Friday, October 15, 2010

Steve Miller celebrates 67th birthday with Jools Holland

The Steve Miller Band kicked off their European Tour last week with a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 7.

For his first U.K. visit in 25 years, Miller is on the road in support of his latest release, “Bingo!”

Just a few days prior to the Albert Hall gig, Steve celebrated his 67th birthday with an interview and performance on Later With Jools Holland.

Talking about “Bingo!” and his attraction to the blues, Steve explained it was simply part of his Texas heritage. “I was so lucky when I grew up,” said Miller. “T-Bone Walker used to come over to the house and play lead guitar. He arrived in a flesh-colored Cadillac convertible with leopard-skin seats. He taught me how to play guitar behind my head and do the splits when I was 9.”

When asked why it’s been 17 years between Miller records, Steve told Jools that he “just didn’t need to put another record out because the “Greatest Hits” (1974-1978) kept selling millions and millions of copies. I was touring and having a good time. Why bring a record company into it?”

The The Steve Miller Band

The Steve Miller Band – The Joker
Later With Jools Holland – October 5, 2010

The Steve Miller Band – Hey Yeah / Don’tcha Know
Later With Jools Holland – October 5, 2010

Steve is confirmed to headline the 22nd Annual Christmas Jam in North Carolina, held at the Asheville Civic Center on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Other acts include The Warren Haynes Band (Gov't Mule), Gregg Allman and Umphrey's McGee plus many others. This event has raised nearly one million dollars to benefit Habitat for Humanity and built 15 houses since 1999.