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February 25, 2009 -
Scam reels in Steely" - Article in 'The Weekender' January 14, 2009
October 7, 2006
Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. We were scheduled
to play a relatively new venue that was supposed to open in June of 2006
called Spitfire Theater. The date we were scheduled to play was
Saturday, October 14th. A contract was signed between the owner and
myself in late April of 2006. Since that time we have not heard from the
owner. We have attempted contact via email, phone, and even through
outside sources with no luck. The only news that I had received from
people in the Pennsylvania area is that they thought the theater might
have never opened. It would be prudent of Royal Scam to assume that
there were problems with the club’s operations and therefore we will not
be performing on that date. Royal Scam will not assume any further
responsibility in this matter.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused our fans.
July 21, 2006 -
The Good People of Reading, PA:
Words cannot express our thanks for the reception you gave us at
Veasley's Jazz Base
Thursday, July 20, 2006. Your applause after every song for the
appreciation and enjoyment of this great music was indicative of the
fact that the spirit of music is very much alive and well in Reading. We
wanted to give you as much music as we could perform in the given time
frame, and I believe that with 31 songs we accomplished that quite well.
On behalf of Gino, Tommy, Joe, Wendi, Keith, and myself, Thank You,
Reading PA! See you again soon.
April 25, 2006 -
Thank you all for attending our show at
Friday evening. Happy Birthday to Enrico! Special thanks to Kristine and
all of the
Trumpets staff for making our engagement a memorable one. It was
also nice seeing many of our friends, Bruce and Francesca, Gino's Dad,
Margie, Brian, Art, Mary Ellen and friends and a host of new faces. So
nice to see Jake, (Jack), who has been there for us since the beginning,
and a very special thank you to the lovely Joyce and her friend
Roseanne. After the show, we really enjoyed the old style acoustic music
that was performed by Kristine and a group of very fine Italian
musicians. Thanks to the Big Blonde for showing up at the right
time...for the New Frontier. Thanks E&K for making us a part of the
CD 101.9 Jazz
Concert Series. See you in the summer!
March 30, 2006
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all of our friends at the
Berks Jazz Fest
for making this year a most memorable one. We will not forget the
packed house at The Works and we are grateful for the turnout. Special
thanks to Chip, Megan, Joey, Reckless, Lucky, Ed, Big Dog, Scott, and
all of the incredible fans who cheered us on for 2 encores! You are as
special as this music. Special thanks to DF and WB, two true geniuses,
who make some of the greatest music of our time. We'll be seeing you
all again real soon.
March 14, 2006 -
We are the featured band of the week on the
Click here to read the interview.
March 7, 2006 -
WOW! All I can say is what a night! A packed house at
Orphan Annie's and
great vibes from a fantastic crowd! The support and love we get from all
of you is what fuels us to continue playing this great music. With
Donald Fagen playing some local venues to promote his incredible new CD,
Morph The Cat, the excitement for Steely Dan's music is once again
prevalent in our lives. A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you
who attended on Saturday. It was great to see so many people who have
been there for us throughout the years, as well as many new faces. Thank
you Donald and Walter for all of the great music. You make the world a
little better for all of us.
February 20, 2006 -
Welcome Back Joe!
The Royal Scam would like to welcome Joe Montini, Extraordinary
Saxophonist, back to our regular lineup. We are looking forward to
working with Joe again and we know his many fans will too.
Special thanks to John Asti for filling in for Joe while he was away.
John is an excellent player and we wish him the best of luck with his
future musical endeavors.
September 30, 2005 -
Another fantastic crowd at
Street! You all stayed until the very end! A heartfelt
THANK YOU for the 2 encores. Thanks to the excellent staff at
the club for making us feel at home. We truly love Wilkes Barre and
all of the wonderful people there. Thanks for the support and
enthusiasm for the new tunes we played, like Godwhacker, King of the
World, Chain Lightning, and Parkers Band. Hopefully we'll be back in
August 16, 2005 -
Many thanks to all of the wonderful people who made our debut at
success. Special thanks to Enrico, Kristine, Hoshea, Maggie, Mary,
Teresa, Edie, Orlando, Debbie, Mary Ann, Gene Amato Sr., Charlette,
Carla's wonderful in-laws, friends of Wendi, Ken, Erin, and the entire
staff of Trumpets. Thanks for the espresso and the aspirins. The vibes
were great and the atmosphere was totally right. We are looking
forward to our next show in December.
May 23, 2005
wanted to tell all of you how much we enjoyed performing at the
Street Jazz Cafe last Saturday. As usual, a great crowd was there
to welcome us. We are so grateful to all of you for the incredible
vibes you gave us throughout the entire evening. Special thanks to the
River Street staff and to Rob for treating us so well. A heartfelt
thanks to our new sax player, John Asti, who did a marvelous job on
his first night performing with us. John will be at all future gigs
and we are more than happy to have him aboard. Currently, we are
working on some new material, as well as getting involved with various
musical endeavors. The Gino Vannelli/Sting/Steely Dan/Original show,
now called "Crazy Life", will resume
rehearsals shortly. We are hoping for a "Crazy
Life" show at
Street Jazz Cafe sometime in the future. Again, thanks to
the wonderful people of Wilkes-Barre, PA...we truly love you all and
we hope to see you again at our next show on September 24th.
March 24, 2005 -
Many thanks to our wonderful friends and fans, old and new, who came out
to see us last Saturday night. Special thanks to
Chip White, and the entire staff for their warm hospitality. Thank you
fans for the 2 encores. You were a great audience. We truly appreciate
your support and hope to do it again next year!
January 21,2005 -
To the wonderful people of Wilkes-Barre, PA: Thank you
once again for making our show at
Street Jazz Cafe such a wonderful success. We were overwhelmed at
the response that we received and we were very happy to have had the
pleasure of talking to so many of you between sets. Thank you for the 2
encores and for keeping the house packed until the very end. A special
thanks to the River Street staff for being so gracious. We'll see you
again on May 21st.
November 21, 2004 -
A heartfelt thanks to all of our friends, Rick
Sector, Tony, Tom, Laura, Melissa, The Dancer, and so many other new
faces, for making our appearance at
Orphan Annie's so
memorable. Thank you Rebecca for the "New Frontier" encore
request.....we also love that song. Special thanks to Carla, Wendi,
and Lisa for being a support system. We'll be back at OA's in
March. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
September 28, 2004
- Attention NY State fans! It's been a while
since we have been up your way, but on Saturday, November 6th, we will
be appearing in concert at
The Duck Cedar
Inn, in Tuxedo NY. This is a new venue for us and we would like to
see all of our NY State friends out there. It will be an early show,
so please make your reservations now. Details are on our
September 27, 2004
- Thanks a million to all of our friends for
attending our last two shows at The
Street Jazz Cafe and
We cannot express enough gratitude for your support and enthusiasm. I
have received many emails and positive comments on the sound and the
playlist. Those of you who wrote to us, thank you for taking the time
to do so.
June 6, 2004 - We
are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of
on June 3, 2004. Kate was recently married to our sax player, Joe
Montini. She sang with the band for almost six months a few years ago.
She was a wonderful singer and a dear friend to the rest of the band. A
website has been created in her memory. Please click on the link to
visit her website.
May 31, 2004 - Please
note that the appearance originally scheduled for August 14th at
has been rescheduled to August 7th. Hope to see you there.
May 17, 2004 -
Many thanks to all of our wonderful friends for attending Saturday's
show at Orphan
Annie's. We enjoyed performing for you and it was so nice to
see some new faces there supporting Royal Scam and Steely Dan's
music. Special thanks to Bruce, Jim, Phil, Bob, Julie, The
Guitar Center Crew, Keith's crew and Keith's brother, Joe and Sandy,
Bob and Christine (congratulations again on your engagement), Rick,
Dan, and the lovely Lisa. We'll see you all on June 26th!
May 10, 2004 -
Please note that the appearance originally scheduled for June 12th at
Orphan Annie's has
been rescheduled to June 26th. Hope to see you there.
May 3, 2004 - Our
guestbook is once again working. If you have tried to add to our
guestbook in the past month, please add your entry again. Thanks.
April 17, 2004 -
To the wonderful people at
Street Jazz Cafe
in Plains, PA: You are the most incredible
audience! You packed the house! We truly appreciate your
enthusiasm for the great music of Steely Dan and for the loyal support
you have given us throughout these years. Giving us a second
encore was without a doubt a very special showing of appreciation and
love. It was a pleasure to meet some of you and to get a chance to say
hello. We'll see you very soon. God bless you all.
March 31, 2004 - How
time flies. This weekend The Royal Scam will celebrate our 10th
anniversary as a band. It has been a wonderful 10 years for us. Steely
Dan's music is something in life that we should all be grateful for. These
two great writers/musicians, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, have given us
music that reaches deep into our minds and souls. We have been given an
opportunity to perform this incredible music with some of the finest
musicians and singers in the area. We have been fortunate enough to keep
this show going for a decade and in today's day and age, this is not an
I can recall many fantastic nights on stage and have fond
memories of moments that are deeply rooted in my heart. The support we
have been getting from some of you, who have been there since the
beginning has been more than touching. The emails, phone calls, and love
that you have shown us goes beyond words. We are eternally grateful to all
of the club owners, promoters, fans, media, and friends who have stood by
us through thick and thin.
To the musicians and singers who have helped us get here: Gino Amato, Tom
Boetgger, Keith McGee, Joe Montini, Carla Culkin, Wendi Gordy, Bob Heinink,
Deb DeLucca, Pam Primiani, Phil Long, Anibal Rojas, Don Regan, Ricky
Martinez, Phil Armino, Jay Dittamo, Adam Snyder, and Donna Harris, a very
special THANK YOU.
Maybe we never expected this show to last, but for me it has been an
adventure, a labor of love, a spark in my life, and a chance for me to
express my emotions and feelings in music that moves me in ways that I
cannot explain. To be part of a family of musicians who give their time so
freely, work so hard, and strive to be the best they can be has been a
truly gratifying experience that I will cherish as long as I live. I am
looking forward to the future of The Royal Scam, which will continue as
long as we have life, spirit, and soul. Thank you Steely Dan for all of
the great music. You have been an inspiration to so many of us.
March 23, 2004
thanks to Chip, Wade, Bill, and all of the wonderful people from
The Works at
Wyomissing, PA. Special thanks to all of the servers,
waiters/waitresses, bartenders, fans, and friends who were so incredible
Thank you all for attending our show and we'll see you at
again very soon!
February 21, 2004 -
Thanks once again to all of our wonderful friends at
Thank you for making this Valentine's day a special one. Many thanks
to Bob and Christie, Rick S., Dan, Rick R., our long-time friend Pete Lang
and his wife, the Guitar Center crew, (thanks for the Wheel request), and
bartenders Ryan, Melissa, and Bob. We'll see you again in April!
February 9, 2004
- We are saddened by the news of the passing of
on February 3, 2004. Cornelius played the saxophone with Steely Dan and
many other artists. He was a great musician and a dear friend of the band.
Visit his website to read more about him, or read a tribute on the
22, 2003 - Thank you friends for
making our gig at
Orphan Annie's last Friday another special one! Thanks to
Bruce, Frank, Pam, Lisa, Jim, his significant other and his friends,
Rick S. and his friends, Rob and his friend from Boston, Phil and
his significant other, Rick R., Erin, Melissa, Brian, the bartenders and
the pretty blonde who wished me happy holidays.
At this time we would like to wish all of our many
friends a Happy,
Season. May all the
blessings of life be bestowed upon you throughout the year as well.
We thank you for making our show a success for 10 years and are looking
forward to seeing you all on Valentine's Day at OA's.
November 23, 2003
- A sincere thanks to ALL of our friends and fans who attended our show
Friday night at Orphan
Annie's. You know the story, without YOU, this tribute would not be
possible. Welcome back Wendi......you know we love you! A very special
thank you to Bruce and Frank, who made our new web site possible. Fans and
friends, please send us your pic so we can post it in our fans pics
section. The new Rick Sector art will be posted in a few days on
Rick's page....he's the master of pen and ink! On
behalf of the Royal Scam, we would like to wish you and your families a
Happy, Healthy, Thanksgiving. See you all on December 19th at the
legendary Orphan Annie's!
November 16, 2003
- Calling all Steely Dan Fans! Our LIVE CHAT is
now active! We have created an area for ALL Steely Dan fans, wherever you
may be. Just go to the chat area and you will be in our Royal Scam Room.
You may also create your own room for discussions, online meetings, or a
room to keep in touch with people far away in real time. When you first
enter the room you will see a pop up, or two, then one more about 7
minutes into your chat session. Just close them out, (better to
right-click at the bottom of the screen, on the taskbar), and no more pop
ups! Those of you using Steely Dan message boards at Banyan Trees, or
Yahoo, can now still message each other from those boards, as you chat
"live" in our chat room, by clicking on the little 4-arrow icon, which
will make the chat screen a floating screen. Then you can continue to
browse, write messages, email, etc., as you chat! The AOL problem! Any
fans who have AOL as their service provider, and use an AOL email address
should contact AOL immediately. It seems that AOL has blocked several
domains, including optonline.net. This means that you can send email to
people with blocked domains, but they CANNOT reply, or send you any email.
AOL has blocked several domains and has been doing this for months. As a
result, all Royal Scam email and correspondence is being forwarded to our
own mail server. See you on Friday, November 21st, at Orphan Annie's!
November 12, 2003
- Well, after all the toil and labor of our beloved friends, Bruce
McDougall and Frank Buchanan, the new official website of the Royal Scam
has arrived. So, sit back, relax, and browse to your heart's
content. A sincere and special THANK YOU to Bruce and Frank for the
many hours of hard work that went into the construction of this new
project! Visit their website at:
Otober 7, 2003 -
Another great night at
Thanks to all of you dear friends and fans, new faces, and great seeing
you out again Pam! Thanks to Rick Sector who made some lightning fast
drawings of the band members. You can see them on The
Rick Sector Page. We had a great time.........thanks bartenders Erin,
Ryan, and Melissa for listening to the tales of Absinthe and Chartreuse,
and for serving OA's guests with such enthusiasm. "Shame About Me" for
Hope and Nancy.......thanks Frank......nice talking to you
Barefoot Studios. See you all on November 21st...:).
September 15, 2003
- Many thanks to the wonderful people of
Wilkes-Barre and Plains PA for making our show such a huge success! We
have received emails from many of you regarding the performance and the
sound. We thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us. A special
thanks to the River Street staff for their hospitality and their kindness.
A special hello to Ken, who talked with us at breakfast on Sunday morning.
We'll see you all in December!
September 1, 2003
- As you probably know, our outdoor show at Trump
Marina was cancelled due to rain. Over the years quite a few of our
outdoor shows have been cancelled, or postponed due to inclement weather.
Our new policy is to NOT accept any future outdoor venues due to the
inconvenience it causes fans and band members.
- Special thanks to the enthusiastic crowd at
Orphan Annie's last
evening. It was nice seeing all our loyal Scam fans for the Labor Day
weekend kick-off. Thanks Chris, Maureen, and Melissa for the excellent
service you provided at the bar! Special thanks to Bruce, Ken, Erin, and
the entire Guitar Center crew! A most honorable mention to "that
dancer" with the shortest skirt....may God bless you! PS.....I am glad
that the cute blonde found her purse. Thanks to the guys and gals in the
band for a great show, and thanks Rick and the management at OA's for
continuing to provide a venue for the best entertainment around. We hope
you are here for another 25 years!
gearing up for
The Deck at Trump Marina on Monday afternoon, Labor Day, starting at
2pm. Please keep focused on the weather as there is no rain date.
Hopefully, this show will be the end of a very good summer for us. Keep
checking that forecast! Hope to see you all there!
- This is the summer of Steely Dan! We'd like
to congratulate Donald Fagen and Walter Becker for producing yet another
superlative collection of songs. We hope you all get a chance to see them
live. The CD just keeps growing on you! If you haven't purchased it yet,
do yourself a favor and buy it today!
As for Royal
Scam news, we're of course out there gigging, almost meeting the Dan
head-on in Atlantic City. We're at Trump Marina on Labor Day, September
1st, and the Dan are doing a concert in AC on August 30th. Maybe you can
catch the Dan and then come out to Trump on Labor Day for our free outdoor
concert from 2:30 till 5:30 p.m., on the beautiful
Deck at the Marina. I think it would be a great way to close out the
doing our end-of-summer party show at
Orphan Annie's in
Stirling on Friday, August 29th. As always, it should be a fun evening and
we hope to see you all there! We'll be doing EMG...(the last time we sound
checked with it).
congratulations to Dawn and Marshall, whom we had the honor of performing
for last evening at their very beautiful wedding. It was a pleasure for us
to be there and we wish you all the health, happiness, and joy that life
other stuff - I have been writing new material for the show's original
segment, rebuilding my home studio, working on a few projects, one being
with my extraordinary partner Gino Amato, first-rate arranger/musician,
and as of today I am on vacation for a few days. We're working on venues
for RS2 and hope to have a fall/winter schedule soon. RS2 is a show that
features the music of Gino Vannelli, Sting, Steely Dan (songs not
performed with Royal Scam), and original material. It is a new show in the
sense that we have only done a few warm-up gigs, but it is a great night
of music and we are confident that the correct "listening" environments
will serve as the proper venues for fans of that genre of music.
Gino Vannelli just finished 2 nights at Trump Marina in AC! I am sure he
was incredible as always.
Steely Dan are at PNC Center in Holmdel tonight, 8/17.....everyone is
looking forward to it!
remember....there is a lot of summer left......we hope all of you will
continue to have a happy, healthy, and memorable summer. We truly
appreciate your support and you'll be getting an email next week about our
upcoming shows. Please tell your friends to join our
July 13th, 2003
- RS2 Rehearsal, Tuesday, July 15th
Royal Scam is getting ready to begin our summer schedule with a free
outdoor concert in Wayne, NJ on Wednesday, July 23rd at the Preakness
Shopping Mall at Hamburg Turnpike and Alps Road. The band is gearing up
for material from Steely Dan's new album "Everything Must Go". Both RS2
and The Royal Scam will be doing a couple of songs from the new one.
If you haven't heard it yet you are missing out on an an incredible
musical experience. We'll be out there this summer at OA's, some private
things, and finally we wind up the summer at
The Deck at Trump Marina in AC. Please check our
calendar for details. Some of the band has been
on short vacations since we are all working on various projects too
numerous to mention here. We'll be introducing new original material with
both shows in the fall. We're also planning some dates with both shows in
Boston, Buffalo, and Montreal. Summer is just starting..........come on
out and enjoy some great music!
- Memorial Day
A moment of silence for all of those brave men and women who sacrificed
their lives so that we are able to live in freedom. God Bless America! A
special thank you to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nutley, N.J. for
graciously hosting the rehearsals we've had throughout the years for the
Royal Scam and RS2. Thank you Pat, Lucky, and the all of the wonderful
people who have been there for us. We salute you and those other veterans
who have done so much for our great country.
New CD! - Everything Must Go - Please visit the official Steely Dan web
www.steelydan.com and watch for the release of the new CD and for tour
dates. The new one will be in stores June 10th! We are all anxiously
waiting. We wish Donald and Walter all the success they deserve. Thanks
guys for continuing to make our musical lives worth living!
Vannelli News - Gino has a new CD out called Canto. The CD is in the opera
genre and uses a computerized orchestra coupled with some "live" session
players. Gino's voice is very powerful and the engineering, arranging, and
scoring, are all state-of-the-art. Visit Gino's new web site at
for sound snippets and tour dates. Good luck to you, Gino!
April 14, 2003
- Our sincerest thanks to
Orphan Annie's and
all of our friends who braved the rainy night to come out to join us. You
are a loyal crowd indeed! Special thanks to Bruce, Frank, Pam, Ken, Erin,
Rick S., Carla's band, Al, Rich B., and Pete, Carla's friend Lisa, the
wonderful bartenders Katy, Rebecca, and Heather, and Rick R. for making
OA's such a success for all these years. Very special thanks to the Guitar
Center crew......you guys are great....thanks for the "Wheel!" Thank you
to all of the new fans who saw us for the first time! We'll be celebrating
OA's 25 year anniversary for the entire year, so tell your friends about
this great club! If you were at our gig Friday and were not mentioned
here, please contact us and we will be sure to
add your name. Again, thank you all for making our night a special one and
thank you for keeping the spirit of Fagen/Becker alive with us! Remember,
"this is for me the essence of true romance......sharing the things we
know and love with those of my
kind.......libations.......sensations......that stagger the mind."
Till next time......:)
March 31, 2003
- THANK YOU
To all of
the wonderful people from the Reading, PA area:
Our sincerest thanks for making our appearance at the
Berks Jazz Fest
a most successful and memorable one. What a great night it was! The
standing room only crowd was so enthusiastic and friendly!....you made us
feel very welcome and we truly appreciate it! More tables had to be
brought in to accommodate the large crowd and we were very happy about the
attendance. Thanks for dancing...and thanks for the encore. A special
thank you to Phil and John, all of our friends from
and the crew of men and women who were there when we arrived for our setup
and sound check. You were all so nice! We are looking forward to coming
back next year!
March 23, 2003
- THANK YOU
for giving the
RS2 members of the Royal Scam the opportunity to bring a new kind of show
into the New Jersey area. Thank you Bruce, Frank, Pam, Jan and guest,
Jerry, Tim, Rick S., and many of our new friends who spoke to me about the
music. I was amazed at how many people knew some of the Gino Vannelli
material. Thanks for the great response to our original music and to the
Sting segments from 'Ten Summoner's Tales." A very special thanks for the
wonderful staff of Orphan Annie's for making us feel at home. Thank you
Rick (you're the best) for allowing us to perform music of a different
type. Thank you Jon Boudrot for being on the bill with us. See you with
the Royal Scam, Steely Dan Tribute on Friday, April 11th at Annie's.
Here's to another 25 great years at OA's!
March 19, 2003
- RS2 will be appearing at
Orphan Annie's on
Saturday, March 22nd featuring the music of Gino Vannelli, Sting, Steely
Dan, and Original Compositions. Our opening act will be Jon Boudrot, solo
guitar, singer, and composer. This will be a wonderful night of music and
a great way to celebrate the beginning of the Spring season. Don't miss
YOU Wilkes-Barre, PA and our wonderful friends
at the River
Street Jazz Cafe for making our show so enjoyable. We received many
compliments and emails from you about last Saturday night! It is always a
pleasure to perform there and we are looking forward to seeing you all
March 1, 2003
- Well, after almost 2 years of monthly rehearsals,
personnel changes, mixing and remixing, revamping material, and endless
hours of strategizing, the RS2 show is almost
ready. Our next rehearsal is Wednesday, March 12th, and it is exciting to
know that we have met our goals in these past months. There is a good
possibility that our new show will be debuting before April and we would
like all of our fans to attend. We will keep you posted via email about
any upcoming dates. Remember, this show features the music of Gino
Vannelli, Sting, Steely Dan, and Original Music. All of the music fits the
genre and quality that we have tried to uphold in the 10 years that Royal
Scam has been together. We are also working on having an opening solo act,
to add to what promises to be a very exciting night of music. I know our
fans will support this new show because many of you have enthusiastically
asked me when we would be ready. So, Spring of 2003 will be an exciting
time for music and we are committed to giving you the best show possible.
Please check your email and our calendar for any upcoming dates for both
the Royal Scam and RS2.
February 4, 2003
- We celebrate our wonderful friends, fans, and staff
at Orphan Annie's.
It is no wonder why OA's has been around for over 25 years. The atmosphere
is warm, friendly, and conducive to the Steely Dan mood. Thank you
Lorraine, Dawn, and Rebecca, (I'm not sure which of you it was that had
the pitcher of water there waiting for me, but that was very sweet and I
won't ever forget it). Thanks Rick Romano (always a pleasure to do
business with guys like you who appreciate the music), Bruce, Frank, Pam
(you're the best!), Keith's Dad (did you say 9 feet of snow in Albany?),
The Most Gracious and Distinguished Guitar Center Crew, Rick Sector
(thanks for the Civil War info,.....the brother against brother theme hits
me). Thank you Gil for the Toto site and for your good taste
in music, Thanks Carla and Michael (Michael, thanks for putting up with
the vocal rehearsals....tell Summer we said, "Is there gas in the car"?),
and thanks friend of Carla's, (Carla, what was her name again?), Thanks
Erin, Ken (2 of the nicest people), the nice folks from Tom Boettger's
Neighborhood, (I'm sure Tommy thanks you for putting up with his
practicing.....Tom, you still using those pads? Thanks Gino for the
digital audio, are we now through with Buzz?...remember UA3D, thanks Keith
for bringing your dad as it is always good to see him. Thanks people
for laughing at my Rolling Stones joke, and especially for the request for
Dead Back Wheel. Joe Montini.......you're an ace! Jim, let's keep the same
formula. I heard dinosaurs all night. I'm blindfolding myself the next
time I go near one of those beautiful color posters of the Party
Dolls....that way I'll be able to sleep when I get home.
January 24, 2003
- Next Rehearsal for RS2 - Monday, February
of Gino Vannelli, Sting, Steely Dan, Original Music, and more.
Opening Act Wanted:
Comedian or Solo Artist to open the RS2 Show.
December 30, 2002
- Once again, THANK YOU to our many friends and to the wonderful
staff at Orphan Annie's.
Thanks to Rick, Holly, Terri, Josh, Lorraine, Bruce, Frank, Pam, Rick
Sector, Gil, Fred, Ken, Erin, the Guitar Center crew, and all of the new
people we met! Thank you for the applause and the many compliments for
"Dead Back Wheel", it truly meant a lot to me. Thanks to Gino, Joe, Tommy,
Keith, Carla, and Jimmy for doing a great job and for the enthusiasm. This
will be our last news message for the year 2002 and I want to wish
everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year. This year will be the
tenth year that The Royal Scam has been in existence and there is no way
we could have been together for so long if it weren't for all of you! Our
main focus has always been to provide quality entertainment, while keeping
the spirit of Steely Dan's great music alive. As for Steely Dan, we hope
that the next album is as successful as the last one. We all know how much
work is involved in creating, producing, and performing a Steely Dan
album. Our deepest gratitude to Donald Fagen and Walter Becker for
continuing to pursue yet another level of excellence. We'll be ready to
cover some of those new songs when they become available. Again, on behalf
of the Royal Scam, have a wonderful New Year!
- Next rehearsal, January 6th. The show is almost ready. We
have about 5 more songs to go. Last rehearsal was devoted to the Sting
material, and to the more complicated Gino Vannelli songs. I have been
working to tweak many of the parts on a regular basis. We'll be adding a
few surprise songs to the show. We'll start booking sometime after this
next rehearsal and we'll keep you posted on any dates that become
available. This show has taken over 2 years to complete, and has seen many
musicians come and go, but the end result is well worth the effort.
November 25, 2002
- Our deepest gratitude to our many fans, both old
and new, who attended our show at
Orphan Annie's on
Saturday. We had a great time! Congrats to Carla Culkin for her first
night with us! She worked very hard these past few weeks with only one
vocal rehearsal prior to the show. We are very lucky to have her as part
of the band. She radiates a lot of positive energy! Many thanks to Rick,
Joanne, Susie, Spencer, Bruce, Frank, Pam, Tim, Ken, Erin, Rob, Sue,
Sharon and family, the dancers, Phil, Ron, Kookie, Sheila, Boom-Boom, and
some cute blonde who remains nameless. Many thanks to you for the great
response to The Wheel. A sincere thanks and appreciation to all the guys
and girls in the band for putting up with my anal retentive fixations on
the music, you're all great players, so what can I say? These fans know
how to party....you kept the mood going. Thank you, Matt Lauer. To Honey:
Stop sending those emails about the vanishing Siberian Tiger, and quit
talking about that dentist from Chicago! To Joe...."thatta baby" To
Gino.....did you finally hear yourself? To Tommy.....yeah baby! To
Jim...."I've been playing Polkas for 40 years, and I think I know the best
ones." To Keith.....you're doing it! To the girls.....vous
étiez absolument merveilleux!
The interview was fun! From Rob Taylor, Interviewer,
Sirius Radio: "In
the upcoming months, we will be including the interview in our program The
Magic of The 80s, which airs on WHUD, 100.7 FM, from Westchester, NY on
Sunday nights from 7 to 9 as well as on 11 other stations nationally.
Thanks again for your time before the show."
looking forward to our return engagement on Saturday, December 28th, a
perfect smack-dab-in-the-middle of a great holiday week. Tell
your friends to come and join us for a (before the New Year) celebration
and a night of Steely Dan's music...a perfect way to get ready for 2003!
November 10, 2002
- Thank you to our many friends at
Street! We had a great time as usual! I think you all know how much we
love Pennsylvania and all of you true Steely Dan enthusiasts. Thank you
Rob and the River Street staff for putting up with our lateral logic.
Thanks Ken and Erin for making the trip and for being there for us, and
thank all of you who I see and talk to whenever we appear. Please say
hello, or drop us an e-mail, so that we can thank you on a first name
basis on this website. I know it can sometimes sound redundant, but if it
weren't for you, the people who appreciate the works of Donald Fagen and
Walter Becker, then our show would not be possible. I apologize for not
getting in all of your requests (especially Dirty Work), but we ran out of
time. I promise to perform Dirty Work in set 1 on March 1st.....:)
- Next rehearsal, Monday, December 9th - There have been
some interesting developments with this project in the past few weeks.
We've added a Sting segment to the show. Most of the material is from "Ten
Summoner's Tales", which has always been my favorite Sting album. As for
the Gino Vannelli material, it is basically done, with a few minor tweaks
here and there. I have picked a few more interesting Steely Dan
songs that are not performed with the Royal Scam, and I am quite
pleased with the way they are shaping up. So it looks like we'll be ready
soon. There are about 6 original songs in the mix as well. I have had
e-mails for years from fans all over....asking when we'll be ready, etc.
As you know people (musicians) have come and gone for this project.
Any fellow musicians will understand that the nature of the music business
is just that way. However, we have kept rolling with it, switched gears
several times, and now the show is certainly jelling into a nice evening
of music. I am confident that we should be out there by the Spring of
2003, God willing. We are also currently looking for an opening acoustic
act. If you know of any solo musicians, comedians, etc., who might be
interested in performing, they may submit a tape, or CD to me. Please
visit our Contact Us page if interested.
September 16, 2002
- The incredible people at OA's deserve our sincerest thanks for making
last Friday night so special. Thank you to Bruce, Frank, Rick, Erin,
Ken, Erin's mom, Pat, Bill, bartenders Erin, Danny, and Jessie, the
amazing crew from Guitar Center, and to all who come out to support our
show. We truly appreciate it! Looking forward to another great
night on November 23rd! Check out Rick Sector's
artwork.....a new napkin drawing from the talented Mr. Sector.
September 11, 2002 -
Remember....and will NEVER Forget.
September 6, 2002
- Next RS2 rehearsal, September 23rd. Lots of work to do for this show, a
list sits on my computer.....sequenced a few new ones.....piano and click
tracks....mainly originals for the show.....a Montini special coming
through........got good applause for the "Wheel".....Montini's solo was
"it"......pesky jumpy B to B click a damn
nuisance........huh?.......poisoned desires.......should be fixed
soon......zaba zaba zaba.......love the major dude arrangement and the
sax......anyone interested in producing?.........still writing........T.P....still
love ya.........the arrival of the Yam S08 at last rehearsal.....that
thing is too damn sexy.........people gotta move......get
interested......support the RS2.
August 27, 2002 -
A very special THANK YOU to all of our friends at the
Jazz Cafe. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your loyalty and
enthusiasm. We are greatly looking forward to our next show on November
9th. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer! Special thanks to Rob,
Bruce, Frank, Pam, Lisa, Gabriel, Peggy from Atlanta, Buddah from Phoenix,
Viggy, Sandy, the wonderful people of Wilkes-Barre, and all of the River
Street Staff and regulars. Performing this music for special people like
you is what it's all about! See you all soon....:)
July 20, 2002
- Hope all of you are having a great summer! The band has been rehearsing
for our upcoming
Jazz Cafe appearance. We will be debuting a new original song called
"Dead Back Wheel" on that night, as well as a few more Steely Dan songs
that you have requested. The RS2 project will be rehearsing on August 12th
and we are now working on some bookings. I have been writing,
recording, and yes, relaxing a little bit too....:) Don't forget to mark
your calendar for August 24th! It should be an exciting summer night!
June 26, 2002
- Thank you Orphan
Annie's! We appreciate the support of our fans and friends for
attending our Summer DanFest. It is always our pleasure to perform at
working on original material in July, as well as the RS2 project,
featuring songs by Gino Vannelli, Steely Dan, and original music. We'll be
working on new Steely Dan material for the Scam show as well. Hope you all
have a great summer!
June 2, 2002
- Some backstage pictures of the band at Trump
May 14, 2002
- We would like to thank the wonderful people of Wilkes-Barre for a most
memorable night. Words cannot express our gratitude. You always make us
feel more than welcome. Once again, thank you for the great vibes, packed
house, and warm reception.
Rules! See you all very soon! Special thanks to Tenoa King, our new
singer, you were great! Thanks, Rob and the entire River Street staff,
thanks to Steve Fondo, we'll miss you Steve, good luck in Fla., and always
good to see Bruce and Frank, what would we do without fans like you?
April 30, 2002
- Sincerest thanks to the fans and friends at
Orphan Annie's last
Friday! Thanks to the management at OA's for always making our nights
there so pleasant. Special thanks to Rick Sector
for the incredible artwork! I'll be working on scanning these for display
here. Next stop, Wilkes-Barre.
April 4, 2002
- Working hard on the Gino Vannelli tribute which will now include some
new original material as well as some of the Steely Dan stuff that is not
covered by the Royal Scam. I have opted to use a synthesized bass for
various reasons and I have been very pleased with the results. A show of
this type does require a great deal of time, but hopefully things will be
ready by the summer. The Royal Scam has added some new material to our
show based on requests made by our fans. It is amazing how much great
material was written and performed by Steely Dan and Gino Vannelli, so you
could imagine how difficult it is to select new material. However, new
songs will include Haitian Divorce, Through With Buzz, Monkey In Your
Soul, and Everyone's Gone To The Movies.
Gino Vannelli tribute has now included other material, the working title
for the show will now be RS2, or Royal Scam (Squared). I felt that adding
the new original music, as well as Steely Dan songs that many have
requested, but will probably not be included in the Royal Scam show, would
be a good idea. With the help of Gino Amato, I am continuing to sequence
this show and attempting to match the sounds as closely as possible to the
original recordings. In my efforts to bring a bigger ensemble of musicians
to the stage, the usual setbacks occurred, so it looks like things will
run smoothly from this point on. Our next rehearsal is in a few weeks and
more than half of the show will be performed. I realize that this has
taken quite some time, but I am looking forward to yet another opening
night soon. I will keep you posted here. Please visit our Gino
Vannelli section and meet our new bass player.
March 11, 2002
- To our good friends at
Orphan Annie's.......thank you! It is always a pleasure for us to
perform at OA's and we are looking forward to returning soon. We had a
chance to do some new material and we are always happy to do your
requests. Everyone associated with Orphan Annie's has always been so nice
to us, it is surely becoming one of our favorite places to perform.
Special thanks to Rick Sector, who once again surprised us with a few
napkin portraits. Click here to see
them....thanks Rick! See you all again in April!
January 29, 2002 -
to friends, fans, and staff at the
Jazz Café for another sold out night! The heart
symbolizes our true feelings. Again, thank you for making us feel at home
and for your incredible enthusiasm and support. We love you!
January 12, 2002
- The Royal Scam "Live" at Trump Marina CD will be available soon. We
received many e-mails from our friends and fans who want to purchase a
copy. I will let everyone know when they will be available. Hopefully they
will be ready in time for our show on January 26th at River Street. CD's
will be $10 each and should be available at upcoming shows. Again, thank
you friends and fans for your continued support.
November 19, 2001
- Thank you fans for attending our gig at
Orphan Annie's on
Saturday. Special thanks to Frank, Pam, Frank's children, Bruce, Gil, Ken,
Erin, The Fred, Tabitha, and Kate Sullivan for her wonderful vocals. Hope
you all saw that meteor shower on the way home.
November 11, 2001
- A very special
to all of our many fans, both old and new, who attended our concert at
Trump Marina on Friday night. The people, the vibes, the atmosphere, and
the music were all in sync and made for a night that we will never forget.
Special thanks to the entire sound and lighting crew at Trump, and to the
Trump staff for making our experience truly special. Special thanks to
Steve Gietka, Bill Schmal, Ron Hudson, Bobbi Taylor, Carol Maltz, Jim,
Ernie, Simmi, Little Jimmy and friends, Ken and Erin, Frank, Marcia and
Chet, the entire Long Family, the people from Jake's, and to Joe A. for
the champagne and well wishes. Atlantic City rocks, and we will be back!
November 7, 2001
- We are ready for Atlantic City! See you all there!
October 1, 2001
- These last few weeks have been full of reflections and deep thought by
all of us. At this time I want to thank all of the many fans who
came out to show the world that America is still strong in spirit.
Steely Dan's music truly represents many of the idiosyncrasies of American
life and their music will live forever. Throughout these days many
businesses, including night clubs have suffered. I am happy to say
that you fans, loyal to the great American spirit of music, attended our
shows and as a result, helped those businesses to continue to thrive.
I want to take the time to thank all club owners, hostesses, waiters,
waitresses, bartenders, barmaids, cooks, and bouncers, who for the last
few weeks had to sacrifice a good part of their income to help keep our
American way of life alive and well. Those are the people who keep
our American values strong and we are proud to work with them.
You fans at
Street Jazz Café are quite amazing. Many of you thanked me for
being there, as if our performance made you forget this situation for a
few hours, if only as a respite for the many days of sadness we have all
encountered. We truly appreciate you.....again, thank you all.......
and may God bless you.
PS....The 2 blonde
dancers at River Street had some pretty good moves.....;)
September 16, 2001
- After what was a very difficult week for all of us,
we wish to thank the following people for coming together last night at
Orphan Annie's to
begin the healing process with music: Frank B., The Fred, Tony, Kathie,
Erin (Happy Birthday) and significant other, Jeff, BJ and friends, Rick
Sector (click here to see his artwork), owner
Rick and the Orphan Annie staff (Mary Ann for giving Wendi directions, and
the girl who was nice enough to get me a cup of coffee), the guy with the
cowboy hat, and a special thank you to Tabitha for venturing out and
staying till the end.
Also, thank you for the
encore......and the vibes.....hope to see you all real soon.
August 27, 2001
- We have some very exciting shows coming up on our
calendar and we hope that you will make an
effort to come and see us. We have added some new material from Two
Against Nature and we continue to strive for perfection. We love
performing the incredible music of Steely Dan and congratulate Donald
Fagen and Walter Becker for their well-deserved Grammy awards.
Trump Marina, The Shell Theater,
November 9th, has been added to our calendar. We are happy to be making
our first appearance there and we know all of our many fans will come out
in full force! It will be an exciting event at this beautiful venue. Tell
your friends and make reservations now!
Royal Scam Review -
A Review of a Performance at the
Royal Scam Interview
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Introducing Keith McGee
our Gino Vannelli
tribute, is still going strong. We are still in rehearsal stages for a
fine-tuning, and in the process of acquiring management for the project.
All good things are worth the wait. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse......love