The Steve Miller Band made a stop at the Greek Theatre on their North American summer concert tour and did not disappoint all of their adoring fans during their 90 minute performance on Saturday.
Miller was in a good mood after recently being voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The multi-talented singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer was inducted in April after being nominated for the first time this year.
Not only does he have that distinctive voice, but he’s also known for his guitar skills, and they were on display at The Greek. He is one of the architects of classic rock in the ’70’s.
He spoke about his experience being a part of the San Francisco music scene in the late ’60’s. That’s when he developed his signature psychedelic blues guitar sound. That sound can be heard on songs like “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Abracadabra” which he included in his performance. Miller loves playing the blues, but he also is a classic rocker with his signature guitar riffs and melodic vocals.
Starting in the ’70’s up to today, his music can be heard on the radio airwaves. One of the most popular and requested artists. And he also was a professor of music in the music department at USC in 2010-11, teaching the popular music performance program. As an Artist in Residence at USC Thornton School of Music, he still works on a regular basis with undergraduate students. He’s done it all.
There was a humorous moment in the concert when Miller gave the song “Jet Airliner” a slow-song twist and then confessed to the audience that he was just kidding. He saved the original version of it for his final encore.
Before that, he played all his big hits, staring with “Jungle Love” and including others like “The Joker,” “Livin’ in the USA,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Rock’n Me,” among many others. Miller also answers if you call him the Space Cowboy or the Gangster of Love.
Another bright spot of the concert was when he announced that his stage-hand was now bringing him the famous Les Paul guitar to play on the next song. Paul was his godfather.
“They say the blues had a baby and they named it rock ‘n’ roll,” Miller said.
And so, the “The Joker” successfully treated his devoted fans to another great concert experience.
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