Google Alert brings some unwelcome news. WCSX-FM
in Detroit has pulled the plug on "J.J. and
Lynne in the Morning"-- the morning radio show
hosted by Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison.
often brought Seger news and sometimes featured
interviews with Bob or Punch. Johnson hosted
Seger's nationwide live radio interview
promoting Face the Promise on September
12, 2006. He was also a friend of the Seger File
and got in touch a few times over the years with
a tip or a thank you, as he did here.
done morning radio in Detroit for 31 years. I
haven't lived in Michigan for many years, so I
don't know much about Lynne Woodison, but her
quote is one of the classiest I've
have no hard feelings. If you live by your
success, you also have to take the failures
the same way. The auto worker is told to
build a car, and he's building it to the best
of his ability. It's really no different than
we are. I am totally sympathetic to everybody
in this city, and I now can really relate."
Whitall, November 11, 2008, The Detroit News.
fires morning show hosts 'J.J. and
to the corporate-speak of the Greater Media
general manager who's quoted as saying the
station needed to do better "from a revenue
standpoint." Hey, I got a point right here that
guy can stand on.
hoping JJ and Lynne land someplace good, however
they personally define it.
of radio folks who know music, it was good to
the air last Sunday with music and past
interviews from Seger. Even when there's no new
news, it's always great listening.
Rock the House, Wake Up Seger
What does it
take to wake up the Seger File after four months
of slumber? How about Little Feat coming to
support of their new CD, Join the Band,
Little Feat actually made two appearances in
Portland this week -- a live performance at
KINK-FM radio during the day, and a sold out
show at The Aladdin at night.
I've been to
the KINK-FM live performances in the past. The
room holds about 40 people, and for Little Feat,
it was standing room only. I got in the door
only because Little Feat/Silver Bullet vocalist
Shaun Murphy took time while on the road to
email the station and put me on the list. Even
then the event manager swore me to secrecy -- a
lot of people wanted in who didn't get in.
The same was
true that night at The Aladdin, one of
Portland's best music venues. The place was
jammed, and the band was great.
Little Feat is headed down to San Francisco, and
then to Jamaica for some shows. If you get a
chance, don't miss them. Or get a full download
of one of their shows at the Little
site (where you can also buy one of
For a sample of the live radio show, check out
Murphy, Paul Barrere and the rest of Little
Feat play at KINK-FM; Shaun talks to fans at
the merch desk after that night's
classic shot of the band, destined for their
next album cover,
ruined by a guy giving the peace symbol in
front of me.
at the Fence Line
even deeper roots in Seger's story is Doug
Brown. I've quoted Seger elsewhere as saying
that Brown "got
me believing in
For a young performer, there can't be a bigger
gift than that.
Brown had his
own band, Doug Brown and the Omens, and he
produced some of the early Cameo-Parkway
singles, but then parted company with Seger.
He's now known as Fontaine Brown, and I heard
from him two years ago, when I asked him to
review Face the Promise. You can read his
Not long ago,
I heard from Brown again, after the release of
his latest CD, Tales From the Fence Line.
From "Ain't No Brakeman" to "Endless Road," the
songs are mostly rough-edged blues-rock, though
Brown throws in some Motown influenced cuts as
well. "Detroit Saturday" has the same kind of
punch as Seger's "Simplicity," but with a
raunchy harmonica adding some steamy funk. Check
it out. A full review is available
heard Brown's early cuts on on albums like
Friday at the Hideout, give a listen to
the rest of the story on Tales from Fence
Line. There's more information and a few
What's Happened to the Seger
I know -- it's
been four months since I've posted. I've been
working on my novel. I've been soundproofing the
room where my son's band plays. I've been
dealing with that leak in the chimney. I've got
more work to do at work. And I guess, probably,
I've just needed a break.
here, it's now been two years since the heady
days of the tour, when I was posting every day,
and I definitely miss it. What I really miss is
connecting with all the Seger fans and friends.
Though posts may be fewer and farther between, I
still treasure those connections.
Bottom line is
the break may continue for a while. I hear
Seger's doing domestic type stuff himself, so
you could say I'm following his lead. When he
steps back in the spotlight -- and I think he
will, one way or another -- the Seger File will
Seger/Little Feat Track Is Out
Jubilation Dept: The new Little Feat album, Join
the Band, has been released on iTunes, including
the track "Something in the Water," which
features Seger on vocals.
So much for
the advertised August 26 release date. Actually
Amazon is still taking "pre-orders" for the CD
and still listing the August release date. But
iTunes has it all. And though you could buy only
the Seger track, you are hereby ordered not to
cherry pick; download the whole CD. With guests
like Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffett and Emmylou
Harris, plus Little Feat, it's totally worth
million-times more obscure and questionable
note, the Seger Liberation Army recently
released (or re-released) Down Home. I don't
know where you can buy it, but you can listen to
And finally, a
Seger fan named Cort from Ann Arbor reports that
the Kalamazoo Public Library has recently
released "Brand New Morning" from its vinyl
collection. The catch: they only had one copy
and Cort bought it. For 25 cents. Deal of the
July 2, 2008 -
Thanks to Johnnymbmw for the Seger/iTunes tip.
Craze Continues to Sweep World
First it was
me on the BBC. Now it's Kid Rock on German TV.
Where will it end? Worth watching,
Stevie Nicks Faces the Promise
Seger Track in August, Via Little
longtime association with Little Feat will give
fans something to celebrate this summer. A new
Little Feat album called Join the Band
will be released on August 26 with an all-star
lineup of guest performers -- including a track
probably already know, singer Shaun
who has toured and recorded with Seger since the
early 1970s, is a member of Little Feat. Seger
has also recorded with Fred Tackett and Bill
Payne over the years -- both current members of
the band. And Seger sang backing vocals on the
title track of Little Feat's 1988 album, Let it
When I first
heard about Join the Band, my guess was
that Seger might contribute a cover of "Fat Man
in the Bathtub" -- since Seger's live version of
that song has circulated among collectors for
years. But Shaun reports that Seger's song will
not be "Fat Man."
track listing shows that Seger's cut is
"Somethin' in the Water," originally by Jeffrey
Steele. The song is a high-energy country rocker
-- you can check out Steele's video of the song
or find a higher-res, higher audio excerpt on
iTunes. "Bob did an amazing version of it, and
we're very jazzed to have it in the lineup,"
also includes guest vocals by Emmylou Harris,
Vince Gil, Brooks & Dunn and others. Dave
Matthews, it turns out, covers "Fat Man in the
Bathtub." It'll be fun to compare and contrast
his version. The track list and credits
All in all,
this sounds like a really great album. Pre-order
and you'll have something to look forward to all
And if you're
lucky enough to be at Bonnaroo, you can catch
on June 14.
Feat's upcoming release, Join the
June 3, 2008
miles of barbed
Diddley, your beat will live
Nicks Covers Face the Promise
Nicks June 5 show at the Biloxi, Mississippi
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino:
Rock Lets Loose on German TV
Curtis Houghmaster for the link.
File Lies to the BBC
demands apology over jukebox
eight-hour time difference between London and
Portland, Oregon, in case you don't know. So
when the BBC producer called me Monday evening
to do an interview for Alex Lester's Radio 2
show, it was actually Monday morning here. And I
It wasn't Alex
Lester's normal show, see, which airs in the
morning and which would be evening here. It was
a "Bank Holiday" in England, which is apparently
what the Brits say instead of Memorial Day, and
the schedule was all turned around and...never
mind. The point is, they woke me up and I was
talking kind of slow at first.
The subject of
the interview was "Old Time Rock & Roll,"
which they had decided was the Number 1 jukebox
hit of all time. (Technically, it's Number
to have to be far more lively when you're on the
air," the producer warned me.
Okay. I can
turn it on when I have to. The problem is my
mouth starts moving faster than my brain. Which
is why I told the BBC I have a jukebox at home
stocked with Seger songs. I don't, unless you
count my iPod.
In my defense,
I contend that I was merely following the Improv
Rule of Agreement, which is: Always Say Yes.
it is, spiced up with a lot of copyright
viola...er, Fair Use usages of various video
clips that were lying around. It was great fun,
and I was proud to get a chance to talk about
Seger. If you haven't listened to
check it out. He plays a lot of great music.
Hero Riffs on Old Time Rock &
The BBC's Alex
Lester isn't the only one thinking about "Old
Time Rock & Roll" these days. The makers of
Guitar Hero are using a remake of the Risky
Business bit, featuring two finalists from
American Idol, to promote the next version of
the popular game. Compare and contrast here.
licensing news, "Her Strut" is in included in
the popular "Mary Poppins Goes to Market"
videogame for kids. Or else it's Grand Theft
Auto. One of the two. The track is available as
a free download here.
June 1, 2008
Forecast: Seger Quiet, Others Not
A story in the
Detroit Free Press this past week confirms what
has begun to seem obvious: no tour this summer,
and no DVD of the past tour. Instead, Seger
plans a quiet summer:
have circulated around town about a plethora
of Seger projects for 2008, including
possible studio sessions for the follow-up to
his album "Face the Promise." But a source
close to the Detroit rocker tells the Freep's
Brian McCollum that while Seger engaged in
limited writing and recording during the
winter, no definitive timeline is in place --
let alone an album release date.
concert DVD -- which would include footage
from that tour's Cobo Arena dates -- has been
indefinitely shelved as Seger moves his focus
to new material, insiders say."
McCollum, May 14, 2008, Detroit Free Press.
Plans are for a quiet
interesting stat in the article: Seger's last
tour sold more 560,000 tickets and grossed more
than $36 million, according to Pollstar
contemplates taking the summer
may be shelved, but John Rutherford of the Motor
City Horns reports that MCH will be releasing a
three-song DVD in June. The three songs will
also be on their upcoming album, due for a fall
release. "The DVD will feature the horns in a
variety of settings and styles and highlight
Detroit talent, many of whom you will
recognize," John writes. It will also include
Brown reports that a song he cowrote with Liz
Hengber will be the next single for James Otto.
"I think James is one of the best singers in
Nashville and I'm very proud to have a song on
his project, let alone the next single," Moose
And as far as
I can tell from Alto's myspace page, today is
May 16, 2008.
Thanks to Karen Freeman, John Hagan and Will
Soon: Your Backstage Pass
The good news:
You're about to get a backstage pass. The bad
news: The pass won't take you backstage at a
Seger show. It takes you backstage at the Seger
Here's what I
mean. Every few years, I get the urge to upgrade
the site. (Remember when it first came online in
those dark, pre-Google years? I do. I remember
going to the Portland Public Library, getting a
three-day old copy of the LA Times, photocopying
the review of a Seger show, coming home,
retyping the review on my Macintosh G3 and
posting it on the site, using the slowest
dial-up modem ever made. And that, sonny, is how
news of Seger traveled back in the
horse-and-buggy days of the
that slow modem, I believed the information
superhighway should be all words and no photos.
Only when the modem got replaced did I add
photos and, later, photo galleries.
Then came The
Vault -- still the most complete source of
information about Seger's unreleased work -- and
then the Ken Settle Annex, and finally the Tour
From what I've
heard, some websites now offer strange
"interactive" functions that allow readers to
create "user-generated content." I doubt if that
will ever catch on. Where's the fun in reading
an update about Seger if first you have to write
the update yourself?
I'm adding a backstage area. What's back there,
you ask. Simple. The same things you keep in
your back room at home. Junk. Stuff I haven't
bothered to post anywhere else. Things I don't
want to throw away, but which don't seem to have
a place. A 1980 Seger ticket stub from Wembley
Arena. A disco Night Moves remix from Japan. A
link to some old video. And anything else you
want to send me. If it's backstage-worthy, I'll
Look for the
Backstage Area to open soon. Just remember,
you're in Segerworld, where "soon" means
"anytime before the next lunar eclipse." You'll
know when it's up, because the pass below will
become a link.
The Seger File's April 1 Post Begins
City" Release Delayed Until
release of Seger's upcoming CD,
Michigan City, has been moved back
to June, according to reports in the
Free Press and the Olean Times
Herald. The delay was caused when
Seger listened to the masters and
decided to put finishing touches on
a couple of tracks.
previously reported, most of
Michigan City was written and
recorded around the same time as
Face the Promise.
title song, "Michigan City," follows
a familiar Seger theme. The song is
written from the point of view of
someone whose dreams didn't come to
pass. But instead of looking
wistfully at the emptiness they've
left (as in "Jody Girl" for
example), "Michigan City" celebrates
those early, inspired moments when
the dreams were still real. Even
dreams that don't come true can give
us hope, the song seems to
terms of actual narrative, the
person in the song is leaving
Michigan, and pulls over in Michigan
City, Indiana to consider whether
the journey is really a wise one.
Inspired by the promise of the
future, he decides to travel on.
believed in myself back in
believed that a better world,
I could find
believed in myself back in
I could leave
City" is one of Seger's longest
songs, clocking in at 6:23. It
started out as a duet.
it was one of the songs I
recorded with Patty Loveless,"
Seger said. "But in the end it
sounded like a man's story.
Fortunately, I was able to
re-record it with Bruce
Springsteen. We had always wanted
to do something together and this
turned out to be the perfect
Brewster, Pampa Bowling News,
April 1, 2008. "Bob
and Bruce Meet Up for 'Michigan
the vocal tracks were done, Seger
began adding layers of
instrumentation, as he normally
does, looking for his trademark
full, rich sound.
album of quiet introspection
and social commentary: The
back cover shows the electric
chair at the state prison in
the next two months, Seger added
three guitars, horns, strings,
keyboards, wind instruments, drums,
congas, timpani, handclaps,
castanets, theremin, harpsichord,
ukulele, an accordion, a men's
choir, finger cymbals, harmonica,
steel drums, bagpipes, whistling,
the Blue Man Group, and back-up
still seemed to be something
missing," Seger said. "I kept adding
more and more. We even brought an
into the studio and tuned it down
half an octave. Then finally I began
taking things away."
more he took away, the more the song
started to reveal itself, Seger
said. "I got it down to just three
tracks: Bruce and me and one guitar.
Then I took the guitar away. That
sounded really good, it had a very
raw and exposed feel to it. Then I
took the vocals away. That sounded
to Seger, that was the breakthrough
went back to every cut and
removed everything," Seger said.
"We got it down to rich, dark
silence all the way through. It
has the feel of being out in the
woods on a night when not a leaf
is moving, not a single bird or
animal is calling, and you can't
hear yourself breathe. It's that
kind of silence."
Liem, Ocean Way Tribune, April 1,
Sounds Better Than Nothing on
all of the songs down to absolute
silence took a while, since the CD
is nearly an hour and ten minutes
long. But ultimately it was worth
didn't get it at first," Seger said.
"He suggested adding tambourine. But
after the third listen, he really
started to like it. The band loves
that there is no sound, the CD
sounds great, Seger said. "It's an
amazing effect. It's like listening
to the rain on a day when it isn't
CD (originally titled
was mastered and ready to be pressed
when Seger detected a faint audio
hum on one of songs. A
perfectionist, Seger went back into
the studio to clean up the track.
"Tomb-like silence," Seger said.
"That's what I'm after," adding that
the CD may not even be ready in
June. "This could take a while," he
Media Plans Facelift for Seger
Media, the celebrity gossip
powerhouse, says it is planning a
redesign of Segerfile.com, complete
with a new editorial focus, starting
immediately. Gawker Media, which
also owns sites such as
, purchased a majority share of the
Seger File three months ago, saving
the fan site from Chapter 11 filings
in the wake of the subprime credit
Seger File was an okay site,"
said Gawker Media CEO Will
Denigrate. "But its priorities
were all wrong. There was way too
much emphasis on music and next
to nothing on Bob's personal
life. When we took over, we were
stunned to find a complete lack
of rumors, embarrassing
snapshots, innuendo, medical
records, court documents -- all
the juicy stuff."
Bayers, Paradiddle Times-Herald,
April 1, 2008. "No
Gossip, No Mud, No Fun on Seger
a result, Denigrate continued, the
site was dull. "You could spend all
day on the Seger File and never find
out what the guy eats for breakfast,
let alone what kind of car he
drives. And forget about three-day
drunken blackouts, shouting matches
or public meltdowns. The site gave
the impression that Seger sat around
all day writing music and being a
normal dad. Who wants to read about
that is about to change. Denigrate
said Gawker will give Bob what they
call The Full Britany -- 24/7
paparazzi, daily garbage can
reconnaissance, bribing the cleaning
staff and high-tech audio
surveillance. "If someone sneezes
and Bob doesn't say 'Bless You,'
you'll read about it here,"
all else fails, the site will simply
make things up. "We've got a great
feature next month showing Bob and
Punch coming out of the Turkish
Baths at The Body Zone. With
Photoshop, we can fake anything.
Basically, what we do for Britany,
we'll do for Bob. Except the
File founder and former editor Scott
Sparling said he was forced to sell
the site when creditors demanded
payment. A possible merger with
Segernet.com fell through at the
last moment. "Given the different
strengths of the two sites,"
Sparling said, "there seemed to be a
lot of synergy."
CEO Eric Verona and The
Seger File's Scott
Sparling during merger
combined site was to have been
called Filenet.com. It would have
offered files of all types,
including nail files, wood files and
assorted rasps, as well as a wide
variety of nets. But competition
from big-box stores such as Home
Depot and Lowes proved to be too
the end, the creditors took control.
I deeply regret that they sold out
to a heartless media conglomerate
with no sense of right or wrong,"
Sparling said. "Personally, I would
never believe a thing you read on
that day Sparling was seen coming
out of the Turkish Bath House, where
he spent the day drowning
Writer Caught in Tryst With
he stood as a shining example of all
things Seger. But the proprietor of
one of the web's largest Seger sites
revealed today that he has been
caught in a liaison with high-priced
mp3s -- many of them indie, folk and
scandal came to light when an
anonymous customer on iTunes
mistakenly clicked "Buy Shopping
Cart" instead of "Buy Song." Since
Apple provides no "Undo" button, his
in-basket was instantly flooded with
over a hundred non-Seger mp3s,
including several by
launched an investigation, and soon
identified the user as Client No.
9,873,246. Later that day
authorities revealed him to be the
founder of the Seger File.
have acted in a way that violates
the public pretense of right and
wrong," he said in an oddly worded
statement. "I have failed to live up
to the standards expected from
unofficial web sites produced by
uncompensated fans in their spare
time. I will not be taking
questions. Thank you very
his distraught wife told
that she knew something was wrong as
soon as she saw the Visa bill. "I
always assumed he was in the
computer room listening to Seger.
Now I find out he has
all over his iPod."
were shocked," said Seger's longtime
manager Punch Andrews. "Here we are
faithfully putting out an album
every 11 years, assuming that fans
are listening to nothing but Bob.
Then something like this comes along
and shakes your faith."
seemed like a decent enough guy," an
area man said. "If he'd been
cheating with Tom Petty, I could
understand it. But The Be Good
Tanyas? Talk about depraved. I can't
understand a word Frazey Ford is
singing. And one of those chicks has
go out to Michael Slater, winner of
this month's Seger
for correctly identifying Seger's
first No. 1 album. Slater wins a
copy of last year's concert DVD,Live
Runners-up Lane Vancouver, Dimi
Webster, Trick Bradley and Harp
Maitland will all receive a copy of
the double CD from the show. Thanks
to everyone who entered and watch
for next month's contest.
will happen. I promise you!" -- Jon Dee Graham,
closing his set at the Continental Club, March
It's been a
year now -- one full year since Seger brought
down the house at Cobo Hall, closing out his
Face the Promise Tour on March 17, 2007.
then? No concert DVD, no re-release of FTP with
added tracks, and nothing definite on a summer
or fall tour. I'm not complaining. No matter how
much he gives us, we'll always want more, and
waiting is something we're good at.
has to be new music coming in. The program that
runs my brain demands it; otherwise the system
tends to crash. So when Ears Two, my longtime
friend and comrade-in-music, suggested a South
by Southwest trip, I jumped.
which ended Saturday, yielded plenty of new
bands, or at least bands that are new to me --
including two I think every Seger fan should
caveat: this is not a list of bands that ruled
at SXSW. I have no idea who ruled. I'm off the
grid, as far as buzz goes. To find out which
bands supposedly caught fire at SXSW (or to read
yet another puff piece on Vampire Weekend), I'd
have to get myself a copy of Spin, just like
No, what blew
me away at SXSW, time after time, was not buzz,
but commitment. Some acts turn on the amps and
perform. I mean that in a negative sense.
What you're seeing is something they've
contrived for you to see. It might be very
entertaining, but ultimately it's an act.
Then there are
the ones that would do what they do, no matter
what. They're not performing. It's the music --
the pure, intense feeling of it -- that drives
them. Everything they do is in service of that
feeling. If you're lucky enough to be in the
audience, you get to watch. But it's not really
being made for your benefit.
that, they're all in. They're shoveling coal
onto the fire with every note and with every
ounce of energy -- and yeah, I mean that as a
reference to Seger because that's the kind of
commitment he brings, though of course he wasn't
and His Southern Cousins were. And if you
love the James Brown/Wilson Pickett/Memphis side
of Seger -- the full force vocals of "Come to
Poppa," "Fire Down Below," and "Ain't Got No
Money" -- you should definitely check out
listening to more than 600 sample mp3s as part
of our pre-festival planning, both Ears Two and
I ended up with Nakia (pronounced naw-KEE-a, or
so I claim) on our Must-See lists. That alone
says a lot.
But when we
heard him live -- in Lamberts, a club with maybe
50 people present -- we were totally blown away.
His show was tight and high energy and full of
life, and something about his music lifted my
spirits in just the same way Seger's music can.
This guy is good.
is, you might have to go to Austin to hear him.
Currently, when he tours outside of Austin, he
doesn't take his band. But you can hear
the sample that attracted Ears Two and I, at the
SXSW site. And check out his tasty Wilson
Pickett cover here.
don't give a full sense of what it's like hear
him live -- just as Seger's early recordings
didn't really capture the energy of the live
shows. I don't know if Nakia and his band have
quite reached Live Bullet form yet, but they're
on their way. I'd definitely bet my cards on
#2: Paul Thorn
But what if
you love the Chuck Berry/harder-rocking/"Get Out
of Denver"/"Wreck this Heart" side of Seger? In
that case, the man you want to talk to is Paul
Thorn is a
rocker who is thoroughly confident and friendly
-- he's having so much fun on stage, you just
can't stop smiling. Sound familiar?
mp3, "Long Way from Tupelo" convinced Ears Two
and I to see him at The Tap Room at Six in
Austin. But you won't have to travel to the Live
Music Capital of the World to see him. You can
check his video here,
or see him on March 19th on Conan O'Brien on
March 19 or April 22 on Jimmy Kimmel. Thorn's on
his way up; catch him at the small clubs while
other artists who skulled me in equally intense
but very different ways. One was Johnette
Napolitano. When she played on Wednesday night,
I felt I was in the presence of some holy,
expletive-drenched, righteous force of nature.
who used to be in Concrete Blonde, is crazed.
She would tell you that herself. Though it
wouldn't be necessary. You sense it immediately.
She is out of control in a way that seems
completely necessary and liberating, and her
voice soars and transports. When her set was
over, I just wanted more.
Billboard editor Tamara Conniff was there.
Conniff leapt up on stage at the end of the show
and demanded that Johnette come back, under
threat of, well, some sort of erotic craziness I
actually would have liked to have seen. But
Johnette came back. It was one of three encores
and one of two standing ovations that I saw in
I mashed, or
uh, stole, some audio of Napolitano
at her SXSW gig from somebody else's blog. I
apologize for the theft. But I had to do it in
order to get rid of the video portion. Trust me,
you don't want to be distracted by video while
this plays. You want to close your eyes and just
listen deeply to the pain and the yearning and
the realness of this. It's a long way from
Segerland, and it won't be everyone's cup of
tea. But it made me feel alive.
had the same effect, though his music is very
I was ticked
off at the beginning of his show because it was
being filmed for some media outfit, and the
stage director wanted Ears Two and I to stand
closer to the stage so they could make the crowd
look bigger than it really was.
words, they wanted to add some fakeness. That
kind of crap would have ruined most shows for
But when Casey
got to "Whatever Gets You True," and "Fear" and
"It's Over Now," I forgot about me. I actually
disappeared for a while and music filled up the
space where I had been. Ever have that happen to
you at a Seger concert? Well, yeah.
I don't have
to steal any video to give you a sample of his
voice. He'll be on Letterman April 3rd. And
he'll be on your radio soon, if he isn't
course, there was the Anti-Seger, Mr. Van
Morrison. By Anti-Seger, I don't mean he's
against or opposed to Seger in any way. (Though
he did once complain that Seger was "doing my
act." To which I retorted, "well, someone
should, since you're not doing it." But I don't
think Van heard me, since I was 2,000 miles and
several years away.)
No, I just
mean that Van Morrison does the opposite of what
Seger does, at least onstage. Van played none of
his hits. In fact, he didn't play a single song
I recognized. He certainly didn't give a rip
whether the crowd wanted to hear Saint Dominic's
Preview or not. So some folks were not
particularly thrilled with his set.
were lots of instrumental solos, which, though
tasty, weren't all that tasty, considering we
were standing on a hard concrete floor in the
heat, and we were there to hear Van's genius,
not tasty solos. By the end, a lot of people
were ready to get on with SXSW. (By virtue of
his time slot, he was essentially the opening
I'd done some
research, however, so my expectations were
different. I knew he wouldn't play any hits, and
I knew he wouldn't give us too much of a look
inside -- he kept his sunglasses on the whole
time. But Van's genius is Van's genius. His
voice is, all by itself, an instrumental solo.
You don't get much enunciation with Van. And
halfway through the set, when he started pumping
his arm and throwing stiff, little punches in
the air at that point, I was flying. Nobody
defines commitment like Van Morrison.
Who else? Tom
Freund is a name you're going to hear. Ben
Harper, having produced Freund's upcoming album,
sat in with him, and the set was fantastic. Kim
Taylor proved she has a lot more than the
obvious Joni Mitchell roots in her music, while
Sara Bareilles proved she more Joni roots than
you'd expect from her iTunes hit. Patricia Vonne
rocked. I missed seeing The Silos set when A.J.
Croce (who was playing in the same time slot and
who had barely made my "maybe" list) knocked
Ears Two and I out with his opening song. It's
gotta sound weird to trade The Silos for A.J.
Croce, but if you were in the room, you would
have done the same thing. Trust me. I know you.
Saturday, the last day, the miracle happened.
By that time,
the Texas heat had fried many of the circuits in
my Oregon brain, and for complicated reasons,
Ears Two and I ended up in a taxi, taking a long
and misguided ride, while the unprovoked (or
barely provoked) driver let loose on Ears Two
and threatened to toss us out of the cab. Then,
when we got where we were going, the complicated
thing we wanted to see turned out to be a bust.
So we did what
men will do when everything falls apart. We
started walking. When we had walked a good mile,
we heard some music coming from behind a fence.
It sounded pretty good, so we crossed the street
and made our way in.
The place was
Maria's Taco Xpress, and the music was coming
from a fenced in courtyard, where people sat
eating tacos and drinking beer. It didn't take
Ears Two long to figure out what had happened.
Like fools, like blessed men, we had wandered
unknowingly into Alejandro Escovedo's annual
SXSW party at Maria's.
The first band
was great. I wish I could remember their name
right now. Ears Two will know. And then
Alejandro played and it was just absolutely
freaking amazing. The music and the place --
everything. I can't explain it to you. I tried
to explain it to my wife and son a couple hours
ago and started crying right in the middle, like
I haven't done since my dad died, and my wife
had to cross the living room and give me a hug
and tell me she was glad I had gone to Austin
even though it meant four days away from the
family. I don't know why I would cry about a
thing like that, except maybe when miracles are
given to you, that's what you do. Or what I do.
people in Austin and a lot of other people have
known about Escovedo for years. I don't why I
hadn't, but there it is. Maybe the music gods
planned it that way. Maybe I had to wait all
this time so I could hear the right band in the
right place at the right time with the right
friend. Whatever it was, Escovedo's set had it
all -- like that night at Cobo Hall a year ago,
it was something I'll never forget.
all that was left to do was to walk to the
Continental Club and listen to the sound of two
dinosaur's fighting, which is Jon Dee Graham and
his band, the Fighting Cocks.
written enough about JDG here in the past,
considering this is supposed to be a site about
Seger. But in case it isn't glaringly obvious,
this is also a site about me. And for me, all I
can say is, until I stood in the roar of JDG's
music and Alejandro's music, there were still
places in my soul that hadn't been touched. You
might not feel the same way, or maybe you
What I know
about us -- you and me -- is that Seger gets in
just as deep. Touches something just as
important. No one can explain why. That's just
the way it is with us.
I didn't start
out writing about cathartic and soul-affirming
music experiences thinking it would lead back to
Cobo. I didn't start out intending to do
anything except type up my notes. But great
music cuts deep pathways in us. It surprises us
in so many ways.
is, in fact, a miracle. And when miracles are
put in front of you, you take them.
16, 2007; posted March 18,
keep coming in for songs that Seger could cover
and knock out of the park. Here's the latest
batch, along with your reasons for your choice.
The list starts with one of my all-time favorite
Yellow Line" by the Music Machine.
Imagine Seger doing this -- now that would be
an unimaginable kick. WOW. Doug
Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett. It
suits Bob's vocal style and I can just hear
Alto's awesome sax blowing in the background
like the original! Second choice: "Mustang
Sally." I can hear Bob's growl on that one!
R J Nungesser
Cold Rain" by the Amazing Rhythm Aces. No
doubt about it -- the music in the track
already is very, very Segeresque. Ron
River" by Garth Brooks. Just listen to
the awesome lyrics about sailing his vessel,
as the song says. I would say that would be
Bob Seger. I hope someday he will record
this. Dave Brown
an American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad.John Hilling
on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan.Oldtimefan
Rain" by Guns N' Roses. Imagine Bob
unique voice replacing Axel's harsh voice and
Bob's own rocking guitar sound over Slash's
solo. It would be mind blowing. Ford
Leave Your Hat On" by Joe Cocker (written
by Randy Newman). That would be killer.
Second choice: Buddy Miller's "I Worry Too
Much." Paul Dunn
Train" by Soul Asylum. I think there's
some good opportunity for his voice and a sax
solo or 2. Michael McShea
Else Matters" by Metallica. Since
Metallica slaughtered "Turn the Page," I
thought it would be fun for Bob to make one
of their songs sound better! Second choice:
Bob Seger and Melissa Ethridge should do a
duet together. Shellie
As some of you
have pointed out, Seger could knock almost any
song out of the park -- case in point, America
the Beautiful. Not to mention Little Drummer
Boy. But while we're in this, uh, hiatus,
waiting for summer tour news, it's fun to
imagine pulling out some CDs and saying "Hey,
Bob -- listen to this."
2008...wasting ti-ime...got to...fi-ind..a
way back 'cross that double yellow
For Seger -- Your Cover
A month ago --
as a way of marking the Seger File's tenth year
online -- I threw a question out to everyone:
What song would you like to hear Seger cover?
Now the month has past, and man, did you come up
with some great choices.
Some of these
songs I've heard before, of course, but there
are some I've missed, starting with the first
one on the list. Somehow I'd never heard the
Waylon Jennings song, and I hadn't heard the Sam
Cooke tune in a long time. Several others were
new to me, too.
In case some
are new to you, or you need to refresh your
memory, versions of many of them are posted on
highlights from the songs you sent in, along
with your comments. And, down below, my
suggestion for a song I think Seger could send
to Number 1.
Should Cover -- Your Choices
Ones" by Waylon Jennings. I think Seger
would sound great singing it. Jesse
Outside The Fire" by Garth Brooks. To me
it just inspires passion, just like so many
of Seger's songs -- the desire to go your own
way, the ability to reach just a little bit
further than you think you can. Marie
Campbell, suggested by Steve
Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke.
Seger's voice suits itself nicely to old soul
classics and this one is right up there with
the best of all time. Cooke's classic has
been covered exceptionally well throughout
the years (in fact, some consider Otis
Redding's version to be superior), and
Seger's version would easily take its place
in that list. Jason Brown
Blue Eyes" by The Who. It would just be
neat to hear Bob sing it, Second choice:
Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Mike
in the Meantime" by John Hiatt. Second
choice: Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your
Hat On" (as recorded by Joe Cocker.) Bob
of the Rising Sun" by the Animals. Second
and third choice, the Eagles "Desperado" and
CCR's "Who'll Stop the Rain." Ears
of London" by Warren Zevon. I love the
song. Warren was a great artist and
writer Bob could do it justice. Bob
seems to be the only one that can really do a
cover of someone else's songs and make them
as good or better. Daniel
Roll Music" by Chuck Berry. Second
choice, "The Midnight Special," as covered by
Creedence Clearwater Revival. Carol
is Black" by Los Bravos. Because Alto
reed would play a mean sax into it and it
would be in the same speed as Shakedown.
Other choices: Otis Redding's "Sitting on the
Dock of the Bay," Aretha Franklin's
"Respect." Jamil Haidous
In Memphis" by Marc Cohn. Bob singing
about Elvis would be something that I would
find enjoyable. I think the song has the
right tempo for Bob's inimitable voice and
style. I can just hear those high notes now.
Special" as covered by CCR. Other choice:
"Spirit in the Sky" T.K.
Rain" done by Johnny Rivers. That has
always been one of my favorite songs and I
think Bob would be able to do a fantastic job
with it. Mary Ann Dotson
Long Run" by the Eagles. I realize it was
a hit for them, but I think Seger would take
this over the top. And with the Silver Bullet
Band, this could send this song over the
edge. Scarecrow Kunkel
Or Gasoline" by Blackie And The Rodeo
Kings. It rocks like a very rocking thing
and contains the great line: "Got a feeling
stingin' like a new tattoo back across
my mind.'' Gill Comer
of the Night" by Poco. The unforgettable
sax solo in the middle would be great with
the Silver Bullet Band. Second
choice:"Ophelia" by The Band. John
is Not in Sight" by the Amazing Rhythem Aces.
Just listen to it! Johnny
Mae" by Rod Stewart. Seger would give it
a great sound that is true to the original,
but still unique enough to make it a "Bob
Seger song" and not a remake of that old
geezer Rod Stewart's classic. Chip
by Nine Inch Nails, also covered by Johnny
Cash and Christina Aguilera. Bob would
come to my house and sing it softly into my
ear, and then....well, my brain would melt,
ooze out my ears and leave a puddle on the
floor. Rosemary in Bay City
Thanks very much to everybody who sent in a
suggestion. Now all we gotta do is get Bob to
give a listen.
But in the
end, nothing could top this for me: Jon Dee
Graham's "Remain." It's heartfelt, simple, and
incredibly real. See if you agree.
track is an excerpt from the new documentary on
Jon Dee Graham called Swept Away. Individual
tracks, including the full version of "Remain"
are available here.
Ears Two and I
will get a chance to hear Graham later this
month at SXSW, and maybe Paul Thorn as well.
(And if we're lucky enough to get into Van
Morrison's show, I'll be sure to wear my Seger
File t-shirt.) So here's the next question for
you. What hot new bands should we not miss in
March 2, 2008
Turn: What Song Should Seger
Deep, Mountain High" to "Real Mean Bottle,"
Seger has covered a lot of great songs over the
years, making them even greater in the process.
Think "New Coat of Paint," "Nutbush," "Let It
Rock," "Mary Lou"...the list goes on.
In fact, in
what you might call the modern era -- from the
Beautiful Loser album on -- only one album,
Against the Wind, has not contained a
cover song. (I'm counting "Fortunate Son" on the
CD version of Like a Rock.)
So what about
it? What song should Seger cover on his
next CD? (Yes, assuming there is one,
which I do, based on certain cloud formations
and anagrams found in the original liner notes
for Smokin' O.P.'s.) To put it another way, what
previously recorded song is out there just
waiting for Seger's genius to breathe new life
Send me your
top choice and a short explanation why. In
another week or so, I'll print your answers.
I've got one
in mind, obviously, that I think would be a gem.
But maybe someone out there can top it. Send
your choices to email@example.com.
(FYI -- A
cover song by my definition means a song written
and previously released by someone other than
Onion, Why Bob?
second-most entertaining site on the web did a
wonderful little riff Wednesday on the standard
rock 'n roller shout, "Hey [Name of Town
Here] how ya doin'?" The piece, which
pretends to be from Seger, is titled "Seriously,
Cleveland, How Are You?"
It's a very
funny piece (though not as funny as
or so I allege). But I wonder: Why Seger? For
people on the coasts, Cleveland is always good
for a laugh (undeservedly so, I think). But why
not Jagger? Mellencamp? Petty? Maybe they just
happened to have Bob's picture.
describes Seger as a two-time Grammy Award
winner -- true if you count the 1980 Grammy for
best album art.
Ears Two, who
was at the Cleveland concert with me, is waiting
for the follow-up article: "Seriously,
Cleveland, I Can't Hear You...!"
Cleveland concert was a little over a year ago,
on December 16, 2006. If you're nostalgic for
the real deal, click here.
Chatfield and Seger rip it up in Cleveland.
Photo by Lynne.
Rumors: Summer Drummer Edition
stations from Detroit to Columbus are stoking
the tour-rumor fires with reports that Seger is
searching for a drummer for the summer. Here's
how WLVQ's Kristie Kemper puts it:
rumors about Bob Seger touring this summer
are true. Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don
Brewer, who was on Seger's 2006-2007 Face the
Promise tour, tells us he was asked if he
would be available for a summer tour, but he
had to take a pass because he is on tour with
That's a great
sign. I'm definitely getting psyched. But
remember -- in Segerworld, tour rumors are
subject to change without notice. My advice:
Don't start the party 'til you've got the ticket
in your hand.
2008. Thanks to John Hagan and Rosemarie
and Live Nation -- Who's Pitching
January, Live Nation sent out a survey to Seger
fans (not including me) asking about their
interest in a live DVD, whether they would
travel to see a Bob Seger show, what they would
pay, and so on. People who responded got a
chance to win a pair of concert tickets (not to
Seger) in a drawing to be held February 15. The
survey closed January 31.
rules call this an "Artist 360 Fan Survey." The
term "360" refers to a type of distribution
deal. This is how David Bryne describes it in
last month's Wired Magazine:
there [used to be] one, now there are
six possible music distribution
1. At one
end of the scale is the 360, or equity, deal,
where every aspect of the artist's career is
handled by producers, promoters, marketing
people, and managers. The idea is that you
can achieve wide saturation and sales,
boosted by a hardworking machine that stands
to benefit from everything you do. The artist
becomes a brand, owned and operated by the
label, and in theory this gives the company a
long-term perspective and interest in
nurturing that artist's career.
This is the
kind of deal Madonna just made with Live
Nation. For a reported $120 million, the
company -- which until now has mainly
produced and promoted concerts -- will get a
piece of both her concert revenue and her
music sales. I, for one, would not want to be
beholden to Live Nation -- a spinoff of Clear
Channel, the radio conglomerate that turned
the US airwaves into pabulum. But Madge is a
smart cookie; she's always been adept at
controlling her own stuff, so we'll see."
Bryne, Wired Magazine, January 2008.
Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging
Artists -- and
So is Seger
interested in a 360 deal with Live Nation? Or,
more likely to my way of thinking, is Live
Nation trying to get Seger interested? Consider
this tidbit from Fortune.com:
[Live Nation CEO Michael] Rapino and
his crew pitch bands, the company databases
spew out useful information about the band's
fan base -- age, gender, how much they'll pay
Rapino: "I should be e-mailing you the
morning after the Jay-Z concert, saying,
'Want a CD? A download? Want a video of the
show? Want a set list? Want a signed shirt
with Jay-Z? We printed a limited edition.'
The possibilities are endless."
Sloan, Fortune senior writer, November 30,
Nation rocks the music
words, before they go to an artist with a
proposal, they do a survey and crunch the
numbers. My guess is that's what's going on.
Would Seger be
interested in such a deal? When I read the
following about Madonna, I can't see
familiar with [Madonna's Live Nation
deal] say it's valued at around $120
million over a decade. They paid her $90
million upfront in stock and cash, these
Nation make money on the expensive pact?
Well, the contract would pay for itself if
Madonna does four tours and three albums in
the next decade with revenues comparable to
her recent output, the key assumption being
that the 49-year-old star suffers no major
dropoff. Profits would then come from
merchandise, sponsorships, DVDs, and on and
Sloan, Fortune senior writer, November 30,
Nation rocks the music
Did you catch
that? Four tours and three albums over the next
decade? That would be great for us fans, but
it's hard to imagine Seger going for it.
And even if
the dollar amount was lower and the tour/CD
commitment was less, it's still quite a stretch
to see Seger giving up control. Seger and Punch
have always focused on limiting Seger's
exposure, not milking it. But who knows. Maybe
the times are changing.
2008. Thanks to Shellie Altman and Rosemarie
Song Should Seger Cover?
One of Seger's
highest-charting singles is his cover of Rodney
Crowell's "Shame on the Moon." According to
Seger, Alto Reed's girlfriend got him going on
took the Crowell album over to Alto Reed's
house to play it for him, and his girlfriend
Monica was knocked out by 'Shame on the
Moon.' I thought it was a man's song, but she
made me play it four times."
White, April 1983, Musician. "The Roads Not
Which got me
thinking -- If you could make Seger play a song
four times, what song would it be?
marks the Seger File's 10th Anniversary, and to
celebrate, I'm opening up the request lines.
Tell me what one song you think Seger would take
to #1, the perfect song for him to cover, and
I'll post the responses here later in the month.
Name the song
and why Seger should cover it in 50 words or
less and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's your chance to be just like Alto's
girlfriend...well, that didn't come out right,
but you know what I mean.
And if you
missed the party for last year's anniversary
(when I clearly had a lot more time on my hands)
check it out here.
Here's one I
missed -- the issue of Tour Guide Journal with
Seger on the cover. (Good thing I have nothing
to do during the holidays except search the
article, by Michael Beck, gives some background
on the crew and the set design, along with some
stories from the road. An excerpt:
backdrop was a huge cabernet drape. It was
rarely lit, but when it was, it was lit in
shades of orange, red and yellow, which
brought the drape wildly alive. Indeed,
during "Sunspot Baby" it was hit with 14
slowly rotating gobos of a smiling sun that
was the most beautiful look of the whole
explains why no video was used in the staging.
There's a full page of photos of the various
guitar techs, sound guys and others in the tour
crew. There's a story of Seger touring the
Harley Davidson plant in Milwaukee.
also quotes Production Designer Bob Peterson,
whose first Seger tour was in 1976:
the first night I called the show," Peterson
said, "I couldn't finish calling cues for
'Turn the Page.' I was crying."
It's a good
article. A word of warning though:
your own risk. It'll just make you want the DVD
Wanting, Getting, and Wanting
One thing the
person who is Bob Seger must have figured out a
long time ago is this: no matter how much he
gives us, we will always want more.
be kind of strange, because a big portion of his
life was spent trying to get people to want his
music. Then someone flipped a switch and
suddenly he can't give us enough.
guessing he's not wracked with guilt over the
fact that a concert DVD wasn't released. After
all, a concert DVD wouldn't satisfy the craving;
it would only feed it. Who knows what we'd want
next -- a boxed set, or something crazy like
following little parody isn't likely to change
anything in Segerland.
You know what, Pop?
What's that, son?
Christmas just wasn't the same this
Well why is that?
'CAUSE SANTA'S GOT NO TOUR DVD IN HIS
And why wasn't
it released? Simple. Because Seger didn't like
the color, or the sound, or the lighting, or the
packaging or....I don't know. Make up your own
reason. That's all I'm doing here.
made-up reason I like best. Seger didn't release
a concert DVD for Christmas because he wanted to
give us something to look forward to in 2008.
And you know what, Pop? Whether Seger actually
thought that or not, it's true. We still have
something to hope for in the new
those '08 Tour Rumors Rolling
Hey, as long
as we're indulging our addiction, why not reach
for the stars? Why not hope for a new tour?
settle for a new tour rumor? Those are easy to
come by. Check out this one from WCXS
I'm Hearing And I Could Be Wrong
had dinner with a great old friend (genuinely
connected to the Seger camp) and he happened
to mention casually that Bob Seger would most
likely go back out on tour the summer of 2008
and play the outdoor "Sheds" like DTE.
dumb and asked "for real"? He said Bob
thought the 2006 tour was so successful that
there was no doubt it's on the table. No
doubt Bob's family ranks number one and
that's why I think it will happen. No school
or holidays to balance and weather won't be
an issue. I think we'll see Bob at DTE this
As for the
tour DVD, Calvert says "look for it in 2008 if
Some Silver Bullets Do Some
Alto Reed has gotten together with former Silver
Bullet Drew Abbott and other musicians for
several rocking gigs. Singer Steve Dickinson
reports "we did an amazing show in Boston over
the weekend in conjunction with the NHL
writes: "It was a great time. Drew Abbott cut
loose through the whole set. When he closes his
eyes and ties into a solo, look out. When he,
Alto and (former Seger drummer) Jamie Oldaker et
al lock it in, it's nothing short of magic. The
rest of the band members are Jack Drydan, bass,
Tim Sparling (keys/vox) both longtime friends
and bandmates of Drew's and monster musicians.
On backing vocals and a couple of solo tunes are
two beautiful and talented vocalists, Stacia
Petrie & Cheryl Lescom.
Abbott, Dickinson, Reed, Lescom, Petrie,
Dryden and Oldaker
to me. Far as I know -- SS)
Boston Sammy, and Kevin from Segerbob were on
hand for the Boston show. Check out some more
pics on Sammy's myspace
popular web pages, I've got a job for all the
Abbott fans who write me. (Like the guitarist
who goes by the name North Rock, who writes "I
remember an awesome concert with a big lineup
back in the day at Utica High School. I was
inspired beyond words by the awesome sound of
the Third Power... so much that I became the
guitarist I am today. Thanks, Drew.")
assignment: Update Abbott's Wikipedia entry. It
seems to be based on an essay I wrote almost ten
years ago about a
now defunct Abbott band called Blue
I couldn't publish the essay anywhere, so I was
pretty much forced to start this website.
Makes A List and Doesn't Include Enough
presses. Wait -- does the internet have presses?
Okay, stop the digital data transmission.
Somewhere out there someone has made yet another
"Best Of" list and unjustly included too few
mentions of Seger.
oddly, it's the (Detroit) Metro Times list of
100 Greatest Detroit Songs
Three Seger entries. Give 'em credit for
"2+2=?", though maybe they were just showing off
at how deep their Seger roots go.
But really --
no Seger in the top 30 Detroit songs? And their
summary of "Night Moves" completely misses the
mark. The "thunder" that Seger waited on after
he felt the lightning had nothing to do with
sex. The thunder was realization, consequence.
Understanding. Right? Am I the only one who
thinks this? All the rest of you think it was
about sex? Huh. Not for me.
They did have
this cool old photo, though.
Funk Keeps Rolling
Abbott aren't the only Silver Bullet players who
have been making music recently.
has been on the road with Kid Rock. Jim
Brown has been busy in Nashville.
has been out with Little Feat, with a bunch more
dates scheduled for 2008. And Don Brewer's been
playing with an American band.
Grand Funk has
played 40 shows since the Seger tour ended, and
they've got more scheduled in 08 -- check out
the tour list here.
An article in
the Witchita Times Records News from last fall
begins this way:
had listened to his mom, Don Brewer would be
didn't listen to his mom.
other plans. They involved a set of drums,
drumsticks and a savory smattering of rock
kid from Flint, Mich., who should have become
an accountant but didn't, instead became part
of American rock 'n' roll history as a member
of the quintessential American band, Grand
was always pushing me to find a real job,"
said Brewer, 59, from his home in Florida.
"She was pushing me to go to college and get
my accounting certificate But I've
always wanted to be a musician ever
that's what he did.
Sweeten-ShultsSeptember 13, 2007, Witchita
Times Records News, "An American
As of today,
500 people have visited Standing
to say thanks to Bob and the Band. Rose from
Trenton, Michigan is the 500th person. "Through
the years," she writes, "whenever I needed to
get through something in life, I listened to his
music." She speaks for a lot of us.
If you haven't
signed in yet, follow the link and send your
Songs and Loose Ends
The Seger File
was born nearly a decade ago, which means there
are plently of sections that need remodeling. In
the past week, a couple pages got a bit of a
page now has a decent discography, stolen from
answers.com, (which probably stole it from
someplace else). Guess which song charted
higher: We've Got Tonight, or Like A Rock? Check
it out and see.
photos, I love this one from Leni
taken at the John Sinclair Freedom Rally in
As for loose
ends, has anyone heard anything about those four
tracks that Seger once said he might add to a
reissued Face the Promise? And has anyone gotten
around to writing the bridge
this month's update go to Bill Cook, Steve
Dickinson, Boston Sammy, Charlie Keegan and
probably some others that I'm forgetting. To all
Seger File readers, happy new year.
Seger File Returns
It's been a
while. Let's start with this message from the
year was like falling in love; every day was
better, always something new and exciting to
find out. Every night the band got better,
Bob's voice got stronger, the fans got
regret one dime that I spent at those shows,
or a minute of the time I took off work to
get there. I'm sure you don't, either. If he
tours again and I have to get a second job to
see him, I will. So write something
in Bay City.
She's right --
last year was kind of like falling in love.
Face the Promise was released on
September 12. The tour began on November 8. We
were busy making getting tickets, making plans.
What a great year it was. And now we're back to
there is a little news. A little over a month
ago, a live "Face the Promise" video was posted
on myspace by a film director named Jb Carlin.
The video, from the Cobo shows, is
professionally shot, the sound is excellent and
there are some great images of Seger and the
band along with some cool behind-the-scenes
The video is a
collaboration between Carlin and a friend, and
not an official Seger release-- not part of or a
preview of the much-discussed live DVD. Carlin
has directed music videos for Kid Rock and
makes you realize how great a full Cobo DVD
been digging into this, and has a message from
the image above will take you the
I haven't been
reading my Seger Google Alerts for months, but
unless I've missed something, there's not much
other news. The fact that it's been more than a
year since Face The Promise was released
means it's now perfectly fine, by my rules, for
Seger to reissue the CD with additional tracks,
as he once discussed. And of course the
long-rumored DVD would be an excellent
Christmans present. So far, silence.
tour news either. As you might recall, Seger
said this last March:
figure I'll take six or seven months (off)
and just write and that's all, maybe a little
bit of recording, nothing else, definitely
don't play with the band," Seger said.
just reassess in October and say, 'How do I
feel?' Do I want to start another record and
do the thing the following summer or the
following fall?' or something. That's a good
way to approach it, I think."
6, UPI. "Bob Seger says no more touring this
reassessing is going on now, let's hope it's
pointed toward a tour. In case anyone's
wondering about my schedule, my summer's pretty
blog, there are rumors of a spring tour. (And I
probably don't need to remind you that in
Segerland, tour rumors aren't worth the paper
they're not printed on.)
was the first time I've talked to Chris since
the tour was over in March, and hearing his
voice just reminded how much fun I had with
all of them on stage. Sometimes I find it
hard to believe I got to hang for a few
months with the best of the best in
breakfast last week with Shaun Murphy and
Barb Payton at Shaun's house. Whoooo, that
girl can cook! They've heard a few rumors
about possibly touring in the spring but at
this point they are just rumors."
"Moose" Brown's myspace
Barb Payton is touring with Kid Rock, who will
appear on Saturday Night Live on November 18.
That could be worth a watch.
Rock and Punch are parting company according to
a recent Free Press article.
is the greatest manager of all time," Rock
said. "I could not have had a No. 1 record
without him. There's a lot of respect for him
as a friend and as someone who has guided my
career. He's always been held in my highest
who handles business from a longtime office
in downtown Birmingham, said he will continue
his work with Seger, whom he's represented
since the early 1960s. The pair will focus on
expanding Seger's presence in Asian and
European markets, he said. (Brian McCollum,
Detroit Free Press, October 17, 2007.
Rock talks about leaving longtime manager,
signing with Nashville
Silver Bullets old and new took the stage last
month in Livingston, Michigan as a benefit for a
wounded soldier from the Iraq war. Alto Reed and
Drew Abbott were joined by Borneo Band drummer
Jamie Oldaker as well as Canadian
singer-songwriter Steve Dickinson. Must have
been a great show.
Steve Dickinson, Karen Freeman, Paul Dunn and
many others for waking me up from my slumber.
Sorry for the long layoff between posts. I've
fallen hopelessly behind on answering emails,
but I'll try to catch up.