Steve Miller Disses U.S. Audiences: "They Want to Party and Take Pictures for Facebook"

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Maria Vassett

On May 18, classic rockers the Steve Miller Band, Journey, and Tower of Power will join forces for a summer tour. Last week, Miller, along with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain -- both original Journey members -- participated in a lengthy conference call to talk about all kinds of stuff, from their respective histories to what they've been up to lately and what attendees can expect from the shows.

Schon talked solo for about an hour, addressing a popular subject of the last couple years -- Arnel Pineda -- and if it is still hard for longtime fans to accept a Steve Perry-less Journey. For those out of the Journey loop, Pineda is the Filipino singer-songwriter who captured the band's attention via his You Tube videos, getting him an audition with the band and subsequently the front man position held for many years by Steve Perry. Schon assured everyone that Arnel is continuing to wow fans: "He is a hell of a performer and he brings a lot to the table. His first show with us was an audition -- a do or die situation -- and the audience just went with him. He got out there into the audience. We didn't know he had that energy in him. He brings a lot."

Their collaboration is extending outside of the Journey realm, too -- the singer is working with Schon on a cover of the Police's "Synchronicity II" for a multi-artist release to benefit child slavery. Schon also notes that the band is moving into the future with Pineda and that he gets that some folks will always live in the past. He just doesn't have much time for fans still pining for Perry.

"If people don't like us for who we are right now, don't bother. Find your new love," he says.

Schon says the tour will be a combination of those beloved classics, a la "Don't Stop Believin'," and some new stuff, too. He says the audiences have been seeing a lot of younger folks and generally range from ages 7-70. He also says not to be surprised if any of the bands team up for some live jamming during the tour.

"I have opened for Steve and Ross [Valory, original Journey bassist] has played with Steve, so who knows what will happen. I'd love to play with Tower, too."

As far as checking out new music, Schon thinks Jack White is the best thing "modern rock" has going on.


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klieweraz
klieweraz

I don't care if people want to spend the whole time taking pics or vids. Its their money and experience. I just prefer to listen and watch with my own eyes and ears.

Glen Potts
Glen Potts

Steve Miller Band is over rated. They are horrible songwriters and worse musicians.

Michael James
Michael James

I was at a concert and there were so many people filming on their phones. They should just sit back and enjoy the concert. The quality of their videos suck. It's funny to go home after a concert and do a YouTube search and videos are already posted. I blame the venues, they could stop all of it if they wanted. I can't even take my old 2meg digital camera to a venue because it's a digital camera, but people can take pictures with their 8meg phones.

Zander Buel
Zander Buel

So edgy. He's practically the successor to Rosa Parks.

Richard Garrison
Richard Garrison

Obviously this guy has been living under a rock for a while.

Lisa Fogel
Lisa Fogel

I found it annoying how everyone around me at the Heart concert was snapping pictures and trying to sneak in video. The quality of the photo is not that great, but getting one or two as a souvenir is fine. However, the people in front of me constantly had their phones in the air, blocking my view. I thought they were missing out from experiencing the show in the moment.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I recently went to a concert. Shot pics all night, recorded a couple of songs and the musician welcomed it.

Jason Caflin
Jason Caflin

some people do that. i've done it for individual songs sometimes, but not a whole show. not sure why anyone cares what others do anyway.

Jason Caflin
Jason Caflin

exactly. i saw him 20 years ago when he was old. the concert SUCKED big time. 1996 Desert Sky Pavillion or whatever the hell it's called now.

Jason Caflin
Jason Caflin

yeah, cuz Americans don't go to concerts to hear music, just take pictures? that's dumb, but expected from a 70 year old baby boomer who thinks his time was better than everyone else's. typical. baby boomers can be quite irritating when it comes to that. so what, you lived in the 60s. i grew up in the 80s and I just don't give a shit whose time was better. I only have RIGHT NOW to be concerned with.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Steve Miller is on the down side of his career. He should just be glad anyone is still watching him on stage.

Joe Turner
Joe Turner

True. Most people would rather watch a performance through their camera than just watch it.

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