Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan dazzled the public and critics alike in 2009 with their classic-albums-in-full "Rent PartyTour." Now the band is responding to overwhelming popular demand and returning to give fans more Steely Dan action with a new summer tour, Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven. This year's tour, which kicks off in Seattle on July 2nd and concludes in Boston on September 28th, will showcase greatest hits and deep cuts alike; plus select cities will feature performances of complete albums plus fan voting online to determine a night's set. Steely Dan masterminds Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced this year's program will also include special guests, and an idealistic strategy for World Peace. Acclaimed jazz artist Sam Yahel is on board as the tour's main support act. For Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are back with their awesome group of players, now dubbed the Miles High Big Band, and their saucy backup trio, the Embassy Brats. The Band and the Brats include Keith Carlock (drums); Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Jim Beard (keys); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns); plus background singers Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle, and Catherine Russell. Fans should check local listings for updated tour and ticketing information. STEELY DAN 2011 U.S./CANADA TOUR DATES Sat. July 2 - Seattle, WA - WaMu TheaterSun. July 3 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallTues. July 5 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain WineryWed. July 6 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara BowlFri. July 8 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek TheatreSat. July 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek TheatreTues. July 12 - Tulsa, OK - Brady TheaterWed. July 13 - Thackerville, OK - Winstar CasinoFri. July 15 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat TheatreSat. July 16 - Detroit, MI - Fox TheatreTues. July 19 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC PavilionWed. July 20 - Toledo, OH - Toledo ZooFri. July 22 - Toronto, ON - Molson AmphitheaterSat. July 23 - Canandaigua, NY - Constellation BrandsMon. July 25 - Danbury, CT - Ives CenterTues. July 26 - Lenox, MA - TanglewoodFri. July 29 - Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at FoxwoodsSat. July 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event CenterTues. August 2 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post PavilionThurs. August 4 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts CenterSat. August 6 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain ParkSun. August 7 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain ParkWed. August 10 - Bethlehem, PA - MusikfestFri. August 12 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia FestivalSat. August 13 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia FestivalMon. August 15 - Interlochen, MI - Kresge AuditoriumWed. August 17 - Louisville, KY - Palace TheaterFri. August 19 - Nashville, TN - The Woods at FontanelSat. August 20 - Tuscaloosa, AL - Tuscaloosa AmphitheaterSun. August 21 - Orange Beach, AL - Snowden Grove AmphitheatreWed. August 24 - St. Louis, MO - Fox TheatreThurs. August 25 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight TheatreSat. August 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside TheaterSun. August 28 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside TheaterTues. August 30 - Minneapolis, MN - MN State FairWed. August 31 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum TheaterSat. September 3 - Aspen, CO - Jazz AspenFri. September 9 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower TheatreSat. September 10 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower TheatreTues. September 13 - New York, NY - Beacon TheatreWed. September 14 - New York, NY - Beacon TheatreFri. September 16 - New York, NY - Beacon TheatreSat. September 17 - New York, NY - Beacon TheatreTues. September 27 - Boston, MA - Wang TheatreWed. September 28 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits including "Do It Again," "Reelin' in the Years," "Bodhisattva," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "F.M.," "Peg," "Deacon Blues," "Hey Nineteen" and "Babylon Sisters." They reunited in the early '90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Naturein 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Critics raved about the performances on the Rent Party 2009 tour, with the New York Times stating that Fagen "was deep in the music... a cross between Count Basie and Ray Charles." The Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed: "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists." The Los Angeles Times raved: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer - and they were treated to something close to rapture." Visit www.steelydan.com for details and further developments.
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