The Steve Miller Band will launch a 37-city North American tour on May 24 in West Palm Beach, FL. Joe Cocker has signed on...

The Steve Miller Band will launch a 37-city North American tour on May 24 in West Palm Beach, FL. Joe Cocker has signed on as the supporting act for the tour, which will conclude Aug. 17 in Murphys, CA. The Miller band just sold out three shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco in under an hour.

One of the cornerstones of classic rock, the Steve Miller Band has sold a cumulative 25 million albums since Capitol Records released its debut album, “Children of the Future,” in 1968. A series of Top 40 albums followed, and 1973’s “The Joker” reached #2 on the Billboard 200 while its title track was a #1 single. “Fly Like An Eagle,” with four Top 40 singles including the #1 hit “Rockin’ Me,” was released in 1976. Now quadruple platinum, it is the band’s top-selling studio album. “Book of Dreams” (1977) was a massive success as well. In 1978, Capitol released “Greatest Hits: 1974-78,” which is currently certified platinum 13 times.

The hits continued — including “Abracadabra” (from the album of the same name), which was the #1 selling single in 1983, and “I Want to Make the World Turn Around,” from “Living in the 20th Century,” which topped the AC singles chart for five weeks. In 2003, Capitol released a comprehensive collection: “Young Hearts — Complete Greatest Hits,” which traced the Steve Miller Band’s 35-year affiliation with the label.

On May 20, Coming Home Media will release “Live From Chicago,” the Steve Miller Band’s first-ever DVD release. The DVD captures the band’s 2007 two-night stand at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival in 5.1 Surround Sound and state-of-the-art high definition. In conjunction with the release, PBS will broadcast “Live From Chicago” during June.

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Steve Miller Band — 2008 North American Summer Tour:

5/24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
5/25 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheater
5/26 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
5/29 Oklahoma City, OK The Zoo
5/30 Dallas, TX Superpages Center
5/31 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6/1 Austin, TX The Backyard
6/26 Muskegon, MI Summer Celebration
6/27 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Theater
6/28 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Center
6/29 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
7/2 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater
7/3 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
7/5 Chicago, IL Jason Wright
7/6 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
7/11 Long Island, NY Jones Beach
7/12 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
7/13 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center
7/15 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
7/17 Washington, DC Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/18 Foxwoods, CT MGM Grand @ Foxwoods
7/19 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
7/20 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Center
7/30 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
7/31 Denver, CO Red Rocks
8/2 Seattle, WA The Gorge
8/3 Medford, OR Lithia Motors Amphitheater
8/6 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theatre
8/7 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8/8 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
8/9 Las Vegas, NV Orleans Arena
8/15 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
8/16 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
8/17 Murphys, CA Ironstone

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