When you talk about 1970’s and 80’s rock ‘n roll, there’s just no way to discuss the music of the era without the name Bob Seger figuring prominently into the conversation. With a career spanning five decades in the music industry, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and millions of records sold, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have been a mainstay on classic rock radio and the concert circuit since they first hit it big with Live Bullet in 1975.
On Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA, a sold-out crowd of Seger fans were treated to a walk down memory lane as the legendary rocker performed his history of hits including “Night Moves“, “Turn the Page“, “We’ve Got Tonight“, “Against the Wind” and, of course, his iconic mega-hit “Old Time Rock and Roll“, which was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001.
Unlike some artists who were superstars forty years ago, time has been kind to Bob Seger and his voice is still strong as he belts out the familiar songs on stage. While his silver hair and rugged good looks distinguish him as one of rock music’s elder statesmen, Seger has a youthful vim and vigor as he moves across the stage from one side to the other with a big smile on his face that demonstrates how he is truly having fun performing for the crowds that pack his shows.
Opening for Seger was the J. Geils Band. Absent it’s namesake, the band is fronted by original member Peter Wolf, with two other original members (Danny Klein on bass and Richard “Magic Dick” Stalwitz on harmonicas) still a part of the band. Additional current members include Seth Justman on keys, guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry and drummer Tom Arey.
With hits like “Freeze Frame”, “Lookin’ For Love” and their biggest hit, “Centerfold”, The J. Geils Band was a good choice to open for Bob Seger on the tour. While I will admit I was never truly a fan of the band, their performance in Duluth was strong and enjoyable and full of energy. Fast-talking former DJ Peter Wolf kept the crowd entertained with quick stories between songs.
Bob Seger’s tour continues through March 28th with stops across the U.S.
For more about Bob Seger, including tour dates, visit www.bobseger.com
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