Jeff Zito

Weekday Afternoons 3pm - 7pm

Went to see the Steve Miller Band last night and let me tell you this, the guy can still shred. I wasn’t exactly in the front row but where I was you could feel each note of the solo reach deep. Steve Miller isn’t exactly young but at 78 you’d think he was in his absolute prime. He flexed those fingers on each note and the solos were like taking the best hit if you know what I mean. The best part was he played all the hits too.

Fly Like an Eagle was probably one of my favorites he played all night as he masterfully fingered through the solo and the psychedelic trip was on. What really shocked me was Joseph Wooten on the Keyboard. That guy really was moving through his notes it was great. Followed up by Jet Airliner the guys pulled it off hit after hit, and I won’t lie I even found myself jamming a bit to Abracadabra. Probably had to be one of the greater shows I have seen all year. What cemented it for me in the top ten was when he played Space Cowboy. I can tell you this if you haven’t heard this one-stop reading this and go listen to it now. We can wait. Ok welcome back, now take the experience of listening to that from where ever and pump up the feeling to 1000! It was the best part of listening to a vinal but without your old man yelling at you to turn it down.

Finally the choice of how to end the show killer.  Three of the band’s greatest hits back to back to back. Take the Money and Run, Rock’n Me, and finally, the encore that clinched the whole show The Joker. Everyone that wasn’t wheelchair-bound was up and standing and singing along. The man really closed out the show. Big props to the band and everyone you are not gonna want to miss these guys if they make it back.

Shark Front Row Photos: Steve Miller Band at the Hard Rock Event Center in Tampa

Likely Set List For Steve Miller Band's Sold Out Tampa Concert

  • Stranger Blues

    Steve kicks off the show celebrating his roots in blues. He worked with blues legends like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy in Chicago back in the 60s.

  • Fly Like An Eagle

    The band’s iconic hit that got to #2 in 1976.

  • The Stake

    A deeper cut from Book of Dreams in 1977.

  • Abracadabra

    Definitely the most polarizing song among the fan base.  Pop music fans love it.  Others… not so much.  Comedian Jim Gaffigan cracked me up with his take.

  • Living in the U.S.A.

    One of the first songs that put the Steve Miller Band on the map in 1968.

  • Space Cowboy

    Another 60s gem from “Brave New World.”

  • Serenade

    This one got remastered 5 years ago for “Ultimate Hits.”

  • Wild Mountain Honey

    YouTube user nailed it when he said about this song, “The words mean less then the music and the moment when you heard it.”

  • Dance, Dance, Dance

    If you keep on dancin’ you’ll never grow old.  At 78, Steve’s proving this one right.

  • Swingtown

    This would be the last hit from “Book Of Dreams” in 1977. It was featured decades later on The Sopranos and was said to inspire Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.”

  • Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma

    Another one you’ll find remastered on Ultimate Hits.

  • Jungle Love

    This one was originally written for Dave Mason. But Miller liked it and they knocked the song out in 30 minutes.

  • Take The Money and Run

    Is there any more appropriate song to rock out at at the casino?

  • Rock'n Me

    The band’s second #1 hit.

  • The Joker

    No, he didn’t forget.  Expect this one for the encore.