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How many cliched phrases can you make with Steve Miller Band hit single titles?

Well, let's see."`The Joker' will `Fly Like an Eagle' while `Living in the U.S.A.' or `Going to the Country."' Or how about "`Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash' if you `Take the Money and Run' on a big ol' `Jet Airliner."' Then we can get into "`Swing-town' is the best place for `Jungle Love' if you don't mind `Rock'n Me."'

You get the message.

The Steve Miller Band will play Franklin Quest Field on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The show will open at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Pat Bena-tar.

Miller is a master of creating hit single jingles. "The Joker," "Rock'n Me" and "Abracadabra" all hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100 charts in 1973, 1976 and 1982, respectively.

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., and raised in Dallas, Texas, Miller was mentored by guitar guru Les Paul. Miller's father was a recording engineer and introduced his son to such blues guitar heroes as T-Bone Walker and Jimmy Reed.

At 15, Miller formed the Ardells, later known as the Fabulous Night Trains, that featured Boz Skaggs. In 1966, Miller moved to San Francisco, where he formed the Steve Miller Band.

- Grammy winner Benatar has more than six platinum and four gold albums to her name.

She hit the scene in 1979 with her debut "In the Heat of the Night," which spawned the hits "Heartbreaker," "We Live for Love" and "You Better Run," a remake of the Young Rascals 1966 hit.

By 1980, Benatar already had rock radio pounding at her door when "Crimes of Passion" was released. The single "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" reached No. 9 on the singles chart while "Crimes . . . " hit No. 2 on the album charts.

In 1981, Benatar won the first of her four Grammys for Best Rock Vocal Performance Female. She did the same thing in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

Other singles during Benatar's career include "Fire and Ice," "Promises In the Dark," "Shadows of the Night," "Little Too Late," "Love Is a Battlefield" and "We Belong."

By the end of the '80s, Benatar was still pulling out the hits with "Invincible," "Sex As a Weapon" and "Le Bel Age."

While some '80s artists found themselves in limbo with the new techno sound emerging from the clubs of the underground, Benetar released the album "Gravity's Rainbow," which featured "Everybody Lay Down" and "Crazy." And though it appeared activity in the Benatar camp was quiet, the band toured Japan and Australia just before embarking on the "Can't Stop Rockin' Tour" with REO Speedwagon and Fleetwood Mac.

In preparation for the upcoming gig with Miller, Benatar and her guitar-swinging husband Neil Giraldo have been recording new songs for her forthcoming album "Innamorata."