Last Night: Steely Dan Royally Scams The Paramount

Steely Dan closed out its two-night stand at The Paramount on Tuesday, October 13, by playing its classic album The Royal Scam in its entirety. Read Mike Seely's review of Steely Dan's performance of Aja and friends on Monday night.
Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagen made a proposal to their Seattle fans when they they booked a pair of shows at the Paramount for Monday and Tuesday night. It read something like this: "If you promise to turn out in spades, fill our coffers, and feed our egos for two nights, we'll give you hits, give you a classic album in its entirety each night, and we'll forgo the obligatory stripped-down and soulless 'An Evening With ...' tour shtick." The city's reaction? "Done and done!"

Last night, the fellas held up their end of the bargain, carting out a crackerjack band if there ever was one, smoking their 1976 album The Royal Scam, and generously offering up goodies like "Reelin' In the Years," "Aja," and "My Old School."

A few of the thoughts and observations that went through my head during the show:

-- Becker and Fagen's supporting cast played like the house band of your favorite late-night talk show. They owned the music, killed the solos, and ended each number like Burt Reynolds was shaking the big man's hand.

-- Donald Fagen moves like Stevie Wonder behind the keyboard.

-- One of three backup singers attended to a prop turntable and LP, flipping the vinyl over when the band finished side one of The Royal Scam.

-- Listening to Keith Carlock play Steve Gadd's solo on "Aja" made me want to run home and start banging on my drums again. It also gave me a hundred reasons to never pick up a stick again.

-- Fagen and Becker are old-school Internet punks. Remember their campaign to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That shit would have been Twitter gold.

Set list: (I think I got the whole thing. Feel free to leave corrections.)

(Begin The Royal Scam)

Kid Charlemagne

The Caves Of Altamira

Don't Take Me Alive

Sign In Stranger

The Fez

Green Earrings

Haitian Divorce

Everything You Did

The Royal Scam

(End of the Scam)

Hey Nineteen

Dirty Work

Black Friday

I Got the News


Love is Like an Itching in My Heart (ht to commenter Jive Miguel)


Show Biz Kids



My Old School


Reeling In the Years

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