The Seger File's April 1 Post Begins
Nixed, Cobo Shows
rocked the house at Cobo again last
night, finishing the second show with
an especially energetic version of "Let
It Rock," a song he recently brought
out of retirement. It was the 32nd
straight Cobo performance in the last
16 days with no end in sight.
may do another 50 to 100 shows here at
Cobo," Seger recently told the DetNews.
"As long as folks keep coming, we'll be
here." Seger and the band have been
doing two shows nightly at Cobo, at 8
and 10, since mid-March.
the house band!" Seger laughed. "I
told the Punch we'll be here till we
blow the roof off. He thought I was
joking. But I want to bring the
house down before we leave. I mean
literally bring it down. I'm
starting to see some structural
damage, but we've still got a ways
Whitall, The Detroit News, April 1.
court order, Seger refuses to leave
for the Cobo shows, which have not been
widely publicized, are available only
at the door and online,
and are not being sold through
first show last night was marred by a
delay when a roadie slipped and was
temporarily pinned under Alto Reed's
saxophone during the brief
intermission. As a result, the break,
which is supposed to be eight minutes
long, was closer to eight and a half
minutes. The 30-second hiatus drained
much of the energy from the second half
of the show.
you're ready to rock, thirty seconds
can be a long time to wait," wrote a
reviewer from the Chicago Tribune. "You
have to do something to fill the
downtime, so you start texting or
checking email, and the momentum is
totally lost. I felt bad for the
reviewer, who noted that he has never
enjoyed a concert in his life, later
bit of bad news emerged in Seger's
interview with Uncle Joe Benson, which
aired April 1. Near the end of the
program, Seger revealed that the
is now dead in the water.
really wanted to capture the energy of
the show, so we've had a 8-man camera
crew working it every night. Then I
discovered these guys shot everything
on 24p HD video," Seger told
Uncle Joe. "We thought they were
such as Superman Returns and
Apocalypto have been shot in 24p
video recently. Purists say the format
comes close but doesn't quite offer the
nuanced richness of film. "We just
couldn't get it to look big enough,"
Seger said, "so we decided to bag
similar mix-up sunk Seger's ill-fated
Blue Ridge album in the late 1990s. "We
recorded Blue Ridge at a studio
with 24-bit digital. At the time, there
were only a handful of places that
could do 24-bit digi, and that's what
we thought we were getting," Seger
laid down 23 songs over a four-month
period. Overdubs, rhythm tracks,
everything," Seger said. "I don't like
to micromanage things, so I never asked
to hear playback. Big
when the recording was complete did
Seger discover that the entire album
had been recorded on a wax cylinder.
was really just an old Dictaphone,"
Seger said. "I was stunned."
engineers at Woodland Dictaphone
Studios record Seger's Blue Ridge
first, the studio claimed they were
just doing their bit to reduce global
warming," Seger explained. "You know,
computer chips are energy-intensive,
carbon-based products, and all that,
while wax is more earth-friendly. But
Punch sued their pants off. What it
came down to is the sound engineer
flipped the wrong switch."
the mistake was discovered Seger
immediately resolved to re-record the
songs on the best equipment available,
so that fans would be able to enjoy
I changed my mind. Because if I had
released Blue Ridge, I might not have
recorded Face the Promise. And I
wouldn't have been out of the spotlight
for so long, so coming back might not
seemed like such a big deal. What does
Guildenstern say in Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern are Dead? 'There is an
art to the building up of
side-note, the wax cylinder Dictaphone
was seized as evidence in the lawsuit
and is now being used by Mike Boila to
record Seger material for the Library
the Cobo shows go on. "I'm thinking
we'll do Cobo till they kick us out,"
Seger said. "It's fun being back where
we leave Cobo," Seger said, "I'm
planning to play the rest of my career
in reverse. We'll tour with KISS, then
hit the Rock and Roll Farm and Uncle
Sams and Wampler's Lake Pavilion and
the Huron Bowl. Then some week-long
gigs at the Roseland Inn. I'm gonna try
to get Punch to reopen some Hideout
Clubs. Then we'll finish with some frat
parties and the junior prom at Ann
Arbor Pioneer High School. It'll be
great. But only if Don Brewer is
of the tour are presented the Silver
Innovation Award from
for improvements at Cobo Hall. The tour
managment team has redesigned urinals
there, equipping them with cupholders.
Now concert-goers can set down their
$7.50, 24-ounce plastic beer cups while
attending to business during the
Bullet Class Action Suit Near
of a proposed settlement in the Live
Bullet Class Action Suit were announced
April 1 in a rare Sunday hearing in
class action, brought by the firm
seeks monetary damages from Edward
Andrews Jr, Robert C. Seger and Hideout
Productions, alleging a Denial of
Service (DOS) conspiracy against
purchasers of the album Live
really a very simple case," a spokesman
for the plaintiff said Sunday. "More
than a million people purchased copies
of Mr. Seger's Live Bullet recording.
Until recently, they were able to
receive full enjoyment from their
purchase. But Mr. Seger's current tour
has made it impossible for many of them
to receive the enjoyment that they
purchased, to which they every
for Glantz & Bignall agreed to a
defense stipulation that Live Bullet
remains one of the best live
collections ever issued and a
"must-have" Seger album. They argued,
however, that the recent live show
makes Live Bullet seem tame by
good as it is, Live Bullet is no longer
satisfactory to those who have seen Mr.
Seger on his curent tour," they wrote
in a brief filed with the
dramatic closing statement, attorney
strode across the courtroom waving a
copy of Live Bullet high above his
head. "Your honor, I listened to this
album again last night and instead of
getting high and having a good time, I
asked myself: Where's Chatfield?
Where's Brewer? If it please the court,
where is Moose? And where, your honor,
are the girl singers on Live Bullet???
Nowhere! This is an outrage.
honor," he continued, "this album
purports to take us to Nutbush. But I
ask the court: Where is John
Rutherford, Mark Byerly, Keith Kaminski
and Bob Jensen? How can we be expected
to keep an eye out for the po-lice when
the horn section is
that point, Penniman was seated on a
throne and carried across the court by
a bevy of paralegals and interns while
singing "Keep an eye for the horn
section! Keep an eye out for the horn
section!" When order was finally
restored, he asked the judge to order
remind the court that we are here
because we want the real thing. And
speaking for Live Bullet vinyl,
cassette, CD and eight-track owners
everywhere, I respectfully submit that
this is no longer the real
preliminary rulling, Judge Charles
Edward Anderson Berry ordered Mr. Seger
to "reach on down to his every bit of
Detroit Michigan soul" and release a
concert DVD of his latest tour as soon
there will be no appeal.
reminder -- April 1 is the last day for
entries in Seger's "Write This Bridge"
contest. If you're planning on sending
in an entry, make sure your letter is
postmarked today. No emails or faxes,
contest began at the end of the last
tour, when Seger told Reuters that he
was still working on an unfinished
track called "Outland" -- a song he
began in 1997. Seger said the song is
desperately in need of a bridge
case scenario," he says, "I'm gonna
send it to somebody (like the
Eagles' Don) Henley or somebody --
'Write me a damn bridge, will you?!
I've been working on this for 10
April 1, 2007. "Seger seeks a
days later, on American
Punch and Seger announced that they
were seeking entries from the public at
large, and that the winner's name would
almost certainly be listed on the next
CD along with the photography credit,
unless there was some kind of snafu.
thought if I got out where the
factories ended and the prairies
began," Seger said, "I'd be able to
write this thing myself. But it hasn't
happened. I've gone down to the depth
of my soul, but all I hear is the
Burlington Northern rumbling west.
Maybe somebody else can say what I
rules are available here.
wonder why Seger has such an affinity
for Cobo Hall? Could it be that Punch
Andrews and Albert
are secretly the same person? Have you
ever seen them together?
is the April 1 post for 2007.
more falsehoods, see the Seger
File's April 1 post for
To Myself Be True!!"
They burned it
down. They ripped it open. They took us to
Nutbush and blew the roof off and kept going
from there, with Bob in charge every fantastic
step of the way. Now the tour's over, and as
long as I live, the word "Cobo" is going to mean
All you other
great shows -- all you magical Seger sets in Ann
Arbor bars, that night with Dylan when the sun
was going down, the Michigan Jam, Springsteen,
Steve Earle, the Continental Club at South by
Southwest - all you unforgetable concerts on my
personal Top 10 list, you all have to move down
a notch. There's a new Number One. Called
Of all the
wonderful dumb things I've ever written, one of
the dumbest lines was my claim, in reviewing the
Cleveland concert, that it doesn't really matter
where you hear Seger. Once the lights go down,
the theory goes, it's just you and Bob and
15,000 screaming fans. An arena full of Seger
fans is an arena full of Seger fans, or so I
wrote. Well, forget that. Cobo isn't an arena.
Cobo is more like some great big high school gym
than an arena. The place just feels like rock
and roll. Which is to say it feels like Seger.
Blanquart/Free Press Photo
Promise. Real Mean Bottle. Good for Me.
Katmandu. Wreck This Heart. Rock and Roll Never
Forgets -- just try to pick a highlight.
Impossible. The entire set list was the
To be honest,
I know some folks who think last night
wasn't the hightlight of the tour --
people who've been to more shows than me, who
think maybe the first Cobo show was just a
little better, or maybe Toronto, or
Vegas, or that moment in Chicago...well, maybe
when it gets that good, it all gets mixed up and
all that really matters is that you're screaming
your lungs out and you just don't want it to
ever ever end. And that's what it was like for
And now it's
The Day After. People who came to Detroit from
Montreal or Boston or Calgary or Minnesota or
Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or, like me, from
Oregon, are back on the road. It's an airplane
day for me. I'm 40,000 feet in the air, but I
was flying ten times higher yesterday from Roll
Me Away to Rock and Roll Never Forgets. I'll
post when we land. Till then, some random
1. Is our
Seger thirst satiated? Of course not. We want
the DVD! I counted two cameras on jibs, plus two
cameramen down front, two or three prowling the
stage and two more on a platform in the back.
2. There are
two sides to a Seger stage. There's the
Chatfield side and the Alto side. You can't go
wrong either way. Last night my seats were on
the Chatfield side, and man did he rip. Plus the
Chatfield side is also the Murphy/Payton/Creamer
side, and what a kick it is to watch how much
3. Is there
some sort of niceness gene you have to have to
play with Seger? Or does it just rub off from
being around him? I'm just blown away again by
how friendly and big-hearted everyone is. A
huge, huge thank you to John Rutherford of the
for going out of their way to get me into the
after party. And to everyone there, especially
those close to Seger (not named here, but you
know who you are), thank you for your courtesy
and friendliness. It absolutely made my
there's a lesson there. Maybe if you have a big
heart, you attract big-hearted people around
Stalking Tally: 0. In Cleveland I ran into Don
Brewer twice (okay, the second time I was
hanging out hoping to see him, so I could
apologize for my brain-freeze at the first
meeting). In Portland, I think Brewer was
stalking me. He just happened to be
walking past the Starbucks near my office at
coffee-break time. Pretty suspicious, I'd say,
especially considering he actually remembered me
from Cleveland. (Tip: If you want someone to
remember you, make a complete fool of yourself.
It'll form a lasting impression.) Then the next
day, enroute to Powell's City of Books in
downtown Portland, there he was again. I guess
our synchronicity is over now, though, because
in Detroit I saw him not at all. Except of
course, on stage, where he propelled the Silver
Bullet Band and the entire arena into the
6. Speaking of
which...why am I always complaining that Seger
doesn't get nearly the due he deserves as a
lyricist, as an artist, all of which is true,
obviously -- but why don't I also complain that
the freakin' amazing Silver Bullet Band ought to
be known as the Greatest Rock and Roll Steam
Roller slash Blast Furnace slash Pleasure
Machine known to man. Huh? How come I don't
complain more about that??? Well, from now on I
will. Because they are.
Baker/The Detroit News
7. But what
about the show, you ask. The setlist? What did
he say between songs? Oh god, all I can say is
best, best, best, best, best. Ever. Screaming
for more, smiling till your face hurts, dancing
in the aisles best.
8. He didn't
play "Night Moves." He dedicated "Still the
Same" to all of us. He played "Good for Me" for
the first time on the tour and dedicated it to
his wife. I was hoping for a third
9. Alto has
zero percent body fat. My estimate.
10. Keep an
eye out for the po-lice.
11. The horn
section on Nutbush. The stops. The starts.
Seger. The power. The fist pumping the band. And
Seger, Seger, Seger. This is perfection. This is
why we're screaming. Organic and raw. Please
never let it end.
12. My wife is
the one who insisted I go to this show. She was
right. And to all the Seger File readers who
stopped by to say hello, and Boston Sammy, and
Mike from GR and Casey from Boston, and Dawn,
and the guy whose brother-in-law knows Chris and
who was at the first Cobo show, and
DetroitRocker and Little Queenie and smileeseger
and Stephanie and Sandy and Freespirit and all
of the great Segernet folks (including Eric on
the phone), and especially Andrew and Shellie,
all can say is wow. It was so great seeing you
of the other Seger web sites, I introduced
myself to Punch at the after-party. His face lit
up and he said, "Are you Walsh?" (Kevin Walsh
runs segerbob.com and was supposed to be there,
but his flight from Boston was canceled.)
Probably I should have said yes, because when I
confessed to not being Walsh, Punch seemed to
lose interest. Five thousand page-views a day,
and I'm still the off-brand site.
14. To borrow
a line from Warren Zevon, about all of us at
Cobo: We were in the house when the house burned
lastly, (but only for now, because I keep
thinking of more and will have to add to this
later), try this idea on. Take a guy, in
America, in 2007. He stays true to what he
believes in and to who he is. He works his butt
off, year after year after year. Surrounds
himself with great people. Never quits, doesn't
compromise. And because he's true to himself, he
ends up happy. He wins the biggest all-time
prize there is and makes all the people around
him happy too. In America. In 2007.
As a movie
pitch, that storyline would get you kicked out
of Hollywood in less than 30 seconds.
Unbelievable, they'd say. But it's absolutely
real, and it's one hundred percent Seger. I had
my eyes closed when the lyric came 'round,
because sometimes when Seger sings, you just
have to close your eyes and disappear into the
music, but when the line in Katmandu hit me, I
heard it with all my body, heard it into my soul
and I just wanted to say yes, and thank you, and
thank you some more. For absolutely everything.
And to yourself be true.
Shows Or No Summer Shows?
That is the
question. Reuters/Billboard is circulating a
widely reprinted piece that begins, "Don't sit
around waiting for those rumored Bob Seger
summer tour dates, because they're not going to
happen, according to the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
The article is
dated March 20. But the quotes that follow, in
which Seger says he'll take the summer off and
reassess in October, are all two weeks old. They
first appeared in a UPI story on March 6.
I don't trust
the Reuters/Billboard piece. I think it's old
information and that the jury's still out on the
possibility of summer shows. Seger told the
Detroit papers he'd decide in three weeks, so
hopefully we'll know soon. He called it a 50-50
was thrilled, however, to read this in the
of his agenda is mastering ProTools, which
he's installed in the studio he keeps in
another Detroit suburb. And he'll continue
songwriting, hopefully to avoid another
10-year gap that preceded the "Face the
messing a little bit ... in the dressing
room," Seger notes, "'cause I've got a lot of
time between soundcheck and the show. There's
two songs I really like that are left over
from the last bunch, and I'm trying to
is a track called "Outland" which he's been
working on since 1997 and, according to
Seger, is desperately in need of a bridge
section. "Worst case scenario," he says, "I'm
gonna send it to somebody (like the Eagles'
Don) Henley or somebody -- 'Write me a damn
bridge, will you?! I've been working on this
for 10 years!"'
one of best unreleased Seger tracks I've heard.
Ears Two would probably say it's Bob's best.
Here's how E2 described it in summer 2005 after
one of our Vault visits: "Seems to build on 'No
Man's Land,' but with more energy." (High
praise, considering that "No Man's Land" is E2's
favorite Seger song.) "Should be Bob's next
That's what I
love about E2: he knows how to call 'em. But
wait -- the Reuters piece says there are
two tracks Seger's working on. Hey Mr.
Reuters Man -- I don't suppose you could bother
including the name of that other special track?
A Summer Canadian Tour?
more about potential summer dates in Thursday's
Free Press story by Brian McCollum:
were a bunch of places we missed. So I
floated the idea awhile back: What about a
little swing through Canada?
might build something around that. The
Milwaukee Summerfest, Minnesota -- probably
got to get some distance from this. Six dates
(this summer) -- fine, that's no skin off
anybody's back. I've got to decide in the
next three weeks."
said it was his idea to play Cobo again. Read
the whole article here.
Seger told Doug Pullen of the Flint Journal that
Saturday night could be his last show --
think I'll feel some emotion Saturday night,
for sure," Seger conceded, "but at this point
I'm still in worker bee mode. We've got to
clean up a few songs, like 'Nutbush' and some
other stuff that may or may not work. It all
depends on how quickly it goes
Read the whole
Flint Journal piece here.
More Shows This Summer?
"maybe" in a preview piece by Susan Whitall in
the DetNews. Check it here.
And an article by John Sinkevics quotes Seger as
saying he couldn't be more pleased with the
tour. Seger also says he wanted to end the tour
in Las Vegas...but was convinced to come back
one more time. Check it here.
See You At
you're inside Cobo Hall next Saturday
night, you'll definitely see Don Brewer
and the rest of the band.
if you happen to see me wearing my
Seger File shirt, come over and say hi.
(Pre-show party? Yeah, if we can find a
on the photo for the rest of the
Portland show shots at
Years Ago In California
1976, Live Bullet was on the charts and
Seger was on the road. In this case, Anaheim,
California, opening for KISS. The photo comes
from KISS photo collector Marty Dean, who writes
the early-mid 70's, Seger opened for KISS
approximately 34 times. One of the most
highlighted shows was a show at Anaheim
Stadium in Anaheim, California on August 20,
1976. This was an outdoor show where Ronnie
Montrose, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent and
headliners KISS performed .......along with
some other things such as a tightrope walker,
parachutists, and other festivities on hand.
The interesting thing about these shots is
that you can see the KISS logo and other
stage props behind Seger. Unfortunately,
there are only (3) slides of Seger, but
none-the-less I thought you'd enjoy seeing
For a much
bigger view, click here.
For the other two shots, click here.
It's not over
yet...but with the tour drawing to a close, a
lot of people, including me, want to say
So here's your
chance. Several of the band members told me they
check the Seger File, so let's give it up not
just for Bob but for whole the Silver Bullet
Band. I'll be adding my official "thank you" to
the band and to Bob this weekend. You can add
yours right now -- at Standing
- March 1,
At least for
this year, Seger says he's done with the road. A
story from United Press International says Seger
wants to stay home with the family and do some
writing this summer.
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
The story also
says Seger was unhappy with the footage from the
earlier Detroit shows and may film some of the
Joe Louis or Cobo shows instead. (Thanks to John
Hagan and Jason Stanaway for the
March 7, 2007
interview Seger always say that he's one of the
nicest guys you could ever meet. I've got to add
that the same is absolutely true for the band
I met most of
them backstage in Portland (and yes, I'm still
planning to write that up), and nice doesn't
seem like a big enough word. They were all great
to talk to...friendly, easygoing, willing to
spend time saying more than just the standard
"hi, how are ya."
Brown, who I'd never met before, shared stories
with us for ten minutes or more, talking about
life in Nashville, buying guitars, being on the
road, etc. It was great. So I was really
impressed when Moose stopped by the
page and added this comment. At the rate people
are posting, it'll drop off the front page soon,
and I didn't want you to miss it.
all. I haven't been in here for a while but I
stopped by and WOW! This is one of the nicest
things I've ever seen. I can't speak for Bob
but I know he would feel the same way as
myself and I'm sure the rest of the band
feels. There's no reason to thank us, thank
all of you. It has been one of the most
incredible experiences of my life to get to
perform with Bob on this tour. I've been
blessed over the years to meet and work with
some of my musical heroes and Bob ranks right
at the top. The music is fantastic, everyone
in the organization from Bob on down has been
kind and gracious to work with, and the fans
our unlike anything I've ever witnessed. I've
been touring with Bob for over 4 months now
and I still am not used to the ROAR of the
crowd, the way you guys are on your feet for
2 hours plus, but most of all the love that
you have for the man. I don't blame you. I've
been a huge fan of Bob's since high school
and I'm even a bigger fan since I've had the
opportunity to be around him so much. I've
made a lot of friends and memories during
this tour. Thank you for accepting me into
the band and thank you for supporting
All I can say
is, this tour just keeps getting more and more
special. It's not just that we're getting some
of the best music ever. But we're getting it
from people who are genuinely friendly -- people
you can both talk to and look up to. Hey, who
says there are no role models left?
Gods: What do Chris Campbell and Mark
Chatfield have in common? Besides being guitar
gods, that is. Easy... they both use Whirlwind
Selectors and Multiselectors in their rigs for
all of their "silent switching" needs. The
picture, which I grabbed from the Whirlwind
site, is dated August 2006. A rehearsal shot? Is
that Brewer in the background?
- March 6,
Two" Real Identity Leaked to Press
you've known Ears Two as the mysterious
figure who accompanies me on trips to the
Seger Vault. Indeed, since 1982 I've closely
guarded his real identity, describing him
only as a great friend with an encyclopedic
knowledge of rock and pop music -- and a
tremendous love for the same.
- Now, his
real identity has been revealed to the press.
By me, actually. He's Randy Cepuch, a former
vice president at Capital. That's Capital,
the investment company, not Capitol
- It turns
out Ears Two is also a financial journalist,
and he's written a terrific business book
Weekend With Warren Buffett and Other
It's a book that gives you a unique look at
all of the biggest and most interesting
companies -- from Starbucks to eBay to Disney
and of course Buffett's Berkshire
love of music is apparent throughout
-- the chapter on Starbucks is
called "Whole Latte Love." There's
even a Seger reference on page
Weekly raved, "This ranks among the
best commonsense investment books, and
is certainly one of the most fun to
read." The former chair of the SEC
called it "wonderfully readable."
Someone on Amazon described it as "fast
moving, informative, and a whole lot of
fun to read."
you're interested in companies like
Google and Wal-Mart and Microsoft (and
who isn't?) and if you enjoy good
writing, this is a book you'll like.
Check it out here.
Man Rambles Dusty Into Town
about. Jesse Burkhardt did it -- rode freights
that is. From time to time, I tagged along.
speaking of great books, Jesse has written one
about his freight adventures. It's called
From an Unruly
and it's as much about love, rebellion and
redemption as it is about freights.
as you might remember, is part of
the original Seger Dew Line -- a
shadowy group that used to send me
Seger info before the internet was
invented. About one of his previous
books, the Vancouver Sun writes: "He
has reached down into the human
heart and tried to help us
understand what it is about trains
that creates so visceral a reaction
in so many people."
Travelogue opens, Burkhardt writes,
"And we rolled on, and I stood
watching it all roll past, to
Durand, where I grabbed a freight
going to Battle Creek and it was
light and hot and great to be free
is mentioned several times in the book.
And so is a character named Spider. Who
might or might not be me. Check it out
Your Indie Seger
thrilled us in so many different ways over the
years. One of the biggest thrills was standing
in crowd of 40 or 50 people -- in Ann Arbor, or
Cleveland, or Columbus -- and listening to him
sing his heart out. The term "indie" music
didn't exist back then, but I suppose that's
what it was.
And it's still
out there. Somewhere, someone with the energy
and potential of that young, unknown Seger is
playing in local clubs and making great music.
But because they're not well known, you won't
hear their music on iTunes or see it in the
chain stores. So how are you gonna find
The answer, or
at least part of it, is IndiependenceMusic.net
-- a free music community on the web where any
artist can be heard and where new music can be
found. If you love music, check it
Seger Taps Uncle Kracker
chosen Uncle Kracker to open the last three
shows of the tour, according to the Detroit
iTunes is iGone
last long. When I checked today, Seger was no
longer on iTunes. No Night Moves, No
Face the Promise. Glitch? Or is something
Don't Have Tonight
the song in Seattle, according to Dennis
Blanchard's fan report. Read the rest
Is it possible
to overdose on Seger?
In the past
week, I've seen him live, talked to most of the
band members, heard an hour-long radio interview
and now, read the Goldmine interview -- which
also appears (in a shorter form) in Classic Rock
magazine. Wow...there have been whole
years when we didn't get that much
interview, which is by Ken Sharp, is definitely
worth reading. The Goldmine
version is here. In case that archive goes away,
I've copied it here.
everybody had gone and the venues were empty,
I remember some nights looking back at stages
when I was so disillusioned and said, 'You're
not gonna chase me off that stage and I'll be
back next time.'" [More]
watch KISS do the first couple of songs and
we had to find out where the explosions and
pyrotechnics were so we weren't damaged
[laughs]. I was very fearful of
losing my hearing....KISS knows what their
audience want, and they deliver it...Anybody
who slams them has never done
go to Don's house and he had a huge kitchen
table and on it stacked a foot high were
lyric ideas. Things he'd written down on the
road, things he read and wanted to say. The
guy was such a dedicated lyricist and you can
hear it in his songs." [More]
was hearing Henley's writing and I'm saying,
'God, this is great!' Then Leonard Cohen came
along with "Suzanne" and all that great stuff
so I picked up on him. I've listened to Joni
Mitchell since '67 when Tom Rush was doing
her songs like "The Circle Game." Then there
was Paul Simon and so many other great
songwriters. Those are my influences and my
heroes and they all inspired me."
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"]: "I actually sat
at a drum kit and wrote that drum beat... I
wanted to have a slammin' high-hat, I want
the beat on the two and the four. What do I
do with the kick drum? (imitates kick drum)
It took me five hours to syncopate it
[laughs]...The basis of 'Ramblin'
Gamblin' Man' is the drum beat."
tell you a song that Don Henley really likes
of mine and nobody ever played it on the
radio. When I played it for him it knocked
him out and it's a song called 'The Ring.'"
wanted so bad to put "Living Inside My Heart"
on my Greatest Hits, Volume 2 record and I
fought and fought and fought and my manager
said, 'No, that's a movie song.' I said, 'No,
I want it on there.' It's beautiful. I was so
bummed when they wouldn't let me put it on
there. I was actually working on my new album
and let that one slide and I wished I had
worked harder on that Greatest Hits, Volume 2
package because there were other songs that I
really wanted on there. [More]
Winter' was a bum [laughs]. 'Chain
Smoking' was a bum [uproarious
laughter]. Oh my god, I hope nobody ever
hears them [laughs]."
Marie Campbell for the Goldmine link. Just as
she said, there's part of the newsstand copy
that's not on the Goldmine site -- a sidebar
where Seger talks about the origin of various
songs. You can check that out here.
February issue of Classic Rock Magazine is also
touting a Seger interview. But I discovered too
late -- after paying $8.99 for a copy of the mag
-- it's a shortened version of the Goldmine
interview. The photos
are kind of cool though.
Still to come
-- a summary of Uncle Joe's interview from last
week, in case you missed it. And some kind of
write up of the Portland concert, also known as
Don Brewer Chronicles, Part 2. First a little
offline time, so I can check to see if my family
still remembers me.
Call Him Ishmael
congrats to writer Tom Lanham of the San
Francisco Examiner: He manages to do a
on Seger that's almost 100 percent new info.
After all that's been written about Bob lately,
that's hard to do. The trick: ask about
something that hasn't already been covered.
that Seger travels with his Harley and gets this
always got these two certain things that I do
while I'm in Oakland," he explains. "I'll
ride to Seal Rock, out west of town, and
watch the seals. And then I'll cross the
Golden Gate Bridge and go up to Stinson Beach
And he ends
the piece with this from Seger: "What's that
Ishmael says in 'Moby Dick'? 'I have an itch for
things remote.' That's me."
-- a quote from Moby Dick. This from someone who
is supposedly "less cerebral" than Springstreen,
a "meat-and-potatoes" guy, an "arena rocker."
Word to journalists: unless you too can quote
from Melville, you are no longer allowed to use
any of those terms in describing
note: the term "aging rocker" is out. Are there
rockers out there who aren't aging? Besides dead
ones, that is? Mike
uses the term in his brain-dead (and not worth
reprinting) article for Seattle Weekly.
Hey, I used to
write for the Seattle Weekly too, twenty years
ago when I had no life and knew nothing. But I
never went quite as far off the deep end as this
Mike Seely guy, who claims Face the
Promise is "unlistenable." Interesting. So I
guess the 1,000,000 people who bought it are
wrong and you're right. Must be a lonely life,
Third Show at Cobo
tickets go on sale for what is probably the last
show of the tour -- Cobo Hall on Saturday, March
17. It'll be the 50th show of the tour, spanning
129 days. By that show, nearly 700,000 of us
will have heard Seger live on this tour. What an
amazing and wonderful experience it has
Heart Was Singing..."
how I felt all through the Portland show last
on certain extra-rare days and nights -- the
stars align and things are just perfect. Those
are times you remember forever -- and for me,
last night was one of those nights.
Ears Two was
there, and Jesse (of Seger DEW Line fame for
long-time readers of this site) and my wife and
son. The show was great and we got to meet the
band afterwards. Some photos and impressions to
follow -- but for now, what a night! My thanks
to the people who got me backstage (you know who
you are) and to everyone who shared it with me.
Great friends, great music, great times. It
couldn't have been better. The truth is, my
heart's still singing...
rocks the Rose Garden in Portland,
current tour will end where it all began for him
-- at Cobo Hall in Detroit. The March 13 show at
Joe Louis Arena will be followed by at least one
show at Cobo Hall, on March 15. (And there's a
rumor of a second Cobo show to be added.)
will be the finale of the current tour. And will
a fall tour follow? Nobody knows.
Missed -- Saginaw Review
when the tour began? I don't know about you, but
it seems like long ago to me. Saginaw was the
second show of the first leg, and somehow I
overlooked this piece in Saginaw's
above will take you to the mag, which has a
couple great photos, so try that first. If the
archive ever disappears, I've cut and paste the
piece, minus photos, here.)
There's also a
great interview with Barb Payton, who describes
what it's like to tour with Seger. Among her
many comments is this one: "Laura Creamer &
Shaun Murphy are two of the most gifted singers
that I have ever had the pleasure and honor of
working with." Check it out here.
- Thanks to
William Hard -- a self-described "Seger Freak
from Freeland, MI" -- for sending the
at "the Joe" Sunday -- Uncle Joe, That
for Joe Louis Arena in Detroit go on sale
Saturday. But if you don't live near Detroit,
you might be more interested in a different Joe
-- Uncle Joe Benson, whose interview with Seger
will run this Sunday on his nationally
syndicated "Off the Record" radio program.
for a list of stations carrying or streaming the
show. (I'll be listening in Oregon on KGON.)
And for a
flash from the not so distant past, try this
of Joe's interview with Seger from November
2003. Unlike some of the "drive-time" radio
chats that are billed as interviews, the Off the
Record interviews always get into interesting
stuff. Give a listen this Sunday. Thanks to Jeff
Bednarski for the tip.
Mark Brown of
the Rocky Mountain News is another music writer
who knows what he's talking about. Check out the
opening on his current review:
words "here's a song from the new album" are
usually the kiss of death at a classic rock
Bob Seger uttered those words introducing
Wreck This Heart, fans actually cheered with
recognition - and the title track of his new
Face the Promise album had even the
uninitiated captivated. "
And of course,
the lucky folks at the Pepsi Center were treated
to "Get Out of Denver." Read the full review
Out on the Big Two Wheeler
A Seger fan
named Kasey Donnelly-Costello wrote a while ago
and asked where one of the photos in the Face
the Promise CD booklet was taken -- specifically
the black and white photo of Seger in a field. I
didn't know, so I put the question to
photographer Cybelle Codish. Here's her
of us can actually remember where they were
taken exactly! I have a vague memory of
Davisburg, Mich. We drove around quite a
bit that day. We started at an old
"general store" and moved north. We would
literally stop the car on the side of the
road and shoot, and there was a time when Bob
and I just took off on his motorcycle and
found some interesting spots. I think
that was where the cover came
know for sure that the field was north of
Clarkston, and we did shots in Clarkston as
International Travelin' Fans
another Seger fan crossing international borders
to hear a show. Effie from Ottawa reviews the
New York show -- "What a concert! What a voice!!
What a man!!!" -- here.
Nine Years, Two Days
A little bit
late, but the ninth anniversary page is finally
up. There are some stories, song clips,
interview excerpts and photos I've been saving
for a while. And, yes, a tribute to my new
favorite Seger song, "We've Got Tonight." Check
it out at Number
The Seger File
birthday party, now in its 20th hour, has been
so consuming that you're going to have to wait
at least until Monday for the special features I
promised. Meanwhile, I've fallen behind once
again on the previews, reviews and fan reports
from the road. Check 'em all out, using the
links above, and don't miss these
in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gets this
quote about Seger's voice:
voice is holding up good," the affable
Seger explains from the road. "I'm trying
to pace it, so we do shows pretty much
every other night, Tuesday through
Saturday, as it works out. I went to a
vocal doctor who said the best thing I
could do is to fly home after a show. So I
get in a car, go to where the plane is
parked and head on home, and don't even
murmur until waking up the next
in the Denver Post, has Seger admitting to being
Bob Seger has a MySpace page. But does the
old-time rock 'n' roller ever update it - let
alone look at it?
everybody else take care of that for me,"
Seger said recently in a telephone interview.
"And being such a micromanager, I'm surprised
I even give up that control."
in the Rocky Moutain News, quotes Seger about
the editing process.
- "If I
can take a little bit out, I do. Sometimes
it's a little painful, but in the final
analysis it's correct. I have another
verse in the Patty Loveless song (The
Answer's in the Question, from the new
album). There were four
I looked at the four lines and said, 'I'm
not saying anything new in these lines.'
It was painful, but it was the right thing
notices, as I did, how "Won't Stop" follows
"Real Mean Bottle" on the track list:
felt I needed that to level Real Mean Bottle,
which is levity about addiction and drinking
and being crazy. I need something to balance
it, which is why I put (Won't Stop) right
after that song. (Real Mean Bottle) is the
perceived party-till-you-drop song; then the
next song is the reality of what happens if
you do that, the addictive compulsive
personality that goes along with that.
have friends who get off on the wrong foot,
head out in the wrong direction and lose
themselves to drugs and drinking and stuff
like that. It's kinda about people I know who
have done that, gone down that way. You end
up not taking their calls anymore, you know
what I mean?"
in the Houston Chronicle, discovers that
American Idol viewer.
seen it. They just asked me that at
Rolling Stone. No, I won't watch it. But
my wife and daughter love it. They watch
He also talks
about giving up the writing credit on Old Time
Rock & Roll.
I wish I would've claimed some of that; I
wrote the lyrics to that except for the title
and chorus. I never asked for any credit.
That was pretty dumb, right?. It was just a
rush-rush deal. We had to leave on a tour."
he lost millions by not taking a writing credit
on OTR&R. But think of all the money he's
saving by using my photo
That's gotta make up for a couple hundred right
And you must
read these fan reports:
who says about the Dallas crowd: "Too many
sheeple going to get a beer over and over. You
know what? You waited 10 years -- get that fifth
beer tomorrow, okay, Bubba?"
who rates four concerts he's seen thusly:
"1. Cleveland, 2. Memphis, 3. Detroit,
and 4. Cincinnati. The crowd in
Cincy was great, but the acoustics were
who writes from Germany. "What if something
you've been waiting for a very long time, 26
years, finally comes true?"
I Know It's
Late. I Know You're Weary.
But the Seger
File has a birthday coming up. This Sunday, the
site will have been online for nine long (and
sometimes lonesome) years. And despite the fact
that eight other birthdays have come and gone
with absolutely no fanfare, this year I'm
kicking out at least some of the jams. Check
back Sunday for nine Seger songs you may never
have heard, some stories I've been saving, and a
tribute to a beautiful Seger song that I've
never really liked.
The 13th for the Joe
at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit has been confirmed
for March 13. Tickets go on sale Feb. 17. Who
wants to bet that another show is added as soon
as the first sells out? March 15 is still
A lot has been
written about Seger, and sometimes it begins to
sound the same. (Which reminds me: Not only is
the word "hiatus" banned, but future
interviewers are hereby prohibited from asking
Bob what he was doing during his time off. We
already know. Someone should get him a t-shirt
that says, "I was raising my kids.")
But then you
read something like Bob Mehr's review of the
Memphis show, which has two lines in it that
made me stop and say: Yeah -- that's it exactly.
Mehr says of
Seger: "His music's place in popular culture --
from Tom Cruise's famous lip synch in the film
Risky Business to the pervasive Chevy Truck ads
-- has obscured his greater work as a
agree more. For many people -- maybe even most
people -- Seger is defined by the popularity of
an ad and a silly movie sequence. We're the
lucky ones: we know about the songwriting. We
know about the rest of the work.
writes: "Removing the distance between the
artist and the audience has always been his
greatest talent." I'd probably say "one of his
greatest talents." But you could argue it either
Read the rest
of the review here.
good piece, read Tom
in the Monroe (Michigan) News. It's a good
remembrance from someone who long ago shared the
stage -- and a love of guitars -- with Seger.
out these fan reviews of the New
shows from a German fan. People from all around
the world have something to say about
at Joe Louis -- On March 13?
-- Seger's going back to downtown Detroit. The
tour will definitely hit the Joe Louis Arena.
News says the date is March 13. The Detroit Free
Press responded, two hours later, with this:
"Insiders say that despite published reports, an
exact Joe Louis date is not yet set."
And WCSX says:
"Lots of rumors about the date, so listen to
'CSX for details coming very soon."
This much is
certain -- it won't be March 14, 16, 17, 22 and
24. The arena is already booked those days.
they come in. Thanks to Bill Cook for the tip!
Seger and the
band added "Fire Down Below" to the setlist for
the first time this tour in Boston. Here's an
that will only leave you wanting more.
Down the Place
concert in the Memphis Pyramid tonight was the
last show ever in the venue. According to
CommercialAppeal.com, here's how it came to
Seger was looking for a routed date on Feb. 3
in the South," [promoter Barry] Leff
was booked that night with the Grizzlies, but
Leff knew that SMG, long-time operator of The
Pyramid, wanted to stage one last concert in
literally worked out perfect," Leff said. "It
was almost kind of meant to be. ... It kind
of reminds me of his song, 'Rock and Roll
Never Forgets.' What a great theme for the
last show ever at The Pyramid."
is expected to top 14,000, Leff
continues, meanwhile, on the building's
proposed next phase -- a Bass Pro Shops
question is: Did Seger play "Red Eye to
Memphis." I'll bet he did. We'll know as soon as
the emails start coming in.
Flis, Town Crier
A member of
one of Seger's original bands, John Flis, passed
away last week. His niece, Nicole Zaremba,
writes: "John Joseph Flis is his full name. I
know he was prevalent in the Ann Arbor local
music scene in the 60's and 70's. He also owned
a music store called the Music Mart and would
play at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I'd like to find
some of their music..."
online guestbook here.
As far as I know, there are no recordings of the
Town Criers. If I'm wrong, someone please let me
know, and I'll pass it on to Nicole.
aired the video interview with Seger last Sunday
(January 28). It was a pretty good piece, and
yes, you can watch it on YouTube. The nationally
broadcast spot even included my photo of Seger,
to which no one owns the copyright but me.
on the image will take you to YouTube and the
Seger segment of CBS Sunday
The photo used
in the flash montage is from the Agora in
Columbus, Ohio, taken in 1974. The contact sheet
and a couple more shots are here.
by Scott Sparling
in New York
a New York gossip blog:
Rock was supposed to jet here last week to
perform a few tunes with his idol Bob Seger
at the Garden, but the plan went up in smoke
after Rock took a little too long to make
travel plans and Seger got miffed. "Tell him
to forget it. I don't do things last minute,"
Seger was overheard saying, according to
Steppin' Out's Chaunce Hayden. Rock's camp
had no comment. Seger's flack said she wasn't
aware of the incident.
it's only an "incident" because Celebrity Mound
claims it is. Who knows what the real story is.
Or even if there is a story...
York Time Machine
papers reviewed Seger's show at Madison Square
Garden. Reading them made me want to go back and
compare them to previous tours. So I dug up
reviews from his last three New York shows -- in
Check them all at Lookin'
reviews, here's a great line from the current
NYT review: "The concert was an affirmation of
tenacity, of coming to terms with time; not
defying it, like a Rolling Stones concert, but
living with its consequences." Read the rest
at Madison Square Garden -- January 25, 2007.
NYT photo by Chang W.
Rocker and Bona Fide American Icon
Rolling Stone describes Seger in a piece at
RollingStone.com, titled Bob
Seger Stops By for Sandwiches, Life
difference a successful album and tour make.
Remember not so long ago, when I was perpetually
ticked off at Rolling Stone for not seeming to
know that Seger existed? (Who could forget the
rapier wit of my post RS,
from October 25, 1999?)
Seger's a hero, and Rolling Stone has supplied
one of the best and truest lines ever written
about him: "Seger fearlessly remains Seger."
Wow, that's good. A four word sentence that says
it all. I wish I'd written that. And I almost
never feel that way.
So all is
forgiven. The current piece, by the way, is a
teaser for a one-on-one video interview RS
promises to post next week. Meanwhile, they give
us a few excerpts. Here are some excerpts from
the thrill of being back on the road after a
ten-year-plus absence: "We're a sports team,
we're in season and every night we
* On the
girl who inspired "Night Moves": "She knows
who she is. She was my first
* On how he
comes to the decision to release a new album:
"When I have twelve great songs
they set a release date and I can't change
* On some
of his favorite moments onstage: "'Hollywood
Nights' becomes really wild, but at my age,
sixty percent of the time I'm just trying to
remember the lyrics."
Thanks to Mike
from GR for the tip.
Slips A Disk
I was joking
when I wrote the following paragraph in my
review of the Cleveland
would anyone imagine that Punch Enterprises
or Capitol would still have the masters to
Brand New Morning? I mean, c'mon on. I
assume they've lost the masters to Face
the Promise by now. It's been four
months, for crying out loud. Who can keep
track of things that long? And all that
Hi-Def video they shot at the Palace two
weeks ago? If the DVD's not out in a month,
But check this
out from last Friday's Boston Globe
(The writer obviously means the Palace of Auburn
Hills, not Cobo Hall):
recently taped a couple of performances at
Detroit's Cobo Hall for a possible DVD
release. He has yet to see the footage,
however. "I've had the same manager for 40
years, and we're both getting kind of old, so
I said, 'Where's the DVD? I want to see it.'
And he said, 'I can't find it,' " he says.
"So he's still looking around for it. They
say it's good, but I'd love to see it
You read it
here first. I wonder if they've tried looking in
the DVD player. Or maybe it got taken back to
Blockbuster by mistake. I do things like that
sometimes. If they find it, they should probably
send a copy to the Library of Congress right
away for safekeeping. Just a
in Music History
Patti Smith, opening for fellow Detroiter Bob
Seger, broke a number of vertebrae in her
neck after falling from a stage in Tampa,
and Bob Seger on the same bill? There's a show I
wish I could have seen!
Says Seger on Sunday
And this time
they mean it. After fooling us once with an
announcement about Seger on Sunday Morning, CBS
now says it will air the segment this Sunday.
The show starts at seven, or eight, or nine in
the morning, depending on when I set my VCR. (If
I set it for eight, it starts at seven, etc.) So
Osgood (TV's biggest fuddy-duddy) and Bob Seger
on the same bill? What is the world coming to??
Maybe Osgood will fall off the stage.
Just two days
after I banned the word "hiatus" from all future
media reports concerning Seger's tour, along
comes Jack Corraggio, writing about "an 11-year
hiatus" in the Hartford Courant. Hey, don't you
reporters read the Seger File to get your daily
language-related marching orders? Maybe you
should. The word's been used in ten different
reviews already. Time to try something
How about gap
or time-out or layoff? Try interim or break. If
you feel the need to use a fancypants word, go
for lacuna, caesura or interregnum. Wouldn't
that make you sound smart -- "After a 10-year
interregnum, Seger is back on the road."
types could pull out quiescence. That's always a
good one. Of if you want a more legal-sounding
effect, try "period of cessation."
forget discontinuity, or lull or pausation, as
in: "Seger's back after a 10-year pausation, but
if the discontinuity affected his show, you
wouldn't know it from last night's performance,
which showed no ill effects from the lull."
give "hiatus" some downtime. Give it a rest. A
breather. An interlude of absence. A season of
stillness. A 10-year intermission. The word is
I was warned
never to watch this video. So naturally I
watched it. Now I wish I hadn't. Since I'm in
one of those kinds of moods, I'm passing the
karma on to you. Ladies and Gentlemen, Ms. Dinah
Shore singing "We've Got Tonight" on Japanese
TV, circa 1984. Run for your life: She's got
tonight and she wants you to stay.
the image will take you to YouTube. Don't say I
didn't warn you. And thanks, I guess, to
Rosemary in Bay City for the link.
on Leonard Cohen
Stevenson's preview piece in the Toronto Sun
today, Seger talks more about the influence of
Leonard Cohen on his songwriting:
Leonard, he's been a huge influence on me
from Day One," said Seger, who has a separate
studio in the woods about 12 miles north of
his home but recorded Face The Promise in
"I'm just a
fan of great songwriting and he's a wonderful
writer. I've got all of his stuff, everything
he's ever done. And you can kind of hear the
influence on Face The Promise. When I first
saw (The Future) in the record store I
thought, 'What a fantastic idea for an album,
talking about the future and the
ramifications of what we're doing now and
what they're going to have towards the
future.' And I love Waiting For The Miracle
and I love Democracy and I love a bunch of
songs on that record. I think I have five
copies of it. I've always got to have it with
me at all times."
I also found
this quote interesting:
61-year-old Seger, whose first album,
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, came out in 1969, says
he's never afraid his audience won't be
waiting for him when he returns after a long
think I'd take the break if I was fearful.
Actually, I probably took the break thinking
I never would come back," said Seger,
The Sun seems
to have a policy of putting Seger's age in every
sentence. It's a good piece overall, though.
Read the rest of it here.
Seger has been
interviewed constantly over the past year, so I
am always amazed and impressed when a reporter
uncovers new information by asking good
questions. Jay Lustig's interview in the New
Jersey Star-Ledger does exactly that.
this sentence jumped out at me:
will definitely take the summer off, he says,
but hasn't ruled out returning to the road in
hints of that before, but it's definitely good
to hear it again. Here's hoping for a "Third
Leg" to the tour.
gets this quote about the band:
started to do this because I felt a little
sorry for the band," says Seger. "They had
been sitting around for 10 years, waiting for
me to tour. I said, 'Well, maybe I'll do 20
"But when I
got out there, I saw how dedicated everybody
was. And I added a horn section the last week
of rehearsal, and that was a lot of fun. So I
said, 'Let's keep going,' and we're going all
the way to mid-March."
says he had seen a Springsteen show featuring
a horn section, years ago, and had often
thought about how well that worked. "So a
week before we went out on this tour, I said,
'I want to try that out.' My manager said,
'Oh man, don't do that, you're going to wreck
the show.' But it's been great."
I never realized until I did this tour how
many songs I wrote about traveling," he says.
when I first started out, that's exactly who
I was...And they have a new resonance now:
They're very old, but they're very new for
Read the whole
quote, and the whole article, here.
And now for
some odds and ends. First off, a note to
copyeditors: The song title "Still the Same"
should no longer be used as a headline. It's
over. Plays on "Turn the Page" in a headline are
Also, the word
"hiatus" is banned from future use. Seger took
some time off. We understand. You don't need to
hit us with your fancy Latin word.
On a different
note, I'm getting so many rave reviews of the
Tampa concert, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe
Florida was one of the major highlights of this
2 for Kentucky
After the west
coast swing, the tour seems to be coming back to
pick up midwest dates it may have missed. The
latest to be added: Lexington, Kentucky on March
8. Tickets on sale January 27. Thanks to Jason
Francis for the tip.
3 for Ohio
It was back on
November 25 when a fan named Paul
wrote with his story of hanging with the band
after the Cincinnati show. "PS," he wrote. "They
told me they added a show in March in
Columbus,OH (my hometown)."
the tour will return to Ohio for the third time
on March 10. This show's at the Schottenstein
Center, a 21,000 seat arena on the OSU campus in
Columbus. Tickets go on sale January
If Seger won't
tour internationally, then Seger fans from
around the world will have to visit the states
to hear the shows. And that's exactly what's
For the Tampa
show, fans came from Norway and
came from Gambia, in West Africa. He also saw
shows in Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Milwaukee,
Indianapolis and Cincinnati. You can read
Jamil's Tampa review here.
Hoba Berg came
from Oslo, Norway. He is also planning to see
shows in Boston and New York. You can read
Hoba's Tampa review here.
heard, separately, from fans Michael Funk, and
Til Langhorst and Steffen Schulz, who will be
traveling from Germany to see the Boston
more: Marco Felli, who is coming from Italy
to see the New York show.
Add to the
list: Campbell and Janis Patrick from
Scotland. Campbell writes:
my wife and i
are a couple of seger fans from glasgow
scotland. we were at the 2nd grand rapids and
milwalkee dates way back at the start of the
tour. we've just booked up for the oakland,
phoenix and vegas dates and can't wait to see
him again. last time bob played glasgow was 76
so we knew we had to go to the usa to see him.
i've enclosed a pic of us in grand rapids and
the poster for the glasgow gig bob done in the
another: Kenny Taylor from Aberdeen,
Scotland, who flew over for the Chicago and
Kansas shows. "Had waited 30 years to see him
and it was worth every panny. Awesome as you
guys would say."
more: Philippe Pedron from Vannes ,
Who else is
coming from overseas to hear Seger? Let me
know, and I'll add your name to the list of
globetrotting Seger fans.
Casually Bumps Seger
No word on why
CBS Sunday Morning first hyped and then bumped
its segment on Seger. Maybe they knew I forgot
to set my VCR. (Hey, the show airs at 6 a.m. in
Portland.) At any rate, there was no Seger on
the program this morning. Maybe next
Omaha....and now, Los Angeles
Qwest Center in Omaho is on N. Tenth Street. And
that's where Seger will be on March 6. Can you
imagine how the crowd will roar when he sings
"Turn the Page"?
Los Angeles is
also now on the schedule for March 1 at the
Omaha, Phoenix, Los Angeles and
Las Vegas go on sale January
at the Top
Check out this
week's Pollstar chart:
Seger on Sunday
Do rock fans
get up early on Sunday to watch TV? I guess
we're gonna have to. CBS Sunday Morning is
featuring a segment on Seger this Sunday,
January 14. You can see a print preview online
of the time, I'm here in Michigan and I'm
taking out the garbage every Monday," he told
Sunday Morning correspondent Russ Mitchell.
"I get up and move a couple of cans out to
the edge of the road like everybody else."
The show airs
at 7:00 a.m. in most West Coast markets; on the
East Coast it starts later, I'm told.
Detroit Historical Museum:
One more tour
date joins the schedule today: Phoenix, on
February 27 at the US Airways Center.
on Morning Edition Monday
with Seger will be featured on NPR's Morning
Edition on Monday, January 8. The online
verison, including audio, is available
about learning to write songs with Glenn Frey by
studying Motown writers as well as the Beatles
and Dylan And he talks about what it was like to
play Detroit again after so many years away:
"There was a lot of pressure there...it was a
little nerve-racking...but ultimately very
the inspiration behind the song "Beautiful
was really inspired by Leonard Cohen, whom
I've always been a huge fan of. And he
actually had a book of poems called Beautiful
Losers... When I had read that he had written
that -- I've never read the poems -- but I've
heard every Leonard Cohen song ever written
because I'm a big fan. And it struck me --
boy, what a great title for a song, you
song ["The Stranger Song"] in a great
[Robert] Altman film, McCabe and Mrs.
Miller... I think it was something about a
dealer and "like every dealer he is reaching
for the card that is so high and wild, he'll
never have to deal another."... He's reaching
for the sky just to surrender. And those two
things, the title Beautiful Losers from
Cohen's book and "reaching for the sky just
to surrender," I can relate to that. People
who set their goals so high that they're
impossible, so they have comfort in failing.
Does that make any sense? And that's what
"Beautiful Loser" is all about. You... I
don't know how to describe it...
And thanks to
NPR for the link!
Turns the Page
the Live Bullet version and the Metallica
version. If you're very lucky, you've even heard
the Back in '72 version. But have you
heard the Tori Amos version? If not, here it is.
(Clicking on the image will take you to the
YouTube page. This is a sound file only -- the
video is a still shot.)
Many thanks to
Michael Funk for finding the sound
Here come the
remaining Second Leg tour dates, starting with
Oakland. Seger hits town on February 24. Thanks
to Jeff Bednarski for the tip.
the Seger File be without the people who send me
links? Every day, people send me tips and info I
might otherwise miss. And over the past nine
years, I've gotten countless great tips from
Bill Cook. Here's the latest -- Dylan's intro to
Seger's Sock It To Me Santa from his Theme Time
people call Bob the poor man's Bruce
Springsteen, but personally, I've always thought
Bruce was the rich man's Bob Seger. Love 'em
both, though." -- Bob Dylan.
the image will take you to the YouTube page.
This is a sound file only -- the video is a
of Chevrolet? Does that make Dylan the voice
of Victoria's Secret? Anyway, thanks for the
and "Promise" Make King's List
that is. In his year-end list of best songs, the
horror writer lists "Real Mean Bottle" and "Face
the Promise" as tied at Number 8.
are magnificent," he writes in his Entertainment
Weekly column, the Pop of King. He later refers
to them as "two priceless tracks."
(To be fair,
he also says "'Wait for Me' is shmaltz." Yeah,
and the New York Times calls Cell, King's
2006 novel, "a literal trudge." But The
Shining was priceless.)
Holly Baker-Kreiswirth (via Bill Wolski) for the
Seger on Brown
CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed Seger for his
perspective on James Brown. Here's the
The procession this morning for James Brown,
the Godfather of Soul, who picked up a lot of
self-adopted godchildren along the way. One
of them was Bob Seger. He of the "Night
Moves" and the Silver Bullet Band and the new
album, titled "Face the Promise". We spoke
What -- what made him different?
MUSICIAN: Energy. You know, the way he
danced. He was like kind of forerunner of
Prince and Michael Jackson. He was a great
dancer. But you know, a fantastic singer. We
all owned the album "James Brown Live at the
Apollo" and listened to that in high
Yes. You've called that album your favorite
album of all time. Why?
of like was the basis of what I wanted to be.
You know, a great live performer, nothing
like James Brown, but in my own way, you
know? And I sang a lot like him. I tried to.
When we would play nightclub gigs and stuff
like that, we'd do a lot of James Brown gigs,
and I was always the one that sang
It's also amazing when you think about James
Brown's influence on all sorts of genres of
music. I mean, soul, obviously, funk,
hip-hop, rap, R&B. He really is at the
core of all of this.
was so ahead of his time, you know. He was
doing talk type narrative songs, you know, so
-- so far ahead of rap and hip-hop and
everything. They didn't call him the
Godfather of Soul for nothing, you
I loved all
types R&B. I liked Motown, but I always
gravitated personally to the real heavy
stuff. And to me the heavy stuff, the big
beat, the great rhythmic stuff was James
you ever try to sort of imitate James Brown
but I used to be able to do that dance where
he moved his feet like this, kind of. I
learned that and just because I was such a
fan. I learned how to do it.
energy, I mean, some of the old clips I've
seen of him back in the day were just -- it's
extraordinary. He had this sort of potency
that kind of burst forth from him.
all really, really high energy powerful in
the '50s, '55, '56, '57. And that's when
James Brown was also, you know, cutting his
teeth in the south. And he wasn't the big
record seller, but he was the big performer,
if you know what I mean.
him from his performances, kind of like when
I first saw Prince. He was known as a great
performer first, and then he became like a
radio, you know, and video and everything
else star. But he started out being a great
performer. There's a great parallel there, I
think, between Prince and James Brown and
then later on Michael Jackson.
Bob, it's a pleasure to talk to you. Thanks
for coming on.
Thank you, Anderson.
Karen Freeman for the tip.