STEELY DAN: Fall tour plans
Donald Fagen is determined to keep his promise that Steely Dan will continue following the death this month of Walter Becker. He'll head out on a Steely Dan tour next month prior to three previously announced European dates at the end of the month.
Fagen, who has six dates left on his solo tour, will get the Dan going on October 13th in Thackerville, Oklahoma with eight shows through October 25th in Maryland. He'll then head to Dublin, Ireland for three Steely Dan shows with The Doobie Brothers.
OMD: 80's group is still at it
Although the duo's profile in the U.S. has not been high in recent years, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark -- a.k.a. OMD -- is getting a strong retail response for its new album, The Punishment of Luxury. The duo from Liverpool, who began releasing electro-pop albums in 1980, scored big in America with "If You Leave," a 1986 soundtrack number they created for the John Hughes movie Pretty in Pink. Keyboard player Paul Humphreys and singer-bassist Andy McCluskey went their separate ways at the end of the decade, but reunited in 2007.
Humphreys said that he and McCluskey still had "things to say"...
"We've got things we want to say. As long as we're still enjoying ourselves, which we are, I think we're enjoying ourselves more than every because we're relaxed than we were. We still believe that there's places to go in music and things to say. So as long as we feel like we've got things to say, we'll keep saying them, really."
MORE BIG 95 MUSIC NEWS HEADLINES: September 12th
Janet Jackson fans who paid for tickets to her 2016 Unbreakable tour, which was postponed due to her difficult pregnancy, have finally gotten some compensation from concert promoters Live Nation. TMZ reports that on the eve of her State of the World tour kickoff in Lafayette, Louisiana last Thursday, unspecified payments were finally made to folks who’d sued to get their money back.
Broadway's longest-running Carole King returns to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Chilina Kennedy played the legendary singer-songwriter for two years before moving to the show's Toronto production. Beautiful has played in New York more than 1,500 times.
Yusuf/Cat Stevens will perform on CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions on September 30th.
Quincy Jones will present 16-time Grammy-winning producer David Foster with the Architects of Sound Awardat the third annual Grammy Museum Gala a week from Tuesday (September 19th) at the Novo in L.A. Foster will perform with different vocalists, including onetime American Idol runner-up and current Scorpion star Katharine McPhee.