Steve Miller & The Roots Perform ‘Fly Like An Eagle’ On ‘Fallon’

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Steve Miller sat for an interview and performed “Fly Like An Eagle” with The Roots on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Miller’s chat with host Jimmy Fallon included a discussion of how Steve came up with the word “pompatus” in the Steve Miller Band hit “The Joker.”

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer appeared on the late-night talk show in support of Welcome To The Vault, a box set due out this Friday, October 11. When Fallon asked Steve about the use of “pompatus,” Miller explained he has no answer. “It’s just a song,” Steve laughingly said of the lyric from “The Joker.” He also spoke about the contents of Welcome To The Vault, his early days, learning from his godfather, Les Paul, and how blues legend T-Bone Walker taught him to play guitar behind his head and do the splits.

Miller ended the episode by teaming with The Roots for “Fly Like An Eagle.” The Steve Miller Band originally released the song as the title track of their 1976 album. Watch the performance and interview clips below:

Fly Like An Eagle

Interview Clip 1 (“Pompatus”)

Interview Clip 2 (Les Paul & T-Bone Walker)

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