again). The selection of songs was excellent. For me and the people around me it was a highly emotional experience- the songs get into the soul and singpost your life. Please come back again real soon. Mal.

From: "Francesco Grieco"
Subject: wembley arena, 9th september
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 11:27:05 +0100

I have come from Italy with my wife and son to see you in London and I would do it again! Francesco Grieco, Roma - Italy

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 12:31:14 +0100
Subject: Birmingham NEC Show

Having missed you guys in '96, this was my first taste of the Dan live and it
was everything I expected and much more. Great gig, great band, great

Invidious to pick out highlights in something so sublime but giving Jim Pugh the
solo in Home at Last was inspired, as was having the girls sing Dirty Work. By
the time you finshed the main set with Don't Take Me Alive, I was beyond

Thank you for making Y2K memorable at last. Please come back soon, and please,
please give us another live album in the meantime.


From: "Leif M. Hokstad"
Subject: The gig in Oslo, September 2.
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 14:37:59 +0200

The show was simply outstanding. The Dan Community here, which is quite
strong, is rather awestruck and still dazed by the performances, both of the
band as an ensamble as of the individual solo spots. The band provided
compassion and vision into the songs we know so well.
To front on lead guitar, live, should scare anyone, since the challenge is
to top or match solos on such tunes such as Kid Charlemagne (Larry Carlton's
solo here I think was rated the best solo of the 70's in Rolling Stone),
Night by Night and so on. Jon/John Herington/Herrington, or whatever
consonant combination he can financially support these days, made a daring
impression, both true to the tradition of a Dan guitar solo, and asserting
his own voice with considerable confidence. In fact, his playing on this
gig was, in my opinion, far better than what can be heard on the 2VN-
VHS/DVD from January this year. This is no small achievement. However, the
real treat of the show, is to observe Walter Becker emerge as one of the
hottest guitarists ever. I' ve alwasy held (and 'Always' means ever since I
heard 'Dallas' on a compilation album, 2- 3- months before 'Can't Buy a
Thrill' was released over here in '73...) that WB as a guitarist has been
highly underrated; listen no further than 'Home at Last'. I could go on and
on rejoicing: the individual performances by the bandmembers, the respect
they showed for eachothers' performances, Donald's biting vocals - the
heart of the Dan Cool- (does he channel Ray Charles?) , Donald's on stage
clumsiness, Walter's genuine tact and consideration - hiding in the shadows
when the others had their solospots, the delightful Danettes, the impossibly
funky bass lines, the Grieg quotations from Donald and Jon/John, the encore
were Donald and Walter entered the stage in awful plastic Viking helmets,
clearly enjoying looking ridiculous, the new definitions of Hard Swinging
and Tight; I could go on, but I won't. During the concert it emerged to me
that the true stars of the Steely Dan show, were the Songs. No other
artists are close when it comes to fusing varoious musical influeces into
one unified vision, combining it with an innovative and suggestive
narrative, all within the narrow format of a rock song. How many artist can
truly say that their music has provided the Soundtrack to their followers'

Leif Martin Hokstad
Stipendiat/Research Fellow PLU NTNU

From: "charlie"
Subject: Hammersmith, 10 Sept 2000
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 15:45:44 +0100

I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - that was my all time best gig, the rest nowhere. Speechless with admiration. A residency at Hammersmith is something to think on, Ry Cooder did a week there a while back. Hope you enjoyed it enough to return soon.

From: "Angus Walker"
Subject: Great Gig in Glasgow !
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 16:13:27 +0100

It was great to be able to see Don and Walt on my home turf - we thought that Scotland might get missed out of this tour. Rather an unusual set list too, but then the reworked version of 'Dirty Work' was a real treat ! I thought that the sound was really tight, and it was good to see Walt picking up on ' Daddy don't......' The new album has been going down really well hear, with quite a bit of airplay on the evening radio shows - on the evening of the show (6th Sept) Glasgow was really buzzing at the prospect of a Steely Dan show - a real sense of occasion. I hope that you liked the reception, please come back again, and play some of the solo stuff next time too ! Angus Walker

From: Johnny Emsden
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 16:16:19 +0100



From: "JAD"
Subject: Hey ninteen 'That's Otis Redding'
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 18:37:39 +0100

Dear guys you don't have to with hold my address Had a great evening last night at Hammersmith watching the you perform (and the girls). As the guitarist in Stealing Dan & Don London's 10 piece tribute, it was kind of surreal watching and listening to all those great
tunes I've had the pleasure of performing.

The evening started in the Blue Anchor on the river and I meet lots of
Danaracs who had heard us play so it was sort of like going to one of
your own gig's if you know what I mean.

It was great to watch both musically and visually, I'm not kind of sure
what relevance the sperm animation was all about, but the tunes were
great. I loved Dirty Work and Josie. There was also a great version of
'Hey Nineteen 'That's Otis Redding' but I thought 'Take Me Alive' was
superb and that's not an easy one to play either. I know I was the only
member of Stealing Dan to see the boy's last night (Sunday) as we were
all working on both nights. They will be envious!

The audience were of all age groups and worshiped you and the venue was pretty well sold
out and the sound was excellent the best Iv'e heard. We'll I hope we all don't have to wait to long for the new album and
tour and to hear you guys again Jeremy(Stealing Dan)

From: "Dijkgraaf & Van der Veere Uitgevers"
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 21:06:26 +0200

Steely! The best, most powerfull, most beautifull music ever made! Carry on! Sebastian Rompa Holland

From: "Martin White"
Subject: The gig at Hammersmith Apollo
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 21:19:02 +0100

Never ever dreamed I'd hear you live. Played your stuff in a band 20 years
ago. I have written/recorded many songs since (semi-pro). The greatest
accolades I could ever get is "sounds a bit like Steely Dan, with those

Took my 15 year old son to Hammersmith on Sunday. His first gig. Can't
describe it , its all very moving. Realising a dream to hear you live, and
with my boy as well.

Please make more albums, and come again soon.

Marty White.

From: "james digings"
Subject: Apollo gig, London
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 21:42:25 GMT

To Donald, Walter and Steely Dan band (orchestra/ensemble/pop
group...whatever): you understand, I'm sure that it was the British thing.
No, we didn't go "wooh" very often - we know that Cincinnati and Albuquerque
can go "wooh" with so much more conviction. And of course we only leapt to
our feet for the encores (we have to wait for at least ten other people -
it's the law).
But in our reserved British way we loved it all. That inspired mix of new
and old (Dirty Work alone demands a new live album). The (unique surely)
refusal to plug the new CD to death - but, of course, we all have it
already! The awesome (copyright Cincinnati), freakin (copyright Albuquerque)
talent of all you "guys n gals" (copyright Jimmy Saville - ageing British
Garrison Keillor once wrote that the best way to compliment a hero you
pass in the street (who probably just wants to get on with life - buy a pair
of socks etc.) is to look him/her in the eye and say "like your work" then
move on. So, to the two people who have contributed more to my life than
anyone else I've never met (which I guess must include Bach, McCartney,
Ingres and Kafka) - "I LIKE YOUR WORK".
So, keep on stabbing it with those steely knives and next time, just a
suggestion, why not forget Wembley (it's for Bon Jovi and the Horse of the
Year Show) and go for a few nights at the good old Albert Hall.
Regards - Danny Steel (another craven alias if ever you heard one).

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 18:41:05 EDT
Subject: No Subject

What an excellent show! just another message declaring your greatness
onstage at the NEC Birmingham on Sept. 8th. What a privilege to finally hear
you play live! The quality of musicianship was superb and inspired me for my
own musical projects. The video graphics worked really well with the music
and the lighting was superb also. Please tour more in Britain! We need you!

From: "Robert Callard"
Subject: London Wembley
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 00:32:09 +0100

A great concert, marred only by the poor accoustic of our seats (waydown stage left). But you were fabulous and it was a lifetime's dream to catch you play live. We have all the albums and it is a testament to you as an endring and intellectual band that I was there with my wife and both sons. Thank you for such a professional show and your new album just puts you up there s an "all time great" band. Keep it up. The Callards

rom: Jeremy Walton
Subject: Wembley, 9/9/00
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 08:38:01 +0100

Hi there,

Just a note to thank you for what was just about the best concert I've ever
seen - so much anticipation ("this summer - this could be the cool part of
the summer") and such fulfilment. The breadth of the material, the
excellence of the musicianship and even the surprisingly good light show all
combined to make it a night to remember for a long time to come. Please
come back again - in the meantime, many thanks for everything you did.



Subject: Wembley and Hammersmith shows
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 10:37:26 +0100

Well it was worth the wait , the hammersmith show was just the best ever because the sound was so good. I think Wembley is far too cavernous for music such as the Dan can play. But the second gig I will remember always. Thanks Guys for two amazing shows , everyone in the Dan orchestra was a star . Also a big shout out must go to the guys at the Dan web page for keeping us Danheads up to date .Thanks again and kindest regards.......Andymac

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 15:09:27 +0100
From: twins

hi guys,

I saw your show yesterday (September 12th) in Brussels, and it was amazing,
although the sound in this concert hall is more than pathetic, so for the
fans sake, when you come in Brussels next time, could you please use another
concert hall, like maybe the Palais Des beaux-arts, or perhaps the Queen
Elisabeth concert hall in Antwerp where the acoustic is way better,
Pat Metheny once had a show there, and believe me it was the of the state
art sound wise.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again, 2VN is awsome, so is your new band.
Jack Durieux
a dear fan from Brussels, belgium

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 11:17:59 EDT
Subject: Wembley arena concert

From Sean Gilgallon
Well, you came, you played and you conquered!!!!
Ever since 'Can't buy a thrill' I have loved your music and the way it makes
me feel. To be able to sit in your company and sing your songs with you was
a dream come true. My wife (not a big fan - until now) could not believe the
music she was listening to and just kept saying "brilliant, brilliant" all
the way home.
So Katy didn't lie because you can buy a thrill
Thank you for a wonderful night and come back soon

From: "Steve Andrews"
Subject: NEC Birmingham UK.
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 18:03:03 +0100

Hi Guys. Just a word or two to say thanks for a brilliant night ,you are one of the best live bands I have seen,and I have seen hundreds over the last 30 years. The arrangement you did for "Dirty Work " was superb, the girls did it justice,thanks, it was a nice change for a band to let the backing to have a go up front,once again well done. The new CD is excellent and so is the T-shirt.All the best for your next tour and album. Yours. Steve Andrews. Leigh ,Lancs. UK.

Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 18:08:04 +0100
Subject: Concerts in Birmingham and London 9th and 10th Sepember
From: Mike Hipkins

Walt and Don,

Well what do I say? I saw you back in '96...and here I am again. I was
blown away then and you've done it again. Its when you see a band like
yours work live that you realise just how much of popular music today sucks.
The musicianship, the arrangements...awesome.

I won't bother making requests about new CD's or more gigs; I know that you
will or you won't if you want to, and no pleading from me will make any
difference. All I can really think of to say is "thank you", and hope that
before too long, we'll get to do it again.


From: "Rod McLeod"
Subject: September 10th - Hammersmith
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 11:04:17 +1000

I've waited 25 years to hear SD live, and have always been in the wrong continent when you were actually playing. This time, I decided that it didn't matter where the concert was, I was going to go anyway. So, last week, I travelled 25,000 miles from Melbourne to London to see your two London concerts, arriving back in Melbourne last night, exhausted but utterly content. It was worth every penny of the $5000 it cost me. Fabulous, thank you so much. Rod McLeod, Melbourne, Australia

From: "shrout"
Subject: Hammersmith gig
Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 21:42:33 -0700

I've been a Dan fan for most of my life, but never seen them live.
For me this was less a gig, more a pilgrimage.
You didn't let me down.

For me it's a total mystery why the Dan are so relatively unknown compared
to some of the so-called "supergroups" eg The Stones, The Beatles, Queen
,The Eagles, etc etc.
As far as I'm concerned this is the most creative songwriting duo since
Lennon & McCartney and Donald Fagen will in time be hailed as one of the
musical geniuses of the second half of the 20th century.

Fantastic gig.

All the best for the rest of the tour.


From: "akolah"
Subject: Hammersmith Apollo, London, Sunday 10th Sept 2000
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 07:51:45 +0100

Hi Donald and Walter I'm sure that I speak for all your London fans by saying a very big thank you to you and your excellent muscians for an incredible set - it was the best engineered concert I have ever attended at the Hammersmith Apollo so very well done to your engineers too. Many of the sentiments expressed in these emails sum up my feelings too. I first got into SD when I was studying for a post grad law degree at Kings College London and lived not far from last Sunday's venue - which rekindled very fond memories for me. Look forward to a double live album - we'll go out and buy it! Ardi Kolah

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 09:27:28 +0200
From: Steve Preston
Subject: Paris Concert

Hello from France
800 francs for 2 tickets, 400 for petrol to drive from Normandy to
Paris, 300 for ten hours babysitting, 300 on merchandise - was it worth

WAS IT EVER !!! This was everything I've been waiting for over twenty
years. An Parisian evening of pure magic!!!!!


steve (in Normandy)

Subject: l'Olympia
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 09:47:21 +0200


From: "Berryman, Patrick [FI]">
Subject: London - Wembley 9/9
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 11:47:05 +0100

Don & Walter,

Took my dad and family to the gig on saturday and was not expecting much
when we got
there at 8.25pm and the 'old codgers' were already on stage.....had visions
of you guys
quickly going through the motions and then getting your zimmer frames and
nipping off for
cocoa in bed at 10 o'clock!

How wrong was i?!!! The gig was an absolute blinder, superb sound, visually
incredible songs (that much we knew to expect)........and lasted way past

It was a fantastic evening and we all had a brilliant time.
It was especially cool for my wife and I as it was almost 1 year to the day
that we
were on our honeymoon in NYC which included a stay up in Woodstock with our
friend Mick (your main man up there know, the Arsenal fan
with the old Cadillac's!!)

Anyway thanks again and keep 'reelin in those years',

Rgds - Pat Berryman (& Family)

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 12:49:54 EDT
Subject: What a wonderful time we had!!

Just a quick line to say that the concert at the NEC Birmingham 8th September
was brilliant. The only problem with the evening is that it did not go on for
Wonderful. Thanks. Come back soon!

Gill & Rich

From: "Laurent Beaugendre"
Subject: hello(bonjour de paris)
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 19:44:19 +0200

thank you for your show
my brother and me are very happy
i speak not very good but i hope
you anderstand

Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 18:00:37 GMT

Thanks for a great show, my ears just couldn't believe it.

Your choice of songs and the way the band performed them was fantastic. I
thought the version of "Dirty Work" was out of this world with "Night by Night"
(what a great track) coming a close second.

Please come back soon and bring the same players.

Rob Piper

From: "Dr. Vitaliano Della Penna"
Subject: "Is like a dream come true" - 5 mads from Italy
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 09:32:01 +0200

I like your music (Steely Dan & D.F, W.B. Solos) more than other kind of audible sound on the Earth!!!

So I convinced my wife and other 3 friends to leave from Pescara (Middle Italy) to come and hear your concert in London, Wembley Arena.

Satuday night we was there to live this incredible experience.

WOW !!!! What a night ! 11 fabulous musicians plus you, Donald & Walter.

I didn't believe to my eyes and ears when Boston Rag began.

All yours songs are extremely exciting and the performance was full of class and power.

With my eternal devoutness to your music,


From: "Jacques Ernst"
Subject: Gretteings
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 12:09:12 +0200

Oh what a Night.........! Such a long time waiting for such a lovely night.... Cool summer breath at night, a dive in my 20th (for most of us) and charism, perfection and groove. Thank's but please come back soon an do it again. Cordiales salutations

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 11:48:01 +0100
From: tristan Figueroa
Subject: The Hammersmith gig - September 10

Dear Don & Walt,

What can I say? It was ace! Thanks for a great evening. While I didn't
"buy a book and/or a hat," I did get a cool T-shirt, and I had a
marvellous time. To the rest of the band (especially Ricky & Cornelius)
- Respect!!

George Luke

London, England

From: Tony Davis
Subject: 2000 Tour - Hammersmith Apollo
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 15:46:48 +0100

Hello all,

from the opening bars of Boston Rag, I could tell we were in for something special, and when the chorus started this was more than confirmed. A brilliant band breathed new life into these fine songs, Don and Walt were on top form, and it was one of the best gigs ever!

Its been replaying in the auditorium in my head ever since, but the sound quality is just not as good.

This being so, please tell us that a CD or video/dvd is going to be made from this tour. I just have to have it.


From: Phoebe Lancett
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 16:51:03 +0100





From: Peter Luongo
Subject: Brussels, Sept 12_00 Steely Dan 2000 Tour
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 09:06:23 -0700

Hi all,
I'd like to take this oportunity to thank you fine gentlemen on a wonderful
show. I came a long, long way to see the show. Was it fate that brought me
to Brussels on business as Steely Dan happenned to be performing in this
great city? Or was it something else? I am fortuitious to have been able to
experience SD-2000.

The concert was magnificent. From the selection of tunes to the grooves and
of course the solos.
Walter, your playing is top notch as ever and feel as though it has improved
considerably since '96. Are you practicing? Why didn't you play anything
from 11 tracks of wack?
Donald, your persona and your talent mesmerize me. When is the next solo
album going to be released?
Are you both working on any new material?

I wish to thank the entire ensemble for a wonderful show. It would have been
wonderful to have seen you perform at the Grande Place.
Belgian chocolates truly are wonderful!
Hope to see you next year in Vancouver, Canada.
Life is Good!

From: "leigh.woolford"
Subject: Birmingham Gig
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 20:43:03 +0100

One has come to expect nothing but musical excellence from Messrs Becker and Fagen but the inspirational performance I witnessed at the NEC last week was beyond what even a lifelong fan could reasonably expect. In short, it was magical. The sheer magnificence of the musicianship has been documented by many others already and there is nothing more for me to add. However, I would like to add that I was particularly impressed by the crystal clear sound that the show enjoyed. I have been to the NEC many times before and it is not the best place for acoustic quality.(Does the phrase "aircraft hanger" mean anything to you?). The Steely Dan Show however was as close to aural perfection as a live date is ever going to be. It rejoiced in a sound quality as superb as any Steely Dan recording whilst losing none of the live gig feel and atmosphere. Well done the band members. Well done the sound crew. Well done Mr B and Mr F. Highlights for me included the wonderful work of Mr Herington in Don't Take Me Alive and Kid Charlemagne, the girls singing Dirty Work, the wonderfully tongue in cheek "Steely Dan Show" tune and the sheer charisma of Don & Walt. The evening was summed up when the projected screen of static became crystal clear in the verses of FM. The Steely Dan Show had no static at all. Thanks.

From: Georges Vigneron
Subject: Thank you from Paris

Many thanks for the concert at the Olympia (9/13/00)
It was great !!!
Without "green earrings" but with "Jack of Speed"
Thanks for all the crew and specially D and W.

I hope not to have to wait so long (29 or 28 years) for the next time!

See you


Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 00:45:35 +0200
From: b
Subject: Concert in Rotterdam.

Dear misters Fagen and Becker (and band),

I just got home from your concert in Rotterdam. I'm glad you two decided
to go on tour again, because, being 23 years of age, I can't remember
seeing any of your concerts back in the seventies.
Anyway, great concert, great music, great band...great evening. Thank
you and see you next time.

Bart Hengeveld (Delft, the Netherlands)

Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2000 22:29:23 -0700
From: Ronald Mason
Subject: A Concert to Remember

To Donald, Walter, the Band, and the fans of the Dan;

I never realized how priviledged the average fan of Walter Becker's and
Donald Fagen's music is until I saw Steely Dan in concert. They played
at Blossom outside of Cleveland last July 28th, and here it is September
15 and two concerts later I still can't get the music off my mind. I
came in expecting nothing much, to be honest; how could the Dan,
legendary among musicians for their pursuit of perfection in the studio,
possibly translate that into an open venue where anything could happen ?

Well, they pulled it off beautifully. The Band was tight, the songs
re-done to delightful new arrangements, and the back-up singers were
both impossible gorgeous in sound and appearance. I have never seen a
concert like it before, and won't again until the Dan is back in town.

Bring back the Boston Rag !! And have the Dan bring it !!

Subject: Steely in Rotterdam's AHOY, Holland
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 11:25:10 +0200


Last night I saw Steely live here in Holland. It was my second time to see
them. Well, they were amazing. This is just how music should be perfomed.

Donald and Walter only seem to be interested into playing the music right.
And that's what music is all about.

I LOVE their music and I LOVE they way the play their intruments. Steely Dan
is still the top!

Hey Donald and Walter, interested in producing a 32 year old Steely fan from
Holland? I'm available. Or play guitar for the next tour or something?

Marco Raaphorst

From: "Hans van der Zanden"
Subject: The Dan in Rotterdam...
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 11:30:04 +0200

Thanks guys and girls... What an outstanding performance... What a tight band, doin' their thing like clockwork, a fully interlocking puzzle... This Jimmy Haslip stuff in Hey 19 was brilliant... the highlight of the evening! What a players! its sounds so "easy going", the sign of pure craftmanship, the Rembrandts of music! People were smiling, while they were walking out of the Ahoy Hall, having seen a great performance by artists who serve the Dan with commitment and showing pleasure in their work! THANKS AGAIN, and do come back! Hans van der Zanden

From: "bluestone"
Subject: The Birmingham (England) Concert
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 10:47:23 +0100

Hi Don and Walt, (and the band), We just wanted to say a heartfelt thank-you for returning to Birmingham a couple of weeks ago and for giving us another incredible and moving concert. We feel sure we speak on behalf of every Dan fan when we say we are so very pleased that you are back on the road with that fabulous new band of yours and playing all those wonderful songs. You'll never know how much you and your music are loved and the pleasure you give to your fans. Please come back real soon and do it all over again. Sincerest regards, Rick and Val.

From: "corrie pas"
Subject: what a night!
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 13:05:35 +0200

Well guys thanks for coming by in our "nutty town" Rotterdam yesterday evening. I also saw the 96 show but you outclassed it with a brilliant line-up, the SD Y2K orchestra in optima forma, the choir, you wish they did the original Dirty Work in the 70's and a sound I never heard before in this hall. Accidently, I was a witness for what bacame the surprise act that evening. Yellowjackets' bass player Jimmy Haslip was performing with Michiel Borstlap's electric band on Music Expo that afternoon when he and Ricky - you truly are drummer of the year, bro! - Lawson came by in the restaurant. Ricky asked Jimmy if he want to meet Donald, well the outcome we saw that evening when Jimmy with his cool sweater - Put the Bass In - joined SD on stage fort brilliant bass work on Hey Nineteen together with Tom - funky man - Barney (hope to see you next time on North Sea Jazz, man) Guys, please do another album and come back soon. The evening was rockin'. Cheers and thanks (also from Sly and Loes) Roland

From: "I. Vermeule"
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 13:10:11 +0200

Hi guys, Yesterday, september 15, I enjoyed your show in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This is the second time I saw you here. I must say you have grown. I really liked the expension with the trombone. He added a total different sound and timbre. I was stunned how less electronics were used. Of course some synthesizers but no sequencers en stuff like that (dat-tapes). There was a good mix of good old oldies and new songs. The gueststar Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) added a beautiful solo to the cracker 'Hey Nineteen'. I'm really looking forward to your second livealbum..... Heero de Vries, Deventer, The Netherlands

From: "evugts"
Subject: great show
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 17:21:49 +0200

Thank you all for the great show in Rotterdam last friday. It was without doubt the best concert i have seen in years". A very relaxed crowd, fine stage and the best pergformers on stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks guys. edwin en martijn

From: "Diederik van vVeuten"
Subject: Ahoy Rotterdam Concert 15 september
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 19:08:10 +0200

Dear Donald, Walter and the magnificent Steely Dan Orchestra 2000, Thanks so much for your superb performance in Rotterdam Ahoy. It was a night I will never forget. To be honest, you were even better than four years ago. The Bosten Rag was brilliant, Dirty Work an unexpected highlight - among so many other highlights- Kid Charlemagne stronger than ever - especially Donalds sublime voice in the famous Yes There's Gas in The Car line- and the beautifull trombonesolo in Home At Last. Nevertheless I missed Janie Runaway, Almost Gothic and, well.. so many other great songs. To be short, please come back in four years and Do It Again. Thanks! Diederik van Vleuten

Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 19:10:29 +0200
From: Jeroen Ras
Subject: Rotterdam

Indeed, Rotterdam is a very NAUGHTY town! Hope you enjoyed as much as I
did! Thanks!

Jeroen Ras

From: "Sophie Op de Beeck"
Subject: Princes
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 03:07:48 +0200

Dear Mr Fagen and Mr Becker,

Princes of perfectionism. There's a God after all!!
It's breathtaking to know that your music is timeless - it's very lonely at
the top, but the one and only Steely Dan has written the most beautiful
songs of the world. They even beat the bad acoustics of Vorst Nationaal in
In a righteous world an audience should say : Do it again !!! yes please,
and next time in Belgium : St. Elizabeth in Antwerp - a Steely
Dan-concerthall each fan of yours would agree.
Love you,

Subject: Paradise came to Paris
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 11:30:33 +0200 (MET DST)

Your show was so exceptional, so tasteful, so subtile, so powerful and
so profound that I couldn't remain in control of my body anymore. It was
under the control of the madness that appears while there's too much
beauty at the same time in all your senses. Well I was laughing/crying I
A friend of mine was also present at your concert, sitting in a
different place : he felt the same. Guys, you deserve so much greetings
for your work, imagination and creative ability... Waouhhh !
Your taste is so good. How do you do, guys, to put that chord at this
precise moment of the tune ? Is it pure magic ? OOOOH ! I know now :
you're magicians. On stage I saw you, Mr. Fagen, behave mystically :
your charismatic gestures in fact are magic incantations ! Let me know,
please !
I didn't know until you say it on stage that it was your first time in
Paris. I guess every people present on the 13th of september at the
Olympia will be OK to say : COME BACK AS SOON AS YOU CAN !!!!
We already miss you.


Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 04:15:59 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Ahoy There!!

well iam sat two days later right in the centre of Rotterdam still buzzing from friday nights gig,awaiting a flight home to the uk. I am all washed up on superlatives for this tour, suffice to say the highlights of this particular show was the absolute look of exctasy on Walters face when Jimmy Haslip (of yellow jacket fame) fired up as Guest performer for a "duel" with our very own Tom Barney. (BREATHTAKING).The biggest roar of the evening was funnily enough for the girls rendition of Dirty work,and they seemed absolutely delighted with this.Its been a long tour but the professionalism still showed!! cheers
Jeff Blackie wales uk
(jill nado please get in touch)

From: "Axos"
Subject: Rotterdam show 15/9
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 19:10:14 +0200

Dear Walter & Donald(and other guys and fabulous girls), Thanks for a fabulous evening in the Rotterdam Ahoy. You guys really were great. Can't think of any other performers being that good. Every song was great and i finally got to hear Deacon Blues live. Hope you guys bring out a live cd after the tour. Please tell me you will. For me the Dan rules forever, especially live.... Well CU guys next year i hope. Ad van der Bijl, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 22:33:20 +0200
From: Claude Brisset
Subject: Thanks for Paris Olympia Concert

We hope we won't have to wait another twenty-five year period to savour
Steely Dan live !
Thanks a thousand times for one of the most memorable concerts of our
lives ! We are two
Steely Dan fans from the first days , but hearing you live is another
experience : we already love your songs but everything was perfect :
glorious band , fantastic solos , precise
sound , charisma...Well...maybe we Froggies were a bit too cool!
Congratulations for being what you are and for enlighting so much our
lives for many years.
Keep on writing such great songs, and please ,don't wait too long to
tour Europe !

From Claude BRISSET & Pierre SANIGOU(Paris)

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:10:03 +0200
From: Maarten Mens
Subject: What a nutty city?

Well gentlemen, you pulled it off once again.
With a minimum of sweat and a fair amount of excellent musicianship, you
were able to mesmerize the audience in Rotterdam, including myself I must
Strange night though..... the lady of the cloakroom asked us: "Steely Dan,
aren't they the ones who had that hit, Baker Street?" To her question what
the crowd was going to be like, we confessed that it probably would be
civilized, above all. How true. No crowdsurfing or pushing at the beer
stand and singing along like happy campers to all the old tunes.
And why not indeed? It still is amazing to hear the music that's been
engraved in your memory for over twenty years executed so brilliantly.
Kudos especially to Jon Herington for combining the feel of the originals
with that of his own.
Weird but enjoyable to see Jimmy Haslip on stage with you. I had the
impression that mr Fagen wasn't completely in control of the bass-solo
proceedings, but hey.....there's nothing like a little improvisation now,
is there?
Highlights? Kid Charlemagne and Don't take me alive (why is Royal Scam
still my favourite album?), Dirty work and Night by Night. But basically
every time the band kicks in a new tune, the surprise element is effective.

"What a fucking great crowd" and "What a nutty city"...... Self
explanatory? Let's stay on the safe side and return the compliment.

Looking forward to hear from you for a long time.

Maarten Mens, The Hague, Holland

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:43:26 +0200
From: "Ralph Jas"
Subject: Rotterdam Concert, September 15, 2000


I am really amazed by what a show you guys can put up. It is nothing short of briljant, and I sincerely thank you for playing in Holland once again. (I didn't think I would ever see you once, now I have even seen you twice).

Last friday's show was perfect. The band is a stunning ensemble, each and every one of them a true master on his instrument. John Herington is a monster... The lovely choir didn't only sing very good, they even brought something to look at (for us male audience members, anyway (wink wink))

What a choice of songs! Home at Last brought tears to my eyes, just like Dirty Work. But the first one... Boston Rag (one of my all time favorites).... You must have heard the 'clunck' when my jaw dropped on the floor. I never thought you would be playing that live.

Well. I can rave on and on about how great it all was, but let me just say 'thank you very, very much for the best concert I ever attended' (some 1.000 all in all). And please... come back if you can!


Ralph Jas,
The Netherlands

From: "Edgar Kleinbergen"
Subject: Steely Dan in Holland
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 17:31:10 +0200

To all the crew of Steely Dan:

Thanks for a wonderful performance in Rotterdam!

I enjoyed every moment, from 'Bring back the Boston Rag' to 'Jack of Speed'
to 'Babylon Sisters'.
The Steely Dan sound is more than alive; it's a soul thing to me (and I
think most of the fans)
These craftsmen (and women) practising their craft on stage is a wonderful
sight and like how music got to be performed to my ears!


Edgar Kleinbergen

From: "FUR"
Subject: Rotterdam Ahoy show
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 19:42:49 +0200

Great show! Loved "Dirty Work"version sung by the girls. Jimmy Haslip kicked ass!! Donald's vocals :.....just awesome!! come to Holland again soon! love, Paul Lindeboom, Ghislaine Kuypers Martin Stoker, Yolanda Stoker Alkmaar, Holland

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 03:27:35 +0200
From: James Clermont
Subject: Paris concert Sept 13

Probablement one of the most extraordinary moments in my life.
Seeing you on stage was already awesome. But with the sound you guys
had, the tightness of the band, everyone was in place, the harmonics,
the arrangements, the set was perfect.

I can say that I listen to a lot of your music and I know pretty it
well, so you cannot imagine how much I enjoyed the concert.
A moment I'll keep forever in me.


From: "Huckle, Jonathan (Frankfurt)"
Subject: Frankfurt 18/9/2000
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 08:38:29 +0200

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Date: 19 Sep 2000 01:48:44 -0700
Subject: Thank you

Dear mr. Becker and Fagen,

For almost 28 years now ,your music has brougt me pleasure and happiness. So I can only say: thank you (for the music and) for coming to Europe. In Deacon Blues you sing "I cried when I wrote this song". I saw you in Brussels and I can say "I cried a whole concert long." Fantastic gig (even when the sound wasn't completely right in the first half), fantastic musicians, fantastic selection of songs! Enough to make another live album (double please!)

Please don't wait another four years to come back. I can't wait anyway, so I'm coming over to D(o)sseldorf tonight. Thanks again.

Leo Van Hoorick

From: "Looleen"
Subject: Concert in Paris
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 13:35:39 +0200

One week after your wonderful performance at the Olympia, we still cant get you and your music out of our heads. thank you thank you thank you... we looooove you all please come back soon Aline - Paris

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 21:10:30 +0200
Subject: Frankfurt Concert

Hy SD,
me and my wive are Dan Fan's. Thank you for this nice event.
Please "Do it again" next year.

Norbert + Christine

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 09:56:30 +0300
Subject: Lot's of kisses!

Thank you for the amazing night at Hartwall Arena! It was a dream come
true to sit right in front of Ricky Lawson and listen to the Groove...I
really enjoyd...Thanks for visiting in Finland, I won't ever forget it!
Best wishes!

-drummer girl-

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 12:05:11 +0200
Subject: do it all over
From: "Charles Altmann"
Hi Steely Dan,

attended your concert in Düsseldorf last night.

And one thing is clear:

You have to start again right from the beginning and record ALL RECORDS
AGAIN with this new band and this new sound.

So I am waiting for <Can't buy a thrill - II> and all the others.

SD rules.

Have fun, Charles.

From: "Kenny O'Darnon"
Subject: last concert in Dusseldorf
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 14:15:49 +0200

Dear Sirs,

Thank you, thank you! Thank you for that brilliant concert last night in
Dusseldorf. The very last concert of the tour, and you sure made the night a
wonderful thing! Driving all the way from Holland to Dusseldorf we were
absolutely lucky to be able to find seats not far from the stage. The sound
was BRILLIANT! And of course,
so was the performance. Babylon Sisters was never before performed so well,
so wonderful, so great!

Donald, I hope you keep your promise when you told us that you guys will be
back. I can wait another four years, but not twenty, ok????????? And please,
if you return to Rotterdam for a concert, try to avoid that terrible bad
venue Ahoy Hall. For the rest: No Complaints, Sir!

Don & Walt: Thank you for all the music and the wonderful

Greetings from a fan,

Danny Kroonen
from Holland

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 08:19:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Henri 'Herbie' Kauhanen"
Subject: Your gorgeus gig at Helsinki, Finland

Thank You Don & Walt for making our (me & my buddies)
life much closer to perfect. You made our dreams come
true. We'd never have really believed that You will
come to a small country like Finland. We were wrong.

Everything was so great: the musicians, Your fantastic
songs and also the stage itself was very impressive.
Still the best part of this gig was Your pure
sophistication and it seems that You have kept this
style since Can't Buy A Thrill. And that's great. Your
style is so classy & jazzy.

We are sure that There Will Never Be Another You (or
anything like You), so Your records will always remain

I have discussed many times with my friends that You
are not playing jazz, jazz-rock or rock. It's Steely
Dan. That's a genre to us. Dan Steele. OutrÈ DaniËl.
STEELY DAN. And still growing.

By the way, we are 15-year "old" fans.

--Henri Kauhanen

Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 21:24:01 +0200
From: Micha
Subject: Frankfurt Alte Oper

Dear Mr. B.,
dear Mr. F.,

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to you for the
impressing performance in Frankfurt's Alte Oper. The show was f******


From: "Hans Warenburg"
Subject: just thanks
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 21:50:04 +0200

Hello mr. Becker and Fagen, just wanted to thank you for the performances in Brussels and Rotterdam. Two fantastic concerts. I hope you (doing the job) enjoyed them as much as I did as a consumer. I can agree with others, it was very good, it was superbe. I have seen a lot of concerts since 1978 and big (Rolling Stones, Bowie, Prince, Van Morisson, David Byrne, King Crimson, etc. etc.) and less known names (dB's, f.e.) but you were outstanding. I hope you continue recording and of course: performing live. I think it would be great if you bring out another live album, no matter what critics would say (they always say live recordings aren't what they are waiting for). I heard this tour you also performed The Royal Scam. A cd with that song, Dirty Work, the Henri Mancini tune, Home at last, of course: The Boston Rag and West of Hollywood would be very very nice and a great gift for us. Hans v.d. Warenburg

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 00:07:35 +0200
From: Claude Etienne
Subject: the steely dan orchestra in Paris

Well, quite a good night the 13th of september 2000, in the <bold>Olympia in Paris.

I mean GREAT!

Bravo for all the stuff, Tom, Ricky, Jon, Ted, the horns and the lovely choeurs, Donald and Walter, we had a great time. So many good songs and great musicians.

Hey, please, keep on the road, gentlemen, and send us a new live record, it's very important!

So, in PARIS too, you got good friends, and you should come back whenever you want, for a good "croque-monsieur" and a glass of Bordeaux.

very friendly yours!

Claude Etienne - Paris

From: "Patrick Miller"
Subject: Frankfurt Show
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000 22:44:43 CEST

Mr. Steely Dan or Whateva,
What can I say? The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away! Your show at the
Alte Oper was-a soooooo nice! While I enjoyed every note, I especially
enjoyed Babylon Sisters, Don't Take Me Alive, and Home At Last. It had been
seven long years since I saw you in Jersey. Seven long years of a-waitin'
and a-wantin' and last night I was in heaven! Thank you so much for an
outstanding show, can't wait to see you again.

The Assman
Thallichtenberg, Germany

Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 16:07:20 EDT
Subject: Finally!

Dear Donald and Walter -
I have been waiting to see you for 13 years now - finally got the chance this
week in Dusseldorf! And what more could I ask for - it was my wedding gift!
We saw an incredible show with incredible musicians. Fantastic arrangement of
"Dirty Work". Great show, thank you. Prisca

From: Hubert Schöler
Subject: A perfect day!


I hope you enjoyed your "Bratwurst" and "Kirschwasser" in Düsseldorf as much I enjoyed the concert. The Dusseldorf concert was simply outstanding. Very special thanks to the girls and their contribution to "Dirty Work".

I wonder if you liked the band's farewell gift of Eduard Munch's "The Scream" in the shape of two rubber dolls.

Greetings from Cologne
Hubert Schöler

Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 10:13:58 +0200
From: Sparkasse Dinslaken-Voerde-Hünxe
Subject: your concert on 19.09.2000 in d'dorf

dear steely dan's,

many thank's for a wonderful evening.


Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 11:01:19 +0200 (MEST)
From: Jost Weingarten
Subject: duesseldorf

Mr Becker and Mr Fagen,
having been guest of your show at Duesseldorf it is my greatest pleasure
to give notice of my deepest thankfulness for having had the opportunity to
se you back on stage one more time after the year of 1996 in Brussels. Thanks
for a great show this time (the second part of which in my ears can only be
described in superlatives although you really must have been tired of
touring at this last show of your tour). Also I am happy to have learned about
the "cuervo gold" and I will surely remember your words, Mr Fagen, in my next
summer holidays.
As for your plans in the near future -achieving global domination- I
really wish you all the best. Hopefully afterwards you will still be producing
records and assembling such great tour musicians because you can be assured
that I am ready to spend another fortune to be able to listen to your music
and see you perform once again.
So keep in shape and keep on doing what your doing!!!

Subject: Frankfurt & Duesseldorf
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 11:35:57 +0200

Four years ago, when steely dan played in germany, i was on
holiday in the united states. A real tragedy for a true dan fan.
To compensate this, I have visited two shows in germany:
frankfurt and duesseldorf. The beautiful old opera house in frankfurt
is suitable for artists like steely dan, but the functional philippshalle
in duesseldorf has the better acoustic and there the steely dan sound
was perfect.
The duesseldorf concert, as the last one of the tour, was someting special.
Like a farewell party, with the crew on the stage, kissing and hugging,
and flowers for the wonderful female choir. Emotions on the stage and
in the audience.
The best live performance I have seen was a concert with the Miles Davis
in Germany, but now it has to share the top with steely dan in duesseldorf.
I hope, that a live-cd will be relased , of course with walter's band
Still under the impression of these concerts, all I can say, please don't
let uns wait
too long for the next tour.

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 12:26:19 +0200
From: Roland Genske
Subject: thank you so much for your visit

I cried when I wrote this song -
soonly if I played it too long
(the Dusseldorf variant)

After waiting for you to give us a visit in Germany
for 20+ yrs I finally enjoyed your Dusseldorf show.
Expecting you to have a long rest after finishing
the y2k tour I promise to visit your next concert
wherever it'll be in the world.

Sunny Greetings from Wuppertal, Roland Genske

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