Steve Miller Band, NPR quiz show 'Wait, Wait ' added to Tanglewood summer lineup


LENOX -- The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced bookings of the Steve Miller Band and a broadcast of the popular NPR quiz show -- "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" -- as part of a rapidly expanding slate of non-classical music attractions at Tanglewood this summer.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 19 for the Steve Miller Band ($25.50 to $79.50), performing on Monday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in the Shed, and for the Thursday, Aug. 29, taping of the NPR quiz show to be aired at a later date ($21 to $120). The tickets will be available at or by phone at 888-266-1200.

Over more than 40 years, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million recordings. Its classic rock hits include "Fly Like an Eagle," "The Joker" and "Take the Money and Run." The group is touring Australia and New Zealand later this year.

Miller released two new albums recently, the blues hit "Bingo" in 2010 and "Let Your Hair Down" in 2011. The recordings followed an 18-year gap in the group's studio activities. Miller toured Europe last year, headlined the public TV show "Austin City Limits" in 2011 and performed with country star Kenny Chesney in 2010.

The quiz show, based in Chicago and hosted by Peter Sagal, airs on more than 600 public radio stations nationwide, including WAMC in Albany, N.Y., and WFCR in Amherst, and reaches an estimated weekly audience of 3.2 million. It scores more than 1 million podcast downloads monthly.

A winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for broadcasting, the hour-long show, which began in 1998 and is now aired at various times on weekends, combines humor with a challenging quiz based on recent news events, with listeners calling in to try their luck. Scorekeeper and Official Judge is Carl Kasell of NPR News. Winners of the contest can receive a customized recording of his voice for their answering machines.

Well-known guest panelists include comedian Paula Poundstone and authors P.J. O'Rourke and Roy Blount, Jr.

In addition to the core eight-week classical season of the BSO from July 5-Aug. 25 and an array of guest performers at Ozawa Hall, the BSO previously announced a record five-concert slate by the Boston Pops, including a Jerry Garcia symphonic tribute and evenings starring country singer Vince Gill and Broadway-pop standard specialist Michael Feinstein.

Popular Artists bookings include Jackson Browne on July 4 and Melissa Etheridge on June 21. More are expected, BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe told The Eagle last week -- the populist thrust of the summer schedule is designed not only to meet public demand but also to help plug the gap caused by James Taylor's absence from the touring scene this year while he composes new material for an upcoming album.

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