On sat night, July 26, 2014 three of the best artists to come out of the Bay in the last 40 years graced the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View Calif. Co-headlined by the ballad signing Journey (fronted by Arnel Pineda) and “The Joker” Steve Miller Band with support from Tower of Power, this classic trio of tune makers had the Shoreline jumping all night long.
Starting the night off at 6:45 sharp, was the soul band from Oakland “Tower of Power.” With their powerful horn section and the perfect pitch of their newest vocalist Ray Greene, Tower of Power had the audience popping out of their seats, and dancing around as the sun started to lower. Playing a collection of hits from their illustrious career, ToP ended their set with a surprise showing of Journey’s Neal Schon for “What is Hip?”
After Tower of Power left the stage, a black curtain with a giant Pegasus emblem in the middle, dropped down to cover the visibility of the stage. As the whole audience cheered with anticipation, it was clear that Steve Miller Band was up next. With “The Joker” having it’s 40th anniversary, Steve Miller was joined on stage for “The Joker” by Ray Greene, and then shortly after by Neal Schon for “In The Winter Time.” Always one to joke around with his fans, Steve put on a green dollar store mask for the start of “Space Cowboy,” and then promptly removed it. At the end of Steve Miller’s set, giant balloons were dropped from the ceiling during “Keep On Rocking Me Baby” and then the master songwriter himself started chanting “Peace, Love, Happiness” right before he stepped off stage.
Ready to close the night with a bang, was Bay Area natives (aside from Arnel) Journey. Armed to the teeth with a host of classics as well as a handful of “new songs” Journey, put on a typically great show from a group of veteran rockers. Arnel Pineda, (who took over vocals back in 2007) seemed a little nervous/sick, as he was sweating heavily and missing key lyrics during the first few songs of their set. However, he was able to pull it together by the halfway mark. Pineda, took numerous breaks from the spotlight, and allowed additional members of the band to shine. Some of these special moments included Schon, playing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, and being joined on stage by Tower of Power for “Faithfully”. Journey closed their official set with “Don’t Stop Believin'” and then after completely trashing the Shoreline with confetti, they were joined on stage with all of Tower of Power, and Steve Miller once again for “Lovin’, Touchin’ Squeezin'”