Its hard to believe that 45 years have passed since The Steve Miller Band was conceived in San Francisco. During those 45 years, the band has become the archetype for classic rock. Hits like "The Joker," and "Fly Like An Eagle," have kept the band in heavy rotation on classic rock radio for decades now. Steve Miller tour dates are scheduled throughout the 2011 concert season.
After debuting their bluesy sound in Chicago during the late sixties, the band was quickly signed to Capitol Records. They recorded their debut the following year, "Children of the Future," which was released to mediocre sales in 1967. They had more luck with their sophomore album, "Sailor," which reached #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and marked the end of Boz Scaggs' contributions to Steve Miller records. The band continued to release material to moderate commercial success that played well to their hard rock oriented audience.
The Steve Miller band reached mainstream success with their 1973 release, "The Joker," which spawned the #1 hit single of the same name. The album marked the band's entrance into a more melodic-blues oriented sound with Steve Miller becoming the self-appointed "Space Cowboy." The rhythms kept on rollin', and in 1976 the band released their most commercially successful studio album to date. The band's ninth album, "Fly Like an Eagle," served up the hit singles, "Rock'n Me," and "Take the Money and Run." The band released subsequent albums including "Book of Dreams," and 1982's "Abracadra," whose title track gave Steve Miller his last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, the band has focused more on touring than on recording new material. The Steve Miller Band concert schedule during the 1980s and 1990s consisted mostly of national headlining tours that attracted hoards of younger fans just discovering his music.
The band's greatest commercial success is their Greatest Hits (1974-1978) album which has been awarded diamond status and achieved sales of more than thirteen million albums! "Greatest Hits" ranks as one of the top fifty best selling albums of all time and solidified their status as classic rock icons. With over four decades of recording and touring, the Steve Miller Band concert dates have plenty of material to go on.
More recently, the band has recorded, "Bingo!," which is a cover album of R&B classics released in 2010. The album marks the band's first album of new material in seventeen years! Steve Miller has managed to keep himself busy in the meantime with a hectic touring schedule and a stint as Artist in Residence at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches music. For their contribution to the recording industry, the Steve Miller Band also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Don't miss out on these living legends when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Steve Miller Band tour dates and concert schedule news.
2 time Grammy nominated Joseph Wooten has been playing keyboards for the Steve Miller Band for nearly 16 years and is one of five talented musicians proudly wearing the Wooten name, including the critically acclaimed funky bass master Victor Wooten. In addition to his performance with the Steve Miller Band Joseph also has a very successful solo career where he is know as Joseph Wooten aka Hands of Soul. Joseph is dedicated to preserving the roots of R&B, Soul and Funk and can be heard on his release "Hands of Soul" . Fans admire Josephs dedication to the creation and recreation of music without the aid of pre-recorded tracks or modern looping equipment-he indeed performs the very definition of a live show.
Joseph also has strong beliefs in the rights and priviledges bestowed upon the American poeple and takes it a step further by performing with the critically acclaimed multimedia experience Freedom Sings (TM). Freedom Sings (TM) is a critically acclaimed multimedia experience featuring an all-star cast of musicians and an “only-in-America” story line. The presentation features music that has been banned, censored or has sounded a call for social change; and invites audiences to take a fresh look at the First Amendment. Joseph encourages fans of all ages to visit www.firstamendmentcenter.org and get involved.
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