The Seger File
An unofficial web site about the music of Bob Seger
This page last updated June 1999
For more recent posts, see the Updates
Written and edited by Scott Sparling
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FACE THE PROMISE
 
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2005 Updates
2004 Updates
2003 Updates (July-Dec)
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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
Photos 1Photos 2
 
Photos 3Photos 4
 
Hall of Fame Photos
 
Settle Annex
A collection of great Seger photos
 
Misc.
Dylan's "Denver"
 
The Albums
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
Noah
Mongrel
Brand New Morning
Smokin' O.P.'s
Back in '72
Seven
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
Understanding
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
 
Videos
Night Moves (SNL)
Making Thunderbirds
Old Time Rock and Roll
American Storm
Like a Rock
Shakedown
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
Soundtracks
 
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
Jackson
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"
Punch
Breaking Out
What Is Success?
 
Bands
Early Bands
The Decibels
The Town Criers
The Omens
Democracy Rocks
Later Bands
Bob Seger and the Last Heard
The Bob Seger System
STK
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
Personality
Interests and Hobbies
Predicting the Future, Then and Now
 
Bio, Part 2
On Growing Older
Politics
The Seger Work Ethic
You Can't Miss That Driving Rain
Friends and Family
Let's Dig Up Something Really Nasty
Katmandu
I'm Gonna Tell My Tale, C'mon
Of Caves and Barbed Wire
Misc.
 
Songwriting
 
Early Tours and Shows
The Oakland Mall
Jackson
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
Savannah
Charlotte
Philadelphia
Oakland
Miami
San Francisco
Seattle
Houston
New York
Los Angeles
Vancouver (Canada)
Greensboro
 
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
Charleston
Nashville
Palace of Auburn Hills
Washington
L.A.
 
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
--Shows
--The Toledo Jam
--About Pep Perrine
--About Jim Bruzzese
--Early days
--Fans
--Early songs
 
Falsehoods
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
 
Misc.
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

Biographical Notes, Part 2

On Growing Older

Seger thought he was old when Night Moves came out. "I was 31 or 32 when Night Moves came out. I remember a member of my band used to say he was going into country music someday because they don't care how old you are...and once you are beyond Teen magazine in rock, you are history." April 13, 1986. Robert Hillburn, L.A. Times. "Bob Seger returns in the eye of the storm."

"Of course it feels funny being 41 and rocking. But I actually felt more embarrassed about it when I was 31 -- then I really felt old. But it was nothing compared to when I was 18. At 18, I wanted to get big enough so that I would make maybe 20 grand a year between the ages of 25 and 30. After that, I figured, I would be burned out and go travel through Europe. The revival shows in the '50s and '60s didn't make me feel very optimistic about the future of rock. Even when they featured people I really admired, like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, it all had the air of a last hurrah. I'm happy it didn't turn out that way, that they're still viable." May 14, 1986, Stephen Holden, The New York Times. "Bob Seger's View of Life and Loving"

1986: "Now that I'm in my 40's, I worry about the physical toll of touring, so I'm trying to keep myself in top physical condition. I'm also at the age when I'd like to have a child. If and when that happens, I'd like to do what John Lennon did with his second child and be there for the kid the first five years. In the meantime, I'm going to keep performing as long as it feels relevant and I feel I can give it my best." Stephen Holden, May 14, 1986, The New York Times. "Bob Seger's View of Life and Loving"

1986: "Now I'm 41 and I've never had a family and I have to come to terms with that...I look around and see friends of mine with 15 year-old sons and daughters...I think I really missed that whole thing doing what I do." Richard Harrington, August 17, 1986, Washington Post. Bob Seger: Rocking On, With the Voice of Experience.


On having It's A Mystery rejected by MTV:

"It's simply age discrimination. I hate to say it, but it's the only thing that I can think of." Roger Catlin, Hartford Courant, Spring, 1996


Politics

Seger told writer Roy Trakin that he voted for Reagan in 1984."...only because I thought Mondale wasn't a good enough leader. I always vote and you've got to take the one you've voted for. I didn't think much of Carter, either, so I voted for John Anderson in 1980." Roy Trakin, Creem, 1987?

Seger appeared onstage with Dukakis in Michigan campaign appearances in 1988.


The Seger Work Ethic

Seger believes in hard work "because tomorrow someone's going to come along and we're just going to be irrelevant." Richard Harrington, August 17, 1986, Washington Post." Bob Seger: Rocking On, With the Voice of Experience."

Seger has often mentioned the advice he got from Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon:

"He said, 'Do your best, 'cause it's only gonna last two or three years.'" Kira L. Billik (AP), January 1996, Traverse City Record-Eagle. "He's older now but he's still running against the wind."

Graff: Growing up in the '50s, Seger witnessed "an era when pop stars, even Little Richard, were old hat after two, three years.'' Growing up poor, he adds, instilled a drive "to make sure I had that big stack of chips I could fall back on before I kicked back at all." Gary Graff, October 1994, Detroit Free Press. "His New Wife And Child Have Become Rocker Bob Seger's Focus"


"We've never followed trends. We've always done what we've done, and I've seen em come and go for 20 years. In the late '60s, I was intimidated by Alice Cooper, but I never painted my face. It wouldn't work if I did change: I wouldn't feel comfortable."

"Rock and roll has always seemed like work to me -- a good, honest solid way to make a living. I put together my first band in high school, the three-piece Decibels, in order to help earn money for my family and spending money for school clothes. Rock and roll was helping to meet my basic needs. And the music I listened to on the radio kept me feeling positive and hopeful in the same way." Capitol Press Release for The Fire Inside

"Sometimes I do get nostalgic for the really good times I had in high school. Ever since then, I've been working for a living, supporting myself and I've always had the bills and everything over my shoulder. This last six months is the first time I didn't have to worry about money. After high school, it was work work work. For the next four and half years, I worked six nights a week, five sets a night, until I made my first record. And then when I made that record we started touring." John Morthland, July 1977, Creem. "Bob Seger Conquers the World (And About Time!)"


Seger on all the Detroit bands of the 60s -- Stooges, MC5, Mitch Ryder, Bob Hodge and Catfish, the Rationals, SRC...

"I think those bands came and went because they just didn't have the stamina to go all the way. Either that, or in some cases, it was drugs. There's only three acts I can think of that really kept at it, kept pounding away. that was Glenn Frey, Ted Nugent and myself. The others just burned themselves out." John Morthland, July 1977, Creem. "Bob Seger Conquers the World (And About Time!)"


You Can't Miss That Driving Rain

"California is just a place to go to work now. I tried living there a bit when I was married to Annette and I wouldn't want to do it anymore. I thought having a lot of entertainment around me would inspire me, but it didn't work that way. It was deadening." Susan Whitall, August 24, 1991, The Detroit News. "Long Way Home"

"You feel like a workaholic because everybody talked about it, everybody was concerned about it, everybody was dealing with it all the time. Back here I can work, and then I can come home and put it away. " Susan Whitall, August 24, 1991, The Detroit News. "Long Way Home"

"We have a little place in Florida, but my wife's already put her foot down on that one. Because at my age, Florida looks pretty good -- in about three years, I'll be 54 and I might be looking hard at those golf courses. But nope. We're gonna send our kids to elementary school down the street (in Michigan.)" Brian McCollum, March 8, 1996, Detroit Free Press. "Detroit Never Forgets."


Friends and Family

"My manager lives ten miles from me, and he's probably my best buddy." Roy Trakin, Creem, 1987?

On his friendship with Frey: "Glenn and I used to [get] together in the Sixties and do stuff like go see Planet of the Apes totally ripped. He sort of idolized me 'cause he was just a kid -- maybe 18 -- and I was all of 23, with a string of local hits....I was always kinda the heavy guy, while Frey liked the Byrds and Beau Brummels, all that sweet stuff and harmonies that the Eagles do now. I was always telling him to 'heavy up,' but I guess he'd done okay." Patrick Goldstein, Rolling Stone, July 29, 1976


His Mother

"It was the golden rule, really right on down the line. Never steal, never lie. And always pay those bills. Never miss a bill and always watch your money. Always be good to people and you'll get it back and always look for the good in people, and ignore the bad if you can. You know, that's just the way she brought me up." Dave Marsh, June 15, 1978, Rolling Stone. "Bob Seger: Not A Stranger Anymore."

"I was conditioned throughout my first ten years in the business never to expect anything. And my mom hammered into me, "If you're a pessimist when the good things happen, you'll be that much happier and won't be disappointed when they don't." Timothy White, May 1, 1980, Rolling Stone. "The Fire This Time"

Because his mother was "cynical about a lot of things," Seger "always expected the worst. And I battled that, because she was my chief parental inspiration. I've had to battle that for a long time. So I have those moments, but I try to overcome them, I try to beat them down. And I just don't write when I'm in that frame of mind." Susan Whitall, August 24, 1991, The Detroit News. "Long Way Home


On his friendship with Glenn Frey

"We were real good friends when I was like 20, and Glenn was 17. ..he was one of our biggest boosters. I remember when they weren't even the Eagles yet, they talked Linda Rondstat into doing 'Big River' and a couple of my songs from my Mongrel album...and he was always boosting me in California, saying we gotta rock like this, because Glenn was really the rocker in the band initially...and then Henley got really deep into rock and roll as well..." Radio Interview: In the Studio with Redbeard for Against the Wind.

"I really try to leave everything on the stage. I really do. I think it's a lot healthier. I've seen a lot of people take themselves way too seriously in this business. I don't really even have that many friends in this business. Outside of the Eagles, I don't have anybody I know really closely, and I never have." Steve Morse, September 11, 1980, Boston Globe. "Bob Seger Runs Against the Wind."


"[Ann Arbor] was really conservative when I was a kid, it was Eisenhower-ish when I was a kid. My father was a Republican and my mother was real strict as far as honesty and as far as paying the bills. That was hammered all the time: you must pay the bills at the end of each week, and don't spend too much, and all that. That's heavily ingrained, even today." May 1979 radio interview.


Relationships past

It's not my purpose to focus on the past or expose private matters. The music is what matters, and in that regard, there are some aspects of Seger's relationships with women that have been front and center in his songs. His long relationship with Jan, and the ending of that relationship, formed the basis of much of his work, just as his new family is central to his current work. Some background:

Seger was married for one day short of a year in 1968. He has referred to it as a foolish, impulsive marriage. He was married a second time in 1987 to Annette Sinclair, an actress (Thief of Hearts and Weekend Pass) and model (Pontiac commercials). They divorced a year later. He married Nita Dorricott in 1993.


On breaking up with Jan after 11 years:

"The same thing happened to my brother, George. He was married the same amount of time, and it just dies. Those things happen. Maybe if I had a more normal life, it would have lasted longer. I don't know....When I first met Jan, she was 20 years old. When we broke up, she was 31. I think I was a little more set in my ways because I was seven years older and I knew exactly where I was going and what I wanted to do...we tried very hard to make it work." Roy Trakin, Creem, 1987?

The breakup "sent me off into unknown territory. I was always used to having someone there, was really used to Jan. I didn't have that anchor anymore...

"After 13 years of relationships, it's very strange. The best way I can describe it is the line in "The Aftermath" -- 'It's a cold hard scene, the singles thing, losers everywhere. And it hurts to the bone." Gary Graff, May 4, 1986, The Detroit Free Press. "The rock of rock."


Fatherhood

Gary Graff, writing in the Detroit Free Press in October 1994, asked Seger about work and family life:

After his mother died in 1989, "I really started to think, 'Who am I doing it for now? Both my parents are gone; is it just for me?' And then when Nita came along, and then Cole, it was like 'OK, this is another new change, and I don't want to blow it. So I got serious about that.'" Gary Graff, October 1994, Detroit Free Press. "His New Wife And Child Have Become Rocker Bob Seger's Focus"

Seger's son Cole is named after producer David Cole.

"I want (Cole) to feel what I didn't feel when I was a kid, which is a great sense of affection and stability."

"I've just changed my whole value system; I know what's important. I want to be a good dad. I want to be a good husband. That's my top priority. And if I can still do my work well, great..." Gary Graff, October 1994, Detroit Free Press. "His New Wife And Child Have Become Rocker Bob Seger's Focus"

Originally, Seger thought a family might possibly be an intrusion on his work, "but it's a focuser. The things that don't mean so much become so clear, and if the song isn't quite good enough and you're beating yourself up over it, you say, 'Next.'" Kira L. Billik (AP), January 1996, Traverse City Record-Eagle. "He's older now but he's still running against the wind."

"I love being a dad. It's the best thing that ever happened to me." Fred Shuster, February 2, 1996, Los Angeles Daily News, "Still the same enduring rocker Bob Seger finds a niche in the '90s"

"I'm a very lucky guy. I've got a great wife and two great kids, and I can't complain. If it all ends today, I can't complain. I've done well." Kira L. Billik, January 7, 1996, Associated Press. "Seger hits the road - with diaper bag."

"I've always had a social conscience, but suddenly when you have kids something that used to just get you upset now becomes an outrage. The future becomes an issue -- not yours, but theirs. Yours is inevitable, but you're a guardian of theirs. What kind of world are we going to leave them?" Capital "Leaning Tower" Internet Pages, 1996


"I read this thing by (columnist) Bob Greene, who is a good writer. He wrote about his little girl. He said, 'I was afraid this would change me, but all it's done is make life better.' He sold me on it." Steve Morse, Boston Globe, September 25, 1986. "Bob Seger Ready to Turn the Page."

Another selling point has been the recent first baby born to Alto Reed, longtime saxophonist of Seger's Silver Bullet Band.

"He's just thrilled to death. We actually had to hold him down and say, 'You can't fly home to Miami anymore.' He'd have one day off and would fly down to see his kid. He was wearing himself out." Steve Morse, Boston Globe, September 25, 1986. "Bob Seger Ready to Turn the Page."


Katmandu

In the early 1990s, Seger visited Katmandu in support of the Special Olympics. Here's what he wrote about his trip, as told to Gary Graff in the Detroit Free Press, in the article "Seger finally goes to Katmandu."

"A few weeks ago, I was in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, visiting King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev. I didn't expect to end up talking about my music with a monarch, but at one point, out of the blue, the king leaned back and asked, 'What made you write that song, anyway?'

"I gave him the same answer I've given many interviewers.

"When I was 5, my dad would show me National Geographic. When I was 8, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed Mt. Everest for the first time. I always was fascinated by exotic places, and I wrote the song from the perspective of someone who yearned for a place as far from America as anybody could get, someplace exotic and distant...

"I found visiting Katmandu a bittersweet experience, however. There is, of course, the great beauty of the Himalayas and of the Buddhist temples, as well as the spirituality of the people. But there is no disguising the fact that this is a third world country; it's the fourth poorest in the world...one in five children is dead before age 1; the average adult life span is 42 years..

"What made the trip most worthwhile was working with Special Olympics. We had such a great time with the kids...I worked with 14-year old Min Sejuwal, who is from a town in the Mu Gu province west of Katmandu. He was such a great kid. His father was a leper with no hands who died when Min was a year old...


I'm Gonna Tell My Tale, C'mon

Is Seger writing an autobiography? One e-mail message I got reported the rumor that he was. In a way it makes sense: Seger loves to read biographies, and from childhood to stardom he's forged the kind of life that makes good reading. Not only that, but -- judging from the number of hits to The Seger File -- there's a large base of people out there wanting to read about Seger.

On the other hand, if he really were writing an autobiography -- or cooperating on a biography with a writer -- it seems like someone would have reported on it...and I've read and heard nothing about this, except one stray rumor.

Besides...where would he find a thoughtful co-author with a respectful and encylopedic knowledge of his career and an abiding interest in his music? Hmmm?


Of Caves and Barbed Wire

In a couple of interviews, Seger cites Ted Nugent as having given him some seminal advice in a cave in Festus, Missouri, where they both had been booked to perform. Seger, still a struggling regional star, was upset about playing in a cave. The sound was terrible. But Nugent would stand for no self-pity. "No crybabies in rock 'n' roll," he reportedly advised. Seger later told Bob Costas that the peptalk helped him keep going through the early, tough years.

Seger File reader Judi Hay was at the concert and adds this report:

"It was really good, as I recall, except as you can imagine, the sound wasn't the best. I went with my boyfriend at the time who remembers that Bob Seger played the song "The Stealer" … Seger was a virtual unknown at the time and so there weren't even that many people there. Probably no more than 100! Maybe even less…We all sat around on blankets on the concrete floor … There was this local guy around town named Leland Ogle who fancied himself a bigtime concert promoter who put the whole thing together."

Nugent and Seger have since gone down vastly different paths, Back in the late 1990s, Nugent commented on Seger to writer Gary Graff:

"I'd love to write some music that would really show off Bob's voice," Nugent told writer Gary Graff a couple of years ago. No hint on what type of song Ted thinks Bob ought to be singing...but it strikes me that writing songs that showcase his voice is kind of what Seger had been doing for, oh, about 30 years. Nugent has tried to talk to Punch about the subject, but according to Nugent, Punch "has created a barbed-wire defense network against all things Nuge,which I think is cute. It makes me that much more intense." Gary Graff


CDs vs. Vinyl

On the issue of CDs versus LPs, Seger reportedly misses vinyl -- especially the fact that vinyl has a side two. "Yes, yes, yes! Because you've got a chance to start another side, like you've got two starting points. I miss albums in general. They had a warmer sound on the bottom end of some stuff. I think digital recording is a little harsh." The Mr. Showbiz Interview Archive: Bob Seger, by Gary Graff, November 17, 1995.


"I'm getting more and more into computers with recording, and I work with drum computers now as I write. What I see in computers is a great way to organize and communicate. My engineer David Cole always has his out. If he's in England working with somebody, I can e-mail him. It's great." The Mr. Showbiz Interview Archive: Bob Seger, by Gary Graff, November 17, 1995.


Circa 1986:

Seger has a 1,100-acre grain farm in Michigan that loses money. "One of the reasons I didn't want to play at Farm Aid was I thought it might be hypocritical. I think we're probably getting some of that aid now." Jack Curry, Spring 1986, USA Today. "Bob Seger sings blues no more."


In 1992, Seger was stalked by a 29 year-old woman who believed Seger looked at her in a 1987 concert and mesmerized her. She wanted Seger to be a character witness in a custody hearing involving her children. Seger obtained a restraining order, preventing her from coming within 100 feet of house. June 24, 1992, Detroit Free Press. "'Mesmerized woman is after Seger'"


In 1987, Seger received a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in front of the Capitol Records Tower building. His handprints and signature were added to the Rockwalk on Sunset Boulevard in 1994.


Columnist Bob Greene on Seger and Springsteen: "...the things Springsteen has been celebrated for -- singing about the real America, reaching emotions buried deep, connecting with the true concerns in ordinary people's lives -- Seger has been doing longer and better than Springsteen has. But he has never been celebrated in the way Springsteen has been celebrated from the start." Bob Greene, 1986, Chicago Tribune. "Bob Seger: Still the unsung hero of American rock."


The website for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes lesson plans to hyelp educators integrate history and music. The first lesson plan is entitled "Historical Revisionism" and requires students to analyze the lyrics of Seger's "Revisionism Street." An excerpt:

"History is seldom perceived by students as an ongoing process....This lesson will introduce a dynamic quality to history, one which indicates that history is the product of...non-objective historians...

"The student will be able to:

1) Analyze the song "Revisionism Street" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and identify its overall meaning...

2) Explain how revisionism operates in the real world, the way Seger explains it...."


John Mellencamp, with some wrong-headed advice as to why Seger ought to play the same song endlessly in concert, even though a lot of fans like me would just go nuts if Seger would once and a while reach back and play something different:

"People pay for a couple of tickets, a lot of money, and I know why they're there. They're not there to see me be self-indulgent and play nine out of 12 songs off of this record and go, 'Oh, I forgot to play 'Pink Houses.' They wouldn't like that.

"I went to see Bob Seger once, and he didn't play 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man.' I walked up to him after the show and said, 'You didn't play 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man.' He said, 'I haven't played that in years,' and I said, 'I don't give a ... That's the song I wanted to hear. It was a good thing I didn't have to pay, or I would've been mad.' I don't want anyone to feel that way about me, y'know?" Gary Graff, Reuters, January 1999. "New label, album energize veteran rocker John Mellencamp."


In Playgirl's first issue, Seger was listed as one of the ten sexiest men in America.


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