Friday, March 9, 2012


‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and ‘Jet Airliner’ among classic hits by Wisconsin native’s group

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (March 8, 2012) — The Steve Miller Band, which has been rocking audiences for two generations, will bring its high-energy show to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday, July 23, for the popular opening night concert, presented by Ford Motor Company.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., following the opening day’s air show, and is included with AirVenture admission for that day. The 60th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” is July 23-29.

Steve Miller, a Wisconsin native, founded the band in San Francisco in the mid-1960s and first hit the charts big time in 1973 with the No. 1 hit “The Joker.” Since then, his group has sold more than 30 million records featuring such unforgettable hits as “Fly Like an Eagle,” the No. 1 hit “Rock’n Me,” and “Jet Airliner.” The band’s songs remain staples on classic rock radio, even as Miller has continued to expand his musical horizons with highly regarded blues and jazz albums.

“In less than a decade, the opening night concert at EAA AirVenture has become such a staple that one of the most common questions we receive all year is, ‘Who’s playing opening night at Oshkosh?’” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. “The Steve Miller Band will put on a great show on July 23, and thanks to the support of Ford Motor Company, will get the week off to a tremendous start.”

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The opening day concert at EAA AirVenture, along with Ford Motor Company’s support of the nightly Fly-In Theater, is among the experiences embraced by Ford and EAA to enhance the annual EAA AirVenture convention. Ford will again construct a unique one-of-a-kind vehicle up for auction at the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser during AirVenture, plus support a raffle vehicle. These annual actions have generated more than $1.5 million for Young Eagles. Ford also offers exclusive discounts on Ford Motor Company vehicles for EAA members.

“Ford is proud to be part of EAA AirVenture for more than a decade,” said Kevin Keling, Ford Corporate Events Manager. “We’re pleased to build and expand relationships with EAA members and AirVenture attendees. We’re very happy to support EAA and this great event in a variety of ways, including bringing top entertainment such as the Steve Miller Band to ‘The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration’.”

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at

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