Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Bob Seger to begin 2011- tour in March

By Ray Shasho

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band begin their first leg of a possible thirty-date tour on March 29th in Saginaw, Michigan. A close Seger representative told Rolling Stone that twenty to thirty additional dates were planned for the spring this year. Florida dates should be announced shortly. In between the tour, Seger hopes to finish his 17th studio album.

Check Bob Seger’s website right here for the band’s latest tour updates

Seger was raised in Ann Arbor Michigan. The raspy rooted- rocker performed throughout the 60’s as the Bob Seger System. They released their debut album “The Bob Seger System” in 1969 with the hit single, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. (Eagles- founding member Glen Frey sang backing vocals)  The song reached #17 on the singles chart.

Bob Seger gained notoriety once again in 1976 with his Silver Bullet Band. The live album, “Live Bullet”, and studio album, “Night Moves” achieved Platinum status.
Seger and the Silver Bullet band released “Stranger in Town” in 1978.  Included on that album are many of his most recognizable hits, "Old Time Rock n' Roll," (a song that would enjoy additional success with the film Risky Business) and Top40 radio standards "Still the Same," “Hollywood Nights” and “We’ve got Tonight.”

Bob Seger also co-wrote the Eagles #1 hit “Heartache Tonight" from their 1979 album “The Long Run.” The collaboration resulted from Seger and Glenn Frey’s early days in Detroit together.
In 1980, Seger released “Against the Wind” with ex Grand Funk Railroad Keyboardist Craig Frost. It became his only #1 album on the Billboard charts.
After the release of “the Distance” in 1982, he added ex Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer.

The “Like a Rock” studio album arrived in 1986. The song was used as a Chevrolet ad campaign. (Seger chose to support the struggling American automobile workers in Detroit) Seger’s father was also a musician and a Ford plant worker.

Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Seger’s longtime bassist is Sarasota resident Chris Campbell. His influences were: Motown, Tim Bogert, Rare Earth, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. Chris says that his nickname is C-Note. "I got a modest inheritance from my father when he passed away. I had a little money -- I was not rich, but it was more than kids my name had, so I always had good equipment and they started calling me C-Note." 

In other classic rock music news...
The groupYes has also announced their U.S tour with a stop at Jannus Live on March 11th.
The band’s lineup remains the same. Steve Howe (guitar), Chris Squire (bass), Alan White (drums), Oliver Wakeman (son of original keyboard player Rick Wakeman) and Benoit David (vocals).

Meanwhile there are rumblings of a Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, and Trevor Rabin recording session with a tour later in 2011.

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