Donald Fagen apologizes after Aimee Mann claims sexism


Turns out, Aimee Mann didn’t look like the perfect cast for Steely Dan on the band’s twice-postponed summer tour — but not for the reason she initially suspected.

Mann suggested it was sexism at work. But Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen took the blame, apologized and said in a statement that it was a matter of miscommunication and a perceived mismatch.

“I was supposed to open for Steely Dan this summer. I just found out they took me off the bill,” Mann wrote in a cartoon she posted to Instagram on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s quite sure why, but apparently they thought their audience wouldn’t like a female singer-songwriter?”

“Coincidentally, Steely Dan is the only band I love 100% with no reservations, so it really sucks,” she added. “But you know what? People aren’t allowed to like you for whatever reason.”

Fagen issued a statement Thursday morning apologizing to the “Save Me” singer after picking instrumental band Snarky Puppy as his opener.

“Well, first of all, the idea that I would make a decision based on a performer’s gender is ridiculous. That’s something that would never have occurred to me,” he said, then blamed a “communication problem” on the steely-dan side of the equation.

“I was misinformed about how tight the commitment to a specific opening act was. And while I have the utmost respect for Aimee as a writer and performer, I thought it might not be the best combination musically,” continued Fagen, whose longtime creative partner Walter Becker died in 2017. “But I can’t pass the buck. I take the blame for the mistake. I apologize for any distress this has caused Aimee and her fans.”

Steve Winwood should open for Steely Dan as early as 2020. The tour was postponed twice because of the pandemic — first to 2021 and then to 2022. Then the “Back in the High Life” singer stepped down as the Feb. 1 opener, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”

“The planned Steely Dan shows will still go ahead, but with Aimee Mann and Snarky Puppy as special guests,” Winwood’s website said at the time. But a post that day on Steely Dan’s Facebook page only quoted Snarky Puppy.

“A boisterous, Grammy-winning mix of jazz, R&B and funk with a rotating 25-member line-up, this band, led by bassist Michael League, doesn’t sit still on any one style of music, but the results reliably keep audiences on the move.” said The Times’ Chris Barton of Snarky Puppy in 2018.)

Mann’s contribution was supported by musician Jason Isbell and actor/comedian Rob Delaney.

“My wife hates Steely Dan. I discussed this with Aimee Mann, who really loves Steely Dan. Now I will never try to convince my wife that Steely Dan is good again.” isbell wrote Wednesday night on Twitter. “Aimee opened for us, and I’m so glad to say our audience loved that, s—.” I felt very honored that she would do it.”

Delaney was a little more, um, upset.

“F— stupid idiots. At least it’s not really Steely Dan anymore?” the “Catastrophe” star wrote in a comment on Instagram Thursday morning. “It’s like whoever Donald Fagen has delegated decisions to? Very bad decision musically because I know I fucking exist in the Steely Dan/Aimee Mann fan ‘Overlap Egg’.

“Also, your music has a LOT in common,” he continued. “Humour, catchy melodies and quirky, odd decisions that massively reward the listener. But also different enough that you would be…. literally her ideal opener? i am so disgusted Stupid stupid conglomerate Fagen hired and then forgot. Revel in how wrong they are. bathe in it. Perfect bulls…”

But Mann also said Wednesday night that there’s a way Fagen could smooth out the wrinkles in their relationship.

“All is forgiven if Donald just tells me what Brooklyn is about,” she tweeted, referencing the Steely Dan song “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)”.

Tickets for Steely Dan and Snarky Puppy’s Hollywood Bowl concert on May 27th are still available. Tickets for seven additional tour dates in Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York also went on sale Thursday morning.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-03-17/steely-dan-aimee-mann-donald-fagen-tour Donald Fagen apologizes after Aimee Mann claims sexism

Caroline Bleakley

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