Thread: Steve Miller and Peter Frampton do Otis Rush

robslob - 8/17/2017 at 04:34 AM

Without a doubt one of the highlights of the Steve Miller/Peter Frampton/Night Ranger show @ Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 12th was Frampton coming out with Miller to do a 15 or 20 minute straight blues segment. Listening to Miller run through all of his hits bored me to tears to be honest. Fine for the first 1/2 hour, but then.............

But Miller somewhat redeemed himself in my eyes by proving that he is NO joke as a serious blues musician. Not that anyone should really be surprised.............he was making some great blues music with Boz Scaggs in his band as far back as the late 60's/early 70's. The youtube I've included here is an Otis Rush tune.

Night Ranger proved in a blistering 45 minute set that they are a skilled and energetic live rock and roll band, the highlight of their set easily being a simply rousing "High Enough" from the Damn Yankees first record (Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades was a DY member).

Peter Frampton was Peter Frampton, a really, really STUNNING one hour 20 minute set. WHAT a guitar player, and he played a jaw dropping menagerie of styles. Want to pick up a GREAT Peter Frampton record which you may not even be aware of? "Fingerprints", 2007. It won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. It certainly deserved it. Frampton did Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" which he did, instrumentally, on Fingerprints. I would also recommend "Frampton" (all black cover) from the mid-70's which contains the original studio versions of most of his big hits. "Frampton" was recorded in an English castle and has a very sparse sound, heavy on unplugged. I love both of those records.

Makes me wonder why I waited 40 years to see Frampton again........the last time was mid-70's, Frampton Comes Alive era.
I'd see him again ANY TIME. I've got Black Hole Sun on video once I get it up to youtube.

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mikesolo - 8/17/2017 at 12:17 PM

It's funny your opinion of Steve Miller - very similar to mine from many years ago - he came out and played 3 solo acoustic blues numbers and I was like, hey this could be good - all downhill from there with a set of Vegas lounge lizard jazz followed by the hits singalong set. I put it up there with 'Worst Shows Ever" for me.

One of my favorite all-time sit-ins with the ABB at The Beacon was Frampton. He was one of the few that not only held his own but added to the jams - it was great!

No comment on Night Ranger.

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MuleMe - 8/17/2017 at 03:00 PM

If you want some great Steve Miller blues check out his last two studio CDs
"Bingo!" and "Let Your Hair Down"
These are a collection of his favorite blues players and tunes.
Also the last recordings of Norton Buffalo on harp.
No pop rock here....just great guitar, old time blues from a guy who has played
with some of the legends.

KCJimmy - 8/17/2017 at 03:09 PM

Steve Miller - Awesome Blues from 1971. Reminds me ALOT of our favorite Band.

MuleMe - 8/17/2017 at 06:58 PM

Steve Miller Band....latest studio CDs

Bingo! (2010)

1."Hey Yeah" (Paul Henry Ray, Jimmie Vaughan)
2."Who's Been Talkin'?" (Chester Burnett)
3."Don't Cha Know" (Vaughan)
4."Rock Me Baby" (Joe Josea, B.B. King)
5."Tramp" (Lowell Fulson, Jimmy McCracklin)
6."Sweet Soul Vibe" (Nile Rodgers, Vaughan)
7."Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)" (Earl King)
8."All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" (Otis Rush)
9."You Got Me Dizzy" (Jimmy Reed, Ewart G. Abner Jr.)
10."Ooh Poo Pah Doo" (Jessie Hill)
11."Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" (Reed)
12."Further on Up the Road" (Don D. Robey, Joe M. Veasey)
13."Look on Yonder Wall" (Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn)
14."Drivin' Wheel" (Roosevelt Sykes)

Let Your Hair Down (2011)

1."Snatch It Back and Hold It" (Amos Blakemore, Buddy Guy)
2."I Got Love If You Want It" (James H. Moore)
3."Just a Little Bit" (Ralph Bass, Columbus Perry, John Thornton, Earl E. Washington)
4."Close Together" (Jimmy Reed)
5."No More Doggin'" (Rosco Gordon, Jules Taub)
6."Pretty Thing" (Willie Dixon)
7."Can't Be Satisfied" (Muddy Waters)
8."Sweet Home Chicago" (Robert Johnson)
9."Love the Life I Live" (Dixon)
10."The Walk" (Jimmy McCracklin)
11."When Things Go Wrong (It Hurts Me Too)" (Mel London)
12."I Ain't Got You" (Calvin Carter)
13."Tell Me What's the Reason" (Florence Cadrez)
14."Driftin's Blues" (Charles Brown, Eddie Williams, Johnny Moore)

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MuleMe - 8/17/2017 at 07:28 PM

Steve Miller: The Blues Triangle
Memphis, Texas, and Chicago

Dec 1 & 2 - 8:00 pm
Rose Theater, NYC

Renowned blues-rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller returns to Rose Theater for a journey through the Blues Triangle. Having learned his first chords at age five from his godfather Les Paul, how to play lead guitar from T-Bone Walker at age nine, and then working with the best bluesmen in Chicago Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, and Paul Butterfield Miller has a serious affinity for the blues. In this program, he will explore music from three essential blues hubs: Memphis, Texas, and Chicago.

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mikesolo - 8/18/2017 at 03:04 AM

Thanks for posting the info on the NYC shows. I quick listened to some of the tracks on the CD's you suggested and I get a bit of the very technically proficient blues playing (like Clapton) but missing some spark or blues from the soul feeling. I know he learned from the masters, and he is a very talented guitarist, but something is missing to my blues ears (I have seen many of the well known and less well known blues greats over the years). It is a personal taste thing for sure, but not quite the style of blues for me. I'd rather see someone like a John Primer in a small, dirty Chicago club than Steve Miller at a pristine Lincoln Center. I'd highly recommend a researched in advance good music weekend in Chicago, hitting the likes of B.L.U.E.S or Kingston Mines for the blues. We used to have a great blues club here in the city, Manny's Car Wash, but it is long gone. The only real local choice left here is Terra Blues which still gets some top blues talent. A bit of a rant, but I am passionate about the blues :-)

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