Bob Seger Part Five
It’s been awhile since I done one of his, but in this blog, Bob Seger Part Five, I will complete this series and move on with him on another, in the near future. So I might as well start, to finish, so you can finish reading, what I started.
Later years: 1988— Present
Bob Seger‘s next record was 1991‘s The Fire Inside, at a time when glam metal, grunge and alternative rock were taking the center. His new music found little exposure on radio or elsewhere. The very same was true of 1995‘s It‘s a Mystery, although the album was certified gold (500,000 copies sold). Nevertheless, in 1994, Seger released Greatest Hits; the compilation album was his biggest-ever record in terms of sales, selling almost ten million copies in the USA since 2010. Seger did go back on the road once again for a 1996 tour, which was successful as well as sold the fourth-largest number of tickets of any North American tour that year. (Seger was once known for his concerts in small venues, as seen with his appearance at the 18th Amendment in Omaha, Nebraska.).
Seger took a sabbatical from the music business for regarding ten years to spend time with his wife and also two young children. In 2001 and 2002, Seger won the prestigious Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Raceaboard his 52-foot (16m) sailboat Lightning. He consequently sold the boat. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004. Fellow Detroiter Kid Rock gave the induction speech and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm proclaimed that date Bob Seger Day in his honor. In 2005, Seger was featured singing with 3 Doors Down on the song “Landing in London“ from their Seventeen Days album.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005.
Seger‘s first new album in eleven years, entitled Face the Promise, was released in 2006. In its first forty five days, it sold more than 400,000 copies. The album sold over 1.2 million copies, returning Seger to platinum status as well as staying on the Billboard chart for several months. His supporting tour was also excitedly anticipated, with many shows selling out within minutes. Showing that Seger‘s legendary appeal in Michigan had not decreased, all 10,834 tickets available for his first show at Grand Rapids‘ Van Andel Arena sold out in under five minutes; three extra shows were subsequently added, each of which also sold out.
In 2009, Seger released a compilation album entitled Early Seger Vol. 1, which included archival material from the 1970s and also 1980s, consisting of some fully or partly re-recorded tracks from his albums Smokin‘ O.P.‘s (1972) and Seven (1974) as well as some never-before-released songs. The album was initially just available for purchase at Meijer stores and then later on for download at BobSeger.com. Seger contributed piano and also vocals on Kid Rock‘s 2010 album Born Free. Seger presented a successful arena tour throughout 2011, accompanied by the release of a two-CD compilation album, Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets. On May 28, 2011, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared that date as Bob Seger Day for his more than fifty years of sharing his celebrated musical talents with fans all over the world. On December 30, 2011, before a sell-out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Resort Arena in Las Vegas, Seger closed another successful tour. On October 30, 2011, he told AnnArbor.com director Bob Needham he was returning to the studio to finish another new album for release in the fall of 2012, followed by another supporting tour. On June 14, 2012, Seger was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On January 10, 2013, Seger announced an additional tour in the US and also Canada.
Seger performed a duet of “Who‘ll Stop the Rain” with John Fogerty on Fogerty‘s album Wrote a Song for Everyone, released in 2013.
Seger‘s latest studio album, Ride Out was released on October 14, 2014. Ride Out was accompanied by a highly successful arena tour of the USA and Canada. On December 22, 2016, Seger performed “Heartache Tonight“ as the Kennedy Center honored the Eagles. A few weeks later, on January 18, 2017, Seger gave away the single “Glenn Song“ on his website as a tribute marking the one year death of Eagles founding member Glenn Frey, with whom Seger was close friends. Beginning on August 24, 2017, Seger started a 32-city Runaway Train tour that was originally scheduled to conclude on November 17, 2017 in Chicago. This tour included a show on September 22, 2017 at The Palace of Auburn Hills (Michigan), which was the last event to be held at that venue. The very same day, Seger announced his new studio album, I Knew You When, as well as released “Busload of Faith“, a cover of the Lou Reed song from the 1989 album New York, as the first single taken from the album. I Knew You When was released on November 17, 2017, which would have marked the last day of Seger‘s Runaway Train tour. However, as a result of “an urgent medical issue with his vertebrae,“ all concert dates starting September 30 had to be postponed. Of the 32 scheduled tour dates, Seger could complete thirteen and also had to postpone nineteen. On September 18, 2018, Seger announced his final tour. Called the Travelin‘ Man tour, it includes postponed dates from the 2017 tour along with added shows, and is scheduled to start on November 21 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI.
Bob Seger Day
Lincoln Park declared November 17, 2017, “Bob Seger Day“ in the city. Mayor Thomas Karnes called Seger the voice of the city for their generation. Seger attended school there in his youth and performed at the city‘s bandshell in the 1960s.
Seger‘s first marriage in 1968 lasted for “one day short of a year“. He had a long-term relationship with Jan Dinsdale from 1972 up until 1983. In 1987, he married actress Annette Sinclair as well as they divorced one year later. He married Juanita Dorricott in 1993, in a small private setting at The Village Club, in Bloomfield Hills; they have two children. Seger lives mostly at his home in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.
Politically, Seger has identified himself as a centrist:“I‘m right down the middle“, here marked. He supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. He tackled antiestablishment themes in early songs such as “2+2=?“ (1968) and also “U.M.C. (Upper Middle Class)“(1974), according to Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press. On his 2014 album Ride Out, head dressed topics such as gun violence, and wrote “It‘s Your World“ regarding climate change. On the subject, he said, “There are a lot of culprits in climate change, and everybody‘s responsible, myself included. Nobody gets a free pass on this one. We‘ve got to change our ways and change them fast.“
- Studio albums
- Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (1969)
- Noah (1969)
- Mongrel (1970)
- Brand New Morning (1971)
- Smokin’ O.P.’s (1972)
- Back in ’72 (1973)
- Seven (1974)
- Beautiful Loser (1975)
- Night Moves (1976)
- Stranger in Town (1978)
- Against the Wind (1980)
- The Distance (1982)
- Like a Rock (1986)
- The Fire Inside (1991)
- It’s a Mystery (1995)
- Face the Promise (2006)
- Ride Out (2014)
- I Knew You When (2017)