The Steve Miller Band & Journey
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Thursday March 12, 2015
On Thursday March 12, I was able to catch rock legends Journey and The Steve Miller Band (with special guests Tower of Power) at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The arena was packed with thousands of diehard fans of all ages ready to rock with some of America’s top selling singles of the 70’s and 80’s. Both bands came through and did NOT disappoint!
The curtain finally dropped for The Steve Miller Band, exposing a giant pair of iconic Pegasus (which is found on many of their album covers). The San Francisco based band opened up with Jungle Love, Take Your Money and Run, and then another favorite, Abracadabra. The 80 minute set filled fans’ ears with hit after hit, taking us back through 40+ years of America’s favorite and most recognized tunes. They played almost every song on their multi-platinum selling record The Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-1978. The crowd went crazy for Fly Like an Eagle, featuring solos from Grammy-nominated artist Joseph Wooten on keyboard and Steve Miller on guitar. They ended with an encore of I Just Got Back From Texas and Jet Airliner.
Now to the headlining band, Journey! The arena rock band started back in 1973 (also in San Francisco) and has sold close to 90 million records worldwide, with numerous multi-platinum albums and one diamond album. Journey opened with Be Good to Yourself, where lead singer Arnel Pineda brought the audience to their feet with his energy and stage presence. The likeness of his vocal skills with the legendary singer Steve Perry blew me away during the 18 song set. We were blessed with solos from drummer Deen Castronovo, guitarist Neal Schon and pianist Jonathan Cain. You could feel the love and warmth during Open Arms, as couples embraced each other and sang along. The most anticipated song of the evening had to be the power ballad Don’t Stop Believin’, one of the best-selling songs in the digital world.
All in all, I felt honored to be in the presence of these classic rock bands. It was an unforgettable experience that will live with me forever; and if you have the chance, don’t miss this tour!!
Review By Beth Searles
Photos By Matt Searles