Rock Talk With Carter: Steve Miller Band’s 1972 Show at The ‘Aquarius’, AKA The Orpheum Theatre

by Alisha Jackson

In 1915, Loew’s Theatres acquired Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, and turned into a vaudeville/movie theater. The venue served as a movie theatre until January 31st of 1971 and reopened as a live music venue called the “Aquarius” on May 27th of that year.

In 1974, the venue took back its old name, but on November 3rd of 1972, the Steve Miller Band, and tons of other bands who rocked their way through Boston at the time, technically played the Aquarius Theatre. By this time, SMB had released seven albums, but it wasn’t until 1973 that The Joker album would come out.

Did you know that Steve Miller came up with all of the lyrical and musical ideas for The Joker when he was sick in bed recovering from Hepatitis at his parents’ house? Pretty wild. Hear the whole story in Carter’s Rock Talk video above!

Tickets are still available for Steve Miller Band’s show at the Lynn Auditorium this Sunday, November 6th. Click here to get yours!


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