Another of the most recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class came to Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday Night (August 14), as Steve Miller and his Band brought their vast catalog of classics to California Wine Country.
The man is a true American music legend, having a multi-generational appear that started in the late 1960’s with psychedlic blues, continued with his straight ahead rock variety dominance in the 1970’s, and even morphing into the popular pop leaning material of the 80’s. It was all represented in a evening of music that can’t be matched by many artists in this day and age.
Fun fact about Steve – his parents Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer, and his pathologist father, George, who was also a jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer were great friends with Les Paul and his musical partner Mary Ford and they visited often. Les heard Steve when he was four “banging away” on a guitar given to him by his uncle, and encouraged Miller to continue with his interest in the guitar and “perhaps he will be something one day.” He has more than exceeded that and has had a guitar in his hand most of his entire life.
Steve and his great band played tracks from all the eras, but well represented the stuff he is most well known for from his ‘Fly Like An Eagle,’ ‘Book Of Dreams,’ and ‘The Joker’ albums.
He also shared stories from his time in music over the years, including the fact that after he moved out to San Francisco from Texas (after living in Chicago immersing himself in the blues, then to New York for a stint), he has played the legendary Fillmore Auditorium over 100 times!
Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and he touched on the controversy surrounding it, adding to his words at that time that the experience was “unpleasant” and “they (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) need to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, which they don’t.” Not only is Steve’s music acumen top level, so is his business one, as he truly cares about artist’s rights and eliminating unnecessary B.S. in an increasingly B.S. music world.
J.Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf brought his Midnight Ramblers for an entertaining opening set with tracks from his new album ‘A Cure For Loneliness,’ and even a few J. Geils tunes tossed in, including an interesting bluegrass take on ‘Love Stinks.’
For more on Steve Miller and all upcoming tour dates, visit stevemillerband.com and visit vinaroblesamphitheatre.com for all upcoming shows in the heart of beautiful California Central Coast Wine Country.
Special Thanks to Annisha Hinkle and Vanessa Kromer of Nederlander.