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Steve Miller Releases 40th Anniversary Live Version Of 'The Joker' Album
Friday, May 16, 2014
Steve Miller Releases 40th Anniversary Live Version Of 'The Joker' Album
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Steve Miller Band’s The Joker collection, Miller has released digital live versions of every song on the album, according to Rolling Stone. Miller, who's issued the tracks via iTunes and Amazon.com, spoke about the tracks, saying, "When several friends and colleagues reminded me that it was the 40th birthday of The Joker album, I smiled -- and started playing the whole album’s songs live again. And at the end of the last tour realized we had a great new record that we wanted to share with our fans. We hope you like it as much as we did playing and recording it."
 
Highlighhts on the set include the title track, "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma," "Come On In My Kitchen," "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash," and "Evil," among others.
 
Although the new live version of The Joker is being released digitally, Steve Miller told us that it’s hardly his favorite medium for listening to music: "I prefer to listen to music on vinyl. And when digital first showed up. I thought it was really great, ‘cause it was cleaner and there wasn’t tape hiss, and there wasn’t the crackily sound of the vinyl records. And I was over at a musicologist’s house -- a guy that had 10,000 singles. We sat around four about two hours listening to old 45’s -- the worst vinyl there is. Then, we were looking for one song, and he said, ‘Well, I don’t have it on vinyl, I have it on CD' and we put the CD on and it was, like, thin and transparent compared to the vinyl. So, vinyl’s like a really juicy steak." 
 
May 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl 
May 18 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion 
May 20 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheatre
May 22 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
May 23 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 25 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion 
May 27 - Pelham, AL - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 
May 29 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 
May 30 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre At Lakewood
June 1 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
June 10 - Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
June 11 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
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June 19 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
June 21 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
June 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
June 24 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 25 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center 
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June 28 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
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July 8 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
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July 12 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
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