Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen announced a tour with his newly formed solo band, the Nightflyers. The U.S. leg launches with a two-night stint, August 3rd and 4th, in Port Chester, New York and concludes September 16th in San Francisco, followed by a spot at the Yokohama Blue Note Jazz Fest in Japan.
Fagen will perform a mixture of material from Steely Dan and his solo catalog, along with some "swell surprises," Ultimate Classic Rock reports. Tickets go on sale April 28th.
The five-piece Nightflyers, named after the singer-keyboardist's 1982 debut solo LP, The Nightfly, also features guitarist Connor Kennedy, drummer Lee Falco, bassist Brandon Morrison and keyboardist Will Bryant. The band warmed up for the tour with a series of gigs in small venues throughout New York's Hudson River Valley.
Fagen has released four solo LPs, including his most recent, 2012's Sunken Condos. While Steely Dan have remained active on the touring circuit – including a 2016 trek, "The Dan Who Knew Too Much," with Steve Winwood – the band hasn't released a studio album since 2003's Everything Must Go.
The songwriter told Rolling Stone last year that "it's hard to say" whether Steely Dan will record another LP. "Now that reality is indistinguishable from, say, a wacky Kurt Vonnegut novel, it'd be a challenge to overcome the paradigm shift," he said. "Maybe some sad chorales?"
Donald Fagen and the Nightflyers 2017 Tour Dates
August 3-4 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
August 8 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore at Gleason
August 9 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
August 11 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
August 12 – Saint Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
August 14 – Montgomery, AL @ Montgomery Performing Arts Center
August 16 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
August 17 – Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Stage
August 19 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
August 20 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
August 22 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace
August 23 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
August 25 – Northfield, OH @ Hard Rock Live
August 26 – New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino
August 28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
August 29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
August 31 – Salina, KS @ Stiefel Theatre
September 2 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at Moody Theater
September 3 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
September 12 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
September 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
September 15 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery
September 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Masonic
September 23-24 – Yokohama, Japan @ Yokohama Blue Note Jazz Fest