Thursday, July 30, 2009

Steely Dan to reunite with Larry Carlton for shows

Iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan have announced that they will reunite with famed session guitarist and Grammy award-winner Larry Carlton for select performances on the group’s U.S. "Rent Party ‘09 Tour." Carlton will reprise his role as the expert axe-slinger on Steely Dan’s classic 1976 album The Royal Scam, as the band performs that album in its entirety, as well as subsequent "Internet Request Nights" on the tour.

Carlton, whose legendary solo on The Royal Scam’s hit single "Kid Charlemagne" was named on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time, will appear live on stage with Steely Dan at New York’s Beacon Theatre (July 31st, August 1st), L.A.’s Gibson Amphitheatre (August 24th & 25th) and the Chicago Theatre (September 3rd & 4th). The shows will also feature opening act Sam Yahel Trio.

Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are giving audiences an unprecedented opportunity to hear their classic albums in their entirety, as well as fan-selected sets. For multi-night stands of "Classic Album (Plus)" Nights in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago, the group will stage live versions of landmark albums Aja, Gaucho and The Royal Scam in full, along with additional select favorites.

For "Takin' It to the Seats" Internet Request Nights, the setlist will be determined by online votes from ticket-holders. In addition, Steely Dan will perform standard single-night concerts across the country, featuring setlists that will draw from their extensive repertoire of hits and favorites from throughout their career. Visit for updates, mandates, templates, reactions, redactions, retractions and miscellaneous further developments – including news of additional special guests.

Larry Carlton has garnered widespread acclaim for his unmistakable and often-imitated guitar sound, with a career spanning more than 3,000 sessions, 200 hits, 100 gold albums and 33 solo recording projects, while earning three Ad Lib awards, 18 Grammy nominations, 3 Grammy wins and Guitar Player’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Larry’s fiery and fluid solo style, utilizing sinuous lines, soulful bends, expressive vibrato, presented with impeccable phrasing and a distinctive singing tone – combined with his suave and nuanced comping style – have made him one of the most distinctive and appealing guitarists of the jazz rock era. His inspired fretwork on the Steely Dan’s Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho albums continued the Steely tradition of guitaristic excellence well into the late middle seventies and beyond.

Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits including "F.M.," "Bodhisattva," "Reelin’ in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Deacon Blues," "Peg," "Babylon Sisters," and "Hey Nineteen," culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980. They reunited in the early '90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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