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Steely Dan Reviews

ConcertsJazz & Blues

Average customer review: 3.5 star rating (3.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 12

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5.0 star rating Bob Wheatley from Louisville, Kentucky

DAN WILL GO ON FOREVER

The sounds was tight and the lights were bright. Steely Dan at the Louisville Palace 3- Oct-18 was awesome. Yeah he could have played tracks from Morph the Cat. But what he did play was so tight it didn't matter. When Fagan goes (god forbid) slide in a replacement and keep on rolling. Nice venue for jazz. Close parking and bars and restaurants.

3.0 star rating Clem from Richmond, Virginia

GOOD CONCERT BU MISSED DEEP TRACKS YET AGAIN

Sold out event. Very good. However, yet another year when their Deep Tracks were not played, e.g. Boston Rag and Any World and Everything You Did. All due to lack of having his partner

5.0 star rating Stan from Avon, Ohio

STEELY DAN AT THE STRANAHAN......

The Band was tight......Mike Leonhart and the brass were remarkable......Carolyn Leonhart and the Danettes sounded like angels.....Drummer, Keith Carlock never missed a beat......Herington's guitar was perfect.....Donald Fagan's voice and keyboards were on the money....Walter was smiling down!.....Perfect sound with a great light show......Hotter than the 104 degree Toledo Zoo show in 2011.....

3.0 star rating King John from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GREAT BUT DISAPPOINTING

Steely Dan was fantastic , as expected, but the sound system in Heinz Hall really sucked. The vocals were muffled to the point that the lyrics were usually unintelligible and were totally overshadowed by the instruments - especially the drums, which often drowned out the horn section. I had invited a friend at the last minute because my wife was ill and, although he was familiar with Steely Dan's hits, he could not understand 90% of the lyrics.

1.0 star rating from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GREAT BAND HEINZ SOUND SYSTEM TERRIBLE

Why put on rock concerts with inferior sound system . Spend some money get some state of the art speakers up high you can't here squat in the balconey. I keep going thinking it will change, never does. That was my last one. Wish I could have heard just how great the band was.

4.0 star rating Lamont from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

AUDIO NEED HELP

The mix FOH wasn’t that good at all

5.0 star rating Lester from Las Vegas, Nevada

GREAT ROOM, TIGHT BAND, CROWD OF SLOBS...

DATELINE: Venetian Theater, 4/28/19 After many thwarted attempts to see the band live, me and the misses settled in the lovely and acoustically solid VT. The entire performance was reminiscent of an old school R&B jazz review which should be no surprise. Excellent set list that covered all the bases albeit the inclusion of "FM" (too Top 40 considering the band's deep catalog, but easily digestible for the audience) and "Dirty Work" which is a tremendous song with David Palmer's plaintive vocal but "lounge-y" as done by the female backup artists. With the exception of hard core Dan fans and budding music students (a master class if ever there was one) the crowd appeared to be ancient Midwesterner's who on a lark dropped by on their way to the Kwik-E-Mart to get a gallon of vanilla ice cream and Hershey's syrup. (See: FM) with no thought of stepping out. Perhaps Nevada's lax cannabis law accounted for the malaise but methinks 8:00pm was bedtime for many. Too bad, great show!

2.0 star rating Rb from Las Vegas, Nevada

TOUGH NIGHT FOR DAN FAN

While I was really looking forward to this I have to say I was disappointed. Here’s why. The theater was perfect- my seats were great. Unfortunately mr fagans voice was in bad shape this night. But as he said- you have to roll the dice. So that wasn’t the only thing. As a long and loyal dan fan- I found that the songs they decided to play were just to vanilla . They had such a tremendous cast of musicians And could pull off anything , really. I would have liked to hear them play some more stuff from royal scan and Aja ( Jazier) but also after all of these years a little more interpretation of their own music . I really like some of the covers of the steely dan songs - particularly by the jazz crowd, and with the band they have I don’t think it would be much of a challenge to them to experiment a little. They certainly have toured a lot, and for folks like me - I just want a little more from my favorite band ever!

5.0 star rating STEVEN P from Las Vegas, Nevada

STEELY DAN VENETIAN MAY 4TH 2019

GREAT SHOW!

1.0 star rating Barb from Rochester, New York

BAD SOUND MIX

Very muffled sound on vocals. Very disappointed as I paid $99 to see Steely Dan. Great venue, although costly to park.

5.0 star rating Steven Schuyler from Boston, Massachusetts

THE DAN AT BOSTON'S ORPHEUM--DOES IT GET ANY BETTER?

Over the last 25 (!) years, my two daughters and the family have seen Steely Dan perform about 6 or 7 times. Older daughter Stephanie bought 8 tickets in the first balcony of the 150+ year old Orpheum Theater for Friday's opening night performance ("Aja and greatest hits"). I should contextualize last night's experience to say that my daughter had seen the Dan last week in New York (where David Crosby sat in for a surprise rendition of "Wooden Ships") and that our first family concert was to see them at the so-called Tweeter Center, when the kids were maybe two and six. We had a great dinner at Pho Pasteur, right around the corner, and then walked up to the Orpheum, which is an intimate setting for a concert. The band was tight, Donald's voice was stronger than ever. Watching the drummer perform is actually mesmerizing! The set list was "something for everybody." The crowd was generally above 50, and obviously digging it, but not more than my 25 and 29 year old daughters!

2.0 star rating Andy Skaff from Boston, Massachusetts

NEVER PICKED UP THE PACE

I went to the Steely Dan Show Saturday Night at the Orpheum Theater in Boston. I kept waiting for the pace to pick up. Started by playing the entire Night Fly-Donald Fagen record which put the whole audience into snooze mode. Even the Steely Dan songs that were eventually played were somewhat odd choices. Never really got rockin' in any way. The show was extremely well rehearsed, sounded great, very professional. But I think it left most fans wanting more great Steely Dan songs. Too many solo Fagen songs. Never got the crowd going.

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