Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are giving Steely Dan fans what they want on the group's 28-date Rent Party '09 tour. Not only is the band taking song requests online, but they're also playing the group's classic albums The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho in their entirety on select nights.
The tour started one week ago in Durham, N.C., and finishes up on Sept. 6, at the MotorCity Casino in Detroit.
Becker tells Billboard.com, "In the current climate of financial desperation, we figured there's no reason why people who are going out and buying tickets to concerts shouldn't get a little extra. We've been sort of thinking about this and talking about this for some years and never got around to doing it. And this seemed like a good time to do it."
Steely Dan had stopped touring before the aforementioned albums were released, so for many fans this will be the first time they can hear some of the songs live.
In the same interview, the band members said that they currently have no plans to follow-up their last studio album, 2003's "Everything Must Go," in the near future, and will not be taping any of the current shows for DVD release.
"It's be there or be square," Becker says.
Thanks for the report to Gibson.com.