STEELY DAN: Walter Becker's Final Performance


In case you were wondering, the last show Walter Becker did with Steely Dan was May 27th in Greenwich, Connecticut at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

That entire show is available for viewing on YouTube, and you can see Becker handling the lead vocals on "Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More" at 40:33 into the video.

Becker died on Sunday at the age of 67. The cause of death has yet to be announced.

Tributes continue to pour in for Becker.

 Among them are:

Brian May: "I had the privilege of playing just once with [Steely Dan], at their induction to the Rock Hall of Fame [in 2001]. As Steely Dan they took rock probably the closest to pure jazz it has ever been. Their style was innovative and truly inimitable. Our long-time front-of-house sound mixer, Trip Khalaf, used to annoy us by always playing Steely Dan tracks through our PA at sound checks … because their faultless mixes – with sounds meticulously crafted to spread across the sound spectrum without mutual interference – were the perfect way to test a sound system. Yes, we were annoyed but respectful! Walter defined a guitar style that was all his own. Sad to see him go."

Peter Frampton: "Rest in Peace Walter Becker. The incredible wealth of inspiring music you gave us will always push me to be a better musician and writer. Thank you Walter."

Source: Premiere

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