Happy Birthday to Bob Seger who turns 68 years old today (May 6th). Seger is currently on tour with the Silver Bullet Band and performs on Thursday (May 9th) in Saskatoon, at the Credit Union Centre.
Bob Seger released his first single, "The Lonely One," in 1961, with the help of Max Crook, who was a member of Del Shannon's backing band. Seger spent much of the '60s writing songs for other people, and playing with a number of different bands, including the Bob Seger & The Last Heard and the Bob Seger System. But he will always be best remembered for his '70s and '80s Silver Bullet Band classics "Against The Wind," "Night Moves," "Mainstreet," "Turn The Page," "Katmandu," "Old Time Rock & Roll," "Rock And Roll Never Forgets," "We've Got Tonight," "Still The Same," and "Shakedown," among others. Seger -- an old friend of Glenn Frey's -- also co-wrote the Eagles' final chart-topper to date, 1980's "Heartache Tonight."
Bob Seger admits that he's amazed at the lifespan of not just his career -- but of all of rock n' roll: "The career arc for most people in entertainment was three good years, five tops, and you were gone. I mean, who'd ever thought that we'd be seeing McCartney at 60 onstage, Jagger -- nobody, y'know? It's just interesting -- you think how old I thought I was (35) when (laughs) I was writing 'Rock 'N' Roll Never Forgets.'"
He feels that staying near Detroit to live and raise his family proved to be among the best decisions of his life: "I don't think it was ever really a choice -- it was, like, where I lived and where I felt comfortable. By being in Detroit, I was able to keep it in perspective, and just work as much as I could, but also kind of have a life outside of it where I was grounded, and where people put me in my place."
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band tour dates (subject to change):
May 9 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
May 11 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place