There is something special that occurs in the universe when Walter Becker and Donald Fagan of Steely Dan
get together; perhaps it is akin to a musical meeting of cesium and water, resulting in a strong reaction of melody and lyrics with a few shouts from the amen corner. The bards from Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, spent their college days jamming with a young Chevy Chase and the rest of their time diligently crafting songs that the world could fall in love with. The Dan, as the duo are sometimes affectionately known, have put out album after album of smooth, pop-inflected complexity from 1972's Can't Buy a Thrill
to the latest, 2003's Everything Must Go,
with a few solo pit stops and the requisite sampling from urban America. Yes, they actually did
collaborate with Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz, but we can overlook that. Currently, they're back on the road with the Heavy Rollers Tour, so grab a cooler of Black Cow, some Cuervo Gold, and a few sticks of fine Colombian, and enjoy some of the best-played, best-written songs of the past quarter century.
Steely Dan plays with the Sam Yahel Organ Trio on Tuesday, May 8, at the Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood. The show starts 8 p.m. Tickets cost $52 $202. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.steelydan.com.