Q&A With Dukes of September’s, Donald Fagen

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The super trio Dukes of September made up of [lastfm]Michael McDonald[/lastfm], [lastfm]Boz Scaggs[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Donald Fagen[/lastfm] is rivived once again almost two decades later for a fall tour with all three “Dukes” sharing the stage to perform hits near and dear to their hearts.

First originated in the early ’90s while Steely Dan was on hiatus, Fagen gathered some session player pals that included McDonald and Scaggs for the New York Rock and Roll Soul Revue for a tour of intimate covers of R&B classics. The group is back under a new moniker and with a whole new set list that includes performances of Motown classics and covers of hits they listened to as kids.

[pullquote quote="The idea was to play music that we all liked when we were kids — music that made us want to become musicians in the first place." credit="Donald Fagen"]

The Dukes of September kicked off their fall tour last week performing select covers from the Grateful Dead, the Band and Motown classics. Before seeing the trio in action on stage at the Greek Theatre on September 29th, Rolling Stone got an inside look of the revivied group in the early stages of their current tour to give you a taste of what to look forward to from their show.

The reformation of the group just happened to fall into place after Fagen was taking some time off from working with Steely Dan, so he joined McDonald and Scaggs on tour. The trio decided to rename the band Dukes of September since McDonald and Scaggs weren’t from New York, plus it has a much better ring to it than Fagen’s other suggestion: Theme from Sea Hunt: Rhythm Revue.

The group’s concept for this tour was to perform a set list narrowed down from 100 choices of crowd-pleasing tunes that they grew up listening to as kids, saying:

Well, the idea was to play music that we all liked when we were kids — music that made us want to become musicians in the first place. Each of us has pretty good taste in vintage R&B and soul music — we all grew up listening to black music, even myself, even though I was a jazz fan for my early teenage years. I guess people can see how that earlier music influenced what we do now in a way.

After the Dukes finish up their current tour in October, the trio plans to add more dates later in December with Fagen adding: There’s been a lot of requests for these shows and now that people have seen them, we’re getting lots of requests to do more. It’s a real summer party kind of a show.

If you can’t wait to jam with the Dukes when they roll through LA in late September, here’s a little preview of what to expect from their collaborative show and read more of the Q&A with Donald Fagen here:

[Source: Rolling Stone]

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