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Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Donald Fagen and Walter Becker Lead Steely Dan to the PAC

Veteran rock/fusion/pop act Steely Dan — an influential “musician’s band” with an eclectic array of smooth, expertly produced hits from the 1970s — recently announced the official dates for a massive North American tour this week, and North Charleston is on the list.

Led by core members Donald Fagen (keys, vocals) and Walter Becker (guitar), Steely Dan will embark on what they’re calling “The Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour” on July 19 with a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The tour will continue throughout the summer and fall.


Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan (photo by Danny Clinch)

Fagen and Becker will perform alongside their current backing combo, the Bipolar Allstars. The roster features guitarist Jon Herington, drummer Keith Carlock, bassist Freddie Washington, and keyboardist Jim Beard. The Borderline Brats backing singers will be there, too.

Steely Dan’s most popular radio hits include “Do it Again,” “Reeling in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Black Cow,” “Peg,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Hey Nineteen.”

The band will play at the North Charleston Performing Center on Sun. Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for reserved seats go on sale on Fri. April 19 for $94 and $74 (plus applicable fees) at the PAC’s ticket office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores), by phone at (800) 745-3000, and online at ticketmaster.com. A limited number of “gold circle seats” are available.

Check out northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com and steelydan.com for more.

Top photo by Danny Clinch.



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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