HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOB SEGER!!!

May 16 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion

May 6, 2019
Bob Seger performs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Happy Birthday to Bob Seger who turns 74 today (May 6th)!!! Seger's fall 2017 tour in support of his latest album, I Knew You When, was cut short by complications from a ruptured disc. Last September, Seger announced that his then-upcoming dates would constitute the beginning of his and the Silver Bullet Band's farewell tour. Seger had a string of shows booked for this year to make up for the concerts postponed after he was forced off the road for back surgery, but the Rock and Roll and Songwriter Hall of Famer decided to tag on more shows and wind down his 50-plus stage career.

Seger will close out the tour next month over six nights with a hometown run at Clarkston, Michigan's DTE Energy Music Theatre. DTE is 40 miles outside of Detroit and the city's main live outdoor venue, best known for years as "Pine Knob."

During a November 2017 chat with Rolling Stone, Bob Seger was asked if he ever thought he'd still be making music at this point in his life. Seger answered: "God, no. I thought I'd be done by 30. My original plan was to do it for five years between the age of 25 and 30 and then buy a motorcycle and drive across Europe, and then get a real job. It didn't work out that way. The more you do it, I guess, the more you love it."

That same month, Seger released his 19th studio set, I Knew You When. The album followed 2014's Top Three hit, Ride Out. I Knew You When came in a standard edition and deluxe version featuring three bonus tracks, which include Seger's tribute to his dear friend, late-Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey on "Glenn's Song," along with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Democracy." Although most of the new songs are Seger originals, he chose a cover of Lou Reed's "Busload Of Faith" to serve as the album's lead single.

We asked Bob Seger if while creating the running order for a new album songs get tossed aside because they're not commercial enough: ["Not at my age. What it is is just a good song. Bottom line. As good a song as I can write, and if anything’s on the bubble of being an average song: it’s gone. Sometimes I’ll write a song that I can’t really sing, and it’ll get eliminated in that regard, ‘cause my range is not as wide as it used to be. Or, it may not make it through the studio process. Y’know, it might be that it’s a really good song, but I don’t like the way the studio band did it, or something. It’s all different things -- but it’s mostly gut.”] 

Bob Seger told us that although his life on the road is winding down -- he'll never stop creating new music: ["I would remain writing songs, I don't know about recording, y'know? I think I'd write for other people. The recording takes a lot more time than the writing, y'know? And I think I could better use my time writing and turning them over to someone else."] 

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tour dates (subject to change):
May 10 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum
May 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place Amphitheater
May 16 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
May 18 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater At Virginia Beach
May 25 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
May 30 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health At Jones Beach Theater
June 1 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
June 6, 8, 12, 14, 19, 21 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre

CHECK IT OUT: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band in 1978 performing "Still The Same" live in San Diego:

 

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