“Thousands of lawyers” Are Apparently Fighting Over Steely Dan’s Royalties

“Thousands of lawyers” Are Apparently Fighting Over Steely Dan’s Royalties | Society Of Rock Videos

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Steely Dan co-founding member and lead singer Donald Fagen recently spoke to Tablet Mag. When asked whether he’s still getting royalties from his music, he responded: “That’s a long story, constantly going on.”

“There are probably thousands of lawyers fighting about that right now, as we speak,” he explained. “But more generally, these days it’s all about streaming, and Pandora.”

Late bandmate Walter Becker passed away in 2017 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Speaking about whether writing and performing without Becker was “a weird experience”, Fagen said that “it wasn’t that weird because he was ill for almost a decade before his death and he hadn’t been as active.”

“I was used to trying to keep things afloat,” he continued. “Though the fact that he simply isn’t there is kind of frightening. But in a way he’s always there. He’s in my body, we’ve been together for so long, he’s like my brother, you know.”

Meanwhile, Steely Dan has moved the first 12 dates of their upcoming fall tour to next year “out of an abundance of caution despite COVID-19 health and safety precautions in place.” The Absolutely Normal Tour ’21 will now kick off on October 25 at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.

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