Musicians today cannot make money in music the same way they did in the 70s (or the 90s). If this is news to Fagen then I’m sorry he’s only now getting that memo. Someone on his team should have warned him this was coming. Speaking of his team, has no one discovered a direct-to-fan service he could utilize to earn from his die hard fans by just getting a little bit more creative than selling records or going on tour?
For the record, I’m a huge Steely Dan fan and it pains me to see that he feels he has to do something against his will to support his art. If he wants to tour, great. But it seems he feels the only way he can make money off of the incredible career he has created is to go on tour when he really does not want to. Which is a travesty.