Steely Dan Replaced by Steve Miller Band on Eagles Tour Due to Illness

Donald Fagen has reportedly been discharged after a hospitalization

Photo: Steely Dan by Raph_PH (left), Steve Miller Band by Tim Brown (right)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 10, 2023

This summer, the Eagles announced their farewell tour with Steely Dan. Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. The US dates kicked off last month, and while the Dan were able to open the shows for the first few weeks, they have now been temporarily replaced by the Steve Miller Band due to illness.

UPDATE (10/10, 5:04 p.m. ET): A source close to the situation has confirmed to Rolling Stone that Donald Fagen has been released from the hospital. The nature of his unspecified illness remains unclear.

UPDATE (10/10, 12:20 p.m. ET): A concert review published by the Indianapolis Star claimed that Don Henley told the crowd that Fagen has been hospitalized (and that five members of the Eagles' crew had recently tested positive for COVID-19). "The show must go on," Henley reportedly said, thanking Miller for filling in on short notice.

As Ultimate Classic Rock reports, Steely Dan played the September 20 concert in Belmont Park, NY. Since then, Sheryl Crow opened for the Eagles in an act of ornithological synergy on October 5 and 6, with Steve Miller Band stepping in for last night's (October 9) concert in Indianapolis.

Now, Miller and co. are scheduled to continue playing with the Eagles for the next week or so, with the band's own Vince Gill also pulling double duty by opening on October 15 in Pittsburgh.

No further information has been given about the illness within Steely Dan, including which members are afflicted or the severity of the ailment. They're currently scheduled to return to the tour on November 2 in Atlanta.

Only US dates for the Long Goodbye Tour have been announced thus far, but Billboard reported that the Eagles' final trek can be expected to run into 2025.

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