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TOUR 2011
 
Toledo, 3/26
 
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Toledo, 3/31
 
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The Silver Bullet Band -- TOUR 2011
Bass: Chris Campbell
Saxophone: Alto Reed
Keyboards: Craig Frost
Drums: Don Brewer
Lead guitar: Mark Chatfield
Guitar, keyboards: Jim Brown
Backup singers: Shaun Murphy, Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton
Motor City Horns: John Rutherford, Mark Byerly, Keith Kaminski, Bob Jensen
Toledo, 3/26/11

Set list: 25 songs. 2 hrs., 15 minutes.

Surprises: Gets Ya Pumpin', It's Your Thing (with Seger offstage), Good for Me (played once last tour.)

New: Downtown Train

Missing: Heavy Music, anything from Face the Promise.

Encore: Same four songs as last tour, generally, but in different order.

Live Tweet Award: Gary Graff was consistently faster, but Adam Graham included the hashtag #Seger, so I'm calling it a draw.

Trivia: From Jim Moose Brown's FB -- "3 hours of sleep, flight to Chicago, flight to Nashville, I'm home! Playing on a Trace Adkins record all day..."

Set list:

TOLEDO, 3/26
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
It's Your Thing -- (Isley Bros. cover w/o Seger)
Gets Ya Pumpin
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

News coverage:

Kirk Baird, Toledo Blade

The 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, class of 2004, made up for lost time with a triumphant tour opener heavy on hits and middle-aged nostalgia. If this 24-city spring tour, which includes another stop in Toledo on Thursday, does prove to be Seger's swan song, he's giving fans a 25-song dream set, including several early-career rockers he told the sold-out crowd he dusted off for the first time in years such as "Her Strut" and "Come to Poppa."

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Gary Graff, The Oakland Press

…as the Detroit rocker opened his highly anticipated spring tour at Toledo's Huntington Center, it was clear Seger remembers how to put on the kind of long and lusty show on which he's staked his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame expectation.

…at two hours and 15 minutes and 25 songs this was no retiring kind of rock show. Rather, it was full-tilt and fired up, an exhaustive exposition whose flaws only made the set seem that much more reckless and youthful -- to the delight of the sold-out crowd of 8,200 that seemed almost equally divided between Michiganders and Ohioans.

Brian McCollum, The Detroit Free Press

Bob Seger showed Saturday night in Toledo that he's still capable of delivering his share of rock 'n' roll glory: With a generous helping of hits and a fun smattering of less-traveled material, Seger and a reliably taut Silver Bullet Band served up a lengthy, confident set.

It wasn't Michigan, but Seger certainly seemed comfortably at home in the relatively intimate environs of the Huntington Center, where his warm and lively heartland rock was heartily welcomed by a sellout crowd of about 8,200.

Adam Graham, The Detroit News

Bob Seger's arms were raised in victory as soon as he hit the stage at the Huntington Center in Toledo Saturday night, in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,205.

It was a pose the 65-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer would strike repeatedly during the 2-hour, 15-minute concert, the kickoff of his first tour in four years.

Seger was energetic and in strong voice throughout the 25-song performance, which touched on many of his biggest hits ("Night Moves," "Turn the Page," show-closer "Rock and Roll Never Forgets") and hit on a number of lesser known nuggets from his catalog as well ("Gets Ya Pumpin'," from the 2009 compilation "Early Seger Vol. 1," "Come to Poppa," an album track from "Night Moves").

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John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

If there were any nagging doubts about the wisdom of Bob Seger embarking on yet another tour at age 65, they were erased about the time the Michigan rocker finished his first song, "Roll Me Away," during his opening night show at Toledo's Huntington Center.

The roar from the sellout Ohio crowd of about 7,000 told the story.

Photos: Mike Itchue

Mike Itchue photo. His gallery has especially good band photos.

Stewart Francke, The Detroit Free Press

When you play a show, particularly a big show like last night with Bob Seger, everything moves fast. It's a heightened reality with a thousand mini-events removed from ordinary life -- all part of why I love it and why my band members love it. What stays with you is the feeling the music gives you, how well you connected with the faces in the crowd, the people you see and make your music with, and maybe a couple other flashes of things.

But last night in Toledo, my band and I will surely recall one singular thing when we think about this gig months from now. In the midst of our sound check, we all looked out in the sea of empty seats to find Bob Seger sitting alone, listening to us. Folks, this doesn't happen. I've opened for dozens of big-time acts who've come through town, and you rarely see the headliner, let alone have him sit down and check you out. This kind of interest and respect from a superstar is unheard of, and it quickened our purpose, got our mojo workin'.

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Background

Rod Lockwood, Toledo Blade

"I'm turning 66 on May 6 and I'll [tour more] if I still feel like this isn't the last thing. If I feel like maybe we should do this again, I will finish the new album and we'll go out in maybe October, November, or December and do another 24 shows because we've missed a good deal of the country on this one," he said in a telephone interview from his Michigan office.

"It's kind of a feel thing. At my age I just want to see how I hold up and I could probably tell you the answer to that around May 1."

One thing he won't be doing Saturday or next Thursday is taking the stage in the short-shorts and tube socks he sported at the Speedway Jam in 1983.

"Oh, God, I looked like such an idiot ," he said. "I'm a huge basketball fan and back then that's how the NBA guys dressed. I was also a jogger. .. I know that was a terrible, terrible look. My wife saw that and said, 'What were you doing?' It was hot! It's not a rock and roll look at all. From that day on after I saw the pictures I said I'm never going to wear shorts onstage again."


Saginaw, 3/29

New: "Shinin' Brightly" played live, first time ever.

Photos: from Jeff Schrier, The Saginaw News

Video: from WJRT

Set list:
SAGINAW, 3/29  
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
It's Your Thing -- (Isley Bros. cover w/o Seger)
Gets Ya Pumpin
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

News coverage:

Gary Graff, The Oakland Press

The second time -- and a return to Michigan terra firma -- were apparently the charms for Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band.

After a solid but still-room-for-improvement opening of its spring tour on Saturday (March 26) in Toledo, Seger and company were significantly stronger and noticeably more confident on Tuesday at the Dow Events Center in Saginaw, perhaps a little farther his Detroit home turf than Toledo but, crucially, on the right side of the state line. And that seemed to make all the difference in the world.

Sue White, The Saginaw News

The night was still young Tuesday, the stage at The Dow Event Center filling quickly with 14 musicians, when a familiar face came in view.

The hair is steel gray these days; the voice, it doesn't shake the rafters anymore. But when Bob Seger opened the songbook -- drawing out the obscure, the legendary, all songs, judging from the chorus echoing from a sold-out house, that his fans knew word for word -- Tuesday became a night few will ever forget.

Sue White, The Saginaw News

Responding to a text, Detroit rocker Bob Seger raved about Tuesday's concert at The Dow Event Center, especially the way everyone sang along to so many of the songs. It felt great playing to a hometown Michigan crowd, he said…


Toledo, 3/31

Changes: "Feel Like A Number," and "Real Mean Bottle" join the set list.

Photos: from Ken Settle

Photos: from Jim Moose Brown

Set list:

TOLEDO, 3/31
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
It's Your Thing -- (Isley Bros. cover w/o Seger)
Gets Ya Pumpin
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets  

News coverage:

Rod Lockwood, The Toledo Blade

If Thursday night's show at the Huntington Center was the last one forever in Toledo from Bob Seger, then he went out with his knees pumping with the energy of a far younger man, a huge smile plastered on his silver bearded mug as the Silver Bullet Band hammered away on "Rock and Roll Never Forgets."

His voice was in fine form, he tinkered with his set list a bit from Saturday's Toledo show and Seger -- who made some noise before the tour about retiring if his 66-year-old body can't take the toll of performing -- seemed a long way from winding down.

Mike Wilkinson, The Detroit News

Bob Seger tweaked the set list at his second Toledo show on Thursday night as he poked fun at his age during his first tour in four years.

Just days after playing 25 songs in the tour's first show on Saturday, Seger added "Shinin' Brightly" from "Against the Wind" and a new original, "Real Mean Bottle." Ditched: "Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight."

...He ripped into "Her Strut" after saying the song was off "Night Moves." Afterward, he had a confession, "before the newspapers say I screwed up again." He admitted he got his own discography wrong: "Her Strut" is really on "Against the Wind."


Grand Rapids, 4/2

Surprises: Kid Rock joins Seger for "Real Mean Bottle"

Set list:

GRAND RAPIDS, 4/2  
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Real Mean Bottle (w/ Kid Rock)
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

Photos: From Darren Breen, The Grand Rapids Press

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John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

...with fellow Michigan icon and superstar guest Kid Rock joining him on that stage for a sterling rendition of "Real Mean Bottle," Seger and his Silver Bullet Band rocked that home to its very foundation and nearly tore the roof off.


Cincinnati, 4/5

Cincinnati photos: Joey Foley

CINCINNATI 4/5
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Buffalo, 4/9

Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

"Seger is old, and some might consider him irrelevant and over the hill. But he has something that most artists never get -- a relationship with his audience that is based on trust and shared understanding."
BUFFALO, 4/9
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Toronto, 4/12

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

"The 65-year-old Detroit blue-collar rocker -- touring for the first time since his 2006-07 tour -- came to the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night to present a lengthy show that wouldn't have been out of place during his '70s-'80s heyday."
TORONTO, 4/12
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Her Strut
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good for Me
Shining Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Boston, 4/15

New to the set list: Fire Down Below.

Sarah Rodman, Boston.com:

"Bob Seger wisely understands that absence makes the heart grow fonder. And judging from the volume of the singalongs during the Detroit rocker's two-hour show last night at the TD Garden, the sold-out crowd of near 16,000 definitely missed him in the four years since he last hit town with his Silver Bullet Band.

"But the fun the audience was having paled in comparison with the visible joy exuding from Seger during the performance. If, at 65, he's supposed to be slowing down, Seger hasn't gotten the memo."

TORONTO, 4/12
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Shining Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Atlantic City, 4/16

A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia Inquirer:

"From the sound of his scuffed and soulful pipes at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Seger's going out at the top of his game."
ATLANTIC CITY, 4/16
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Her Strut
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie (You Never Can Tell)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Gets Ya Pumpin'
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Atlanta, 4/19

Atlanta photos

ATLANTA, 4/19
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Nashville, 4/21

Surprise guest: Kid Rock joins Seger.

The Nashville Scene

"...with Seger's voice -- the auditorily archetypal, soulful, heartland-rock grumble from the guts ... or the heart -- sounding as rough-hewn and golden-brown coming out of the PA last night as it does when coming off the FM airwaves (as it inevitably is at any given moment somewhere in America), it was easy to embrace the musical moment."

Cindy Watts, The Tennessean.com:

"He has totally blown me away, how passionate he is about his music," Ballard says of Seger. "He shows up every day at soundcheck ready to rock. His passion for being a professional is something a lot of people could benefit from. He's nice and super sweet. He shows me every night what it means to be a legend, and I'm soaking it up as much as I can."
NASHVILLE, 4/21
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Real Mean Bottle (w/ Kid Rock)
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

Greensboro, 4/23
 
GREENSBORO, 4/23
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

 


Little Rock, 4/26

Kelley Bass, Arkansas Times

"Bob Seger first took the stage in 1961, and 50 years and countless tours later the Detroit rocker says this is probably his farewell run across America. So how apropos that this tour ends late next month with three shows in Detroit and a final concert in Cleveland, another blue-collar town that has always gone nuts over Seger and his Silver Bullet Band.

"Count Little Rock as another Seger hotbed."

LITTLE ROCK, 4/26
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Gets Ya Pumpin'
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Tulsa, 4/28

John Hall, Tulsa Today

"Glenpool's Mark Chatfield was spectacular on lead guitar, while Grand Funk Railroad's Don Brewer kept everyone's feet tapping to the beat of his drums."

Photos: Tulsa World

Scott Smith, Times Record

"The raspy-voiced Seger simply sounded strong and looked inspired during a two-hour set…and the near-capacity crowd cheered Seger every inch of the way.

"Seger delivered [what] longtime fans wanted to hear, and he did it with a perpetual smile. If this tour is Seger's final road trek, as he recently told Rolling Stone, Seger is going out on one sky-scraping note."

TULSA, 4/28
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Houston, 4/30

Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press Blogs

"Guys like Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Eagles are his contemporaries, but it has always seemed to us that it was Seger who was doing the real heavy lifting, devoid of Hollywood contacts and the attitudes that come with them.

"All told, it was a stellar career-spanning revue of the past five decades of silver-bulleted Seger, touching on all working-class fist-pumpers, earnest lovelorn ballads, raunchy mattress-ready sin machines, and the damaged-wing dreamers, replaying real life back to all the beautiful losers, ramblin', gamblin', and travelin' men and women in the crowd."

By Kristi Rivera, Examiner.com

"Seger rarely slowed down during the entire performance. His energy could be felt throughout the theater as he belted out hit after hit, asking the crowd more than a few times, "See if you remember this one."

"Other than a short break, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band enthusiastically played throughout the entire show, never missing a beat. The two standouts of the show, other than Seger himself, were Alto Reed and his saxophone, who almost stole the show at times, and Mark Chatfield, whose guitar solos were killer."

HOUSTON, 4/30
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Gets Ya Pumpin'
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


New Orleans, 5/3

Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune

"The dramatic swells of "Good for Me" and unabridged optimism of "Shining Brightly," with its deft acoustic guitar, organ and tenor interplay, demonstrated just how deep the "Against the Wind" LP was."

Keith Spera, The Times-Picayune (May 2 preview)

"Do you miss turning on the TV and hearing "Like A Rock" on Chevy commercials?

"No. (Laughs) I got tired of that about the second year. But it sold 'em so many trucks. And I'm so happy that, for instance, Eminem is doing it for Chrysler now. That's really going to help them and the job situation in Michigan. Practically everything in Michigan is related to cars. You've got seat makers, electronics guys, tire guys, everything."

NEW ORLEANS, 5/3
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Gets Ya Pumpin'
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Kansas City, 5/5

Live for the first time since 1980: "Long Twin Silver Line."

Timothy Finn, The Kansas City Star

"He ended with "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," another song about the search for invigoration or redemption -- for the spirit of lost youth. …And on the last day of his 65th year, he proved that his faith in that solution is as strong as ever."

Danny Alexander, Blogs.pitch.com

"Seger makes sure that the show rocks hard from beginning to end. At 66 (in fact, the show falls on the eve of his and longtime backup singer Shaun Murphy's birthdays), he sounds incredibly good. That big old sledgehammer of a voice - -that he finds ways to yield with scalpel-like precision and, always, the restraint and delicacy of soul -- has never sounded better."
 
KANSAS CITY, 5,5
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Indianapolis, 5/7

Photos, Indianapolis Star

David Lindquist, Metromix

"Good For Me" and "Shinin' Brightly," two minor tracks on 1980's "Against the Wind" album, emerged as surprise highlights of the show. Both songs celebrate relationships that work, consequently playing against Seger's catalog of restless, on-the-run anthems.

"Don Brewer's drum beats fired as pistons during "Travelin' Man," accented by an overdrive duel of Alto Reed's saxophone and Mark Chatfield's guitar.

"Seger, sounding stronger than he did during a 2006 visit to Indianapolis, belted more than 20 songs with sincere grit -- remarkably similar to what's heard a dozen times a day on your radio."

INDIANAPOLIS, 5/7
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good for Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 


Omaha, 5/10

Bob Seger wows the Qwest crowd by Kevin Coffey, World-Herald

"Seger may well be "on a lonely, lonesome highway east of Omaha" right now as he heads to his next tour stop, as the lyrics go in his hit song "Turn The Page."

"But he was neither lonely nor lonesome while onstage Tuesday at Qwest Center Omaha. Instead, he was surrounded by nearly 12,000 fans that danced in their seats, belted out his songs and cheered him on for more than two hours.

"The classic rocker performed 25 songs while backed by as many as 14 musicians from the Silver Bullet Band and, though he told me a few weeks ago how tired live shows make him nowadays, he showed few signs of slowing down...

"...It was the big four -- "Old Time Rock And Roll," "Turn The Page," "Against The Wind" and "Night Moves" -- that really brought the house down. At one point, I could feel the seats shaking from all of the cheering."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est La Vie
Good For Me
Shining
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Train Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


St. Paul, 5/12

A bit older, a little dated, but still the classic Bob Seger by Jon Bream, Star Tribune

"The gray-haired, bespectacled guy in jeans and 2003 Harley Davidson T-shirt carried on with blue-collar earnestness, guy-next-door bonhomie and Detroit soulfulness. He was in better voice than at his 2006 Xcel concert, and he seemed to be a little more energetic…

"Come To Poppa" was a funky strut; "Beautiful Loser" was beautifully rendered by a suddenly demonstrative Seger and the back-to-back piano ballads "We've Got Tonight" and "Turn the Page" were intimate, uncluttered highlights."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real at the Time
Good For Me
Shining Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Train Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Chicago, 5/14

Bob Seger never forgets by Bob Gendron

"Bob Seger followed his own advice Saturday at a packed Allstate Arena, taking to heart the redemptive sentiments of his anthemic "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" throughout a satisfying 135-minute show filled with radio staples and deep cuts.

"As he ponders staging another tour after finishing the current trek, rumored to be his last, Seger's standing as the godfather of heartland rock appears cemented. The Detroit area native's working-class identity and no-frills approach counter those of peers that changed their sound or lost touch with their roots…

"Such honesty, as well as a strong connection with his audience and six-piece Silver Bullet Band, played out in the form of music that was as down-to-earth as the production…Just simple, soulful songs sparked by brassy R&B and driving rock, and blended by a cast that swelled to as many as 13. Despite the large numbers, few notes went to waste."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real at the Time
Good For Me
Shining Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Train Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Detroit, 5/17

Bob Seger, fans celebrate homecoming at the Palace by Gary Graff

Bob Seger didn't waste any time telling the Palace crowd that "it's great to be home."

"…the nearly two-and-a-half hour concert was a celebration of agelessness, both of Seger's music and how it makes his fans feel when they hear it. It was the same kind of lovefest that happens every time Seger and company plan in metro Detroit, amplified by a long absence.

"And while success to the tune of 50 million albums sold means Seger has plenty of fans all over the country, and the world, it's different back in Michigan and especially in the Detroit area. This is where his greatest hits were written or conceived, and where his fans feel a particularly personal attachment to them."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real at the Time
Good For Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Detroit, 5/19

Bob Seger keeps it mostly the same, but better, for second Palace show by Gary Graff

"One different song and a sibling shout-out marked Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's second concert at the Palace on Thursday night (May 19)…

"Otherwise the second of three Palace shows was much like the first, although both Seger -- apparently over an acknowledged cold that dogged him on Tuesday -- and the band were noticeably looser and more confident, hitting a comfortable groove from the start and maintaining a higher and more consistent level of energy throughout."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good For Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Detroit, 5/21

Bob Seger hits emotional sweet spots at last Palace show by Susan Whitall, Detroit News

"Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band closed out a three night stand at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday with a solid, musicianly show.

"Seger hit all the audience's emotional sweet spots, taking them all the way back to the high school gym with "Rambling Gambling Man" (complete with the silvery "whoooos" of his estimable female backup trio).

"One of the better numbers, Seger seemed almost reluctant to introduce: "Days When the Rain Would Come," a song recorded in 1984, and included on the "Early Seger" compilation of a few years ago. "This might just kill the show," Seger said sheepishly, explaining that he was playing the song as a request for friends. But it was one of the highlights of the set, all the better for being a bit unfamiliar."

Seger wraps up with sellout show by Brian McCollum

"Bob Seger delivered another winner Saturday night, wrapping up his three-date hometown stand with a sellout show at the Palace of Auburn Hills…

"It was a show that could potentially wind up as the final hometown concert of his long career: Seger, who has indicated that he's ready to retire from live performing, hasn't yet decided if he's hitting the road for an autumn leg…

"A pair of guest performers also made their Silver Bullet Band debuts: Seger's 18-year-old son, Cole, and 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, who lent sax and tambourine, respectively, to "Trying to Live My Life Without You" early in the night.

"The band's getting bigger all the time," Seger quipped.'"

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
Good For Me
Days When the Rain Would Come
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


London, Ontario, 5/24

King of rock roars into London by James Reaney, The London Free Press

"'Hey, London, nice to see you,' he shouted, acknowledging the fans here have waited a long time since Seger's last visit.

"More than two hours later, Seger was finishing up the second of two encores, a tremendous run of energy and songs starting with the second-set finale of Katmandu. 'Only one place to go -- that's higher,' he'd said in introducing that classic."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est la Vie
Good For Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Cleveland, 5/26

Bob Seger has all the right night moves in concert at The Q in Cleveland by John Soeder, The Plain Dealer

"With those husky pipes of his still crackling with vitality, the Detroit-bred Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played more than two hours in front of 13,000-plus fans. In the process, sans video screens or pyrotechnics, he proved that three-chord soul never goes out of style.

"A little bit older? Sure. But contrary to the lyrics of his stomping finale, "Rock & Roll Never Forgets," Seger was no less bolder."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good For Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Grand Rapids, 5/28

Bob Seger closes tour in Grand Rapids with rock 'n' roll flourish, Silver Bullet-style by John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

"… Seger and his bandmates -- brandishing the sort of tight musicianship, polish and intensity that comes from playing several times a week -- made sure on Saturday night at Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena that his Michigan fan base went home deliriously happy.

"Shaking up the set slightly from the band's first tour visit in early April, Seger and his Silver Bullet comrades also upped the verve quotient on songs such as "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Horizontal Bop" and "Her Strut," which sizzled with more zip than they did early on in the two-month tour."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Her Strut
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Good For Me
Shinin' Brightly
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Long Twin Silver Line
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Ypsilanti, MI, 11/2

Bob Seger basks in hometown love at tour opener by Gary Graff, Journal Register Newspapers

"Declaring that "it's always the best, being home," Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band launched their second tour of the year on Wednesday night (Nov. 2) as close to Seger's home as they've played in quite some time.

"A few new twists also helped to freshen the night. "Feel Like a Number," a universal message that plays particularly well these days (hopefully Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who attended the show, was listening to the lyrics), was installed as the new opening tune, with its predecessor "Roll Me Away" sounding even more powerful near the end of the main set."

SETLIST
Feel Like A Number
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Little Drummer Boy
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Roll Me Away
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from bobsegertour.com)


Columbus, 11/4

Bob Seger: Singer doesn't rely on flash to deliver decades of his hits by Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch

"Genuinely pleased to be in town, Seger recalled singing Ramblin' Gamblin' Man decades ago at the Sugar Shack, an old Columbus bar. That was before my time, but that same song still sounded good in 2011."
SETLIST
Feel Like A Number
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Little Drummer Boy
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Roll Me Away
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from bobsegertour.com)


Evansville, IN, 11/9

Seger reeled off hit after hit from his catalog of songs by Sean McDevitt, CourierPress.com

"For the next two-plus hours, the Michigan rocker reeled off hit after hit from his deep catalog of songs.

"Let's open this baby!" the bespectacled Seger, backed by his venerable Silver Bullet Band, said to the audience as the band broke into "Roll Me Away," a piano-laden track from the early 1980s."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from bobsegertour.com)


Orlando, 11/13

Orlando Calling Review by Jay Cridlin

"The 66-year-old worked as hard as a man half his age &endash; he had to reach for a sweatband just two songs into the set -- switching from the mic to a piano or guitar, depending on the song…

"This, it turns out, is what Orlando Calling needed, and what Orlando needed from it -- no glitz, no glam, just a chance to reminisce about the days of old. Soothes the soul, don't it?"

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Real Mean Bottle (w/ Kid Rock)
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Birmingham, 11/15

All the night moves: Bob Seger packs in the hits at BJCC Arena in Birmingham by Mary Colurso, The Birmingham News

"Here's the thing about Bob Seger: He's absolutely unconcerned about the cool factor…

"In the most important respects, Seger delivered -- working hard, singing long, playing guitar and piano. He moved across the stage throughout the show, fist pumping and waving, making sure folks in the side sections got a closer look."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Good for Me
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Louisville, 11/17

Bob Seger delivers as vintage setlist rocks Louisville byJeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal

"Here's the thing about a Bob Seger show: you've heard the songs before, all of them, several million times, and probably even change the channel when "We've Got Tonight" comes on the radio. But when Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are on stage, blazing through "Hollywood Nights," it's pretty much always going to be the best four minutes of your day."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Long Twin Silver Line
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Pittsburgh, 11/19

Pittsburgh welcomes back old buddy Bob Seger by Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"There isn't a nicer guy in the music business than Bob Seger, so when he walks out on stage with a big smile, like he did Saturday night at Consol Energy Center, it's like your old buddy came to town.

"We used to play here in the '60s," he said, a few songs in. "We used to play Lebanon Lodge. No one remembers that..." He mentioned playing three sets, well into the night, then driving back to Detroit. "Try that," he said.

"Amazingly, almost 50 years later, the leader of the Silver Bullet Band can still rock the house. His hair and beard are silver now, but his husky pipes pack the same ol' punch..."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Real Mean Bottle
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
Intermission
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

(Setlist from bobsegertour.com)


Baltimore, 11/25

Bob Seger back at 1st Mariner Arena after 32 years by Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun

"Thirty-two years after last playing 1st Mariner (it was known as the Civic Center back then), Seger and his Silver Bullet Band proved conclusively that rock and roll knows no age or expiration date. From the opening cymbal clash of "Feel Like a Number" to the final sax blare of "Rock and Roll Never Forgets," Seger kept the near-sold-out crowd rocking like nobody's business.

"...[This was] a reaffirmation of the staying power of great music, and the timeless appeal of a tireless showman who never gives less than his all.

"...[Seger has] is a sincerity that's hard to miss, a feeling that he's having as much fun performing as the audience is having listening. Whether raising his arms in triumph during "Sunspot Baby," getting the audience to sing along during "The Fire Down Below" or bopping along to the propulsive power of "Hollywood Nights" (a song that defines the term "driving beat"), Bob Seger represents rock and roll at its purest, and most accessible."

SETLIST
Feel Like A Number
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Roll Me Away
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

(Setlist from bobsegertour.com)


Uncasville, CT, 11/26

SoundSpike by John Voket

"His rendition of Richard's "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)," which appears on the new package was, originally recorded in 1989 for the "Road House" movie soundtrack, but it didn't make the final cut and remained unreleased until this year. Similar to the other cover, Seger's take on "Nutbush City Limits" was a rousing blast from the past, propelled by the four-piece "Motor City Horns" and 41-year Silver Bullet saxman Alto Reed, who strapped on a huge bass saxophone to lay down some serious bottom end on the arrangement."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Worcester, MA, 11/29

At DCU, Seger doesn't forget how to rock by Craig S. Semon, News Telegram

"Not only does rock 'n' roll never forget, it gets better with age; at least that was the case with Bob Seger Tuesday night at the DCU Center.

"Backed by his seven-piece Silver Bullet Band, as well as the four-piece Motor City Horns and three female back-up singers, Seger treated an estimated crowd of 8,000 to nearly two hours of classic gems from his five-decade career…

"Sung with the same intensity as he had when he first recorded it, Seger performed his first single, 1968's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" as a soulful call-and-response with his backup singers. He kept a-rolling on proud and fine with the strutty "Long Twin Silver Line," a lost nugget from 1980's "Against the Wind" and Seger's solid bid for great American railroad song."

Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Long Twin Silver Line
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


New York, 12/1

Bruce Springsteen joins Bob Seger for some 'Old Time Rock and Roll'

By Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger

"We got a little treat for you -- a Christmas treat for you," said Bob Seger during his show last night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"He wasn't kidding, or exaggerating. Bruce Springsteen walked onstage with his guitar to join his Seger on Seger's 1979 hit, "Old Time Rock & Roll." Springsteen, perhaps thinking ahead to the heavy touring he'll do in 2012, clearly gave it his all."

Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll (with Bruce Springsteen)
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Philadelphia, 12/3

Bob Seger solid like a rock at the Wells Fargo Center by Joe Vallee

"Seger came strong right out of the gate with rockers 'Roll Me Away' and 'Trying To Live My Life Without You' (from 1981's 'Nine Tonight' ). After Seger donned his trademark headband, he tore into 'The Fire Down Below' and familiar concert favorites 'Old Time Rock and Roll' (arguably the most overplayed song in the history of rock music), and 'Travelin' Man.'"

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Ottawa, 12/6

Still runnin' against the wind -- 31 years later, Bob Seger rocks the capital by Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen

"Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band rolled into town Tuesday, only 31 years since the last time they visited the nation's capital. Hard to believe that much time has passed: if you closed your eyes at Scotiabank Place, it sounded as vital and immediate as it might have on that summer night so many years ago.

"This time, the Detroit rock legend performed for 13,000 people with a seriously heavy 14-piece band…[Seger is] an artist with the soul of a poet, skilled at capturing a moment in simple, timeless songs."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


St. Louis, 12/9

Bob Seger, in Scottrade concert, still comes on strong by Daniel Durchholz, Post-Dispatch

"At 66, Seger…is still a commanding presence onstage, and sang nearly two dozen songs with the grit and gravel that are the hallmarks of his soulful brand of rock.

"The Silver Bullet Band was in fine form throughout. Reed provided hi signature wail on "Turn the Page"; occasionally, he brandished an impossibly large bass saxophone. Guitarist Eddie Greenberg was terrific as well, especially when he and the horn section took flight on the hard rocking instrumental section connecting "Travelin' Man" and "Beautiful Loser."

"Seger has played many memorable shows in St. Louis over the years, but even among those, this one was pretty indelible."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Downtown Train
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 

(Setlist from stltoday)


Memphis, 12/10

At age 66, Bob Seger delivers rock goods, by Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal

"On Saturday night at Downtown's FedExForum, Seger once again showed why he remains, first and foremost, the people's choice.

"The show was Seger's first concert appearance in Memphis since 2007, when he closed out the Pyramid with an epic finale. It was a near-capacity crowd that ventured into the chilly winter air to fill the arena…the 66-year-old Seger radiated an exuberant everyman appeal from the moment he arrived on stage…"

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Des Moines, 12/13

Bob Seger delivers musical journey of hits, by J. Sharpe Smith, The Des Moines Register

"Seger is a master of the live concert, not serving as a sort of live jukebox, spitting out hits. His show is carefully orchestrated to run the gamut of emotions. He tells poignant stories, such as the one about the tormented musician touring on the road in "Turn the Page," which Seger performed on a grand piano on the darkened stage with the occasional piercing sax solos -- simply mesmerizing."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Oklahoma City, 12/15

Fans won't forget Bob Seger's performance Thursday night in Oklahoma City, by Tricia Pemberton, The Oklahoman

"The star sang his heart out from his opening number "Roll Me Away" to his closer "Rock and Roll Never Forgets." And the crowd was raucous in its approval of his long string of memorable hits. Seger looked like he was having the time of his life, directing the crowd to sing along on many of his choruses, dancing from one corner of the stage to the other."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Dallas, TX, 12/17

Bob Seger Inspires Flashing and Bootlegging at the American Airlines Center, by Darryl Smyers, Dallas Observer

"...Shortly after she raised her shirt, the lady was whisked away by security.

"All the fuss in the crowd couldn't detract from the skill and energy of Bob Seger and his band. …Seger's impressive back catalog is still better than that of musicians half his age….Let's just hope that Seger's next studio project will endear him to a whole new generation of fans. Lord knows the youngsters these days could stand a good injection of earnest, frill-free rock and roll."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Oakland, CA, 12/21

Bob Seger hits the mark in Oakland, by Jim Harrington, Oakland Tribune

"Some 15,000 fans turned out Wednesday to Oakland's Oracle Arena not merely to hear the 66-year-old Detroit native play the classic tunes -- they came to once again soak up the soundtrack to their lives.

"You could see it in their faces, whenever Seger struck upon a particularly meaningful song to their past. Eyes brightened, smiles stretched toward the ears, and, most striking of all, thousands of voices boomed along with Bob's.

"It's was that kind of night for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his adoring followers -- a victory lap, of sorts, for a man with really nothing left to prove..."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Phoenix, AZ, 12/23

Bob Seger rock and souls Phoenix, by Ted Hansen, examiner.com

"There is a reason that Bob Seger shares his name with The Silver Bullet Band on the marquee, for it is The Silver Bullet Band that makes for the live show spectacle.

"…Reed's contributions on saxophone cannot be overlooked. He is as essential to Seger's music as the late Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band was to Bruce Springsteen's.

"…With just the perfect blend of Motown rock and Motown soul, it was an evening that will always be remembered.

Bob Seger brings old time rock and roll to Phoenix, by Michael Senft, Arizona Republic

"Seger's Detroit sound and relentless road work made him one of the biggest live acts of the late '70s, bridging the generation gap between Mitch Ryder and Kid Rock…Friday's show, in support of a new compilation, "Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets," was only his fourth Valley appearance in 25 years."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Little Drummer Boy
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Los Angeles, CA, 12/28/11

Bob Seger shows he's still got the same soul, George A. Paul, Orange County Register

"Few, if any, young music stars currently making waves could match [Seger] in the heart and soul department.

"Those qualities have helped the veteran heartland rocker -- now at the half century mark as a recording artist -- retain an enduring popularity...

"...things really started to cook with their usual energetic cover of Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits" and the urgent psychedelic R&B of Willie Mitchell's "Come to Papa," where Greenberg played wah wah effects and Laura Creamer banged on a large drum. She and the other two female backing singers did some fine call and response action with Seger."

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band -- Staples Center, by Daniel Kohn, LA Weekly

"What has made Seger's music endure is that people relate to his brand of blue-collar rock. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's catchy melodies, meanwhile, just seem to hold up. Rock music today isn't as popular as it was during Seger's heyday; his show last night demonstrated that people still have passion for it, suggesting that maybe today's crop of rockers just don't have Seger's talent.

Bob Seger at Staples Center, by Steve Baltin, The Hollywood Reporter

"You know I'm old, so I sing old songs," Bob Seger cracked at one point Wednesday night …

"A show built entirely around the past isn't as easy as it might seem. In the hands of less capable artists, it can come across as stale or even somewhat sad …But not where Seger is concerned. The 66-year-old rocker pulled off the performance expertly for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being his incredible enthusiasm."

SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Las Vegas, 12/30/11

[No reviews that I've found.]
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Jacksonville, FL, 1/10/12

Bob Seger digs deep for hits at Jacksonville show, by Tom Szaroleta, The Florida Times-Union

"Of the 21 songs he played during the two-hour set, just one was recorded after 1982 -- and that one is a cover of a 1955 Little Richard tune.

"Not that it really mattered. Seger has a songbook most performers would kill for and no one in Tuesday night's audience was complaining."

SETLIST

Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets
 
(Setlist from Rockdog at bobseger.com)


Sunrise (Ft. Lauderdale), FL, 1/12/12

Bob Seger at the BankAtlantic Center, January 12, by Lee Zimmerman, browardpalmbeach.com

"All you have to do is close your eyes as he wails away on one of his radio-ready anthems, and that image of the once-tireless road warrior reappears…The band, especially, serves as a support ensemble that's every bit as able as Springsteen's E Street brigade or Petty's Heartbreakers… Seger genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself as he encouraged the audience's enthusiasm by playing to both sides of the stage. Consequently, practically every song became a sing-along with the nearly sold-out audience remaining on their feet throughout."

Seger rocks BankAtlantic Center with rapture and rasp, by Chris Bradshaw, naplesnews.com

"His voice sounded strong and his rasp as beautiful as ever. He continually connected with the audience, roaming from one side of the stage to the other. He directly pointed or waved to each attendee or so it felt.

"The band could not have been tighter or appear to be having more of a blast. Saxophonist Alto Reed was an animated, one-man show...The vocal ending to "Night Moves" by his three lovely backing vocalists? I just got goose bumps again. Drummer and Boca Raton resident Don Brewer crushed the rock revival vibe mid-section of "Travelin' Man."

Bob Seger's BankAtlantic show defines what classic rock is all about, by Veda Jo Jenkins, The Palm Beach Post

"Spilling forth the love he has for his work that spans more than 40 years, Seger's voice is strong and crystal clear and he couldn't help but to raise his arms like a winner in a boxing match as he finished another classic."
SETLIST
Roll Me Away
Tryin' To Live My Life Without You
Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)
Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser
We've Got Tonight
Nutbush City Limits
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Real Mean Bottle
Turn the Page
Sunspot Baby
Katmandu
Encore #1
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights
Encore #2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets


Greenville, SC, 1/14/12

[To follow]

 


Excerpts from pre-tour Seger coverage:

"Like a rock: Music's enduring troubadour Bob Seger revved up for new tour" by Susan Whitall.

The "drop-dead date" to wrap up the tour was late May, so he can attend his son Cole's graduation. But Seger hints that yes, he'd like to continue the tour.

"The shows are always harder so I'm keeping my fingers crossed," he said. "If I still feel like doing it at the end of May when we're done, then I don't know, we might do the rest of the country in the fall, hopefully with a new record out."

-- The Detroit News

"Bob Seger promises 'changes' in his show when tour starts" by Gary Graff

"There will be a lot of changes to the show. A lot," said Seger, 65, adding that, "I can't tell you any of those because I want it to be a surprise. But we've worked on a lot of stuff, and there will be some changes in the show."

By that, Seger said, he means he and his Silver Bullet Band will be "just doing some different songs than we did last time. Some different old songs that we ... haven't done for years, as a matter of fact. We've got 34 songs so far, and I think at a max we can do 25 in a show, and I keep working them up.

-- The Daily Tribune

"Bob Seger returns to the road: Songwriting, performing still a thrill for Michigan rocker at 65" by John Sinkevics

To prepare for the spring tour, the singer rehearsed with the band two or three days a week for about two months. Between practices, he flew to Nashville to record songs for his new studio album, which he said is "about half done."

He's particularly gratified with the initial, positive reaction to his reworked "Downtown Train," which debuted on Detroit radio in late February and will appear on that upcoming album.

"You know what made me feel great? Tom Waits actually called my publisher and said, 'Tell Bob I really like it, and so does my wife,'" said Seger, who's previously recorded Waits' "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six" and "New Coat of Paint."

"I love recording Tom Waits. I just love the way he writes. (Seger's initial version of 'Downtown Train') just got forgotten for, like, 20 years. We added the girls (singing) and some other stuff."

-- The Grand Rapids Press

Former roadie, Bob Seger author Tom Weschler heads out with the band on tour" by Joanne N. Baily-Boorsma

Since its release, Travelin' Man has broken all of Wayne State University Press's commercial sales and is the second-highest selling book for the company. "We are behind some book that was published in 1919 that about every Wayne State student has to buy when they come there," Weschler said with a laugh. "I think we are about 100,000 behind them."

The book has a chance to catch up as it will be available with other merchandise during Bob Seger's current concert tour, which kicks off Saturday, March 26, in Toledo.

-- mlive.com

"Will Bob Seger retire after tour? He contemplates going out on top" by Brian McCollum

Nothing is firm yet. But with his tour kicking off Saturday in Toledo and his 66th birthday on the way, the iconic Detroit rocker has begun to contemplate the end of an onstage career that began nearly 50 years ago...

The decision, steeped in emotion, will be made in the next few weeks.

"I'll know how I feel physically," he tells the Free Press. "Because you can't cheat Father Time forever, and..." His voice trails off. "And yeah. It could very well be the last one."

Seger hasn't ruled out another string of dates this fall -- he doesn't like amphitheater acoustics and definitely won't tour in summertime -- but he says his body will make the final decision....

"And you know -- I've been blessed. But it's time to go away and let the younger people take over, the Eminems and Kid Rocks of the world."

-- The Detroit Free Press

March 26, 2011



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