Th-th-th-th that’s all, folks!
Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann says Steely Dan dropped her as the opening act on their upcoming 42-date 2022 summer tour, and that she’s baffled as to why.
Steely Dan’s website shows Snarky Puppy will be the band’s opener for the initial 13 dates of their tour and the site’s news page bears no mention of the change to the bill.
The “Voices Carry” singer posted to Instagram a cartoon depicting how she found out she no longer was welcome, and she highlighted gender as the main culprit.
“No one is entirely sure why,” the cartoon reads in part, “but it seems they thought their audience wouldn’t like a female singer-songwriter? As it happens, Steely Dan is one band that I 100% love, with no reservations, so it really sucks.”
Several musicians weighed in on Twitter regarding Mann’s comic.
“My wife hates Steely Dan,” Jason Isbell tweeted. “I have discussed that with Aimee Mann, who truly loves Steely Dan. Now I’ll never again try to convince my wife that Steely Dan is good.”
Steve Winwood originally was scheduled to open for The Dan on its 2021 tour (originally scheduled for summer 2020) but bowed out in an announcement on February 1 “due to unforeseen circumstances.”
However today (3/17), Fagen responded to Rolling Stone on the drama, explaining, “Well, first of all, the idea that I would make any decision based on the gender of a performer is ridiculous. That’s something that would never even occur to me.” He also added, “there was a communication problem on our end. I was misinformed as to how firm the commitment was to any particular opening act. And, although I have the greatest respect for Aimee as a writer and performer, I thought it might not be the best matchup in terms of musical style.”