Steely Dan rocked the Hydro in Glasgow last night in a fantastic gig. It’s been 18 years since they played in Scotland but they made it worth the wait with a gig that covered their huge back catalogue of classic songs.
Donald Fagen was animated, funny and in total control as he led the band. The stand out songs were Dirty Work and Deacon Blues . The backing singers took the vocals on Dirty Work and made a superb job of it . Deacon Blues was poignant and with subtle prompting from the brass section it was a great moment .
Legendary British artist Steve Winwood was special guest and he played his hits from down the years.
The first time I saw Steely Dan live was in 2001 in Glasgow at the Armadillo . I was able to photograph the gig and I stayed for the whole of the gig . I have photographed a lot of rock bands down the years. My rock photography portfolio features a number of the bands .
Steely Dan tour a lot in America , but their appearances in the UK and Europe are pretty rare.