Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: June 22, 2013
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
$58.65 & $101.65
After first tasting success as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s.
Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller. After joining Miller's group the Marksmen as a vocalist in 1959, the pair later attended the University of Wisconsin together, playing in blues bands.
In 1963 Scaggs returned to Dallas, fronting a short-lived R&B group called the Wigs.
Scaggs then traveled to Europe, singing on street corners. In Sweden, he recorded a failed solo LP, 1965's "Boz," before returning to the U.S. two years later. Upon settling in San Francisco, he reunited with Miller, joining the Steve Miller Band. After recording two albums with the group, Scaggs left in 1968 to pursue a solo career.
After signing to Columbia Records, Scaggs teamed with producer Glyn Johns to record 1971's "Moments" a blend of rock and R&B, which failed to make much of an impression on the charts.
Scaggs remained a critics' favorite over the course of time with LPs like 1972's "My Time" and 1974's "Slow Dancer," but he did not achieve a commercial breakthrough until 1976's "Silk Degrees," which reached No. 2 on the album charts while spawning the hit single "Lowdown," as well as the smash "Lido Shuffle." The 1977 album "Down Two Then Left" was also a success and 1980's "Middle Man" reached the Top 10 on the strength of the singles "Breakdown Dead Ahead" and "Jo Jo."
Scaggs spent much of the 1980s in retirement, owning and operating a San Francisco nightclub. In 1988 he resurfaced with the album "Other Roads," followed three years later by a tour with Donald Fagen's Rock and Soul Revue. The solo record "Some Change" appeared in 1994, with "Come on Home" released in 1997 and "Fade into Light" in 1999.
Scaggs' hasn't slowed down and has released "Dig," and "The Lost Concert" in 2001, "But Beautiful" and "Here's the Low Down" in 2003, and "Greatest Hits Live" in 2004." His latest album, the experimental "Speak Low," was released in 2008.
Scaggs tours each summer, but in 2008 he began an expanded tour across the U.S. In 2010, he began touring with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald in a band they called The Dukes of September. His latest album, "MEMPHIS," came out in March.