Always loved that band. There were so many guitarists passing through it that I honestly can't tell if some of the solos or rhythm work I liked was his. But they had an identifiable sound and vision, and he was always part of it, so I guess I must have liked whatever he did that wasn't identifiably Carleton, Baxter, Randall, Herrington, or the others. Very dry sense of humour if you listen to any of their concerts.
One of my fav bands over the years. Seen them in 93' 96' 08' and 2011. When I seen them in 08' @Rama it took me 15 minutes to realize I was looking at Becker, he was absolutely huge. He actually sat for the majority of that concert. In 2011 he looked much better. But I think he was dealing with health issues for some time. One thing you could always count on with Steely Dan was a top notch band, top notch musicians and tight. There were times Fagen was struggling with his voice and it's pretty much shot now but the band was always perfect. They were perfectionists of the highest order when touring. We have that music though and forever grateful.
I also caught them a handful of times and would consider them one of my go-to bands for listening pleasure. Truly a cornerstone to my personal soundtrack of adventures had and good times shared. Rest easy Walter.
8/23/14 Sony Centre.
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