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Smart Move: Aimee Mann Adds Steely Dan Song to Set After Being Dropped as Group’s Opening Act

Aimee Mann knows how to make lemonade from lemons. There was a recent hubbub after she was dropped by Steely Dan as the opening act on their coming tour. Mann has been around long enough not to take the snub seriously. She told our audience last night at a very sold out City Winery she didn’t care. She responded in the press by telling Donald Fagen she forgave him only if he’d explain the obscure lyrics to a long ago Dan song she wanted to perform called “Brooklyn.”
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Aimee Mann Covers Steely Dan After Getting Dropped From Their Tour

Last month Aimee Mann announced, via a comic strip, that Steely Dan had dropped her as an opener from their tour. “It seems like they thought their audience wouldn’t like a female singer-songwriter?” she speculated in one panel, adding in another, “As it happens, Steely Dan is the one band that I 100% love, with no reservations, so it really sucks.” The next day, Steely Dan leader Donald Fagen said gender was not a factor in the decision: “There was a communication problem on our end. I was misinformed as to how firm the commitment was to any particular opening act. And, although I have the greatest respect for Aimee as a writer and performer, I thought it might not be the best matchup in terms of musical style.” Through a representative, Mann stood by her interpretation of the events.
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Aimee Mann Announces First Solo Art Show

Aimee Mann has announced her first-ever solo art show. The singer-songwriter will display her paintings of Presidents and First Ladies at City Winery in Manhattan starting Friday (April 15). The show, titled You Could Have Been a Roosevelt, runs until April 20, and will coincide with Mann’s scheduled performances at the venue. Mann will display paintings from her Ten Worst Presidents series. Check out a couple of Mann’s pieces below.
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Turns out Aimee Mann is really good at painting, too

The ringing in Aimee Mann's ears was getting worse. Was this how her musical career might end - not with a bang but a squeaking sound of distress?. That pandemic stress symptom was dramatized in a comic that the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter painted and then shared last month on Instagram. "My nervous system is so jacked up, it thinks that music at any level is dangerous," she wrote about her alarming sonic distortion. Her caption attached to the post said simply "Nervous system disorder" and engendered empathy from some of Mann's many fans.
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