Steely Dan’s Future With The Eagles Is In Danger, The Replacement Is Announced

The Eagles recently announced a new replacement for Steely Dan, which canceled its gigs as the band’s opening act due to Donald Fagen’s health scare in October. According to a statement that came from the venue, Tedeschi Trucks Band will fill in for Steely Dan during the shows at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on November 2 and November 4:

“Donald Fagen continues to recuperate, and Steely Dan will not be performing at the two Eagles shows in Atlanta on Thursday, November 2, and Saturday, November 4, at State Farm Arena. The Tedeschi Trucks Band is confirmed to play these two nights with the Eagles.”

Fagen’s Health Condition And Its Effect On The Opening Acts

Don Henley announced Steely Dan’s indefinite absence from The Eagles’ Long Goodbye tour during a show in Indianapolis on October 9. He said Fagen was hospitalized but didn’t reveal the health problem behind it, although some speculated it was Covid due to the news about five crew members testing positive before.

For the shows following Steely Dan’s last opening performance on September 20, Sheryl Crow took the stage with The Eagles in Denver on October 5-6, with Steve Miller following in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Cleveland on October 9 onwards.

While news reported that Fagen has been out of the hospital since mid-October, there are no explanations about whether he and his band will return to supporting The Eagles in the near future.