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Steve Miller Band
Live From Chicago
Coming Home Media
www.stevemillerband.com


Steve Miller is well known for his role in helping establish the West Coast rock scene back in the '60s and '70s. But this concert DVD returns Miller to the genesis of his musical roots, back when he lived in Chicago and soaked up blues inspiration from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and the like. Although Miller's studio output has been rather sparse of late, his 1988 Born 2B Blue disc was filled with blues covers. So while the concert portion of this DVD/CD set focuses on Miller's pop/rock staples, its extra features help give perspective as to why Born 2B Blue was such a meaningful backwards glance for the singer/guitarist.

During an illuminating documentary segment, Miller roams through the streets of his old Chicago neighborhood in a taxicab like a man trying to travel back in time. But except for his visit to the Blues Heaven Foundation, located on the former Chess Records Studio lot, most of the physical evidence of Miller's memories is gone. But while there aren't many visuals to back up his fond memories, it is still fun to hear Miller - although, honestly, not the most excitable guy - recall his days as a young, aspiring guitarist. Miller also explains how he moved to Northern California and helped introduce that region of the country to some of his musical heroes. If what he says is true, Miller is one of the reasons why Chicago blues heavyweights made it onto the bills with popular rock acts at The Fillmore. And that, no doubt, was a significant step in the era's blues revival.

There are also extra interviews with various Chicago Steve Miller fans, which don't shed a whole lot of light on why this singer/songwriter/guitarist has had such strong staying power. Nevertheless, the concert itself answers that question far better. You may not realize the variety in his repertoire until you watch this eclectic set, which ranges from the moody and spiritual "Fly Like An Eagle", to the cool and acoustic "Wild Mountain Honey". Miller also knows how to straight out rock, which he proves via "Jet Airline" and "Living In The USA". Furthermore, "The Joker" is one of the weirdest, most wonderful FM hits of all time. Last, but not least, Miller shows off his blues affections with a smoking version of "Crossroads".

For many, the musician's troubadour life can be a strange journey. Miller, for instance, went from being a blues-loving kid to a "midnight toker" (as the song says) FM star. But most artists, if given the chance, always return to their first loves. And in this case, Miller gets the opportunity to visit the place where it all started. And here, he is indeed in blues heaven.

-Dan MacIntosh

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