If you believe Walter Becker, half of the jazz rock duo Steely Dan, the last time his band played Oklahoma City it was 1973.
Monday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown OKC, they made sure the audience felt the wait has been worth it as they played songs from their extensive catalog.
Opening with “Countdown to Ecstasy,” Becker and Donald Fagen brought a large but tight backup band with backup singers and a horn section.
Segueing into “Black Cow,” the band had several women in the audience out of their chairs dancing into the aisles. They continued as the band played the lovely, “Aja.”
Steely Dan's song “Hey Nineteen,” with its verse about tequila and other vices, gave Becker a chance to chat with the mostly baby boomer crowd.
After mentioning the last time the band played in the city, he told a story about a man who, after seeing the show went home and found the two main objects in the song. His wife had to tell him the name of the tequila, courtesy of the Danette backup singers.
Fagen took the mic after Becker, and after a straightforward hello and suggesting that the folks in the audience “sit back, relax, have a good time,” he thanked everyone for coming.