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Steve Miller Band

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On August 19, 2021, I received a call asking me if I was available to fill in for the great Gordy Knudtson (Steve's drummer for the previous 33 years), on August 21, 2021, to play a show with the Steve Miller Band, at Jones Beach Amphitheater, in New York. Fortunately, I was available and I'm very grateful to have received the call.

The show was a benefit show called "Never Forget" and was put on by the Tunnel to Towers foundation to benfit, honor and remember the amazing first responders to the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy on its 20th anniversary. The show was filmed for television and was broadcast on 9/11/2021, 20 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks.

Besides the Steve Miller Band, other acts on the show included Journey (who closed the show, right after our appearance), John Fogerty, the Chainsmokers, Ann Wilson, Wyclef Jean, Lee Greenwood, Paul Reiser, Joe Piscopo, Gavin Degraw, an all star band lead by GE Smith and Paul Shaffer, and many others.

All the acts performed abbreviated sets and in our case, we played 5 songs. Unfortunately, due to the time constraints, I had to learn all the songs at home on the 19th, fly to New York on the 20th and then do the show on the 21st without ever having played with Steve himself before we took the stage. I was able to have a 40 minute soundcheck/rehearsal with the rest of the band the night before (on the 20th, not long after I landed in NY), but Steve wasn't able to attend that so I didn't actually meet him in person until about an hour before we played the show! I also had to play the show on the drums that are already integrated into Steve's production since they're configured with internal microphones and already wired up to their front of house and monitor systems, but thankfully, Steve, along with the rest of the band and crew were super helpful and supportive and the show went off without a hitch! Here's a link to the show on YouTube: https://youtu.be/olVKKepwljY?t=9761

After that show, I was asked to join the band and we did two full band shows in early September, 2021. The first of those was in Seattle. Here's a video that someone in the audience put together from that show: https://youtu.be/DZPtZpjdY5M

Plans are in the works for more shows over the next couple of years, as the Covid situation hopefully gets under control and we're able to tour safely. I'll post the dates when I know what they are and hope to see you at one of the shows!

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