[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Seger[/lastfm] started talking about a “fall tour” about a year ago. Fall came and went. Where’s Bob??? Now, much like the phoenix rising from the ashes…Bob’s back! He’ll appear in “major cities across America.” We’re a “major city,” RIGHT?
(Courtesy of Susan Whitall – Detroit News)
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will launch a new tour “to major cities across North America” starting in March. It will be the Detroit-born rocker’s first time on the concert trail since his tour of 2006-07.
The exact cities and dates will be announced shortly, although a map that flashes in a brief video on his web page showed Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York and Missouri.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has a deep well of hits to draw from — on the last tour he went back to 1968 for “Ramblin’, Gamblin’ Man” — but he’ll also give fans a taste of some new music from a release he’s been working on for some time.
It was a year ago that Seger phoned in to Dick Purtan’s show for his farewell broadcast, and let Purtan tease out the news that he would be hitting the road soon. There were rumblings in the fall that Seger was gathering the “usual suspects,” mustering his troops for a major tour, but the month of embarkation was bumped back a few times.
Seger, who turns 66 in May, is known for his legendary live performances at Cobo Hall over the years. He will almost certainly play several hometown shows, the only question is where, and how many nights.
His most recent album release was “Early Seger Vol. 1,” a compilation of remastered and unreleased tracks personally selected by the rocker, in November 2009.
Although Seger goes for long periods without performing live, he’s never far from the hearts of his Michigan fans and expatriate Michiganians who keep track of him online. A photo book documenting photographer Tom Weschler’s years as a roadie for Seger, “Travelin’ Man: On the Road and Behind the Scenes with Bob Seger” by Tom Weschler and Gary Graff (Wayne State University Press), sold well and was named a Michigan Notable book of 2010.
Seger has amassed more than 50 million in record sales, and has kept selling at a clip few can match in the digital era. In 2010, he was honored as having the No. 1 Catalog Album of the Decade for his “Greatest Hits,” which sold 9 million units.