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Steely Dan Hints at New Album
Exclusive Interview with Donald Fagen and Walter Becker
By: Gary Graff
7/17/2013


It's been a full decade since Steely Dan released its last album, but a follow-up to 2003's "Everything Must Go."

During a conference call to promote its upcoming Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day tour, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker told us that there are early indications that a return to the studio is imminent:

Becker: "It's in the air. It really is...We're just picking up here and starting the tour, but I can almost, um, I can smell it...It's just a smell now. The next thing is then you taste it, then you start to feel it. You know how this goes..."

Fagen, meanwhile, added that the duo may actually return to some unfinished musical business when it does begin working on a new project:

Fagen: "We do have some songs that I'm just remembering now. We have some songs that, these really good ones that we only half-finished back in, like, 1984 that we keep threatening to work on."

Becker: "Actually we did finish a couple of those. We have a bunch of things. Put it this way; any other band in the world would have finished or mixed these old things that were lying around and issued them with a great ta-da! fanfare. But we just don't. We don't play it like that."

Fagen: "That's not the way we roll."

Becker: It's not the way we roll."

The Steely Dan tour kicks off Friday (July 19) in Atlantic City and finishes with a six-night run starting September 30 at New York's Beacon Theater. Some show will feature performances of "The Royal Scam," "Aja" or "Gaucho" albums in their entirety, while others have been dubbed Audience Request Nights or Greatest Hits Nights.

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