Memory Monday – The Steve Miller Band

Lately, I’ve been enjoying a new podcast from a blogger friend of mine from Canada. His name is Stacey and you can check out his blog site… and his podcast, Stacey Robinsmith Is A Dad In The Burbs.

In episode 8 he spends a few minutes talking about the Steve Miller Band concert that he went to recently.  Hearing his account brought back my own Steve Miller Band concert experience.

It was April of 1996. My wife, who was my fiancee at the time, and I had really good seats to see The Steve Miller Band at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Back then, it was the go-to venue for all the best concerts.

The show started off really slow. We didn’t recognize any of the songs. Then Steve mentioned that they were taking some time to play some of their new tunes. The crowd wasn’t rude… but they really weren’t that receptive either. They wanted to hear the hits.

By the time they broke for an intermission, my wife and I were really bored and hoping the 2nd part of the show would be better. I figured it had to be because we were more than an hour in and had yet to hear any of the songs that put them on the rock n’ roll map.

Being in a college town, there were several Iowa State college students sitting right in front of us. They were just as bored as we were. “This sucks, man. We should leave and hit up some parties,” said one of them. His buddies agreed and they were gone.

What they didn’t know is that they left minutes before The Steve Miller Band took the stage for a second set that was basically a live version of their greatest hits. The Joker, Jungle Love, Space Cowboy… they didn’t leave a single hit out.

The crowd, that was sleepy in the first half, was up, dancing in the aisles, and singing along.

On the drive home, my wife and I both remarked how disappointed those college kids would be if they knew what they missed out on.

Have you ever been to a concert that started out slow but finished strong?

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