New York, NY: Legendary rock icon Steve Miller will celebrate the release of the highly anticipated new album BINGO! by sharing the stage with longtime friend Kenny Chesney on CMT’s hit show CROSSROADS. Performing each other’s songs and sharing stories on the popular series, the two icons filmed the show in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The show will air Friday, July 9th at 10pm/9pm central. Songs featured in the hour long episode will include Miller’s classics such as “The Joker” and “Abracadabra,” as well as “You Got Me Dizzy” from the new album BINGO! The performance will also include Chesney hits “Living In Fast Forward and “I Go Back.”
“From the first time Kenny invited me to play with him in San Francisco at AT&T Park, until this minute he has been a refreshing and wonderful friend,” Miller said. “I love the way he conducts himself, treats his band, crew, fans, and friends. Artists this busy barely have time for saying hello, yet Kenny takes the time to get to know you and shares himself. That is a very rare and endearing quality. He is a great performer, a great writer, and a great guy to roll with. He’s the real deal.”
Fans can also expect to see Miller on NBC’s Weekend TODAY Show as the show follows the band on their U.S. tour. Miller will show anchor Lester Holt the rules of the road and they will chat about his new album. The Today Show will also get to see an exciting new set design by acclaimed Broadway director Rob Roth.
Released on Miller’s new label Space Cowboy Records in partnership with Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records, BINGO! is in stores now. BINGO! was recorded at film producer George Lucas’ infamous studios at Skywalker Ranch. A true return to Miller’s roots, BINGO! echoes his early years in the Chicago music scene and features carefully chosen and crafted tracks performed in distinctive Steve Miller Band fashion.
Rolling Stone magazine calls BINGO! “a return to his blues roots with the slick party pop vibe of his classics The Joker and Fly Like an Eagle.” Miller is also gracing the covers of Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines talking about BINGO! and the upcoming summer tour. He also showcases his new set and extensive guitar collection. Fans can hear Steve Miller discuss his new album on syndicated radio specials, Rockline, Nights With Alice Cooper, Greg Kihn and In The Studio.
The album is co-produced by Miller and engineer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix). The sessions introduced new band member Sonny Charles, a veteran vocalist of the Checkmates, who will join Miller on the road this summer. These were the final sessions by harmonica player and vocalist Norton Buffalo, Miller’s “partner in harmony” for 33 years, who died of cancer in October 2009.
BINGO! will be released in 2 formats: a 10-track digipack CD and a special edition with 4 bonus tracks and expanded artwork. The album’s artwork is a creation by the legendary Storm Thorgerson, whose album packages for Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd are the gold standard in artistic design. The album is a fully realized mature work of a master craftsman. In a sense, BINGO! is the album Steve Miller has been waiting all his life to make.
Having sold more than 30 million records, The Steve Miller Band’s trademark sound is a mainstay of rock radio. His yearly summer tour extravaganza has become an anticipated annual event for millions of rock fans playing 60 or more shows every year. He is the Gangster of Love. Some people call him Maurice, the Midnight Toker or the Space Cowboy. And with BINGO!, a masterpiece album by one of the greats, Steve Miller shows he still speaks of the “pompitus” of love.
Confirmed Steve Miller Band North American tour dates:
June 30 – Molson Amphitheater – Toronto, Ontario
July 2 – DTE Energy Music Center – Clarkston, MI
July 3 – Taste of Chicago – Chicago, IL
July 5 – DE Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, QC
July 9 – Pechanga Resort – Temecula, CA
July 10 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
July 11 – Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA
July 14 – Chateau Ste Michelle Amp – Woodinville, WA
July 15 – Edgefield Amp – Troutdale, OR
July 16 – Les Schwab Amp – Bend, OR
July 17 – Raley Field – Sacramento, CA
July 24 – PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
July 25 – Churchill Downs Fest – Louisville, KY
July 27 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA
July 29 – Biltmore Estate – Ashville, NC
July 30 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Alpharetta, GA
July 31 – Amphitheater at the Warf – Orange Beach, AL
August 10 – Wisconsin State Fair – West Allis, WI
August 12 – Eagle River Pavilion – Boise, ID
August 14 – Mile High Music Fest – Denver, CO
Sept 17 – Fender Center Museum – Corona, CA
Sept 18 – Verizon Amphitheater – Irvine, CA
Sept 22 – Oracle Open World Fest – San Francisco, CA
Oct 2 – Sun Life Stadium – Miami, FL