Posted by Jenny Good on July 1, 2010 11:30 AM
Some people call me the space cowboy, but gangster of love is more accurate. Call Steve Miller what you like but he and his band fired up the stage with an amazing rock and soul performance at the Molson Amphitheatre last night in Toronto. They still sound exactly like their records, with the exception of most notable song 'The Joker' which was done solo by Steve as a slow acoustic version. That was disappointing, and may have had something to do with the fact that they apparently didn't do a sound check. But Steve Miller of old Milwaukee Wisconsin started the night off strong with 'Jet Airliner' and 'Take the Money and Run'. The show then took a bluesy, folk turn back to the roots of Miller's early music career. The soulful Sonny Charles provided almost as many vocals as Miller wit his knockout bluesy drawl. He also had the most moves onstage, if he wasn't arms out flying like an eagle he was swayin his hips to the beat. The band is an eclectic bunch, from roadie rockers to smooth blues to flashy jazz. Although 'Joker' was disappointing, they played all their other hits to perfection (lazer gun SFX included). They even played the popish 'Abracadabra' which is such a departure from their signature sound. There wasn't a pair of mom jeans in the place that weren't boppin along or shaking in the aisles, until security came for them. And the night ended brilliantly with 'Fly Like an Eagle'. Steve Miller, Jess and I are next off to the Montreal Jazz festival where they will play again. If you've never been, it's definitely one of the best festivals in the country!
Word to all the jokers, smokers and midnight tokers! J&J