Steve Miller Band Rocks Seneca Niagara Casino!

Seneca Niagara Casino Event Center
Saturday July 9, 2011
Niagara Falls, NY
By Chris Kiebzak

 

It may sometimes feel like time is slipping into the future but Saturday night was all about the past as legendary rocker Steve Miller and his band rocked the near capacity crowd at the Seneca Niagara Casino’s Event Center. Going into the show with little knowledge of this well seasoned classic rock outfit, this reviewer walked out of the show with extreme respect and understanding of what The Steve Miller Band has accomplished in both the past and present.

From the falling curtain intro of the 1977 hit, Jet Airliner, the guitar decorated stage was immediatley accompanied by five completley in sync musicians and one extremley energetic and vocally inclined back up singer, Sonny Charles, who even sang lead vocals on a pair of songs in the middle of the 16 song set. Classics “Take The Money and Run” and “Abracadabra”, both released in different decades were played respectively to huge fan reactions. The set list was heavy on hits but sprinkled with a few songs from the bands 2010 album, “Bingo!”. The only let down of the night was the omission of some classic standards including one of their biggest hits, “Jungle Love”. One would be led to believe that time restrictions, played a part in the set list being cut short and the hurriedly played version of “The Joker” which is Steve’s biggest hit.

For a man at the age of sixty-seven, Steve Miller can still rock the house more then most people half his age. The Crowd ate up the entire night from start to finish, really adding to the atmosphere throughout the event center. The entire stage was used to full advantage and walked on numerous times through out the night by Steve and this incredible lineup he has put together to tour with. For those debating to see The Steve Miller Band this late in the game, understand that you are missing an opportunity to see a legendary touring unit. One that is playing extremely tight alongside each other while providing a very enthusiastic crowd involved show that most bands long their entire career for and may never achieve.

Set List
Jet Airliner
Take The Money And Run
Abracadabra
The Stake
Swingtown
Further On Up The Road
Tramp
Ooh Poo Pah Doo
Shu Ba Du Ma Ma
Fly Like An Eagle
Wild Mountain Honey
Dance Dance Dance
Serenade
Living In The USA
Rock ‘N Me
Encore
The Joker

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