The Seger File

An unofficial web site about the music of Bob Seger Last updated November 7, 2001 Written and Edited by Scott Sparling sparling@segerfile.com


Stumped: My Half of A Truly Great Seger Interview

Here they are: the Top 20 (or so) Seger questions I could think of after being professionally frisked at the Minneapolis airport, enroute to the pleasant peninsula of my youth. Have I left anything out? E-mail me the questions you'd like to ask Seger and I'll add them to the list.

[Update: To see the questions readers have sent in, scroll down below the photo of T.L.'s cabin.] 

 

 

SS: How would you describe your best writing? Where does it come from?

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SS: What are the last three (or best three) books you've read and how did they affect you?

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SS: People often find interesting and unexpected connections between things they feel passionately about. Have you discovered any unexpected connections between sailing or astronomy and writing / singing / recording?

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SS: What is the most common misunderstanding or misperception people have when they try to understand you or your music?

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SS: You used to talk about taking motorcycle trips to get off by yourself. Do you still need a certain amount of solitude? How do you find it?

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SS: How have the events of September 11 influenced your writing and your music?

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SS: Why no bonus tracks on the remastered CDs? Or, to put it in car salesman's terms, What would I have to do to convince you to put bonus tracks on the next CD remaster?

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SS: What's the biggest wrong turn you ever made, professionally or personally?

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SS: Who climbed up the foul screen in Railroad Days, and what is the third verse of Back in '72?

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SS: Assume the Master of the Universe declares you have written one song too many. To rectify the situation, one Seger song has to be unwritten. After it is unwritten, no one will have heard it, ever -- not even you. It will never have existed. Which song would you choose to be unwritten and why?

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SS: How would you know which songs were your best songs if there were no record sales data, no fan applause, no feedback? If you take away all the external measures of success, which five or six songs are your best songs?

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SS: Aside from music or entertainment industry people, (and aside from your parents) who has influenced you the most?

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SS: Some people say success is a trap. Has your success been liberating or confining or both? Do you feel boxed in by success at all?

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SS: What's the hardest thing and the best thing about being a dad? What aspect of fatherhood has surprised you the most?

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SS: You have strong feelings about the parasites, schemers and sycophants in the entertainment business, judging by recent songs. Do those feelings spring from any specific experience?

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SS: What are the main ways your mom and your dad influenced you as a person and the main ways they influenced your music?

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SS: Despite all your success, you're not in the Hall of Fame (yet), VH1 and MTV don't play your videos and rock magazines like Rolling Stone don't give you much ink. Do you feel that you are not fully accepted by the rock and roll world -- perhaps because you don't play the rock star game or embrace the California lifestyle? Are you still a bit of an outsider -- by choice or by circumstance?

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SS: What makes you angry? What makes you laugh?

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SS: You have often written about people who achieve their goals and then find their lives wanting -- for example in Jody Girl, Boomtown Blues and The Ring, the people you write about end up "stuck in heaven" and thinking wistfully of the past. Is it a typical thing, in your opinion, for success to fall short of our expectations? Has that happened to you in any way?

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SS: What was the lowest point of your long climb to success? What made you keep going?

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SS: Your first record charted over three decades ago. The careers of a lot of talented people haven't lasted nearly as long. Why have you been able to last?

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SS: Describe a good day.

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SS: Why didn't "Chances Are" become a hit?

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SS: What is the most underrated Seger song?

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SS: In "Forever Young," Dylan lists a long string of qualities that he wishes for his son. What one or two qualities would you most like to impart to your children?

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SS: I hear from some fans who like the older, pre-Live Bullet Seger best. What would you say to them?

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SS: What music are you listening to these days? Are there any current (or older) CDs you can't stop playing?

 

SS: How's your new CD coming? What's it about? When will it be out? What's the title?

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SS: What are your two or three favorite unreleased Seger songs, and why are they unreleased?

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SS: Are you working on a Greatest Hits or Live album or video? What about a Seger boxed set?

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Bonus Zen Question

SS: How many legs does a dog have if you count its tail as a leg?

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Bonus Question #2

SS: For the dishwasher and the coffeemaker set, can you name Michigan's State Motto, as modified by the guy who runs the Seger File, pictured below? (Answer at bottom of page*)

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T.L.'s cabin: The Northern Michigan Headquarters of the Seger File.

  "Summer days and summer nights are gone / I know a place where there's still something going on."


Your Questions for Seger

Just a few days of e-mail have brought a number of interesting questions for Seger. Here are a few. More will be added as they come in.

What's the legal status of your Cameo/Parkway masters? Do you or Capitol have rights to them now, or will rights be reverting to you soon? -- Michael Good

Does Seger still like freights? If so, does he have any favorites lines or trains he misses in some town where they once ran ... and did he ever really "chase it down and get on board" at any time? -- Jesse Burkhardt

Why doesn't Bob appear on the numerous Tribute Albums like Hank Williams, Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Creedence, etc...? And will the entire "Let it Rock" be included on the Nine Tonight remaster? -- Jean-Claude Brunelle

What's the origin of the name "Silver Bullet Band"? Is there a tie-in with Carfax Abbey...werewolves and Dracula and silver bullets, etc? -- Mike

Would you like to be able to roll back the clock and play at places like the Sugar Shack in Columbus, Ohio again -- (if you could do it without changing your current personal life)? Who is your favorite band or performer that we have never heard of? And finally, you seem to have the rare ability to work with Capitol on your terms and conditions -- i.e., albums are released when you want and have the tracks and sound that you want, regardless of commercial concerns. Is that perception a reality, and if so why? -- Rob Ferrell

Have you been approached by VH-1 about being the subject of a "Behind the Music" segment and would you ever consider allowing such a piece to be recorded and produced? In light of the great acoustical performances on Brand New Morning, have you considered a "Bob Seger Unplugged" performance for television -- or a non-televised performance for DVD and VHS distribution? If/when you tour again, will it be large arenas, such as the 17,000 seat Philips Arena or cozier venues such as the 4,000 seat Fox Theater (both of which are in my hometown of Atlanta)? -- Chip Stewart.    

November 7, 2001

 

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* Answer to Bonus Question #2: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, you're about a hundred years too late -- but if you know the right places and the right people you can still have a real good time."