STEVE MILLER BAND – ” Steve Miller Band Live ” Breaking Ground: August 3rd, 1977

Posted: May 18, 2021 in MUSIC
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Steve Miller has again dug deep into his archives and found a never-before-heard-or-seen, full-length concert recording from 1977. Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977, featuring such classic rock staples as “The Joker” and “Rock’n Me,” arrived via Sailor/Capitol/UMe released on May 14th, 2021.  Miller now 77 – never got around to digging through his vaults thanks to a constant touring schedule. So when the pandemic forced him off the road in 2020, he finally took the dive into his archives and discovered a hidden gem from Steve Miller Band’s 1977 tour behind the Book of Dreams and Fly Like an Eagle albums.

“All of a sudden… came this jewel of a concert where the band is just at its best,” says Miller of a 1977 show at Landover, Maryland. “The guitar work is spectacular. It’s 1977, people were smoking cigarettes wearing bell-bottom pants and everyone’s got hair down to here, that part is kinda funny, but what’s going on onstage is really inspirational.”

Of the performance, the guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member says, “This show at the Cap Center in Landover, Maryland, captures the band right at the peak after The Joker, and in the middle of Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams, a stream of hit [album]s… We decided to call it Breaking Ground because that’s exactly what we were doing.”

Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977 includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke who says – “Breaking Ground captures the Steve Miller Band on stage in one of their biggest years, 1977. They were at a perfect crossroads of psychedelic zeal and progressive, popcraft while staying true to Miller’s first love, the blues.”

The recording captures Steve Miller’s legendary 1977 line up at the beginning of the band’s turn from playing ballrooms and theatres to arenas and football stadiums. Previously unreleased historic concert recording from the Steve Miller Band tour in support of albums “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Book of Dreams”

The band members:
Steve Miller – Guitar, Harmonica and Lead Vocals
Norton Buffalo – Harmonica and Background Vocals
Lonnie Turner – Bass
Gary Mallaber – Drums
David Denny – Guitar and Background Vocals
Greg Douglass – Guitar
Byron Allred – Keyboards

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