The Seger File The unofficial center of the universe for Seger fans. Last updated February 12, 1999 Edited by Scott Sparling email@example.com
Seger Stories and Misc. E-Mail
Lately the mail has been full of Seger stories from readers who knew or once met Seger. Plus a few thank-you's and the usual exclamation mark overload. Some of the best are highlighted below.
- The best thing you could say
- Blue and Julia
- Rockin' with Fidel
- Early days of baseball and Bob
- Follow your heart
- Waving with the lighter
Occasionally my replies are included, in red.
[Note. Justin's mom and dad wrote me a while ago asking if I knew where to find a Seger t-shirt for their son. I happened to have one in a drawer that I'd been wondering what to do with, so I sent it to them. -- SS]
Nov 27, 1998
Subject: My new T-shirt
Dear Scott Sparling,
Thank you for sending my father the Bob Seger T-shirt. I am very happy that I got it. It changed my 10-year-old heart. I wanted a T-shirt from a Bob Seger concert since I was a six-year-old. Bob Seger will always be number one in my eyes, and you have made my life much better then it used to be. I will remember you whenever I think of Bob Seger, and I will remember you whenever I wear the new T-shirt. I will never forget you.
Thanks for writing such a nice note. People have given me a lot of Seger stuff over the years, so I'm glad to be able to give something to someone else. Wear it in good health. Do you mind if I post your message on my Seger File e-mail page next time I update it?
I would love it if you posted my message on your Seger File. I've never had anything posted on the web before.
Dec 7, 1998
From: "Martin Parker" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: My Meeting With Bob
When did "Like A Rock" come out? 1986? Well, this was a short time before the album was released. I was a struggling writer living in Hollywood. My favorite bar was a dive called "The Firefly" at Hollywood and Vine. Capitol Records was in walking distance just a block up the street. My ratty one-bedroom apartment was just a few more blocks away.
It was a late afternoon during the week and, being in my mid-20's (and as I recall unemployed at the time), what else would I be doing besides sitting at the Fly having a shot and a beer? Of course I could've been writing, but hey -- I believed that all great writers were drunks. And I practiced what I preached.
Two guys entered who I kinda recognized but wasn't quite sure... until the third entered right behind them. It was Bob Seger, and sure enough, one of the guys ahead of him was Alto Reed. I couldn't believe it!
Now, I'd left Northern Cal a few years before and was pretty much over being easily "star-struck," but THIS WAS BOB! I'd been a fan since my Jr. High days when my best friend, who's Dad happened to work in NorCal for Capitol Records, introduced me to "Katmandu." I was hooked.
Anyway, to make an already long story short, as Bob passed by on his way down to the other end of the bar, I held up my hand for a high-five and said "Hey, Bob!" Which is something I NEVER do! But he just smiled and slapped my hand and joined his band mates at the end of the bar.
A little side note: They were all wearing the same clothes on the Like A Rock album cover, so they must've come straight from the photo shoot at Capitol.
Bob Seger's music had affected me deeply over the years. I was dying to say something to him, but didn't want to just ask for an autograph or bug him in any way. Besides, he was laughing and trading shots down at the end of the bar with his friends. I just thought, man, enjoy that he smiled at you when he came in and leave him alone...
Until he walked over to the cigarette machine nearby. It was just Bob at the machine in the empty side of the bar. I thought "what the hell, if I don't say this now, I'll probably never get the chance again." So I slid off my barstool and stepped over to the machine. Bob was fumbling around for some change.
"Mr. Seger," I said, "I don't want to bother you, but I just wanted to say I love your music."
"Thanks. You got a quarter?"
"Sure." I fished around and gave him a quarter, thinking "Man, this guy's rich and I'm giving him change." As he was getting his cigs, I started to panic. I wanted to tell him how much his music meant to me, without sounding like I just did (a typical fan), but I couldn't find the words. He got his cigs and was about to leave.
Just then the words came.
"I have to tell you that when "The Distance" came out, I was going through a really hard time in my life. And that album helped me get through it. And I just wanted to say 'thank you.'"
And I turned to leave.
And Bob, who hadn't really looked at me the whole time, stopped me. He looked me square in the eye and said "You know, I said the same thing to someone about THEIR music once. And it's the best thing you could ever say to me about mine. Thanks."
It was a great moment. One of the great little moments of my life. To be able to meet someone who's inspired you for years, and then be able to communicate to him just how important his work is to you -- and to have him not only understand but be touched by your words. I felt...a simple connection that I cherish to this day.
And after that it was great. It was like the fan-singer wall was completely dropped. Even though his friends down at the end of the bar kept calling for him, Bob stayed by the cigarette machine and talked to me for the next ten minutes. He asked me where I was from and then said he'd been to Sacramento and liked it. I told him my ex-girlfriend was from Royal Oak so I had that connection with the Detroit area (besides Bob's music), and that when she and I broke up is when "The Distance" helped me through many a rough night. I asked him if he was going to tour that year and as he was explaining his plans, it felt like I was talking to a cool neighbor and he was telling me what he was thinking of doing that summer. Except, I kept reminding myself, he'd be doing his thing in front of thousands of screaming fans all across the country!
Bob finally said thanks once again and shook my hand and joined his friends at the end of the bar. I sat back down and had another shot.
The smile stayed on my face all night.
Some "official" looking guy came rushing into the bar and found Bob and the guys and dragged them out. "C'mon, we've still got the rest of the session!" he kept saying, or something to that effect. Bob gave me a pat on the back as he passed by on his way out.
I'll never forget that. To this day it still makes me feel good.
Thanks for letting me share it with you and all the great Seger fans out there. And thanks again for this great site.
Many thanks for your letter. Your's is one of the best I've read so far. I think the reason I like it so much is because it shows so much humanity: your's as a fan not wanting to appear fan-like (man, do I know that feeling) and Seger's as a person -- not just a singer or a star, but a person who in his own way needs to connect with us as much as we need/want to connect with him.
I'm glad you had that experience and I'm glad you took the time to share it. I'd love to post it on the site.
I'm flattered that you want to post my letter on your site -- please do.
"My meeting with Bob" still ranks as one of the great moments in my life, mainly because of the "connections" you mentioned, but it's not a story I tell everyday. Perhaps because only true Seger fans can really understand the meaning it held for one of their own.
Dec 22, 1998
From: "Allen Dodge" <email@example.com>
Hi, I've been a Seger fan since the first time I heard Heavy Music back in '67. I'd just gotten my drivers license and herd he was going to be doing a show in Flint, So I drove down from Midland, Mich. to see his band.
At 16, the first concert I went to was a Bob Seger concert. I drove 60 miles to see him and lied to my parents as to where I was going cause they never would have let me have the car to go that far. The concert was so great if they had grounded me for ten years it would have been worth it.
I saw concerts with Seger in Bay City, Flint, Saginaw, Houghton Lake, Ann Arbor and of course Detroit, in the summer of 69. I probably put a couple thousand miles on my car going from one concert to the next.
Early Seger albums were pretty poorly made, but in concert he was the best. I saw major groups, like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, all of whose albums were better than Seger, but none of them could put on a show like the little local shows that Seger did
I probably saw Seger in concert 60 times between 67 and 71 when I got drafted and went to Nam. When I got out of the Military in 77, everything was changed, no more little concerts on the grass, He was a big star, I had missed all the Teagarden and Van Winkle years, and all the changes in his band that took place in those troubled years.
But I wanted to tell of a little incident that happened back in 68, probably between the Noah album and Mongrel.
In the Fall of '70, I and some friends went to an all day rock festival at Sherwood Forest amusement park somewhere outside of Flint, Mi. Seger and Ted Nugent were the headliners, and there were about ten other bands scheduled.
Some time in the afternoon I left the concert area and was wandering around "checking out the chicks" and resting my ears a little, when I saw an old black Cadillac drive up. It had a 'Bob Seger fan club' sticker on it, and I thought gosh could that be Seger.
Sure enough he and his band members climbed out of the car. I think this may have been at one of the points when Seger was thinking about quitting music, as he was clearly not happy. I overheard them talking about the schedule, they were supposed to go on stage around eight at night but had gotten there five hours early. He was clearly unhappy and agitated. Seger is human, that is what makes his music great. He doesn't pretend to be anything other than what he is.
I wanted so much to ask him for an autograph. He was my idol, but I couldn't bring myself to do it partially because, I was a little shy then, and partially as I could tell he was having a bad day. I stood around and watched without being too obvious, and finally Seger walked off with one of the production people from the concert to try to figure out what was going on. I don't think anyone else recognized Seger at that point, as people were milling about headed from the parking area over to the concert area.
After all of the band members left the area, I walked over and touched the Cadillac. It may not have been the same as getting an autograph, but to me at the time it was the greatest event of my life...I may not have his autograph, but I have the feel of his car imbedded in my sole, which means something very special to me.
For Seger this was probably one of his worst days, He didn't go on stage until nine o'clock, and the weather had become frigid. One of his amplifiers sparked and started to smoke during Heavy Music, and the pedal broke on Pep Perrine's drums during his drum solo.
After two apologies to the crowd for the delays, the equipment was fixed and they finished out their set, but Seger who was only wearing a T-shirt was clearly freezing and the two breaks in his set did nothing to help him keep his energy up. Despite it all it was still a great set and he did his best to please the crowd.
The stage announcer had introduced Seger as "The Inventor of Heavy Music", Which I thought was very fitting. ON STAGE, Seger only cares about pleasing the crowd. It was a pretty good night despite all the problems.
A year later, I made love for the first time with Seger's version of "River Deep, Mountain High" playing in the background. Even though I now live in California and have for many years, those concert days in Michigan are what I remember most about my life. I feel that there is a union between Seger and his Fans, despite the fact that he is a very private person, and does not mingle with his fans and appear on television like so many stars do.
That is part of his personality, and I think that that is what gives his music the raw cutting edge that it has...It is what makes his music great. Personality, feelings, emotion.
Most musicians perform. Seger emits.
Dec 23, 1998
From: "Allen Dodge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I was reading about Tom Neme, and the Noah album...[one] interesting thing was of all
the concerts I went to in that era, I never saw Neme at any of these, that I know of. Seger always played lead guitar, and I don't remember anyone ever doing lead vocals other than Seger at a concert.
The early concerts with the Heard, were trios. The first System concerts that I went to were also trios, and had Seger switching between lead guitar and piano, and later concerts all had four members with an organ/ sax player.
I always thought Seger was great on guitar, I never understood why he ever wanted anyone else to play lead while he sang, that was the real weird thing about Neme...I don't remember Seger having a five member bands back then, except what was listed on the record jacket.
Dec 24, 1998
Subject: Regarding "Back In 72"
I just happened to run across your website for Seger and was very pleased to see there are other Seger fans as big as myself and pleased to see my name mentioned in your description of the original flyer of the Palladium/Reprise album.
I'm the musician who had the band, Julia, he used to tour with, Bill Mueller...I'm no longer living in Detroit and my name was changed a long time ago, but I'm still in the music business and I'm just recently diving into this internet, website stuff. Maybe we'll get to connect some day. Til then, take care and keep on rockin'.
It's great to hear from someone who toured with Bob. I probably heard you live in various places back then...
I'll admit I've always been a little confused about Julia and the band Seger called My Band. I've always assumed that Julia was an existing band that Seger hooked up with...if you ever find yourself in the mood to tell how that happened, I'd love to learn more about it.
...You're right about Julia being an existing band Bob hooked up with. We were from Southgate / Downriver area and were managed by a lady named Ann Marston. She was a former Miss Michigan (1960 I think) and world champion archer and went legally blind due to diabetes.
Anyway, Ann brought us to the attention of Punch Andrews, who signed us to a publishing, production and recording contract. Almost immediately after, she passed away and Punch became our manager.
During this time period, we used to play at Punch's Birmingham Palladium and Seger heard me sing and asked me to sing background vocals on a single called "Lookin' Back." We became friends and Punch new that Bob was my hero and I knew every Seger song there was at the time, so for his tour supporting the "Brand New Morning" Lp, Punch sent out a package deal with Julia as an opening act, then Seger solo, then we would be his band for the final part of the show.
When that tour ended, Bob recorded the "Smokin' OP's" album with Teagarden and Vanwinkle and for whatever reason, they couldn't finish the touring to support that LP so once again Julia became his band.
After that tour Bob and Punch took me down to Muscle Shoals, without my band Julia, to record what would become the 'Back In 72" LP and as usual for bands, there was a lot of resentment and tension with Julia being left out in the cold so they broke up. Before the album came out he put another band together with me on guitar, Marci Levy on B/G vocals, Jamie Oldaker on drums, Dick Sims on keys, Alto Reed on sax, (who at the time was still Tommy Cartmell), and a percussionist named Sergio Pastora. By the time the LP came out, I was gone and I assume the band that existed when "72" came out is the band he referred to as "My Band." Some tracks I cut with Bob in Detroit previous to all this, ended up on the next LP called "Bob Seger Seven" (School Teacher).
Since then there's been a lot of music under the bridge for me. Don't even know where to start but while I was still in Detroit I got involved with a producer named Don Davis who produced an LP on me for his label which folded before it could ever be released, played on a song I wrote for Albert King's "King Albert" LP called "Bootlace," sang "The News Done Give Me The Blues" for the Detroit Free Press, won an Emmy Award for some music I wrote for ABC TV, recorded my first solo LP attempt that actually came out called "No Place Like Home" for an indie label and then left Detroit late in "79" and moved down to Florida and toured the South East with my own band called the Bill Mueller Band where I ultimately ended up being re-named Blue Miller, (the guys flip-flopped the il in Bill with the ue in Mueller, go figure).
I was asked by Chuck Leavell to sing a single release on Arista records for his band called Sea Level, and then I moved up to Atlanta. Played and sang a bunch of sessions as a studio musician and ended up working with a band called Europe, (Final Countdown LP), Peabo Bryson and Isaac Hayes. Did two LP's with Issac and then joined his band for an American and Australian tour, (Only white boy in a 12 piece black band).
Found myself moving to Nashville as a song-writer for RCA Music Publishing, (BMG) and started a band called Gibson/Miller Band, (Country/Rock). We got signed to Epic Records and had two successful CD's until my partner flipped out. We won the best new vocal group of the year award and did the opening scene music for a movie called "The Cowboy Way" with Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland (I think they show a piece of our video clip on the rental movies). Since the rest of us were all from "Up North", when my partner Gibson, who was the only Southern/Country member of the band quit, Epic decided my raspy voice was too Rock and we didn't fit Country radio anymore so.......
I did a CD with my band (Blue Miller and Kick In The Asphalt) last year for RJ Reynolds / Winston Cup Racing called "Kick In The Asphalt." We did 1,300,000 copies and played the tracks and different racing functions.
Which leads me to now. I'm just finishing a new independent CD and launching my own website (bluemiller.com). I'd love it and really appreciate it if you could check out my site and possibly let me link to yours?
Well, I hope I didn't bend your ear too much. This is probably a lot more than you wanted to know, but I love meeting and talking to new people. Take care and I'll talk to you later.
Happy New Year,
Dec 27, 1998
Subject: Get out of Denver Lyrics
Nice Seger site.
The official lyrics are on the attachment.
I also have a Live Bullet/Night Moves which has the music and lyrics for most of the songs (see attachment) from the above albums along with some photos. The cost was $6.95 and the copyright is 1977 and was published by :
- Columbia Pictures Publications
- 16333 N.W. 54th Ave
- Hialeah, FL 33014
Hope this helps you out.
Dec 27, 1998
I recall well over 30 yrs. ago being in a fast food rest. parking lot and seeing a panel truck pull up with a picture of a lady dressed in blue looking like she was standing on clouds with "The Bob Seger System" written on it and I have been a fan ever since.
I don't think that I have ever missed a concert in the Detroit area. I have even slept in front of the Birmingham Theater with 2 shows being sold out and waiting for the third one to be announced.
I am now 42, married and the mother of 3 children ages 9, 6 & 4 and very proud to say that they are also Bob Seger fans! THANK YOU so very much for all of the years of such wonderful music and great entertainment.
Jan 6, 1999
From: "Connie S. Mowatt" <email@example.com>
Was in a garage band, out of North Branch, MI, back in the mid 60's, and had the opportunity to meet and play with a lot of great bands such as the Rationals, Jayhawkers, Bossmen, Zookie and the Potentates, Terry Knight and the Pack, ? & The Mysterians.
These were all excellent bands, but the ultimate experience was playing gigs with Bob Seger and the Last Heard. If you played five straight nights, he would be as good on the fifth night as on the first. Truly a great performer. For those that never got the chance to see him early in his career, or hear his early music, you truly missed out on something special. Bob Seger is ...The ultimate performer.
Jan 15, 1999
Scott I hope you get this e-mail as I am new to on line computer stuff. My children found your web site for me about six months ago and I spent hours going through it. My oldest daughter said "Dad there is another Bob Seger weirdo like you."
I have procrastinated sending you the most unbelievable letter that ever happened to me...just a clue I live in Mn and my wife and I flew to Cleveland for Bob's concert in 96. This three day trip turned out to be something that every Seger fan that feels that he or she is #1 fan can only dream about!
Jan 15, 1999
From: Student <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello! My name is Bryan and I am a Bob Seger fan on a mission. I was wondering if you could tell me how to find a CD copy of Bob's 1969 first album "Ramblin Gamblin Man."
I have been searching for 2 years and I have come up with nothing. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. My e-mail address is email@example.com
Jan 17, 1999
I just wanted to make a comment about the song "Long Twin Silver Line." I have always considered that song about the road and not railroad tracks. If you look at a road map, in traveling by road to Los Angeles, you take Interstate 80 to Salt Lake City and then turn left onto Interstate 15 (hangs a big left in Salt Lake City). If you take that interpretation, the lyric makes a lot more sense.
Thanks, I've enjoyed Bob Seger for years and I've enjoyed this web site.
Jan 20, 1999
From: Cheryl Sibole <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Please help
I absolutely need some information. A lot of people it seems lately, have been spreading a rumor about Seger that I find disturbing. I keep hearing that he is an admitted communist. I personally do not believe it, and when I ask these people where they heard such crap, they don't recall.
What I am asking for is verification from someone that he is NOT a communist, I want something in print so I can say where I got MY information from! My husband is very patriotic and if this were to be true, there would no longer be any Seger music played in our home. So please help me to nip this rumor in the bud now before it gets out of hand. Thank you very much!
Well, it's true that just after the Bay of Pigs, Seger frequently traveled to Havana and recorded several songs there with Fidel Castro on bass...oh, wait a sec, that's actually not true. It's so hard to separate fact from fiction these days. The actual truth is, I'm really only interested in Seger's music. I don't know that much about his personal life or political beliefs.
Jan 19, 1999
From: Joel Graff <email@example.com>
Subject: Seger memories
The first time I heard Seger play was in 1967 at Eastern Michigan University. Tickets were $5 and he was playing with the Seger System. I was blown away and being a wanna-be drummer I had to meet him. At that time it was easy and I struck up a wonderful friendship that lasted long into the 1970s when he became so popular no one could get near him.
I remember staying at his home in Ann Arbor just about the time Noah was released and finding a stray cat at the University of Michigan. I brought it to his house and he adopted it and named him Noah.
The band moved to Rochester Michigan to a 20-acre farm about the end of 1969. The passion of the boys back then was baseball. Dan Honaker and Pep Perrine loved to play, and we had many a pick-up game in the field of the farm. I still have some of the old 45's that were given to me, among them...East Side Story, Persecution Smith, and Chain Smoking.
I even appeared on stage with them at the 33 Bowl in Pontiac several times playing the maracas on Heavy Music. It was a great time back then.
Bob was as nice a person as you can possibly imagine, perhaps that's why he was taken advantage of so often. I have many an old photo I took from those times and even got the band some bookings at a time when the going rate was only $1,500 per show. Can you believe that?????
Anyway the last time I saw Bob was in 1975 at a show in Rochester N.Y. I managed to get back stage where I took several photos in the dressing room after the show.
I never got to see him again after that although I did attend several concerts. Ever since I first saw him perform he has been my favorite artist....Love live Bob Seger
Jan 22, 1999
Subject: Hi just a note on Bob Seger...
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I enjoyed your site...I never knew the history or the stories behind the music...i was born, in 1970 and can remember my momma singing Turn the Page and slow dancing with my daddy on the front porch when we all were supposed to be going to sleep...I came across you page on the web looking for the sound clip...Thanks for filling in all the blanks on one of my favorite singers and bringing back some very sweet memories...
Jan 23, 1999
From: cris reynolds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am 25 years old and I am a major Bob Seger fan. I toured your site and loved it. Good work.
I fell in love with his music when I was really young and I was in the bar with my dad. My dad gave me a quarter to play the jukebox and I hit some numbers and "Old Time Rock-n-Roll" came on. After that I was bugging my dad to give me more money so I could play that song over and over again. People were giving me money to play a different song, but I would push the same buttons every time.
I had two wishes that I wanted fulfilled before the end of my time, and one of those was to see Bob in concert. I got that wish in March of '96. My husband bought me tickets for a
Valentine's gift. I was so excited when my husband told me, that I slapped him right across the face. The seats that we had were not the best, but I got to see him and that was a definite dream come true.
Anyway, I just wanted to tell you thank you for the site and you are doing a great job.
I guess now we know why "Old Time Rock and Roll" has been certified as the most-played jukebox song of all time. It was you with all your dad's quarters!
Jan 28, 1999
Subject: Drew Abbott
Thanks for the Seger info, but mostly the story on Drew. Often wondered what happened to him. Growing up in Northern Ohio, I used to catch his old band The Third Power as often as possible.
Somewhere in the basement I have some really bad tapes recorded in a metal building at the Van Wert, Ohio fairgrounds in '69-71. The tape sounds lousy, the boys were a little too loaded, but that music still rocks to this day. Wish I could locate a copy of their album (mine was stolen years ago).
Jan 28, 1999
From: "Tamara Inscoe" <email@example.com>
Subject: Craig Frost
I just visited your site, and was thrilled with the amount of information. However, I have a request. I have been a huge fan of Craig Frost since back in his Grand Funk days. Any possibility that you could add some information on Craig to the site?
I wish I had more info on Craig Frost, as well as Drew and the others. The fact is, not that much gets written about them, so I just don't have access to that much information.
On a related note, see the following letter from fellow Seger webmaster Kevin Walsh:
Jan 29, 999
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin Walsh)
Subject: Campbell Question
I put together a Chris Campbell page a the guy has been very nice to me in the past, and I idolized him along with Bob when I was a kid and I wanted him to have some kind of presence on the web.
My question is whether he played on Back in '72 or not and if so, which songs? That is the only album that I do not have a physical copy of (for reasons obvious to us, but not those who constantly ask where they can get one). I do not have lots of info on Chris' career etc. but I was listing out the songs I know he has played by album. I checked your site and you only mention Alto other than Muscle Shoals. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Hi, glad to help. Doing a Campbell page is a great idea. I took a cue from your page recently and finally added a link to Alto's page, and another one to yours.
If Campbell played on Back in '72, he didn't get any credit, as his name isn't listed on the back. Dick Sims is credited with organ and pedal bass, except for the Muscle Shoals tracks, where David Hood is on bass.
Your question made me realize that I don't know much about Campbell or how he joined the band. I remember reading somewhere that Seger was going to ask Dan Honaker to tour with him, but that Honaker broke his arm about that time, and so he asked Campbell instead. But that's all of the story I know.
[The page Kevin mentions, The Chris Campbell Appreciation Page is already online. Or check out Kevin Walsh's Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Unofficial Site. It's worth visiting.]
Jan 28, 1999
From: "Allen Dodge" <email@example.com>
The thing that really attracted me to Seger in the sixties, was that in a wasteland of pop and bubblegum little love songs, here was this guy singing about the things that had meaning to me, and with this hard rock beat that kicked ass for its time.
Nobody else took chances and sang about the death penalty, and Viet Nam or political issues that were important to everyone. The sad thing is that he touched such a small audience during that time when his lyrics were so powerful...
"Big River" was another song ( off the Mongrel album) that never got much air play, but the line "follow your heart, follow your rainbow, and you will find you are not alone," had a lot of meaning to me at the time. It was like as I grew up, the songs that Seger played were aimed directly at me...
Later when I was in the military, and everybody was really of sick of the place, "Katmandu" came out, and everybody was singing "If I ever get out of here, I'm going to Katmandu." All the guys that I knew in the military related to it.
And "Feel Like a Number" came out when I was in a transition period in my life, and feeling a little left out of things. It's hard to explain, but I feel that I could take a list of Seger's songs down through the years, and it would tell the story of my life. It's not that I just absolutely love his music (which I do) it's the tremendous amount of meaning that these songs have that sets him apart from all the other song writers out there.
Talk to you later,
Jan 30, 1999
From: RKHayford@webtv.net (Katrina Hayford)
Dear Seger File
I enjoyed the Segerfile very much, came across it as I was searching the web for a place to ask questions. Since I never did find the "place," I`ll just stop and do my business here.
First, where is the Bob Seger tribute album? The Eagles, Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, and others of course all have tribute albums from various artists who have been influenced by them. Surely some of toda's air wave warriors owe some influence to Bob?
Second, and more importantly, where in hell is the Bob Seger "boxed set"? Everyone who even hummed a melody in the seventies has put out a boxed set. It is this glaring error which has caused me to offer the suggestion that Capitol Records can go suck eggs.
Finally, I am a devoted Seger fan who would like to complete my Bob Seger catalog. This is very hard to do since only 1975 (Beautiful Loser) and later material is available. I got lucky and found a cassete of Beverly Hills Cop 2, which contains "Shakedown." I was also lucky enough to find cassetes of "Smokin OPs", and "Ramblin Gamblin Man" but the quality is horrible. However, I am unable to find a copy, in any format, of the sound track of "Teachers" which contains the song "Understanding."
I understand that on an early seventies recording Bob covers "Midnight Rider." I would love to hear that. If any segerphiles out there have any suggestions, please e-mail -- RKHayford@webtv.net
Thanks, and once again I love the Segerfile.
You speak for a lot of Seger Fans when you ask about the box set. My sense, from what I've read over the years, is that it's Seger and Punch who want to go slow on that, not Capitol. They want to focus on what's new, not on the past, or so I've heard. And they want to keep prices down for the fans, by putting out single disks, rather than multi-disk sets. Or whatever.
Meanwhile, where do hard-core fans find the older stuff? Well, eBay.com, if you've got money to spend. Lately, copies of Back in '72 (which contains the "Midnight Rider" cut you mentioned) and Brand New Morning have sold for approximately $100. If you're patient, (and very tenacious) you're better off in the used record stores, since a lot of them don't realize what old Seger albums are worth. Good luck.
Feb 1, 1999
From: Bjørn Sollie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello Mr. Sparkling
We are two middel ages gyes (35 and 41) fom Norway who love Bob Seger and hes music.
We have planed to visit USA if Bob is planning a new tour. I wonder if you can give us any information about hes future plans. The greates happening for us will be if he visited Norway. Our dream is standing on the front line singing "We got tonight" waving with the lighter.
We looking forward to your answer!
Bjørn and John
Bjorn and John,
Get the lighter ready. The rumor is that Seger will tour the US in 1999, but nothing's been announced yet. I'm hoping there might be an official announcement in the next month or so. As soon as I hear anything, I'll post it on my News and Update page.
Many thanks for writing, and best wishes,
Feb 10, 1999
I have been a Bob Seger fanatic since 1974...When I first found out Bob was going to tour in '96, I tried to get tickets for Pittsburgh. That failed so the next place I tried was Cleveland. I live in Minnesota, so I went to my local Ticketmaster and got main floor tickets the day they went on sale.
Now the only problem would be plane tickets and someone to take care of my bar and 4 kids while my wife and I flew to Cleveland for the concert. My wife called Cleveland and booked us a room at the closest hotel to the arena. She called me and said all they had left was the top floor rooms, which cost $350 a day. I said "Money's no object, book it."
We flew to Cleveland from MN for $680 a ticket. This was the day before the concert. We went to check in and both of us were uncomfortable with the hotel -- suit and tie people and a piano playing elevator music. We talked over switching hotels and using taxis to get around during the next three days.
Just then a couple guys dressed in leather came to check in as we debated what to do. They were the first people that didn't have suits on. I joked to my wife "They're probably Bob's roadies."
Then I turned to my right and there was a women holding a little red-haired child. I started to shake as I knew Bob's kids have red hair. I then looked up and to my right was BOB himself!
I was .....I don't know how to describe how I felt at that moment. I've told people since, I've met many famous people in my life but the difference is I would take that moment over meeting any person in the world. I can only treasure what was to happen next.
When I finally could breath, I checked in and we headed up to our room. It takes a key to get to the top floor in the elevator. We got to our room and I spent the next 20 minutes calling back home to tell people that Bob was staying in the same hotel as us.
When that was done we went out to what is a club room in the middle of the floor we were on. There was a self-serve beverage display which is comped as part of the price of your room on this floor. My wife and I sat and watched as Bob, the band and his family moved in. Now here's the bizarre part -- there were about 40 rooms on that floor...34 of them sat empty...Chris, Tim and Alto had rooms at one end of the floor -- Bob's mother-in-law and nanny had a room in the center of the floor. All the way at the other end, past 15 empty rooms, were my wife and myself with Bob and Nita in the very next room! We were the only public up there!
Anyway, as we sat there in the club room, a group gathered to unwind and settle in...Nita, her mother, the nanny and a band member. My wife started talking to them and I thank her because I could not talk yet as I was still in shock! After about 20 minutes of conversation Nita asked, "What brings you to Cleveland anyway?" I said "The concert." She said "Oh my! You two are going to have fun."
The rest of that first day is a blur. I ran up a $600 phone bill just calling friends to tell them about our unbelievable fortune.
We spent a good part of the day with Bob's mother-in-law and his kids just hanging out on that floor's living room lounge, as everyone else had gone elsewhere in the afternoon. She is a wonderful lady and told me I was the only person that had ever asked her for her autograph. She signed the CD "Bob's mother-in-law."
Anyway, that first day we had met everyone there except Bob himself. The few times he would be around I was speechless. As we went to bed that night my wife told me "Mike, you will hate yourself if you don't at least try to talk to Bob."
I called for a wake-up call for 6 a.m. to hopefully catch Bob out of his room getting coffee. The wake-up call came and I managed to get up and shower. I opened the door and headed down the hall passing Wall Street journals that were put in front of 34 empty rooms. I met Nita coming off the elevator and she said she had gone to buy a normal newspaper. I went back to my room after about 30 minutes of sitting in the club room by myself at 6:30 am waiting on a dream. My wife was still sleeping so I decided I go down and buy a paper myself. I opened my door and Bob was a foot away returning to his room.
I said "Bob before you leave, can I please have your autograph?" He said, "My wife tells me you came all the way from Minnesota for the concert; come on in."
I can't express in words how I felt at that moment. The next 15 minutes I spent in that room with Bob Seger and his family I will treasure forever. He signed CDs for my bar and a personal portrait that now is the centerpiece of my tavern. When I returned next door and woke my wife, she couldn't believe it!
That evening was the concert. My wife and I sat in the lounge before the concert and watched all the band members and entourage gather. Alto Reed had just flown in and he was the last band member I needed to make my CD autographs complete. After the concert we spent the rest of night with the band at the hotel bar.
We went to check out and as we were waiting for our ride to the airport, Bill B., the tour manager, caught us and gave me an autographed album cover of the new CD. He said "Bob wanted me to give you this." That was the topper!!!
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