Monday, June 14, 2010

Concert Review: The Joker's Wild At The MGM Grand Theatre

The Steve Miller Band returned to the MGM Grand Theatre after a quick 24-month wait, but it was long enough for fans of this iconic guitarist. Miller was in good spirits performing his hits "Jet Airliner", "Take The Money And Run" and "Abracadabra" for probably the millionth time. But, he seemed most proud of his newest songs that were just recorded for his new album "Bingo!"

Steve Miller wasted little time diving into the new songs. Beginning with the guitar solo filled "Hey Yeah" and "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)." The latter song featured newest Steve Miller band member Sonny Charles on vocals. Steve Miller brought out his lost acoustic guitar, which enticed him to tell his story of how it was stolen and returned by the FBI. After a heartfelt version of "Seasons," he dedicated "Wild Mountain Honey" to his fellow band-mate and good friend Norton Buffalo. An acoustic version of his signature tune "The Joker" was a nice change with the audience providing the guitar squeals. Sonny Charles showed off his dance steps on the new song "Ooh Poo Pah Doo." Miller dedicated his 1968 hit "Living In The USA" to all the soldiers fighting the wars for our freedom. The main set ended with Steve Miller trading verses with the audience on "Rock'n Me."

Steve Miller welcomed the crowd to "Swingtown" upon his return to the stage. His backdrop of a whirlwind of guitars and lights added to the party-like atmosphere. Miller proceeded to take requests from the audience, performing a rough version of "Space Cowboy" and an electric version of "The Joker." "Jungle Love" found some people dancing in the aisle and in their seats, but the closer "Fly Like An Eagle" stole the show. The band jammed for over twenty-minutes which included solos by keyboardist Joseph Wooten and and bassist Kenny Lee Lewis .

After a wave and a "thank you," Steve Miller left the stage, but not before some words of encouragement and dedication. Fans poured out of the theatre with grins in their faces knowing they've just see one of the greatest guitarist of all-time.

Setlist:
Space Intro
Jet Airliner
Take The Money And Run
Mercury Blues
Hey Yeah
Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)
Nothin' Wrong
Just Can't Keep From Crying
Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
Seasons
Wild Mountain Honey
The Joker
Dance, Dance, Dance
Abracadabra
Ooh Poo Pah Doo
Tramp
Don't Cha Know
Serenade
Living In The USA
Rock'n Me

Encore:
Swingtown
Space Cowboy
The Joker
Jungle Love
Fly Like An Eagle

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