Since I was a kid I have been familiar with The Steve Miller Band. I still have vivid memories of my brother Tom playing their music for me many times. When I got older and heard his music it would remind me of great childhood memories.
As time went on I aqquired Cds and knew all the songs. I really wanted to see the band live. After waiting a few years I saw them 3 times over one summer at various festivals and a headline date in my hometown of St. Louis. He did not disappoint live, he played a good mix of songs, old and new. It had been a long time since I had saw them when I saw announced in the paper they would be performing a free show under the arch during the Fourth of July fair!
After getting off work at 3:00 my girlfriend and I grabbed some beers and headed downtown. After a brief drive, a few beers and a nicely located $5 dollar parking garage. We were ready.
After venturing down to the Arch grounds we were just in time for the Air Show that was taking place. There was a lot of high flying acrobatics that left spectators captivated.
One of the highlights of the show was two Harrier Jets that flew almost too fast for pictures and were louder than you would imagine. I enjoyed watching them quite a bit.
As a finale to the air show we were treated to a stunt team of four planes flying in formation doing various tricks under the arch. They were impressive flying high with each stunt and narrowly missing each other on each pass.
As the sun started to set over the beautiful St. Louis skyline. We scurried back to the car for pregame session number 2. After a few quick tastey beverages we were back and ready for the nights main event.
There was a impressive turn out for the the show and we made it right in time. I hurried us through the crowd to a nice spot. When I felt like we had a good enough spot to watch the show we settled in. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this older man hand these kids a hundred dollar bill. Being as curious as I am I had to ask ” why did you give those kids $100″ and he told me for 3 beers and a piece of chicken. Interesting I thought to myself. After commenting on his t-shirt he said if I could name all 3 members of the band Cream he would give me $100. Long story short, I did not answer correctly, I did however recieve one of his $33 beers as a runner up prize.
That left only minutes before Steve Miller and his band took the stage. They came out rocking the classic “Swingtown”. That got the crowd into it and everyone was enjoying the awesome music and weather under the arch.
His band was quite into the performance as well and did a great job entertaining the large crowd that had gathered below the St. Louis Arch.
They ventured through decades of hits . ” Serenade ” has always been one of my favorite songs from the group and that was on the setlist shortly after the sun finally went down for the night.
After playing a bit longer than a hour they closed the set on a song everyone knows ” The Joker ” . The crowd was left charged and wanting more.
The show was not completely over yet. We still had fireworks to watch. So my girlfriend and I sat on the bank of the river and watched a impressive firework show.
It was a nice way to end a great night. Steve Miller rocks and if you get the chance do yourself a favor and check it out. With my next adventure in less than 6 hours I need sleep…… till next time.