DETROIT (WWJ) – Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Steely Dan wowed the public and critics alike in 2009 with their classic-albums-in-full “Rent Party Tour.” Now, the band is responding to overwhelming popular demand and returning to give fans more Steely Dan action with “Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven.”

Greatest hits and deep cuts alike will be showcased when the tour hits the Fox Theatre on Saturday, July 16 at 8 pm. Acclaimed artist Sam Yahel is onboard as the tour’s main support act.

For “Shuffle Diplomacy Twenty Eleven,” Steely Dan masterminds Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have assembled a crack group of top players dubbed the “Miles High Band” featuring the “Embassy Brats.”

The “Band” and “Brats” include Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Keith Carlock (drums); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns); Jim Beard (keys); plus background singers Tawatha Agee, Carolyn Escoffery and Catherine Russell.

Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and helped define the soundtrack of the ’70s with hits including “F.M.,” “Bodhisattva,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Peg,” “Babylon Sisters,” and “Hey Nineteen,” culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980.

They reunited in the early ’90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing multi-Grammy winner “Two Against Nature” in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up “Everything Must Go” in 2003. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Tickets are priced at $45.50, $65.50 and $85.50. Tickets can be purchased at, the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy, at all Ticketmaster locations and To charge tickets by phone, call (800) 745-3000.


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