Band play homage to Steely Dan in Sheffield show

Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan
Steely Dan tribute band Nearly Dan

Nearly Dan, a band who aim to capture the spirit of Steely Dan, are appearing in Sheffield on their 21st anniversary tour.

The show features a celebration of the classic 1977 album Aja.

Describing themselseves as “less tribute and more homage”, Nearly Dan claim to be “saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously-crafted grooves and often bitingly witty lyrical style of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker.

“Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes.

“They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.”

Steely Dan released their first album Can’t Buy a Thrill in 1972, featuring the hits Do It Again and Reelin’ in the Years.

Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two-hour-plus show, featuring tracks from their albums Countdown to Ecstasy, The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho plus Donald Fagen’s solo masterpiece, The Nightfly.

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, who died a year ago, recorded seven platinum albums between 1972 and 1980.They reunited in the early 1990s and toured throughout the decade, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003.

They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Nearly Dan play at Plug on Matilda Street on Saturday, September 1 at 7pm.

For tickets, go to the-plug.com/whats-on/

Ride, who formed 30 years ago in Oxford, play the same venue on the night before Nearly Dan.

They were known as stars of the shoegazer scene of the late 1980s and 90s and released four albums and toured to big audiences.

Ride re-formed in 2014 after a lengthy quiet period and recently released a new album, Weather Diaries, through Wichita Recordings.

Support band for the Sheffield gig are Swedish electronic dance act Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation.