LOS ANGELES, CA  – 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 Theater

Sun. July 3 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tues. July 5  – Saratoga, CA –  The Mountain Winery

Wed. July 6 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl

Fri. July 8 – Los Angeles, CA –  Greek Theatre

Sat. July 9 –  Los Angeles, CA –  Greek Theatre

Tues. July 12 – Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater

Wed. July 13 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino

Fri. July 15 –  Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre

Sat. July 16 – Detroit, MI –  Fox Theatre

Tues. July 19 –  Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion

Wed. July 20 –  Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo

Fri. July 22 –  Toronto, ON –  Molson Amphitheater

Sat. July 23 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands

Mon. July 25 – Danbury, CT – Ives Center

Tues. July 26 –  Lenox, MA – Tanglewood

Fri. July 29 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Sat. July 30 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center

Tues. August 2 – Columbia, MD –  Merriweather Post Pavilion

Thurs. August 4 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center

Sat. August 6 – Atlanta, GA –  Chastain Park

Sun. August 7 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park

Wed. August 10 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest

Fri. August 12 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival

Sat. August 13 – Highland Park, IL –  Ravinia Festival

Mon. August 15 – Interlochen, MI –  Kresge Auditorium

Wed. August 17 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater

Fri. August 19 –  Nashville, TN – The Woods at Fontanel

Sat. August 20 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Sun. August 21 – Orange Beach, AL –  Snowden Grove Amphitheatre

Wed. August 24 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre

Thurs. August 25 – Kansas City, MO –  Starlight Theatre

Sat. August 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Sun. August 28 –  Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater

Tues. August 30 – Minneapolis, MN – MN State Fair

Wed. August 31 – Omaha, NE – Orpheum Theater

Sat.  September 3 – Aspen, CO  – Jazz Aspen

Fri.  September 9  – Upper Darby, PA –  Tower Theatre

Sat. September 10 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre

Tues. September 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

Wed. September 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

Fri. September 16  – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

Sat. September 17 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

Tues. September 27 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre

Wed. 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.

For more information contact:

Erik Stein ([email protected]) & Eve Samuels ([email protected]) at Scoop Marketing, (818) 761-6100