Steve Miller Band:
Its hard to believe that 45 years have passed since The Steve Miller Band was conceived in San Francisco. During those 45 years, the band has become the archetype for classic rock. Hits like "The Joker," and "Fly Like An Eagle," have kept the band in heavy rotation on classic rock radio for decades now. Steve Miller tour dates are scheduled throughout the 2011 concert season.
After debuting their bluesy sound in Chicago during the late sixties, the band was quickly signed to Capitol Records. They recorded their debut the following year, "Children of the Future," which was released to mediocre sales in 1967. They had more luck with their sophomore album, "Sailor," which reached #24 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and marked the end of Boz Scaggs' contributions to Steve Miller records. The band continued to release material to moderate commercial success that played well to their hard rock oriented audience.
The Steve Miller band reached mainstream success with their 1973 release, "The Joker," which spawned the #1 hit single of the same name. The album marked the band's entrance into a more melodic-blues oriented sound with Steve Miller becoming the self-appointed "Space Cowboy." The rhythms kept on rollin', and in 1976 the band released their most commercially successful studio album to date. The band's ninth album, "Fly Like an Eagle," served up the hit singles, "Rock'n Me," and "Take the Money and Run." The band released subsequent albums including "Book of Dreams," and 1982's "Abracadra," whose title track gave Steve Miller his last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, the band has focused more on touring than on recording new material. The Steve Miller Band concert schedule during the 1980s and 1990s consisted mostly of national headlining tours that attracted hoards of younger fans just discovering his music.
The band's greatest commercial success is their Greatest Hits (1974-1978) album which has been awarded diamond status and achieved sales of more than thirteen million albums! "Greatest Hits" ranks as one of the top fifty best selling albums of all time and solidified their status as classic rock icons. With over four decades of recording and touring, the Steve Miller Band concert dates have plenty of material to go on.
More recently, the band has recorded, "Bingo!," which is a cover album of R&B classics released in 2010. The album marks the band's first album of new material in seventeen years! Steve Miller has managed to keep himself busy in the meantime with a hectic touring schedule and a stint as Artist in Residence at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches music. For their contribution to the recording industry, the Steve Miller Band also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Don't miss out on these living legends when they come to your area. Use Eventful for Steve Miller Band tour dates and concert schedule news.
The Doobie Brothers wooed us with their smooth acoustic strumming, upbeat lyrics and solidified their status as the '70s chillest band. Although their line-up has changed and shuffled throughout the years, the band has been touring continuously since 1993 and show no signs of letting up. Doobie Brothers tour dates are currently scheduled at 46 events this spring and summer, 2011.
The band released their self-titled debut in 1971 and although it was received tepidly, it did garner the band attention within the industry. Their sophomore set, "Toulouse Street," launched them into mainstream rock success and brought them platinum status. Their next two albums, "The Captain and Me" and "What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits," have been certified double platinum, with the latter album containing their first #1 Hot 100 song, "Black Water." The Doobie Brothers toured extensively in support of their albums, and the prolific writer-rockers recorded hit album after album. Doobie Brothers tour dates during this period included assistance from the famed Memphis Horns who accompanied their performances.
Following the 1975 Doobie Brothers tour, lead singer Tom Johnston fell ill with a bleeding ulcer and had to go on hiatus. Under pressure from the label to release another album, the Doobie Brothers hired blue-eyed soul impresario, Michael McDonald, to fill in the void. With the assistance of McDonald, the band would go on to colossal commercial and critical success. In 1978, under the smooth rhythmic vocals of McDonald, the group released their biggest album to date, "Minute by Minute." The album featured their second #1 hit single, "What a Fool Believes," and ushered in a new era of critical success for the already established band. The song, written with Kenny Loggins, went on to win the Grammy Award for Record of the year in 1979 and received heavy rotation on several radio formats. The band was at the apex of their career, and seemingly at the breaking point.
Constant touring and recording had forced several of the band members to the brink of exhaustion which created infighting and conflict over the creative direction of the band. By 1981, the band had lost all original members and was a far cry away from their original musical intent so they disbanded and released a final live album in 1983 entitled, "Farewell Tour." The break-up, so to speak, was short-lived and the band reunited in 1987. Since then they have released four albums, most recently 2010's "World Gone Crazy," and have maintained a ferocious touring schedule. In fact, for the better part of the past two decades, Doobie Brothers tour dates have been scheduled annually across the country.
While the line-up has changed throughout the years, the musically evolved band continues to do what they set out to do, and that is record and tour for their fans. Thirty million records and forty years of touring later, the brothers are still at it. In support of "World Gone Crazy," the Doobie Brothers tour schedule includes 46 dates throughout the spring and summer. Use Eventful as your source for Doobie Brothers tour dates and concert schedule updates.