AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Watching a Bob Seger concert is essentially like watching a love fest between Seger and his legion of devoted fans.
The minute Seger walked onstage Tuesday night along with the Silver Bullet Band, the Palace crowd rose its feet and the place erupted. The loud cheers and applause continued until Seger grabbed the microphone and began to sing. Seger definitely has a way of connecting with his audience, which came to hear his extensive catalog of hits, culminated from four decades of making music.
Some crowd favorites – songs like “Old Time Rock and Roll,” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” – got the packed house back on its feet. And, Seger had the crowd mesmerized with his 1992 hit “Real at the Time,” from his album “The Fire Inside.” Seger also dedicated “Good for Me,” from his “Against The Wind” album to his “fans who helped us get through all the tours.” Next up: he took to the guitar on “Shinin’ Brightly,” another hit from “Against The Wind.” And then from “Live Bullet,” they performed “Travelin’ Man.” By the time this song wrapped up, Seger and the Silver Bullet Band once again had the crowd roaring appreciatively. Seger left the stage momentarily and returned to perform “Beautiful Loser,” along with the help of his beloved fans.
At just after 9:30 p.m., Seger told the crowd “We’ll be back in 6 or 7 minutes. That’s just the first half!” What? Intermission? Yes, intermission. And, it was definitely worth the wait. When Seger returned to the stage, he gave the audience more of what we all came to see: Seger and his band giving every song – every note – every ounce of emotion.
Following intermission, there was “Nutbush City Limits,” “Against the Wind,” “Long Twin Silver Line,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” and “Turn the Page” – which drew some of the loudest cheers and even got the crowd involved in an impromptu sing-along.
Having a chance to witness a live Seger concert is definitely a treat, and one not to be missed if at all possible. That was the consensus of fans heading out of the Palace of Auburn Hills as Tuesday night’s concert wrapped up.
Bob Seger has as much energy as someone half his age, along with the wisdom gained from 40 years in the business. He’s a crowd pleaser to say the least, and musicians like him only come around once in a lifetime.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band perform at the Palace of Auburn Hills again on Thursday, May 19, and on Saturday, May 21.
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- Terri Lee, Entertainment Reporter