Steely Dan launches shuffle diplomacy tour 

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers Steely Dan — Donald Fagen and Walter Becker — rightfully reclaimed their historic heritage two years ago with a jokingly dubbed Rent Party Tour, wherein they played several of their classic albums in full.

But this summer, they’ve come up with yet another twist: The Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven Tour, which hits the Mountain Winery in Saratoga on July 5.

The novel approach?

Not only will the duo (backed by their Miles High Big Band) be playing the hits and delving deep into their catalog for obscurities, certain cities will be rewarded with complete albums, played note for note, and fans will also have a unique opportunity to vote online at to determine certain evenings’ sets.

Call us crazy, but our fave was always “The Royal Scam,” not the more popular “Aja.”

What do we know? Any way you slice it, though, this should help pay their rent for another year or two.

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