Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker.

Which they can do in Chester when the band comes to Alexander’s in Rufus Court on Thursday, May 12.

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Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.

It’s been more than 40 years since the release of the first Steely Dan album Can’t Buy A Thrill, featuring the hits Do It Again and Reelin’ in the Years.

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Coming up to the band’s 20th anniversary the nine-piece Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam, Aja and Gaucho also featuring Donald Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece The Nightfly

Tickets £14 in advance or £16 on the door. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.