When two classic rock bands come together and share the stage on a headlining tour, the winners are the fans. That is what happened last night, June 22, 2014 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden New Jersey. Steve Miller and Journey showed up and brought Tower of Power with them.
Both headliners are well known. and have a ton of songs people are familiar with. Had either one of these bands played by themselves, it would be safe for them to venture into some deep cuts like "The Window". Instead with about 90minutes each, they played it safe and stayed with their most familiar .
As Miller took to the stage in a white jacket, he really did not venture too far from the microphone. With a white hot spot light on him , and the background changing between a back drop and cut out horses similar to his album covers, with a backdrop that resembled billions of stars and galaxies ,it look pretty cool.
Suffice it to say,Miller rocked all the songs people wanted to hear. "Rockin Me", "Jungle Love", "Take the Money and Run" well all played. "Fly Like An Eagle was the last song of his set, He stretched it out and did some band introductions.and then it was time for Journey.
It would be fair to say that each band had their own fans there last night. Some people came just for Steve Miller and left before Journey took the stage. Other fans wanted only to see Journey and arrived late.just in time to see them take the stage. Journey is a commercialized rock band that got played on top 40 rock stations in the1980's. They have rockers such as "Separate Ways" and "Anyway You Want It" which were played. Then they had their ballads which people had to sit through such as"Open Arm" to get to the rockers.
Sure some people like both, Others only like the ballads and wish they would play more of them. The crowd made the most noise for the rockers. Bassist Ross Vallory would make faces at the crowd,hoping those with a camera would direct most of their attention towards him.. In the mean time, front man Arnel Pineda was all over the stage, trying to slap hands with those down front or jumping off the speakers.
Steve Miller has been playing since the 1960's, as have the opening band, Tower Of Power who put the horns out front and showed just how to bring funk and rock together. They only played a short set and those that were not in their seats watching did themselves a disservice, as these guys brought it home.
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