Review: Journey & Steve Miller Band deliver timeless performance

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda - Photo courtesy Ron Short

Journey frontman Arnel Pineda – Photo courtesy Ron Short

There are bands that continue touring well past their prime, and then there are acts like  Journey and The Steve Miller Band, musical groups who stand the test of time, delivering powerhouse performances packed with screaming fans of all ages and classic hit songs.

Journey is a timeless group that will likely live on for generations long after they stop touring. With monumental hits that are still covered around the globe and have appeared on the soundtracks of hit television shows like “Glee,” this legendary act is tough to ignore.

It was truly a night of greatest hits for Journey. They came out, guitars blazing, with “Be Good to Yourself” to a crowd that erupted into a sing-along. Keeping the momentum with “Separate Ways” and right into “Any Way You Want It” – Journey was ready to party!

Journey's energetic frontman Arnel Pineda - Photo Courtesy Ron Short

Journey’s energetic frontman Arnel Pineda – Photo Courtesy Ron Short

Journey continued with a couple of  their slower, more emotional numbers including “Open Arms” and “Faithfully” but returned to their rock n’ roll roots at the end of the show, performing some of their most iconic songs like  “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’”.

Journey’s fanbase spans generations. The crowd ranged in age from teens to senior citizens. Entire families came to the show to celebrate their love of music that’s touched so many lives.

While the Steve Miller Band may have opened for Journey, they were in no way secondary in performance. While they didn’t run across the stage doing kicks like Journey frontman Arnel Pineda, these guys delivered a stellar performance.

The Steve Miller Band - Photo Courtesy Ron Short

The Steve Miller Band – Photo Courtesy Ron Short

The Steve Miller Band doesn’t need flashy sets to rock, and their stage set reflected this. The band performed on a simple stage featuring two giant, metal Pegasuses and, later in the show, a few backdrop changes.

Fans went wild as the band played all their favorites from “Jungle Love” and “Swingtown” to “Jet Airliner”. Of course,“The Joker” elicited the largest response from the crowd. The show was simple but very engaging and a was overall a fantastic performance. They closed their act by launching giant balloons into the audience.

Kicking off the show was Tower of Power, a relatively unknown R&B / horn group with a great sound. Together since 1968, the group is well-known on the west coast for their funky sound and powerful horn section. However, Pittsburgh fans seemed oblivious to their talent as many sat and chatted during their performance. Attempts from the band to get the crowd on their feet failed, which was a little disappointing. They obviously tried their best and musically, they were great, if perhaps a little off for a Pittsburgh Journey / Steve Miller Band fan base.


Review by Hayley Martin for Pennsylvania Bridges

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