The Seger File
An unofficial web site about the music of Bob Seger
Updated September 19, 2006
Written and edited by Scott Sparling

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2005 Updates
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2003 Updates (July-Dec)
2003 Updates (Jan-June)
2002 Updates
2001 Updates
1998-2000 Updates
Nine Years Online
The Seger File's Birthday Party
Unreleased Tracks
Vault V
10 more unreleased tracks
Vault 4
16 more unreleased tracks
Forward Into the Vault --
26 more unreleased tracks
Return to the Vault -- 18 More Unreleased Tracks
The Vault --31 Unreleased Tracks
Recorded but Unreleased --Unreleased Seger from A-Z
Photos 1Photos 2
Photos 3Photos 4
Hall of Fame Photos
Settle Annex
A collection of great Seger photos
Dylan's "Denver"
The Albums
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Brand New Morning
Smokin' O.P.'s
Back in '72
Beautiful Loser
Live Bullet
Night Moves
Stranger in Town
Against the Wind
Nine Tonight
The Distance
Like A Rock
The Fire Inside
Bob Seger's Greatest Hits
It's A Mystery
Greatest Hits 2
Face the Promise
Other Albums
The Promised Live Album
The Promised Studio Album
Seger on the Edge
The Bob Seger Collection --(Australian Greatest Hits)
Seger Classics
A Very Special Christmas,1987
Other Album Appearances
The Seger Tribute Album
Sing Your Own Seger
Perfect Albums?
Selected Singles
Check the Label
Who Picks the Singles?
Early Singles
The Lonely One
TGIF/First Girl
Ballad of the Yellow Beret
East Side Story
Persecution Smith
Sock It To Me, Santa
Vagrant Winter/Very Few
Heavy Music
2+2=?/Death Row
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Looking Back
If I Were A Carpenter
Bombs Away
Chances Are
My Take on Chances Are
Reaching Number One
Other Seger Tracks
Released on Singles, But Not on Albums
Covered by Others
Written By Seger, Recorded by Others
Night Moves (SNL)
Making Thunderbirds
Old Time Rock and Roll
American Storm
Like a Rock
Real Love
Fire Inside
Night Moves (New)
Turn the Page
It's A Mystery
Chances Are
Ten for Two
The Cobo Hall Tapes
The Palace Tapes
Influences/Other Bands
TV Appearances
Like a Truck
Who Does the Song Belong To?
Ancient History Dept.
How Seger Sees Rock/Truck
Singer or Salesman?
Gatsby, Seger and Victory
The Mystery Man
How the Song Became An Ad
Good Song, Great Ad?
Bad Press, Bad Precedent
Through the Lean Years
Bob's View
Insults and Dead Horses
Fix Or Repair Daily
The Early Years
Early Days
Motor City's Burning
Places He Played
More Dues-Paying Years
Career, Misc.
Lead Singer Vs. Guitar Player
The Slow Road to Success
The Requisites of Greatness
Theories: Why It Took So Long
"You Are Now Leaving Seger Territory"
Breaking Out
What Is Success?
Early Bands
The Decibels
The Town Criers
The Omens
Democracy Rocks
Later Bands
Bob Seger and the Last Heard
The Bob Seger System
Julia/My Band/Borneo Band
Muscle Shoals band
The Silver Bullet Band
Back-up Systems
Shaun Murphy
Karen Newman
Related Bands
Detroit All-Stars
Alto Reed
Blue Highway (Drew Abbott)
Bio, Part 1
Detroit? Ann Arbor?
We Even Sang the Parts the Instruments Were Playing
A Father Leaves
Fire and the Memory of Love
All the Wild, Wild Good Times
Interests and Hobbies
Predicting the Future, Then and Now
Bio, Part 2
On Growing Older
The Seger Work Ethic
You Can't Miss That Driving Rain
Friends and Family
Let's Dig Up Something Really Nasty
I'm Gonna Tell My Tale, C'mon
Of Caves and Barbed Wire
Early Tours and Shows
The Oakland Mall
The Primo, R&R Farm, Suds Factory and Chances Are
The Agora
On the Road
Jackson County Fair
Pontiac, the Michigan Jam and Other Victories
Seger in the Arena
The 1983 Tour
The 1986-87 Tour
The Last Tour?
They'll Never Be in The Arena, But They Get to Write the Reviews
San Francisco
New York
Los Angeles
Vancouver (Canada)
The 1996 Tour
The Set List Discussed
The Set List Presented
The Set List Analyzed
Bringing the Family
Tour Notes
Thirsty for Seger
A Review of the Reviews
Palace of Auburn Hills
The 2006-07 Tour Pages
Readin' O.P.'s
A compilation of e-mail messages. Some favorite are:
-- Hope to see you tonight
-- Motor City Rock
-- The FargoDome
-- The 7-Eleven and the Winter Olympics
-- He gave me a strange look
-- Now that we're older
Brand New Email
More great letters.
-- Seger, Sinatra, Cobain
-- My Dad, Bob and Charlie Martin
-- I work for General Motors
-- Seger and Mohammad Ali
-- The last thing I hear from Bob Seger
-- Road trip to Ann Arbor
-- I never spoke to Bob, but he always spoke to me
Brand New Email Pt. II
-- Bob at the Roseland Inn
-- Seger interview
-- Backstage with a bad pass
-- Put the car in park
-- Starry August nights
-- Cool me down
-- The bridge from Motown
-- The Seger-starved masses plead for tour news
-- The Kiss File?
Seger Stories and Misc. Email
--The best thing you could say
--Blue and Julia  
--Rockin' with Fidel  
--Early days of baseball and Bob
--Follow your heart  
--Waving with the lighter
Email '05
--About Drew Abbott
--On 2+2
--On "The Lonely One"
--About Tom Neme
--About Charlie Martin
--The Toledo Jam
--About Pep Perrine
--About Jim Bruzzese
--Early days
--Early songs
Seger Inks SimTour Deal, Gets Ready to Rock
Capitol Releases "Dee-Pah!
The Seger Cam is back online
The Michigan Jam 2
The Seger versus. SpringsteenComplexo-Meter
The Medicated Top 20
Reese: Money for Music
Get Back to Work
A guide to surfing The Seger File at work.
The Primo Photo
The Rolling Stone Letter
The Imaginary Interview
Why the Seger File Is Here -- Getting Over Bob Seger
TV Appearances
 Here's a partial listing of Seger's main TV appearances.

Swingin' Time -- 1965

Seger's TV debut was February 9, 1965 on "Swingin' Time," a Windsor, Ontario TV music show hosted by CKLW-AM personality Robin Seymour during the mid-1960s. He performed "Persecution Smith,'' reportedly. Source: Gary Graff, August 28, 1986, Detroit Free Press. "Bob Seger storms home tonight."

Seger later appeared on Swingin' Time again and performed "Heavy Music."

Happenin' '68
Seger lip-synced "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man."


Seger lip-synced "Lucifer."

ABC's In Concert, 1973
ABC filmed Bob Seger and the Borneo Band performing "Let It Rock" in 1973, as well as a performance by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Seger fan Ken Settle was at the filming and says Seger gave a great performance -- the kind that might have broken him nationally. But when the program aired, only Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks appeared.

The Midnight Special

Seger was scheduled for The Midnight Special in May 1975.

"The promo man has been telling me...if you have a record that's moving well, you get a bullet [on the Billboard charts]...well, we've gotten three weeks of bullets [for Katmandu] and they told us that's what we need, and supposedly now May 19th [1975] we'll be doing the Midnight Special." Spring 1975 radio interview.
Longtime Seger fan Ken Settle adds that the producers of the Midnight Schedule asked Seger to lip-sync on the show. He objected, and they gave in a little. Seger could sing live to a pre-recorded track, and the band would simply pretend to play. That wasn't acceptable to Seger either, and so the producers simply showed a clip of Seger performing in the Pontiac Silverdome.

Don Kirshner's Roc Concert, 1976
Seger had to cancel a scheduled appearance on Rock Concert when he developed nodes on his vocal chords.

MTV "Liner Notes," 3-27-83.

A twenty minute interview -- supposedly his first TV interview in thirteen years.

Later With Bob Costas: 1987

A two-part interview.

The Special Olympics Special on ABC
Seger appeared on an ABC TV special about the Special Olympics in August, 1991. The show included a segment on Seger's visit to Katmandu in support of the Special Olympics.

Late Night With David Letterman, September 25, 1986 and October 14, 1986.

On September 25, 1986, the Seger DEW line went to Red Alert. It was my friend Jesse, this time, warning me that Seger was scheduled to appear on David Letterman that night. I didn't have a VCR, so when Late Night started, I was there with my portable tape recorder propped up to the TV speaker.

There was one problem, however. Seger never appeared. There was no word of explanation.

About two weeks later, the DEW line went off again. Seger had been rescheduled. As Late Night opened, once again I was cross-legged on the floor, sitting close to the set, recorder propped by the TV for a monaural recording of the event.

Once again, he didn't show. And, in a funny way, by not showing, he became the focal point of the show.

The suspense about Seger's appearance ended right after the opening monologue. Dave explained that Seger had canceled for the second time and that a singer named Rosie Vella (?) is appearing instead.

(MP3s of this portion of the show can be heard here.)

Dave: That's twice now that Bob Seger has...
Paul: Rosie Vella, though, came in and...
Dave: Rosie Vella's here, a lovely woman and for my money, we'll be just as happy with her.
Paul: Bob called today, though...
Dave: He didn't call anybody.
Paul: He called me. He called me at home.
Dave: What did he say?
Paul: He just wanted to make sure that I understood the very complicated circumstances --
Dave: Well, now, why didn't he call me?
Paul: Well, I don't think he could get through to you.
[Incredulous pause]
Paul: ...uhhh
Dave: Boy, it's hot in here. Why is it so hot in here?
Offstage voice: [inaudible]
Dave: ...Because the Mets won?
Offstage voice: [inaudible]
Dave: You mean this building is on the same circuit as Shea Stadium?
[audience laughs]
Dave: Bob Seger won't be with us tonight. He was supposed to be here two weeks ago and he wasn't here then, either, and then he said 'no, I'll come and do your show tonight,' and he's not here tonight!
Paul: He called though and he said --
Dave: He called, and I went to see his show at the Garden, I enjoyed it, had a great time. Paul was there, Paul had a great time, but Bob won't be here tonight!
Paul: He wanted to make sure you realized, you know, that it wasn't, you know, that it was just one of those complicated things --
Dave: No, I know exactly what it is, it's deadbeat musician behavior, that's what it is!
Paul: Oooo!
[Audience boos and groans]
Dave: And I like this man! I enjoy his music and we were all looking forward to having him here, but, he won't be on! Can you beat that??!
Paul: He never done television, you know.
Dave: Well, so what? This is not real television, for heaven's sake! We're not talking about the Ed Sullivan Show or anything. Let's do a top ten list and try to put this ugliness behind us, shall we? Boy, my ears are burning. It's too hot in here. One more degree and I'm calling off the show. From the home office in Milwaukee, a Top Ten List, the top ten things I will never say on this television program -- boy, it's hot, goodness lord almighty it's hot...
[After the Top Ten List]
Dave: I wish he'd been on the show. This deeply depresses me. This guy, we been trying to get on the show, actually, five full years, and he has not been able to do it. We had him tied up two weeks ago, he was gonna be here...
Paul: Yeah. He had a cold that time.
Dave: Yeah, he had a cold, but it didn't stop him from working the Garden that night.
Paul: ...and you...went.
Dave: I went there and I had a great time. I had a very nice time. Looking forward to seeing him here. Weren't we all looking forward to having him here?
Audience: Yeah!
Paul: He just doesn't understand, you know, the logistics of we... work in a...small studio...
Dave: Well, what is there not to understand, Paul?
Paul: Well, that, you know, that we don't usually, well, that we don't...have, you know, it's not like Don Kirshner's Rock Concert or anything anymore...
Dave: Now wait a minute, that was the blueprint for this show! What do you mean?
Paul: You patterned this show after Don Kirshner's Rock Concert??
Dave: It's so hot. You know, I'm almost in tears! It's that damn hot!
[During the commercial breaks, Paul Schaeffer and The World's Most Dangerous Band play a number of Seger tunes: Dave pretends it is Seger playing. Leading out of the first break, Schaeffer's band is playing "Old Time Rock and Roll."]
Dave: Thank you, thank you very much. [Points to Schaeffer]. Bob Seger, ladies and gentleman, and the Silver Bullet Band. Thank you, Bob!
Paul: It's just that...he really...wanted your favorite song...and it seemed that he needed, you know, certain his whole big huge band to do it, and...
Dave: ...He was going to play Climb Every Mountain from the Sound of Music?
Paul: ...and he needed certain...
Dave: I'm not buying it. He was supposed to be here two weeks ago, he weaseled out of that one, he was supposed to be here tonight, and he's weaseled out of this one.
Paul: Well...that's that.
Dave: Let's get on with the proceedings, shall we?
Paul: Yeah...We better.
Dave: My first guest this evening is a very good friend of ours, and also a very funny gentlemen. He has his own, very own, late night program which premieres on this network on November first, it's appropriately titled The Jay Leno Show. Folks, please welcome Jay Leno!
[Band leads out of next break with "Night Moves."]
Dave: Thank you, Bob! Night Moves. Bob Seger and the boys, thank you. Bob Seger, of course, travelling all across the country right now on his very successful 'I Won't Be There' Tour.'
[Audience hoots]
Dave: Yeah, there'll be jackets and everything: The 'I Won't Be There' Tour!
[At the half-hour break]
Dave: ...and coming up on tonight's program, New York Post photographer Lou Liotta and singer Rosie Vella...pinching hitting for Bob Seger...who's out with a pulled groin muscle...Bob won't be in the line-up tonight...
[Band leads out of last break with "We've Got Tonight."]

Dave: Bob Seger telling us he knows it's late. Thank you, Bob!


(An interesting side note: As Carson ends, the NBC announcer reads a list of Dave's guests. Seger's name is not mentioned...ringing some early alarm bells with me...but as I listen to the tape ten years later, I'm surprised at whose name is announced...and by the way the announcer mangles it. Tonight, the NBC announcer says, "David welcomes Jay Leon...."

It's obvious now that he meant Jay Leno, who was indeed on the show and did a knockout segment, ad libbing with Dave and working in a lot of his standup stuff.)

The Today Show -- 1986

Seger was interviewed by Rona Elliot.

In Concert '91 -- ABC

Seger talked about his new album, "The Fire Inside." The segment included scenes showing the filming of the video for the title track.

VHI -- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

The induction ceremony included a two-minute retrospective film. This shot is originally from Ten for Two, a documentary film of the Free John Sinclair concert in 1972. A video of the concert also aired on Michigan Public Television in the early 1970s.

Entertainment Tonight -- September 4, 2006

See clip here.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno -- September 14, 2006

See clips here.

Why Seger Avoided TV

In an article from the early 1980's, Seger described why he avoided TV appearances, even though shows like the Midnight Special and the Don Kirshner Rock Hour tried to book him.

Seger: "We think television is just not a really conducive thing to capturing the rock 'n' roll spirit. We've also been offered 'Saturday Night Live' and have been very flattered by the offer, but we made up our minds a long time ago to just leave TV alone. Let's be exclusive to live performances, and people will maybe someday thank us for that. So that's what we do." Steve Morse, September 11, 1980, Boston Globe. "Bob Seger Runs Against the Wind."

According to the same article, the president of Capitol Records asked Seger to let ABC's "20/20" do a segment on him. Seger initially agreed, but then changed his mind.

Seger: "They wanted to come to my home, and my lady and I didn't want them to do that. Then they wanted to go to my cabin, and I didn't want them to do that. And, they wanted me to walk around Ann Arbor and show them all these old houses I lived in, and I thought, 'Well, that's going to invade someone else's privacy,' so I didn't want to do that. And it just went on and on for about four days, and I called my manager and said, 'Hey, they haven't shot an inch of film, and you and I have been going crazy on the phone for four days. Find out how much it's going to cost for me to get out of it...[Ultimately] I paid $18,000 to get out of it...It came out of my pocket, too.

"I don't want to be that well-known. As it is, I can pretty much walk down the street now, except for maybe in the Detroit area where I'm really well-known. But I can pretty much get away with walking around the United States, and I want to keep it that way. If you put your face on TV or in the movies, it's going to really change." Steve Morse, September 11, 1980, Boston Globe. "Bob Seger Runs Against the Wind."

HBO tried to arrange a TV concert in the mid-1980s.

"They (HBO) want to give us a bunch of money, but that's where I think you really get the burnout is when you expose your whole show...

"When you expose all your best stuff, which is what they'd use, who would want to go see it? That's our theory. Concerts are like tribal events and you just can't capture that on a small screen, not to mention the sound. So I don't want to do it. My manager is promoting it, but I think it's counterproductive. It's not necessary...It's just a bunch of money, that's all." Steve Morse, Boston Globe, September 25, 1986. "Bob Seger Ready to Turn the Page."

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