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Photos and copy by longtime Seger fan and photographer Ken Settle.

Bob singing "School Teacher" at the fabled Michigan Palace in Detroit in April 1974. The Palace was a beautiful 1920's movie theatre, originally called the Michigan Theatre. By 1974 it was in horrible ill-repair, complete with torn out theatre seats and third balcony exit doors left unlocked with no fire escape stairs attached, leading to a straight drop to the street below. The theatre is now a parking garage, but two of the original gold gilded walls still grace the concrete structure. In fact, the odd parking structure was shown in Eminem's "8 Mile" movie.

Captain Beefheart opened the show (Bob opened for Beefheart in New York). The large proscenium at the lip of the stage created a huge gulf between the band and audience. Bob apologized for that space at the start of the show, but as the show went on, he really began working the big stage, balancing precariously on the lip of the stage while holding the microphone out to the shouts of the crowd of "Shake, baby, shake" on "Let It Rock" -- K.S.

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Updated January 1, 2006