Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Birthday, Donald Fagen! (70 today)

Donald Fagen is 70 today and besides wishing him a Happy birthday we at Radio Dupree wish to remind all that his collection Cheap XMas: Donald Fagen Complete - originally a digital only release in October 2012 - now is available as a five CD and seven vinyl record box set.

It features all of his solo albums; The Nightfly (1982), Kamakiriad (1993), Morph the Cat (2006) and Sunken Condos (2012) + ten extra non-album tracks. Nothing new here. It's basically his Nightfly Trilogy box from 2007 plus Sunken Condos.

Still worth getting for the completist waiting for his next solo album. He's said that he wants to record with the gang of guys named The Nightflyers that he toured with last year.

We had a look at Amazon and see that the out of print Nightfly Trilogy box set from 2007 is ... expensive (at least on Amazon. Current EBay price a mere $120):

And we're lucky to own two signed copies(*) from way back when...

(*) = not for sale!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers joint summer tour 2018

Tickets for the summer tour will go on sale this Friday January 12, with the tour starting in Charlotte, NC May 10 and ending in Bethel, NY July 14.

Here's the complete rundown of dates for The Summer Of Living Dangerously tour:

10 - Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
11 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
13 - Jacksonville, FL @ Dailys Place
14 - Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
17 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
19 - Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheater
20 - Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
22 - New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
24 - Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
25 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
27 - Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

1 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
4 - Portland, OR @ Moda Center+
5 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
7 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena**
9 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena**
10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
12 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
15 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
16 - Madison, WI @ Breese Stevens**
18 - Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
19 - St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
21 - Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
24 - Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

2 - Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage**
3 - Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
6 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7 - Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
10 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
11 - Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
13 - Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook**
14 - Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

More information can be found over at:

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Walter Becker tribute concert in Oslo, Norway featuring Georg "Jojje" Wadenius

Guitarist Georg "Jojje" Wadenius who played on Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad (1993) and live with Steely Dan 1994 as can be heard on the 1995 live album Alive In America, is part of a tribute concert to Walter Becker that will take place January 29 at the jazz club Herr Nilsen in Oslo, Norway.

Ole Børud band will be playing with a total of 13 people on stage. The music will be Walter's solo stuff, some Steely Dan and a few pieces from his other productions.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ringo Starr has been knighted

Congratulations, Ringo Starr! The former Beatle can now call himself Sir Richard. 
Details from the New Year Honours here:

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Zappa Roxy shows on 7 CD's

All the Zappa/Mothers shows at the Roxy in December 1973 will be released in a box set.
Yes, one more monster release from the Zappa Family Trust. We just got the Halloween '77 set and now this.
Read all about the Roxy Performances here.

Friday, December 08, 2017

New Hendrix album with 10 unreleased songs

Both Sides of the Sky is the title of the new Hendrix album that will be released on March 9, 2018.
Billboard reports that the album contains 13 tracks and that 10 of them have never been released before. Most of the songs feature the Band of Gypsys.

The new album is the third volume in a trilogy with material culled from the Hendrix archive. Valleys of Neptune was the first one (2010) followed by People, Hell and Angels (2013).

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rolling Stones On Air available on December 1

December 1, 2017 will see the release of The Rolling Stones – On Air, a collection of radio recordings from their early years. 
The songs were originally broadcast on different BBC shows between 1963 and 1965.

Track list here:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Donald Fagen sues Walter Becker's estate

It's about a buy-sell agreement signed by the original bandmembers when Steely Dan was incorporated in the early 1970's. It says that whenever a member of the group quits or dies, Steely Dan purchases all of that member's shares in the group.

According to the lawsuit filed in court yesterday Donald Fagen had recieved a letter from Becker's estate four days after Walter Becker's death  saying that the buy-sell agreement from 1972 no longer was valid and that Becker's widow wanted 50 percent ownership of Steely Dan.

Read more:


Walter Becker's Estate Responds to Donald Fagen's Steely Dan Lawsuit

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Video of rare Walter Becker song

Over on there's a new clip of Walter Becker performing his unreleased song with the catchy title The Girl Next Door To The Methadone Clinic. He performed it live at a 1995 solo show and it supposedly exists as a bootleg, but we've not heard of anyone actually owning a copy.

Anyway, here it is recorded home video style and well worth a watch and a listen. Or three.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

News of the World – Queen box set with unreleased material

The most interesting part of the new Queen box set is probably the newly created ‘alternative’ version of the whole album – Raw Sessions.
It features never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album’s 11 tracks.

"Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details.  Here we experience We Are The Champions anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut.  Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen’s inner circle has heard him sing before at all – Brian May’s All Dead, All Dead.  The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor’s Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending.  Taylor’s other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions, ‘homework’ that all of the band members would regularly carry out."

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Update on Walter Becker's illness and death has been updated with a text from Delia Becker, wife of Walter Becker who died two and a half moths ago.
Delia writes:

As Walter Becker’s wife of many years, I wanted to share with his fans some information regarding his death that has not previously been reported. I realize this is overdue, and I hope you will understand why. For me personally, his death was a devastating blow, as I know it was for many of you. I am just beginning to emerge from its heartbreaking impact. 
           Walter died in the course of being treated for an extremely aggressive form of esophageal cancer. The cancer was detected during one of his annual medical checkups and its presence came as a grim surprise to Walter, his doctors and to me. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and had spread with terrifying speed.

Early September Walter's daughter asked for help documenting all the media coverage around Walter's passing. With the help of fans it grew and morphed into The Walter Becker Media Project collecting his "Hey 19 raps" through the years.
If you don't know what they are head on over to and look and listen at the clips from various Steely Dan shows through the years now online as Walter Becker Digital Archive.

It is also linked to from And at the bottom of that page is a short 20 second video with Walter that must've been shot not that long ago.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Nona Hendryx releases Beefheart album (!)

Singer Nona Hendryx has recorded an album with Captain Beefheart covers together with Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas.

This is quite a surprise. LaBelle veteran Nona is a terrific singer but her style seems far away from the sounds of Captain Beefheart.

Check out this link and scroll down to hear the new album.
Sounds pretty nice, we think!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Zappa's "Halloween 77" now on Spotify

6 complete shows from the Palladium in New York City! Frank Zappa, Terry Bozzio, Adrian Belew, Patrick O*Hearn, Ed Mann, Tommy Mars, Peter Wolf. 

Here it is:

After listening through only 45 minutes of it yet, we dare to say that it is nothing but a great listening experience. The sound is great. Yes, the repertoire is mostly the same from night to night, but it is a nice repertoire and a great band, AND there are some pieces that we are really extra curious about: Conehead (the instrumental), Wild Love, Pound For A Brown, King Kong...most of them instrumentals, all of them lengthy pieces with solos and improvisation.

It is easy to understand why Frank enjoyed the Palladium dates so much. This special collection allows us to feel the strong response from the audience and how that stimulated Frank and the band. Great release!

Radio Dupree September 26: Track list for Zappa "Halloween 77"