Journey/Steve Miller Band

I saw this show at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 22nd, 2014, my second time seeing Journey and first seeing Steve Miller Band.  I greatly enjoyed the show and hope everyone enjoys my review.

Synopsis

I bought tickets for this show back in December, so the anticipation for this show truly was a long time coming.  Additionally, the Susquehanna Bank Center is one of my favorite venues.  Though it is not located in the best of areas, the venue is very well maintained, and I just love the setup of it.  The only real problem there is the parking, which always seems to be a pain.

Opening Act: Tower of Power

Due to the parking situation, I only caught the tail end of their set.  They were entertaining, but I did not find them to be too extraordinary.

Steve Miller Band

As the founding father of the band and its only original member, Steve Miller led the band through a strong set.  Though I am not the biggest fan of the Steve Miller Band, they really grooved throughout the show, and I thoroughly enjoyed their set.  Towards the end of the set, they let loose these giant balloons, which were a lot of fun for the crowd, but I feel that it took away from the music a bit.  Additionally, the encore song of “Fly Like an Eagle” was drawn out way too long.  It seemed like it was never going to end – they might as well have played another song!  All-in-all, it was an enjoyable set, but it was clear that majority of the crowd could not wait for Journey to hit the stage.

Setlist via setlist.fm: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/steve-miller-band/2014/susquehanna-bank-center-camden-nj-73c04afd.html

Journey

Let’s put one thing straight at the start: I understand singer Arnel Pineda is not the Steve Perry that everyone knows and loves, but he does a damn good job.  The band really has a great level of cohesion – it really seems like they have been playing these songs from the beginning.  I wish they had a curtain that dropped at the start of their set like the Steve Miller Band did – something about curtains that, to me, really adds to the excitement of the beginning of a show.  Journey went through a blistering set that kept everyone in the crowd on their feet for the majority of the performance.  Some lesser known tracks and one cut from one of the albums with Arnel Pineda were played, and while they sounded great to me, the audience seemed a bit less than thrilled.  Despite this, the performance was certainly incredible.  “Don’t Stop Believin” got the amazing crowd response that it surely gets every night.  What a classic.  Journey proved that they really still are carrying on strong.

Setlist via setlist.fm: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/journey/2014/susquehanna-bank-center-camden-nj-6bc04afe.html

What a great double-billing!

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