Steely Dan's Donald Fagen talks about his new band the Nightflyers, touring with millennials and more
Donald Fagen's career as co-founder of Steely Dan and then four solo albums is off book, apart from music industry norms creatively and professionally.
When the music industry zigged, Steely Dan guided by Fagen and Walter Becker zagged, adding jazz to rock while subtracting concert tours for two decades, holed up in studios crafting rock classics.
Teaming with musicians one-third his age for a new band, the Nightflyers -- who come to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday (click here for details) -- rather than the usual polished suspects is just Fagen's restless soul showing.
"I'd love to go into the studio with these guys," Fagen said in a recent teleconference call. "I've got some new material. … On the road I'm hoping to show the guys some of the new stuff I've been writing, and it'll be fun developing that with a band. … I don't think I've done that since the early '70s, probably."