Saturday 20th July, 2013
Last time I saw him was probably about five or so years back now, so when a good friend asked Rhonda and I if we’d like to go with them, who was I to say no, right?
The band opened with ‘Jungle Love,’ a familiar tune that gets everyone out of the bar areas pretty quick, we’d already taken our seats though, quite a ways back, a little to right of centre as you look at the stage but too not bad and the sound was pretty good too. The only down side for me was this young lad around aged about eighteen to twenty and his buddies, who appeared to have perhaps had a little too much ‘sugar’ – ahem! – or something and he and the guy directly next to him just kept on talking for most of the show, loud enough so that they made sure they could hear themselves over the band, nice … Not!
Two good opening songs to have got the evening going!
What a great voice too, he totally did the songs justice. Then Steve says, ‘We’re going to do some songs from ‘Bingo’ now. This is a Bobby Blue Bland song ‘Somewhere Further Up The Road,’ that we’d like to play for you.’
It was a real blues jam, that the band got some audience participation going with and Sonny say, ‘We’ve got some singers here Steve, are you guys ready to sing?’
Big cheers follow …
That would be a yes methinks!!
Steve’s guitar work on this was very Santana like if you ask me, nicely done.
‘This next song we’d like to play, is about a girl from Detroit. It’s called ‘Mary Lou.’’
He also played a little harmonica in it, so you get the idea it’s pretty much an acoustic blues like jam.
To introduce the next song, Steve says, “This is the last song we’re going to play from The Joker album, and it’s actually the albums last track!
I’d like to bring out an old friend from Nashville next to play some real pedal steel guitar, because as talented as my band is here, there’s no one that can really play it right, but this guy can!”
The song we get is ‘Something To Believe In.’
Sadly I did not get the guy’s name ….
Just the same, he asks his Nashville buddy if he wants to play another …
‘Dance, Dance, Dance,’ is another tune that came across as a very country style tune.
The keys guy – Sorry, Steve's band introductions did not come across too clearly … - really jammed some killer, monster Hammond like riffs on this and then Steve himself played out some great licks once more!
My favourite Steve Miller Band track ‘Rock ‘n’ Me’ closed the main set and then the band left the stage, but not for long.