Following Donald Fagen’s health scare in October, Steely Dan had to postpone its opening act dates. However, the Eagles have already announced a new Steely Dan member. A statement from the venue states that Tedeschi Trucks Band will replace Steely Dan for the November 2 and November 4 performances at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena: “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, as Donald Fagen continues to recover.” It is known that the Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform alongside the Eagles on these two nights.
Fagen’s Health Status and How It Affected The First Acts. During a gig in Indianapolis on October 9, Don Henley confirmed Steely Dan’s prolonged withdrawal from The Eagles’ Long Goodbye tour. He confirmed that Fagen was hospitalized but did not disclose the underlying health issue, leading some to believe that it was Covid because of the previous reports of five crew members testing positive.
Sheryl Crow and The Eagles performed in Denver on October 5–6, while Steve Miller followed in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Cleveland on October 9–11. Steely Dan’s final opening show took place on September 20. Although news sources stated that Fagen has been discharged from the hospital since the middle of October, no information has been provided regarding when or if he and his band will be back to playing for The Eagles.