The fans age, the musicians age, but the music is timeless as the Steve Miller Band proved while performing at the Colorado State Fair.
Miller and his band delivered on all its hits, starting with "Jungle Fever" and concluding the encore and the show with “The Joker". The band had a singular focus and a noble goal and that was to have you standing on your feet, pumping your first in the air and rocking the hell out for every minute of the show.
The extended version of "Fly Like An Eagle was easily a set highlight, and one of the many songs that showed Miller's true love for guitar rock, to say nothing of his skills.
It also proved the song’s power to move people to their feet and the dancing in the aisles began!
Steve Miller's very distinctive sound was loud and clear. "Rock'n Me," "Abracadabra," "Dance Dance Dance" the groovey windows down, volume up summer tunes had the audience singing along. But it was "Serenade,” that was the standout song for me.
While watching and enjoying the show it was obvious - here's a band that clearly enjoyed playing together. The guitars scream through bolder and longer versions of their music and it's pure blues-injected rock ’n’ roll. Les Paul taught Steve Miller how to play blues and he does it oh so well! His fingers still have the speed to glide over the guitar showing us the ol' gangster of love has still got it!
The setlist featured classics from the band’s huge catalog of hits, as well as a few blues/R&B songs from the group’s 2010 album, “Bingo!”
They opened the show with a roar playing "Jungle Love" and then tore into "Take The Money And Run." Next up "The Stake," "Abracadabra," "Further On Up The Road," and "Shubada Du Ma Ma." Miller then dedicated "All Your Love (I Miss Loving) to the American Women of the Olympic Team which brought cheers from the crowd.
Then came one of my favorite songs of the night, "Serenade." Just something about it...
Praising our military he dedicated "Living in the U.S.A" to our soldiers which brought about a standing ovation. After that it was "Fly Like An Eagle," "Jet Liner" and "Rock'n Me."
The show ended on the night’s highest points with back-to-back offerings of "Swingtown," "Dance Dance Dance,"“Space Cowboy” and “The Joker” — it just took an hour and a half or so to get there, but oh it was so worth the wait.
Final thought - Oh What A Show - May the Space Cowboy/Gangster of Love rock on FOREVER!!!