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Steely Dan @ Gibson Amphitheater 8/22/09

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Donald Fagen's dentist is in the front row, photo from the Beacon Theater in New York last month, by Podbay via Flickr.
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Previewing Steely Dan’s latest visit to LA for LAist last month, in talking about their three-night run in which a different full-length LP from their catalog would be performed in entirety on consecutive nights, I called the 1980 release Gaucho their "least compelling album." By coincidence or conspiracy, that was the work being celebrated on the night I ended up getting a ticket to review. It might sound paranoid, but those guys are such famous control freaks, I wouldn't put it past them to personally approve all the journalists' requests for tickets. I can imagine Donald and Walter sitting there in the press office going, "This guy? He thinks Royal Scam is OK but claims Gaucho is their 'least compelling album.' Well, so.... "