Seger Fans On Tour
A special section of The Seger File.
Updated December 19, 2006
Written and edited by Scott Sparling
sparling@segerfile.com

Grand Rapids, 11/08/06

Jim Bell

Was that awesome or what!!!

I can't remember a crowd so hyped, so loud and so appreciative. Naturally Bob and the band proved that they should never stop touring.

My son grew up listening to Bob Seger music and for the past ten years I've been telling him I would take him to a concert if they ever toured again. Wednesday I had that chance and he was blown away.

We had floor seats, 10 rows from the front and we could watch the big grin on Bob's face all night long. He clearly enjoyed being up there on the stage.

After the concert we went to our hotel, the Amway Grand, and at about 1:00 am in walks the band.

I was able to speak with Alto Reed for a few minutes and got a great picture of him with me.

I've been following Bob Seger for nearly 40 years and this was the most special of all shows.


Chad Blauwkamp

 

 

 

Was at the GR show last night, my first Seger experience.  I was not disappointed one bit.  His "studio" voice, if you will, still translates as well live as it did on Live Bullet, a half life ago for Bob.  Aside from the feedback issues, and the understandable inability of Bob to hit some notes he used to be able to, the show was all I could have hoped for in the 8 years or so I've been wishing he would go on tour.  25 songs, 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 4 very happy people from my group (not to mention 11,996 or so others) was well, well, well worth the admission price.


David Boyle Photo
Saginaw, 11/10/06

Rosemary Couture

He played "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man!" Said he hadn't played it in 26 years. I almost pulled my hair out. Dumped "No Matter Who You Are," replaced with "No More"...a personal favorite of mine, but a dud in this crowd. Made a joke about Punch being his manager for 40 years then went into the song...out of 7,499 people, I alone got the joke. Took a 10 minute intermission break to change his clothes. Looked very pleased, very together, not at all flustered when a couple of his guitars got mixed up. The sound system in Saginaw was awful! I could hear Bob just fine, and he sounded great, but the horns were nothing but squeals and feedback.


Jeff Brow

We got into the Dow Event Center and headed for the merchandise...great assortment, but I like to collect programs and there were none (much like the last tour if I remember right). Pretty sure I'll be purchasing a "retro" shirt at my next show at the Palace.

Next we made the mandatory beverage purchases ($8 each...you got a deal!) and headed into our main floor seats. I noticed that everybody we came into contact with (ticket takers, vendors, security, fans) were extraordinarily nice. Were they just as excited about Seger being in the building or do I just expect something different being accustomed to Detroit venues?

While waiting for the show I experienced a similar feeling of excitement/anxiety that was not letting me fully enjoy myself. I think I was almost nervous for the moment...would the voice be there? Now, I had seen Seger in February at the Kid Rock show and again at Game 1 of the World Series where he sounded great, but these were 1 song performances...could he hold up to a full concert.

My fears were quelled when I heard the first lyrics of Roll Me Away...I could tell right then that the Boys WERE back in town, and my anxiety began to ease.

Tryin' was next and blew me away. I knew (or had a good idea) it was coming because of your posting, but it still seemed to take me by surprise. With every song I just kept building up steam and the Silver Bullets followed suit. I too am a huge fan of the new album (Favorite - No More ; Least Favorite - Simplicity) and welcomed the new music by singing along with every lyric while many of those around me decided to take a seat.

Then back to the classics...everyone sprang to their feet for Betty Lou and watched as the band lined up for some choreography. We've Got Tonight got the lighters and cell phones lit and for Turn The Page I mentioned to my fiancé the absolute force of and what it must feel like to have an entire stadium singing every word of a song you wrote.

Next came Travelin' Man / Beautiful Loser and I thought I was going to get knocked over by the sheer power and energy that was coming from the stage. As awesome as this concert was, nothing else touched this combo performance. I was almost thankful for the intermission that followed... it gave a chance to catch a breath and call all of my friends and family that are going to the Palace shows with me. Seger came back a little bashfully and relayed the story of trying to change his shirt in G.R. during Don Brewer's drum solo, but was late for Beautiful Loser. Listening to his words I felt like I was in his home studio and he was just talking to me...somehow he makes it feel personal.

The first song after the break was Simplicity...luckily this is not a favorite for my fiancé either and she took the opportunity to get us beers (great girl). I mean, even though it's not my favorite, it's still Seger and I had no intention of missing a note.

Next, Seger announced 'This one goes back 40 YEARS!' and broke into Ramblin' Gamblin' Man. What a great song...and to be the first to hear it live for 26 years is pretty special too. I thought that the acoustic portion was great although I must admit that I had to do a little brushing op on Sightseeing before going to the show. I found the string of Sunspot, Bop and Katmandu to leave me a little lightheaded.

The two encores had the entire audience dancing, singing and smiling...how could they not? Seger again changed his Rock and Roll Never Forgets lyric to 61 rather than 31 (as I suspect will be the case for the remainder of the tour) and then it was over...for now.

The show was nothing less than incredible and left me excited for the Palace shows and hopefully a show at the Joe (Louis). Anybody reading this that may be going to upcoming shows need not worry about Segers voice as I think that he could have gone another hour easily...we know he's got the material for it!


Tricia

 

 

 

That was worth the 10 year wait!! Bob's return to Saginaw was a rock-n-roll party like we haven't seen here in way too long. The crowd was diverse in age but not in spirit! Bob and the band were definitely feeling the love with the roar of their fans. Sweet sixteen may have turned 61, but his energy and craft are going strong. What a great show! I've never had such a good time at the Dow. The place is lacking in acoustics to say the least, but any technical issues were overlooked by the all the people dancing and celebrating hearing Seger rockin' live again!


Grand Rapids, 11/12/06


Charleston, 11/14/06

Mike Carter

We caught the Seger show in Charleston, WV last night. The set list was the same as the Saginaw show.

The band was great, but the sound system sucked. Bobs vocals sounded muffled, the horns squeaked, the lead guitar too loud, the piano and organ too low, the mix was terrible. It was good to see Bob again, and I hope to see him again on this tour. I only hope the sound crew gets there act together soon.


Rick Bentley

Wow. That's all I can say. I saw two shows in 95/96 and loved them, but tonight's was even better. He seems to have more wind, more enthusiasm, is enjoying it more.

Also, I like the song selection (I can't say for sure, but I'm relatively certain the only change from GR2 was the addition of Sightseeing between C'est La Vie and Satisfied) a lot more this time too. I don't remember exactly what he played on that tour, but I like these songs ... and Ramblin' Gamblin' Man totally rocks.

On the site you had the sets for GR2 and Charleston the same but I'm absolutely positive he did Sightseeing, as we got this quick story, with Seger really having fun at his own expense at the end.

Well, to paraphrase, he said the first verse was about visiting a castle ... the second about meeting his wife ... "... and the third verse, well, the third verse is about, um, well, it's about visiting an art gallery. (pause) I don't know why I write this stuff ..."

Scott, he seemed so genuinely happy to be there, to get the enormous response. I've been to probably 100-200 concerts in my life, but the only time I've seen a crowded louder than this one got when he left after the main set was at a Garth Brooks show. It was incredible.

I probably enjoyed this show as much as any I've seen. He really had a blast, and so did we.

By the way, have you ever read a worse review than the Charleston one on your site? The "lead guitarist and saxophonist stealing the show"??? Do they not have names? I mean, anybody reading a Bob Seger review is going to know who Alto Reed is. Shouldn't the writer?

A couple of interesting things:

* He introduced the entire band at a couple of stops except the meat -- Alto, Chris and Don Brewer. He mentioned Craig Frost (as in "Craig Frost on piano, everybody ..."). But no formal introduction like the others got.

* There was a glitch at the beginning of "Turn the Page." He said, "I wrote this song ..." and the heavy cymbol began, so he stopped and Alto kicked in. After the sax, he said over the music, "... in a Wisconsin hotel." Kind of awkward to say the least.

* Three missed lyrics. One was in Roll Me Away, one more I can't exactly place, and surprisingly in Night Moves (he skipped "Out in the backseat ..." and went straight to "working on mysteries ...", I believe). I say surprisingly, but I have a George Jones live disc where he forgot to come in on the final verse and sang the whole thing off by a line, so it happens. 

The first couple of times he smiled and laughed about it. During Night Moves he didn't seem to react at all.


Johnny Isaacs

I just wanted to add a couple of things to the already existing review of Bob's show in Charleston earlier this week: Seger and his crew rocked the Civic Center Coliseum. It was a near capacity crowd. Usually there are 11,500 tickets available for end-stage concerts, and there were just a few empty seats in the very back of the arena. I'd estimate 10,500 plus in attendance. The show was fabulous indeed, and a special note should go to backing vocalists Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy, and Barbara Payton--their voices added special emphasis to each song whenever they sang. Mark Chatfied was superb on his lead riffs--a very capable guitarist who should be better known. The rest of the band is also exceptional, and Alto Reed is Alto Reed--who else can play a rock 'n' roll saxophone like him??

It was really great to hear material from "Live Bullet," tunes like "Travelin' Man," "Beatiful Loser," "Turn The Page," and "Katmandu." "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" is possibly my all-time favorite Seger tune, so getting to hear that one was nice! I had great seats and sat close to the stage and not only could I see the band up close, but I had a great view of the whole arena. It's a great feeling to witness a chorus of 10,000 people singing along to "Turn The Page," and "Night Moves." Everybody knows Seger tunes, they are part of our lives and culture. Bob is rock and roll and rock and roll is Bob Seger. He may be 61 years old, but the way I see things is this: rock and roll is about attitude, NOT AGE. Thanks to Bob Seger for many years of great songs and memories, and for coming to Charleston, West Virginia, and giving those of us who went to see him a great memory. When I went home after the show, I felt like I had been visiting with an old friend. Rock and Roll Never Forgets, and Bob Seger will NEVER be forgotten.


Milwaukee, 11/16/06

Rohn Thackston

Being that I am transplanted Metropolitan Detroiter living in the Northern Chicago suburbs it was a thrill to know that I would be seeing Bob in Milwaukee a full month before all of my pals back in Motown!

The show was fantastic, as many other reviewers before me have noted.

I was stunned to see that the Bradley Center had so MANY empty seats! This caused me a bit of embarrassment. I have seen Bob many, many times and have NEVER seen a venue that was not full. What's up Milwaukee?  Shame on you!

Anyway, the Bradley Center is a bit of a concrete shell and does not have the best sound, need I say more?

The show featured pretty much the same set list as the others. I believe that Bob wrongly introduced Simplicity as being from The Fire Inside....oops!  And Rock & Roll Never Forgets kept the "16 to 31" reference true, not 61.  Though Bob was a bit winded at one point and made a reference to being 61. The new songs were ALL incredibly solid!

Mainstreet was kinda weak. Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser & Turn The Page literally brought tears to my eyes!

Now, as much as I LOVE Bob Seger and all that he means to those of us from the Detroit area, I gotta say that there were some songs that I just didn't really need to hear, such as Horizontal Bop, Betty Lou, C'est La Vie, Sunspot Baby, Sightseeing, Tryin' To Live My Life......OK, maybe I sound like a "non" fan. I would rather have heard him throw in some of these:

You'll Accomp'ny Me, The Fire Down Below, Still The Same, Understanding, Manhatten, The Real Love......Heck, I'm even ready to hear Like A Rock again!  But, reality is that I'm sure Bob has chosen certain songs that work better for his voice these days.

I noticed that one of the Tour Semi Trucks behind the arena had KID ROCK on the side of the truck. I was thinking that perhaps he was around......

No, he made no appearence. Does anybody know why that truck is being used by Bob?

So, BOB SEGER is back making his probable swansong to touring. His voice is not what it was, but much better than I really expected. Those of you going will not be disappointed.  See you at The Palace!


Mary Huotari

Just had to tell someone about the amazing concert last night in Milw.  Bob and the band were outstanding!  The fans were with him every moment and grateful to see his face again.  they stood from the first moment to the last and danced like there was no tomorrow.  the music was tight and sure.  the trip down memory lane was sweet and bittersweet at the same time. after 2 encores, the entire band formed a line accross the stage and bowed to the appause and whistles and yells of a very satisfied crowd.  hey, we may be old but we can still ROCK......Mary in Madison


Sally

Well, last night we drove 450 miles round trip to see the man. They were soooo awesome I want to go again. The sound was good and the place rocked so hard. I never saw so many old hippies in my life. It was the greatest concert I've been to in 38 yrs. He is so dignified and humble on stage in his black shirt and jeans always thanking us after each song. He said "hell I'm 61, what am I doing up here". Alto was rocking w/his shirt undone and off one time. They were sweating up a storm. I didn't get good photos but a couple weren't too bad. The security was really tight. No one was allowed anywhere except where your ticket said. Thanks again for the web sight good job. Biggest silent fan, Sally


David Wadd

Great show last night.  We had absolutely awesome seats.   About 5 rows off the floor, and right on the corner of the stage.  There were times Seger was no more than 10-15 yards from us.

Show started at 8:40.  Right before they took the stage they started piping in 'The Boys are Back in Town' which seemed fitting.  He opened with 'Roll Me Away' which is among my top 3 or 4 Seger tunes all time.    He and the band rolled through raucous versions of 'Trying to Live my Life Without You' and 'Wreck This Heart' (which sounded REALLY good live).   After 'Wreck' he walked to the mic with an acoustic Guitar and quipped he needed to take a little breather.  '61 years old!  ... <chuckle>  61?  What the H*LL am I doing up here?' ... Pretty funny and I don't think scripted.  I really think he had really torn in up the first 3 songs and was really feeling it.

He backed off the gas pedal for one song as he slid into 'Mainstreet'.  I love this song ... and it sounded good last night ... but as he has done on occasion live in the past he has substituted the haunting guitar lead that I think makes that song with a sax instead.  It sounds good, but its just not the same and the song has a little bit different feel to it when they use the sax instead.  When I saw him, I think at Alpine, he had a guy named Rick Vito playing lead guitar, and they did the guitar lead version as the song was recorded, and that night the song was one of the highlights of the show.  Last night it just sounded ok.

I, like a lot of Seger fans, have grown really 'Old Time Rock and Roll' weary over the years.  but last night ... that song just SMOKED!!!  He went into it coming out of Mainstreet, and brought the tempo of the concert right back up to full bore.  It sounded sooooo good ... better than I have ever heard it played live before.  I don't know if it was the addition of the horns, or what, but it sounded a lot fuller, and crisper, than I have heard it before.   This is one of the songs he did that knocked my socks off and it was a really pleasant surprise.

The highlight for me of the next 4 or 5 songs he did was 'Face the Promise' which I absolutely love!!  And it sounded fantastic live!!   It was kind of interesting to look around at the audience to see who was singing along and who was just sitting or standing there ... the perfect indication of who has heard the new album and who hasn't.   I don't know how anyone who heard that song for the first time live could keep from running right out after the show and buying  the disc ...

He went to the Piano for a couple tunes ... 'We've got Tonite' and 'Turn the Page'  He then did the 'Travelin Man/Beautiful Loser' combo, exactly as he does on Live Bullet and it sounded fantastic before a quick 10 minute intermission.

One of the other highlights then came when he did 'Ramblin Gamblin Man' ... which rocked ... So much off Live Bullet I'd love to hear in person in addition to the staples of 'Turn the Page/Travelin Man/Beautiful Loser/Katmandu'  This was one of them and it sounded really really good ... although this song illustrated for the first time in the show just how much of his top range he has lost over the years.

Another tune that just smoked live, was 'C'est La Vie'.  When I saw this showing up on his set lists I kept asking myself 'Why would he do THAT?  ... there is so much more in his library to choose from?'  Well, the answer has to be 'Because it sounds so d*mn good live!' ... and its was really obvious that both he and the band really have fun doing it.

The last 3 songs before the encore were absolutely awesome ... Sunspot Baby, Horizontal Bop, and Katmandu.   For me, the most memorable song from the whole show was 'Horizontal Bop'.  I like the song ok, and its fun to sing along to and all when it comes on the car radio , but I have always thought it sounded a little thin on the album cut  ... like it was missing something.  Last night it was VERY rich ... VERY powerful ... The band really pushed the tempo on it and it finished in a spinetingling, earringing crescendo.  Absolutely spectacular.  He had the crowd in a frenzy by the end of it ... and then busted into a great rendition of 'Katmandu' to end the main set.

He did two encores ... 2 songs in each ... 'Night Moves', (the greatest rock song ever written of course) which sounded really good ... and 'Hollywood Nights' (The song they were playing when Cindy called you) which was another that built to a fevered pace by the end.    Final encore was 'Against the Wind' and 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets' which was spectacular.   In my world, where I got to pick the songs and arrangement of the set list, 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets' would be the opening tune ... it just seems to me like given the message of the song, the tempo, its recognizable opening ... would be perfect ... and then he would put 'Let it Rock' back in his set list and end every show with it.

It was perhaps the fastest 2.5 hours of my life.  The band sounded very tight.  Great to see Don Brewer back behind the drums.  Alto Reed is a Sax God!  The addition of the 'Motor City Horns' really brought a nice rich depth to the sounds.  I honestly can't recall if he has used a horns section in other shows I have seen of his, but it seemed to me this was new for him.   I don't tend to like the sound of bands in arenas, but I thought the mix was really good last night.  Perhaps it was our close proximity to the speaks and stage that enhanced the sound over other shows I have seen in arenas where I always came away disappointed in the sound of the show ... but not last night.

There were a lot more empty seats than I would have expected ... all pretty much in the upper level straight back away from the stage.   But the crowd was extremely enthusiastic ... and I think Seger appreciated the reception he got.  The concert was never really marketed here at all ... I heard very little about it in the press, and there was little to no advertising for it that I know of.    I was hoping he'd get a sell out of course, but I would guess that the crowd was around 12-14,000  ( I think capacity is 18,000 for concerts).


Bob Knoblock Photo
Indianapolis, 11/18/06

Don "Dallas" Parker

Went to Indy last night and it was as promised. What a Rock and Roll show! But, I am not telling you anything you don't know.

The set list was the same as the 11-12 Grand Rapids set.

the sound..as I have been reading where it has been an issue... was pretty good...the horns sounded good..if anything, I thought they could have turned Bob up just a little..he seemed to get buried on the rockers. Noticed he leaves a part out on Katmandu...but I am not complaining...he didnt thank the Southern states..lol

pretty good and accurate review in the Indy Star this morning..it was the feel good show of 2006!  Plus, I think the mic did cut out a few times here and there..but overall..great show! Everyone I have talked to this morning..had a blast and really enjoyed it. People of all ages.


Scott Pegg

It is true, as many people have noted, that Bob cannot hit some of the notes he used to hit. It is also true that he sometimes gets around that by letting the crowd sing for him. We can all chuckle at his newfound Jerry Garcia-like fashion taste for plain black t-shirts that are not tucked in and the fact that he takes a ten minute intermission to change from one plain black t-shirt to another one. And, yes, the sound system could be better.

All of that is true, but it is also irrelevant. Having seen Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on their last four tours -- 1983 at Cobo Hall in Detroit; 1986 in Richmond, Virginia; 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia; and now 2006 in Indianapolis, I feel confident in saying that these guys are at their absolute peak right now. While my first show in Detroit in front of the hometown crowd remains special for a number of reasons, this tour far exceeds what they did in 1986 and it is better than 1996 as well. If anyone has doubts about whether or not they should go out and see Bob Seger at 61, put them aside, buy your tickets and prepare to be amazed.

I remember seeing the Rolling Stones for the first time last year and the biggest thing that stuck with me was how I never thought even for 5 seconds that they were phoning it in or just out to pad their retirement accounts. They clearly gave a damn. Seger is, if anything, even more impressive in this regard. He is clearly enjoying himself, he is clearly putting out (he does really try to give "every ounce of energy" away) and he knows his legacy and reputation are on the line. His concert performance in Indianapolis decisively demonstrated why he is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and how he touches so many people so deeply.

Whatever opening night jitters or glitches affected the first two or three shows of the tour, they are gone. They have now dialed this show into near-perfection. Some minor nitpicking can probably be done, but this is maybe the tightest Silver Bullet Band I have ever seen. Don Brewer on drums and Mark Chatfield on lead guitar combine to give the band an aggressive, attacking, nasty sound. Bob is playing more than he has on the previous two tours -- a lot of acoustic guitar, piano on two numbers and electric guitar on one. Alto Reed is seemingly absent or not very involved for a few minutes and then just nails a perfect, poignant, piercing sax solo that sends chills down your spine and shows why it remains an open question whether or not there ever could have been a world famous Bob Seger without an Alto Reed standing beside him. To a lesser extent, much the same can be said of the backup singers and the four-piece Motor City Horns. They don't do much for awhile and then just step up with a brilliant contribution at exactly the right time. Let us all not forget Chris Campbell either. The guy is so quiet, so calm and casual. He barely looks like he is breaking a sweat and you could almost forget he was there other than the colossal fact that he is laying down the foundation that everything else is built around. This band is tight, well-rehearsed and they have worked out all the kinks. Perhaps most importantly, they are all obviously having a lot of fun.

Unless Bob personally invited me to write the set list, it is hard to imagine how it could get much better than this. There are only a couple of songs I would even think about changing -- "Satisfied" and "C'est La Vie (You Never Can Tell)" in particular. Otherwise, this is about as good as anyone could reasonably hope for. "Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser" was stunningly powerful and just incredibly inspiring to hear. Honestly, just those ten minutes alone are worth $60. I'm driving to Cincinnati in a few days just to be in the same room again with that medley. Bringing "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" back into the rotation is Bob's early Christmas present to all of us who think "Live Bullet" is the greatest live album ever recorded. No one on the planet can rock like he can on the "Betty Lou" and "Horizontal Bop" kind of songs. The new stuff from "Face the Promise" holds up very well amidst the classics -- particularly the title track, "Wait For Me" and the thunderous "Wreck This Heart." "Katmandu" was a little too fast, but who cares? Seeing Bob actually play the acoustic guitar on "Night Moves" and "Against the Wind" and not just sing it was also a treat. In short, the show is inspiring, uplifting, fun, powerful, and probably, as opening act Steve Azar put it, "the greatest rock and roll show in a decade."

There are really only two things that I think could be done to improve the tour. First, if Bob is sticking closely to this set list, than how about mixing things up a bit? Why not open one night with "Wreck This Heart" and play "Roll Me Away" third? Alternatively, open up with "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and use "Roll Me Away" to start the post-intermission phase. Switch "Sunspot Baby" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" to create the neo-third side of "Live Bullet" closing medley of "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Horizontal Bop" and "Katmandu." How about closing with "Hollywood Nights" and making "Katmandu" the second encore or playing "Against the Wind" in the main set and making "Wait For Me" the third encore?

Second, why not start switching a few other songs into the set list periodically? Most obviously, either "No Matter Who You Are" or "Simplicity" could make way for "Real Mean Bottle." If "Sunspot Baby" is the album cut that wasn't a big single, how about switching it out once in awhile with "Brave Strangers" or something from The Distance? If he is going to do three songs he didn't write and one of them has to be "Old Time Rock and Roll," why not rotate "Trying To Live My Life Without You," "C'est La Vie," "Fortunate Son," "Shame on the Moon," "Real Mean Bottle," and "Bo Diddley" and not just play the first two every night. Finally, go for broke and pull out "Get Out of Denver" or "2+2=?" and just send everybody home screaming.

Even if none of that happens, this show is so perfect that it is worth seeing again. He can rewind it again in Cincinnati and play it exactly the same way and I'll still drive home a happy man. Whatever you do, don't miss this tour.


Knoxville, 11/20/06

Sheila M. Buchanan

November 20, 2006 was a night to remember for me.  Seger was wonderful!  I am 56 and was sitting in the middle of the geriatric section of 30-40 somethings.  They merely sat and listened, which is fine, but how they kept from movin' and groovin' is beyond me.  A couple of little ladies in their 70's were seated behind us and they were partying hardy!  They were fun and having fun and they didn't care who noticed!  God bless them! Next time I will sit with them!  I just didn't want the night to end. 

Bob's voice was strong and he was full of energy and he received a warm Tennessee welcome!  It was a wonderful concert that left you feeling young and vibrant again.  I'm so glad that he's back, and I love the Face The Promise cd.  Bob may be 61, but he sure doesn't act like it.  I hope he tours for a long time, and I hope he takes care of himself and his voice.  We need him!  Rock and roll never forgets, and we will never forget Bob!  We witnessed a legend that took us back to our younger days and lots of great memories.  Priceless!

Thank you, Bob, and God bless!


Jason Brown

Words cannot do the show justice and I will not even try to accurately gauge just how powerful it was. I've been fortunate in my life to have seen a lot of great rock shows by some of the most legendary names -- Seger's show in Knoxville just may be the pinnacle of my concert-going experiences (not to mention it was my 1st Seger show).  I don't believe anyone I've ever seen was as eagerly anticipated by their audience as Seger was; when those lights went out it was absolutely indescribable; and when he delivered that first line of Roll Me Away the arena just exploded in a way I haven't seen in a long time at a rock show.  The Silver Bullet Band was tight and Seger showed absolutely no age whatsoever in his voice.  If the show had been a live CD it wouldn't have sounded better.  I could tell Seger was excited to be on stage again, and his thanks to the fans for coming was as heartfelt and genuine as I've ever heard.  The passion and soul of rock & roll is alive and well.  I'm sure every night will be like this, with each performance of classics like Turn the Page and Against the Wind reinforcing the fact that Seger is just as relevant and powerful as he ever was.  It made me realize that he never did really go anywhere; with music as universal as his, he is and will always be around.


Dawn Davis

Traveled to Knoxville for a sneak peak, well worth the three and a half hour trip! Took one of my friends who is a Seeger first timer, tried to tell her.. We were in the cheap seats(bleachers)  but best in the house, didn't sit down the whole time! Yes "Rocking Robert" still has the voice that makes ya just wanna ROCK. The Silver Bullet Band sounded great too.  Would love to hear" No More" from Face The Promise but I guess no room for the string section? Maybe in Nashville on the 9th of Dec. Only glitch I heard or couldn't  hear was Hollywood nights, couldn't hear Bob at the end, not complaining I mean I lost my voice during Rambling Man. See Ya in Nashville!! Better seats I just hope those behind me like to dance cause I guarantee I'll be UP all night long, he just Rocks this old Ypsi Gypsy!! transplanted to Tennessee. Watch out there's a lot of Old Michiganders here so Nashville might feel a little like Ann Arbor on the ninth.


Cincinnati, 11/25/06

Mike

Last night I saw maybe the best concert I have ever been to in my life. Not only did Bob Seger sound better than he did when I say him once in '96 and once in '97, he may have sounded better than he did in "86 and '87.

There was no huffing and puffing, no broken voice, just a confident, strong voice booming all night long. The sellout crowd was on their feet all night, as Bob kept them dancing in the aisle, carefully inserting new material between powerful standards. He used the set list from the Indianapolis show.

What other performer can play two of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time, Old Time Rock and Roll and Turn the Page, BEFORE the intermission?

The crowd was worn out like an old pair of Levi's by the constant barrage of Rock and Roll standards. Just when they thought they could take a seat and catch their breath, Sunspot Baby or the Horizontal Bop would start to shake the place down.

Incredible. When I first heard Bob was touring agiain, I just hoped he would slow down and not embarass himself, sort of like President Bush before a debat. What I got instead was maybe the best concert I have ever been to in my life.


Don "Dallas" Parker

Well, I have to give you the review of the Cincy show and how it compared to Indy.

We sat closer at Cincy so that was a plus. The sound was even better! I say that from the standpoint...if you remember my Indy comments..they did, or so it seemed, bump Bob up a bit. Everything else mixed in well. Now, Bob himself seemed to be fighting a little bit of a hoarseness...wow, what am I saying!...on Mainstreet..he really backed off the mic to cough it out...and on the new "No matter who you are" it seemed to return..but after 40 years he knew how to work around it. It really wasn't that noticeable but you could tell if you were really watching, that it was there.

As I read elsewhere, for the most part the crowd was on its feet for most of the show. Only sitting when he played or was mid-way thru "Wait for me" and this continued thru the two other new songs. "Face the Promise" and the afore-mentioned "No matter". However, "Betty Lou" brought everybody back up to their feet and the party was on again!

Silver Bullet and all seemed extra sharp. I would have to say as crisp and "tight" as they were in Indy..they seemed even better this night. "Turn the Page" got the same arena sing along as everywhere else. The Cincy crowd didn't seem as motivated as Indy..but they were loud and as the night went on they seemed to capture the spirit. Sunspot Baby, Horizontal Bop really kicked the place into high gear. Noticed this time with Katmandu...Bob did thank the Southern States..but missed the Midwest States...well, he has equal time, now (lol). I believe he messed up a line on Night Moves or the throat bug returned...but I am in no way being critical. He seemed to let the crowd sing more on "Hollywood Nights" than he did at Indy..so Im guessing the throat issue had returned. However, the voice was still strong. I noticed much the same dancing and "back and forth hand waving" with Against The Wind". Overall, I thought this was a better experience than Indy..simply from the standpoint that we were, as stated, a bit closer. The band seemed crisper..even if by a tick. To me they were flawless. Plus the opening act, Eric Chruch..though he may not connect with the rock crowd as quickly as Azar did..is again a crisper, tighter band/unit than the other. He does have that "country twang" voice. However, I urge future concert goers to give him a fair shake. He has some good material, "Long List of Sinners" is a good tune and his closing number is solid. As is his band.

Overall, Bob Seger says it best..Rock and Roll never forgets...and neither will I! Thanks for two awesome performances and nights of endless memories.


Jim Abt

Overall, the Cincinnati show was spectacular! Some choose to have too much fun before the show, as evidenced by the 20-something that passed out next to me before the show started. What a shame, he missed one of the great rock performers of any generation.

There were some not-so-good points though…some just for me:

The first song, Roll Me Away, one of my favorite Seger songs of all time, had the first verse drowned out by the crowd welcoming Bob to the stage. Bob needs to come out and allow the crowd to cheer for a few minutes, lights up, then launch into the first song.

The sound problems that several concert goers have complained about in other arenas seem to have been figured out for the most part. Notable exceptions were on "No Matter Who You Are", there seemed to be an entire line of instrumentation missing. On "Against the Wind" during the guitar/piano solo, where each instrument answers the other, the piano sound did not exist.

The only other bad point was "Night Moves". I think Bob needs to drop the guitar on this one, and focus on the vocal. It seemed to be secondary to him on this song, this night. He kind of mailed in the Seger "Oohs", "Yeahs", etc at the end. Hell, that's one of the best parts of a Seger song!

He also played "Satisfied" and not "Sightseeing". For me, that was a huge let down since I consider "Sightseeing" to be one of his top ten songs he has ever written. The weird part about that was that before the show started we saw the stage hands put an accordion on stage, but alas, it was never used.

Also, for me, he could drop "Trying to Live My Life Without You". Okay song, but not his, and he has so many of his he has to leave out, that I wonder why he keeps this in. I think he wants to use the horn section. How about dropping this one, and adding "Miami"… somewhere. Again, for me, "Miami" is one of the best he has written, and has some horns (which could be beefed up)

All that said, the show was truly breathtaking. The first set was great, Seger was in fine voice. I did not notice the guitar rework on "Face the Promise", for me it was a highlight of the first set. Another highlight was just the realization that nearly everyone sang every word on "We Got Tonight" and "Turn The Page." Me thinks the children of many of the 50/60 year-olds in attendance were conceived while listening to the former! The first set ended with the "Traveling Man' / "Beautiful Loser" pairing, and it was excellent, and a preamble for the second set.

The second set was the best 6 song rock set I have heard of my life. It started with Simplicity, which Seger and the Motor City Horns attacked. For me it was killer, and the best work of the horns all night.

The rest of the set just kept building in intensity. Seger and the Silver Bullets just took it to a different level, as they were unbelievably tight. 6 straight rockers, each extremely well done, Seger working the crowd. It truly was the best I have seen him and the band. I was also astonished that he did 6 straight rockers full throttle at age 61! Alto Reed pleased throughout the set of course.

The encores were great as well, except for the previous notes on "Moves" and "Wind". Once again, I have never seen the band play "Hollywood Nights" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" that well.

Other note: Seger's kids were in attendance, he even pointed them out. No mention of Nita.


Paul S

Got a chance to meet some of the guys from the Silver Bullet Band (no Bob was not there) after the show at the hotel bar they were staying at in Cincinnati.Alto,Chris Campbell. Moose Brown,Craig Frost and Mark Chatfield.They could not have been cooler.We talked to them for at least an hour,took pictures with them and Alto even picked up our bar tab.

It was a surreal experience!!.Its great when the people you admire from afar turn out to be even cooler then you thought.

ps oh ya the show was AWESOME!!

pss they told me they added a show in March in Columbus,OH (my hometown)


Tom Duffy

What an awesome performance by a 61 year old rock and roll legend. I thought for years that I would never see Bob and his band perform again. So when I heard he was going to be at U.S. Bank Arena, I organized a group of friends to join me in one of the private suites at the arena. The show he put on was absolutely 100% pure grain flawless rock and roll. He mixed his new music with the old time favorites to perfection. The audience we observed from up top, was on their feet most of the night if not all night. The Silver Bullet Band showed Cincy fans just what they were there for. From Alto Reed nailing down "Turn the Page" on his assortment of saxophones to Chris Campbell taking his base to the limit from the outset with "Roll Me Away". Should Bob and his band return to Cincy again, we'll be in Suite #33 ready for another stellar performance...you can take that to the bank!!


Scott Pegg

The setlist for Cincinnati was exactly the same as Indy. I guess Bob didn't read my review on your site or he chose to disregard my stellar advice.

Ticket update: Similar to what you reported earlier, fans without tickets should not disparage for two reasons. First, Ticketmaster does release great seats at the last minute. I checked two days before the show in Cincinnati and could only find upper level seats. One day before was the same story. The morning of the show there were seats in the back of the main floor. I almost bought them but was deterred by the monopoly service fee of $11. I then checked at about 2:00 PM in the afternoon and got Row B on the side of the stage, just behind the soundboard and Bob's family. We were maybe 10 feet from Alto Reed and the small platform on his side of the stage. Second, scalpers had lots of tickets available for below face value. I saw one guy who was offering a pair of prime floor seats for $50 each and had two other scalpers offered me tickets for $20.

A small glimpse into the Seger family: In Cincinnati, I sat about 5 feet away from where Bob's wife and kids watched most of the show. There are just off the side of the stage on Alto Reed and Craig Frost's side. Here are a couple of random tidbits and insights. Don Brewer and Mark Chatfield both came out to watch part of Steve Azar's opening set. Chatfield made a number of encouraging and positive gestures toward Azar's guitar player. It was very cool of them to show so much respect for the opening band. The first person Bob waived to when he came over to the side of the stage on "Roll Me Away" was his wife who smiled and waived back. When Bob talked about writing "No Matter Who You Are" for his kids, his wife gave them both a couple of exaggerated and playful hugs. His daughter seemed to enjoy "We've Got Tonight" more than anything, singing along with the entire song. On "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," Bob pointed one time at his daughter during the chorus to get her to sing along on the ramblin' man part of the chorus. Bob's wife was dancing and singing throughout "C'est La Vie" which made me wonder if it was in the setlist on her suggestion. When Bob dedicated "Satisfied" to his wife, his daughter turned to her mom and very dramatically sang and acted out the if I could be with you, I'd be satisfied part. They all seemed to be enjoying the show a lot. They were all in coats and jackets at the beginning of "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" and left midway through the song, presumably to join Bob for the ride to the airport and the flight home.


Mpls/St. Paul, 11/28/06

Chicago, 11/30/06

Shellie

Just got home from Chicago and signed into the Segerfile.  Wow, I just can't believe the reviews!  How can I even TRY to explain how wonderful the Chicago show was?  You thought Grand Rapids was loud?  Well, the Chicago crowd gave them a run for their money, let me tell ya!  Don't get me wrong, that 1st Grand Rapids show will NEVER be beaten in my mind.  Best show I'll ever see.  But Chicago was something else!  The crowd stopped the show for a few minutes.  Literally stopped the show.  Bob didn't know what to do.  You could tell he was slightly overwhelmed by the audience response.  It just went on and on and on and on and ... well, you get the idea.  He spoke to the audience more in Chicago, was laughing and joking.  Very loose.  Very relaxed.  And he was having a really good time.  This was show #5 for me, but if I had to rate what I have seen so far it would be:  (1) Grand Rapids, (2) Chicago, (3) Indianapolis, (4) Milwaukee, and last (5) Saginaw. 

Those people who write reviews are not representing Chicago properly at all.  Those 18,000 people at the Allstate Arena loved Bob Seger.  They embraced him and his music and they let him know it.  They ALL braved a really nasty storm to be there.  I met people from Indiana there and they were going to drive home that night.  I'm still worried about them.  I hope they made it home safely.

OH YEAH!  Bob told us that Patty Loveless was going to join him in Atlanta!!!  He said we should be there.  I said "I AM!"  How exciting is that?  But why Atlanta and not Nashville?  I was kinda expecting her to turn up there.  Doesn't really matter.  Just a little FYI.


Curt Petrey

Have to agree with everything said so far. This is the 13th time I have seen Seger and there was only one song I could have done without, Satisfied off the Greatest Hits II and I would have loved to see him replace it with Real Mean Bottle. Eric Church was really good too! Paid him homage to Bob and rocked the house in The Windy City! The standing ovation for Bob after Turn The Page had to last 4 minutes, chilling stuff. Here's to next year's tour!!!


    Michael Pfister

I didn't think Bob could do any better after seeing the Milwaukee show. It was fantastic!! I had to see another show.....Well the Chicago concert was off the hook!!! Those paper boys in Chicago who write those reviews are idiots...... I live in Chicago so its hard for me to say that. People who read their dribble will go away thinking that they didn't miss much..Well im hear to tell you, if you didn't make it, you missed a hell of a concert. 18000 people cant be wrong. And If they didn't like it, they wont have shook the house like they did..If you want a light show, smoke and bubbles go see the Blue Man Group..........


                               

Andrew Sharp

I flew in from Montreal with my brother and my best old time friend to see the show. Like everyone else we were a little worried about his health and voice, his ability to deliver up to his old standards. Those fears were put to rest real fast.

This is my 5th Seger concert since 1980, and while maybe he can't run around like he used to, or maybe not hold or hit some of the high notes, and that is being picky (and bye the way he wasn't far off), this show was absolutely stunning in every possible way.

The overall energy was awesome, from Bob, to the band, to the crowd.It was a complete Seger love-in, and justifiably so.

His voice was strong, and he sung with the passion and the old Seger sincerity and authority which, in my opinion, is unmatched anywhere. Actually, I think his voice grew stronger as the show went on. He was more chatty and loose than I can ever remember, and it was obvious he was having an absolute blast.

His honesty and sincerity are compelling, and so refreshing, and what is a pure joy is to see him aging gracefully without the need to hide his own frailties. He is just good old Bob, true blue, the man.

The set list was much the same as the other shows, which is to say awesome, and it is amazing to think that it only reflects a part of his enormous repertoire. Given that, I would prefer to see him switch C'est la Vie, Satisfied and Simplicity for something else, although I have to admit even they were pretty darn good. Actually, Simplicity, which I am not that crazy about I thought was quite impressive live. 

All the new stuff was exceptional and really fit in well with the older classics; he has surely done himself proud there. Wreck this Heart was a powerhouse, and so too was Face the Promise, especially with Bob at the end doing those exaggerated guitar licks showing us all, as he did throughout the night his great sense of humour. No Matter Who You Are  was totally great, it is clearly another seger anthem, and Wait for Me was very good. 

No doubt there were many stunning moments of music this night, every single song was delivered with power and the band was exceptionally tight. 

There was one moment that truly stood out and one I have never experienced before, the thunderous ovation after Turn the Page which which took on a life of its own and then somehow went to a higher level, and then again and again to a higher level  stopping the show for  4 minutes or so. Bob was totally overwhelmed and was at a loss as to what to do. He just laughed and dropped down to slap his knees. 

It was a timeless moment of mutual respect and appreciation, stunning and emotional  that brought tears to your eyes-WOW!!!!!! This was followed up by a performance of Travelin' Man and Beautiful Loser that was one for the ages.

And, of course the end was spectacular as well, it just kept building with the encores. Simply, this was the finest show I have ever seen, ever. I hope I get to book another. PS, I couldn't agree with you more about the newspaper critics, what is it with these guys anyway!!!      

Kansas City, MO 12/2/06

 Barb Shupe

Went to the KC show on Saturday night.  I was 8 rows from the stage.  Great seats!!!!! Awesome Show!!!!! I have waited for this for 10 years, seeing him last on June 13th, 1996.  I was not disappointed, except for the fact that the 2+ hours went by too fast.  His voice and energy are amazing, 31 or 61 he still has the stuff.

Face the Promise is a great album (did I just date myself?) and this is a great tour.  I hope to catch him again.  Maybe with my 23 y/o daughter, who is a huge fan in DC.

St. Louis, MO, 12/4/06

Robert Quimby

After what seemed like an eternity from when shows were first announced, to the opening shows, at last it was December 2. Living in Denver and not wanting to chance it that Seger might not play here (and really not wanting to wait any longer), I decided to catch the KC show. Sitting on a snowy runway Saturday morning, waiting for takeoff, I read in the Denver paper the news I had been waiting for - Seger added Denver to the tour. What a way to start off the day!

Reading the fan reviews and various newspaper reviews, I thought I had a good idea of what to expect, even the same cheesy T-shirt guys selling the bogus tour shirts listing non-venues and Philly, NJ were here (see elsewhere on the Segerfile for more about the shirt) but once arriving at the venue and catching the first glimpse of the tour truck was incredible. Our shuttle van from the hotel was full of Seger fans and a roar went up once we saw the truck.

The arena was packed but not sold out, scalpers were not doing too brisk of business either. Eric Church was a decent, solid opening act and got the crowd going. Sounds like each show gets better and better - Saturday night was no exception. From the moment the crowd saw the first silhouettes approaching the stage, Seger had them in his hand -- and didn't disappoint.

Seger and the band brought their "A" game - none of the sound problems or glitches as reported at earlier shows. His voice was better than I had expected. Bob seemed relaxed and really enjoying himself between the crowds response and the high energy from the band. There were a lot of genuine smiles and laughter going back and forth between Seger and the band.

Several times Bob motioned for band members to join him on the spotlight platforms but wisely the band members deferred and let Seger have the spotlight. Numerous times he talked to the crowd about the reason for a song or his experiences.

The only "glitch" I noticed was that Seger forgot to introduce Alto Reed when introducing the band. Alto was unbelievable with more energy than anyone. Is there a better frontman out there playing sax? Clarence who?? The sections that had songs from "Face The Promise" were better received by the crowd than I thought they would be.

A bit of an odd note - a large number of fans left after "Katmandu" - missing both encores. Hard to believe they were not sticking around for the intensity of the four closing songs. What a mistake!!

Easily one of the best shows I've been to. Maybe it's that whole "absence makes the heart grow fonder" thing but I thought this show was better than the '96 show I attended and used as my benchmark to compare concerts. If indeed this tour keeps getting better as it goes on, we'll be in for a treat by the time he hits Denver.


Atlanta, GA, 12/7/06

Chip Stewart

Just home from the Atlanta show.  It was just fantastic.  The rumor was true.  Patty Loveless came on stage for The Answer's in the Question.  It was great… the band formed a circle of chairs with Bob on one side and Patty on the other as they sang.  When they were done, Bob said that, for him, it was the best part of the entire tour to this point.

Set list was much the same as other shows except the band played Still the Same and Are You which I haven't seen in every set list thus far.  Encores were Night Moves and Against the Wind and then Hollywood Nights and Rock n' Roll Never Forgets to close out.  I took my two teenage boys who thought it was one of the greatest things they had ever seen and my old buddy Warren with whom I have been going to Seger shows since the 70s.

During Turn the Page I have NEVER heard an audience sing along so thunderously to a song.  It was incredible.  We sang along to Night Moves quite well too...but nothing approaching the level of TTP...

The whole thing just brought back so many fond memories.   I hope a DVD comes from this tour.  I told my boys that if there is a DVD, I'll break down and buy that plasma screen that we've all wanted for awhile!


Joe

WHAT AN AWESOME SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I just got back from the concert and am still spinning.Bob's still got it alright!

Bob sang "Still The Same" and "Are You" for Atlanta!

Patty Loveless appeared to sing her duet. Bob introduced her as his "favorite female artist, who happens to live in Atlanta and that's all I'm saying". 


Daniel Dix

Seeing Bob Seger performing in Atlanta brought back so many great memories. He managed to hit so many of his great songs as he could have performed for another 2 hours still not hitting all of his great classics! Seeing Patty Loveless walking out onto stage was a treat for the crowd performing "Answer's in the Question". It was fun to watch and experience all of us "old guys and gals" rocking and jamming and singing along to each and every song Bob put out to the crowd. "Roll Me Away" was a great song to open up the show. I saw him 20 years ago this month in Bloomington, MN at the old Met Center and recall coming out after the show into sub-zero temps but so pumped up from the show we didn't care. Twenty years later ("wher'd they go" as he states in "Like A Rock") its December and we are pumped up again and walking out into the coldest air of the season in Atlanta -- brought back memories!


Nashville, TN 12/9/06

Bob Vogt

I feel a cold wind blowing on me this December night in Nashville, as my family enters the Gaylord Entertainment Center for a night I thought would never happen.  SEGER back on Tour, a new kickin' CD, and a chance to share with my children (18 & 14) the experience that up to now they have only been able to appreciate via the sound of his music.

Why is "Turn the Page" your favorite song they have asked over the years, why can't you name your top ten Seger songs they inquired.  Well the answer is in the question, and it was time to Let it Rock.

 

As Eric Church finished a strong set of songs, the memories began flooding my senses.  The first ever concert with my brother at the Kiel in St. Louis promoting Night Moves.  The New Year's Eve Tour ending show in 1978 when my best friends and I in High School braved the Ice Storm for a show at the Checkerdome (St. Louis Arena), taking my wife of now 21 years to the American Storm Show, and at the time, I thought the last I would ever see him again &endash; 1996 Mystery tour here in Nashville.

 

The Set list mirrored the Atlanta show from a couple of nights previously, except Patty Loveless did not make an appearance to sing "Answers in the Question' (Laura Creamer did an outstanding job in her place).  The crowd was into the show from the first notes of Roll Me Away, and the sound and more importantly the soul of SEGER LIVE were in full force.

Alto Reed (how old is he if Bob is 61?) was dynamic all evening especially on Turn the Page, and his extended work on Horizontal Bop.

Seger acknowledged each member of the band at some point during the night, and it was great to see the core SBB (Frost, Campbell, Reed) still show the love and respect in having the opportunity to bring so many great songs to life on a nightly basis.

The trio of Turn the Page, TM/BL right before his ("8 minute intermission" not 10 but 8), were the music highlights of the night, followed closely by the ending 3 songs that closed out the main set of the show.  I wonder how much influence the SBB has with Bob in picking not only the songs to play but the order to play them in as the pacing was excellent all night.

My wife had been concerned that his voice couldn't handle it anymore, but readily admitted how wrong she was, as the soaring lyrics dug deep into our soul.

What a night, what a concert, what a performer, what a man.  Mr. Seger can still growl with the best, as 17,000+ in Nashville can attest.  I hope we do not have to wait another 10 years for more music and live performances, but until then &endash; we can all dance to the dawns early light with the memories of the Face the Promise Tour!


Redeyedmd

Loved the show! Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band Rocked the G.E.C. last night like only they can. I agree with everything Bob Vogt said in his review. Since going to Knoxville and then Rocking here in Nashville I have to say he sounded better and looked better. (could be getting better with age)  Can't wait until  Feb 3rd 2007 in Memphis!! Loved The Answer is the Question, Laura C. and Bob S just sounded so good together (Patty who?) 

Not one person sitting on Turn The Page. Seeing Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band is PRICELESS!!  Knowing that Alto is gonna hit that Sax so smooth...I think most people who attend a Bob Seger show leave it truly not wanting to leave and fully Rocked Out.  I for one keep coming back he just Rocks me and Rolls me, what an entertainer.

The one thing I disagree with Bob is I would LOVE to hear Like A Rock! (most of my friends feel the same way) also loved he played Still the Same just Love that song another one sadly missed in set list is Shame On The Moon, well we can't have it all now can we? See ya in Memphis!


Marty Carlisle

As a Seger fan for 30years, I've seen him in concert in his prime and now I've seen Seger perform in the twilight of his career and without a doubt Seger has demonstrated his passion for pleasing the crowd.  This audience at the Gaylord Center in Nashville was stoked for a dose of live Bob Seger and boy howdy did he deliver!   

A surprise song he performed was Still the Same-- a tune he had publicly shunned from the concert playlist along with Like A Rock.  Seger's vocals resided in the lower register, but it didn't matter. For a 61 year old rock n roll hall of famer, he was in excellent form. I had the time of my life!!

The following morning however, as we were leaving the hotel to return home, a somewhat sad assessment of Seger's career unfolded in my mind.  The bottom line is this:  Seger is having trouble getting his audience to connect with his most recent songs. Evidence of this was in the fact that, the new album aside, not one single song from his last THREE studio albums, (a span of twenty years) made the playlist. The half dozen songs from the new album that did get played only got a lukewarm reception. His opening act's new stuff, was greeted with more enthusiasm.

 The question that begs to be asked is WHY is this happening?  To me, the obvious answer is Seger has evolved, but because of his long public absence, his fan base has been unable to evolve with him.

In many ways, Seger has come full circle. His early career lacked the big national hits. Today his new stuff is having the same problem registering with the public.  

Unlike the 70's when Seger became a star, Seger is using his music today to address certain issues he feels strongly about.   Some serious Seger fans may disagree, but the fact is, Bob Seger has not had much success at writing political songs, (i.e., would somebody hum me a couple bars of 2+2=? or Leanin' on my Dream?).   Seger's success stemmed from his uncanny capacity to write and sing songs that reflected inwardly about personal matters and memories, (i.e., Night Moves, Brave Strangers, Sunspot Baby, Hollywood Nights, Against the Wind, Roll Me Away, Turn the Page). 

The fact is, I didn't drive four hours to Nashville to hear Seger sing "Are You" (a song about rampbid consumerism--yes, that's exactly how he introduced it.)  Like most folks who paid the $75.00 ticket, I came to hear Seger sing about why he wanted to go to K-K-K-Katmandu---reasons that were personal, not political, (i.e., "No one loves me here anyway!).

Like John Fogerty, Seger is hopelessly stuck singing his old stuff.  It is a price you pay when you leave to public eye to attend to personal priorities such as raising your kids.

It was never more evident than last night at the Gaylord.  Of a career that spans 40 years, fifteen of the songs he performed last night came from a  7 year period between 1975 and 1980. Roll Me Away was the most recent song he performed apart from the new album. 

Would I go again?  You bet.  Seger knows how to please a crowd.  His new albums?  Well, he needs to go back to singing about himself and how he's navagating through emotional and personal issues.  That's what puts the silver in the bullet.


Jeff and Donna Fox

Just a short note to say what a FANTASTIC show that Bob Seger had Dec.9 at Gaylord Entertainment in Nashville, TN.  This was a 3 encore show with Mr. Seger in WONDERFUL form.  My husband and I had floor seats, up front, so we saw every move that was made.  We are Seger fans from way back, and would gladly see this show again, and again and again, need I say more? I think my favorite the entire night was "Wait For Me".  That is one of my favorite Seger songs.  My husband, well the whole night was his favorite. 


Karen in Mississippi

Seger's show in Nashville at the Gaylord Center was better than I could have ever imagined. As soon as I saw that Nashville was on the tour list, I got tickets the minute they went on sale. I live 100 miles north of New Orleans, and there was no guarantee that my favorite singer would come any closer. I looked forward to the concert for two months and drove my co-workers nuts.

Then, one week before the concert I got sick. I wasn't going to let a little bronchitis get in the way of my trip though. I hauled my butt to Nashville with a friend on a 9-hour drive to Music City.

Before the concert, I had my photo taken in front of the tour bus. It must have been very popular, because I wasn't the only one in front of a camera.

I saw Seger on The Distance tour in Baton Rouge, La. I was crazy about him but I didn't truly appreciate his music and artistry until Saturday night's show. The guy is nothing short of amazing. No frills, just songs that thrill. The set list was pretty much the same as other shows. I was afraid he'd leave off Ramblin Gamblin Man or Night Moves, but he came through on both.

I had secretly hoped that because the show was in Nashville, somebody would join him on stage. My ultimate wish was that Vince Gill would join him for a rippin' version of Real Mean Bottle since he wrote it. Alas, it was not to be.

The show was a sellout, with seats filled in the nosebleed section. The only seats

empty were directly behind the stage. The show was perfect, and you just can't top that! I couldn't drink alcohol because of the antibiotics I'm on, and I guess it's a good thing. Beer was $8.50 per cup.

He closed with Rock and Roll Never Forgets, but kept the line "sweet 16's turned 31." I could have listened to him all night. He sounded great, voice was strong and the show was well-paced.

I came home with laryngitis from screaming at the show, but it's a small price to pay. And I'm hitting the road again in February for the show in Memphis ... only six hours away. I can hardly wait.  


Mark

"It seems like yesterday" . . . .

It was all there last night in Nashville . . . Seger pounding his fist to the music, his unmistakable trademark moans and gut reeling grunts in his songs.

I don't know how Seger still has that energy.  It seemed he had more stamina than the  crowd . . . Seger took them on a rollercoaster thrill ride covering all the decades of his music, and left the audience zapped after the almost 2 1/2 hour show.  

I, like so many other fans, have followed Seger for years. He's been my fav since I was 9 years old and first heard Night Moves.  Now, after reading all the stuff about his voice, I was concerned about his voice.  However, let me tell you that the voice is still there. Seger is still Seger. 

I'm actually from Houston, and flew into Nashville for the show because I couldn't wait for the February concert date.  However, after last night, I still can't wait for the Houston show. . . lol. 


Louisville, KY 12/12/06

 Shellie Altman

Hey Scott,

 Just go in about an hour ago from Louisville.  WOW!  What a trip this has been!  I'm home for just 1 day then off to Cleveland!  Can't wait! 

I won't bore you with all of my adventures right now, but I did want to let you know that he finally played "Real Mean Bottle" last night in Louisville.  The drummer from Grand Funk sang Kid Rock's part.

 Atlanta was the best SOUNDING show so far that I've seen.  And by that I mean the sound quality was better.  The mix was better, more defined.  And for some reason, the light show was better too.  Cleaner, clearer ... don't really know how to describe it.  Technically, Atlanta ranks #1 so far.  But the best show is still GR #1.

The shows are starting to blurr a little for me now.  But I'm trying to keep them straight for my journal.  This has been too much fun!  The people, the music, the venues, the travel, all of it has just been too much damn fun!  People may think I'm crazy for this, but I highly recommend that everyone do this at least once in their lifetime!


Richard Petty

This was just an Awesome show tonight! One of, if not the best concert I've attended at Louisville's Freedom Hall. Unfortunately, the show was not a sellout, but the arena was pretty full. My girlfriend & I had seats in the upper deck left of the stage, Giving us a great view of all the band, just not close enough for any good pictures. We got in early & the first stop was a merchandise table to pick up a couple of FTP coffee mugs and a great denim shirt with the SBB logo above the breast pocket ($50, not a bad price to me). Then to the arena...

Eric Church's opening performance was pretty good for a new artist. A few more songs under his belt and he could put on a great country/rock show. Eric had rave compliments to Bob & SBB for inviting him out and "being really good to him and his band". Also, included a joke about losing his virginity to Night Moves. Eric's performance received a very warm welcome response from the audience.

When the lights went out and Bob took the stage the crowd was on their feet for the first three songs. As with any live performance there were a couple of technical gaffs; but nothing to really complain about. My girlfriend was watching me almost as much as the band, she loved how I was caught up in the whole atmosphere of the show. But, when Bob got to We've Got Tonight; it really began the show for me. At this point, the entire arena was singing along with Seger in total harmony & followed straight through on Turn The Page. To me, this was a completely awesome experience to be a part of. Members of the road band were casually introduced throughout the first set. Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser medley brought a great response from the crowd.

Returning for the second set, Bob would begin introducing the core members of the Silver Bullet Band. After C'est La Vie, he gave us the big surprise of announcing his first performance of Real Mean Bottle; Kid Rock wasn't here tonight so Don Brewer filled in his part perfectly. Seger commented about Patty Loveless joining him in Atlanta & introduced Laura to fill in on The Answers In The Question. Adding Bottle to the show, he dropped Satisfied and kicked right into Sunspot Baby, which brought a huge response from the arena. As for the band, Bob saved the best for last introducing Alto Reed leading into Horizontal Bop; allowing him strut his stuff. Alto really comes alive when he's on stage & in the spotlight. Wrapping up the song, Bob came across the stage to show his appreciation to his longtime partner for his performance.

The encores went over Great! As Bob said goodnight after Katmandu, the roar of the crowd was deafening. Getting even louder when the band returned to the stage for Night Moves. The crowd was on their feet almost all night long singing, yelling & applauding. Putting aside his guitar from Against The Wind & picking up a mike for Rock & Roll Never Forgets; Seger brought the house down. All in all, this was even a better performance than when I saw Bob back in '86.


Pittsburgh, 12/14/06

Steven De Baets

Belgium

Hi Scott,

I went to Pittsburgh. It was an awesome show. I enjoyed every second of it.

I sat in the B-section and had a splendid view.

It was really worth the 9 hour flight.

In Belgium there is every year in July a classic rock concert. (http://www.twclassic.be/2006/nl/content/affiche.asp) I'm gonna contact the organizer and tell him how great Seger was. "Never can tell…"


Cleveland, 12/16/06

Ken Barnette

It was a dream come true.  I recall passing up last minute tickets to see Bob in Detroit when I was in my teens because I could not find anyone who could attend that night.  For the next thirty years, all I had was his music from the radio and CD's. 

Many years ago, I remember signing an internet petition asking (actually demanding) that Bob Seger be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  And it was just this year I wrote a letter to his publicist group requesting that Bob Seger do one more tour.  My prayers were answered and I was overwhelmed with joy to see Bob perform at the Q in Cleveland this weekend. 

The Detroit rocker was right at home on stage and performing his heart out for the crowd.  You could tell he loved it.  The audience loved him right back, ten fold.  Everyone was on their feet, clapping hands in the air, dancing with what little room they had and singing practically every song that Bob belted out as if he was 30 years younger. 

My family and I commented that the only thing lacking was the presence of two large screens that are used at concerts to give the unfortunate hungry few in the lofts a closer look at Bob and the band.  Other than that, it was perfect.

Rock and Roll never forgets; and neither will we.  Thank you Bob.  God bless you and yours.


Jack

Wow... wow.

I had never seen Seger live before the Cleveland show (it's cuz I'm a teenager, not cuz I'm undedicated).  My gosh- I had front row seats and was truly blown away.  Seger is so full of energy up there- dancing around on stage- not leaving out any section of the audience.  I'm still in shock from after that concert.  The version of Ramblin' Gamblin' Man performed that night was better than any other version I have ever heard: better than the Live Bullet version, better than the www.worj.com version, better than the original.  Every member of the Silver Bullet Band was full of life- Don Brewer too, which was surprising cuz he's not a true member of the band.  One would imagine a guest musician would be more reserved, but him no.  This show changed my life- I'm excited as hell for the MSG show.

Afterwards I got the privelege (long story) of going backstage.  I met Chris, Alto, Craig, and Cole Seger, but Bob was taking too long to show up at the reception room, so I unfortunately had to leave before he ever came.  What a shame.

That night was one I will remember for the rest of my life.


Kathy Gregory

WKHK-FM

Richmond's #1 Country Station

Just thought I'd share -- best concert I've ever seen, and I've seen them all.  I drove 8 hours from Richmond, VA to Cleveland, OH for the show -- of course, then they added a DC date in February to the tour.  It was worth every mile…..NO empty seats at the Q, and I even saw people up in the balcony sitting in obstructed view!  I think I'm going to be doing some more driving….once just wasn't enough!


Megan Pope

What an amazing show! I was on my feet for the whole concert. I saw him perform in 1996 at the Gund Arena (now called the "Q") and he sounded just as good Saturday night as he did 10 years ago. Bob definitely looked like he enjoyed being up there too.

It was so awesome seeing him on stage singing and dancing the night away. Every song sounded perfect. The energy in the arena was giving me goosebumbs. It definitley will be a night to remember. I only wish I could have thanked Bob face to face for such a perfect performance.

A lot of people say that I am too young to be a Seger fan (since I am only in my 20s) but when music is that good, you can't put an age limit on it! Bob is an amazing musician Rock and Roll will Never Forget!!!