Fort Wayne, Ind.–The Steve Miller Band makes its way back to Fort Wayne Sept. 20. The last time the group played the Summit City, the show was sold out. They return this year to Foellinger Theatre. Whether this year’s show sells out or not, Miller’s iconic status, based on his influential guitar playing style make him relevant to music history.
Steve Miller and 1970s music
The Steve Miller Band rose to prominence in the 1970s. Hits such as “Jet Airliner,” “The Joker,” and “Fly Like an Eagle,” were popular chart toppers four decades ago and remain popular with fans.
Miller’s driving guitar style, mixed with the sometimes “twang”-infused quality found in southern rock, and the clarity of his lyrical storytelling are no doubt what contribute to his sold out shows. Some people also refer to Miller’s body of work as southern rock.
The Steve Miller Band hails from San Francisco and has been performing and recording since 1966. By the mid-1970s, the group could already boast a greatest hits collection.
In the 1970s, the musical climate in the United States was rich with a number of genres and styles competing for audiences. Rock ‘n’ roll and disco were popular.
The Steve Miller Band completed the American radio soundscape along with performers such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper, Sweet, Eric Clapton and numerous others.
Relevance of Steve Miller Band
While the Steve Miller Band became a household name in the 1970s, the group’s career did not end there. In 1982, Miller returned with a catchy song that was a touch racy, “Abracadabra.” It wasn’t as if the occasional edgy theme was out of the question for the group. The ribald sensuality of “Jungle Love” might be one reason some fans like the song so much.
Twelve of the Steve Miller Band’s albums have reached the Top 40. However, after 1982, the group developed a reputation for sporadic output. The infrequent release of music did not deter fans.
While sold out shows would please any performer, audiences who attend the Steve Miller Band’s show at the Foellinger will enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll show steeped in music history, and a night full of songs that are fun to sing.