How do you begin to describe how important an artist has been in your life. One word – Bob Seger!
I love music, music of all types and genres, and when you grow up in the suburbs of Detroit, the offerings of the Motown sound, and many other kinds of local Rock n Roll groups played on your AM transistor radio. However, one artist stands out as the home of rock n roll in Detroit, or Michigan for that matter. He is the quintessential face of Michigan rock n Roll!
Seger began in the middle 60’s alongside friend Glenn Fry and wrote songs about the turbulent times facing all teenagers back then. When Glenn Fry left for the west coast, Bob formed another band and after the release of “Heavy Music” and “Ramblin Gamblin Man”, he became a local favorite on Michigan radio.
At the height of that local success, my high school invited him and his band, The Bob Seger System to play at one of our high school dances in 1968. Who’d a thought that would lead to singing at the Kennedy Center Honors in front of the President of the United States?
I bought his “Live Bullet” album when it first came out, put on a pair of Bose head phones, turned the volume high and began to live out again the concert at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit I had attended the year before when the album was recorded!! Beginning with Nutbush City, crashing into Travlin’ Man and Beautiful Loser, diving into Get Out of Denver and ending with Let It Rock, I found myself sweating all over again and exhausted by the end. All I could think to do was to listen again just to be sure I didn’t miss a beat from that great concert a year ago.
Live Bullet Is ranked in Billboard’s top 25 live albums of all time. I think it should be number 1.
After a career that spanned seven decades, he still fills huge venues across the country. His last tour, Roll Me Away, sold out over 50 shows. He has sold over 75 million records and has had songs in more 30 movies. His induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame came about 20 years too late, but all that matters to me is that every song he sings seems written just for me.
I’ve seen Seger in concert 8 times over the past 50 years and he never disappoints. His passion and fire fights through every song.
I’ve said, “I believe Bob would like his songs even if he didn’t write them!” I’m sure he does!