Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on his new greatest hits set and tour
Bob Seger laughs often and for good reason. At 66, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s legacy is secure and so any career move now is a victory lap. Seger, who still tours sporadically, is on the second leg of his tremendously successfully 2011 arena outing. On Nov. 21, Capitol will release Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s “Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets,” a 2-CD collection of his greatest tunes, as well as a few new tracks, including a cover of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train.” Additionally, Seger is working on a new studio album, his first since 2006’s “Face the Promise.”
Seger's music has been around my whole life, and while I enjoyed many of his hits in real time, it wasn't until the last five or so years that I really started to appreciate his music and the solidness of it, and how well it has worn. Seger was always about straight-up rock and roll, so listening back to his songs through the years, there's no awkward new-wave or disco stage. OK, there is "Shakedown," but for the most part, it's an enduring, quality slab of rock that's build on big Midwestern shoulders. It's gritty and comforting at the same time.
Hitfix talked to Seger during a conference call with a handful of reporters on Tuesday. He was friendly and chatty during the hour-long call, answering anything we wanted to ask. Below are the highlights (or should we call them “Silver Bullet" points) from the interview.
His new studio album: Earlier this year, he told Rolling Stone that he was working on a new album that would probably consist of six new tunes and six older songs, but the good news is that he’s feeling in a writing mood. “I’m going to start writing [again] when this tour is over. The first of the year, until the end of March. I think it’s going to be all new songs. I have other plans for the old songs.” A potential tune on the forthcoming album is a new song, “Hannah,” which features Sheryl Crow and his long-time buddy Kid Rock. He discussed two other new songs: “Ride Out,” which “covers so many subjects... pinched into a small area. Line to line it goes to a different subject. It’s pretty bizarre and I really like it” and “Wonderland,” which is about the multiverse. “It’s my way of getting a little science in there... I’m a big science fan.”
What he enjoys most about touring now: His greatest satisfaction comes from being surrounded by his longtime friends. “I really enjoy being with the people I play with. That’s a big part of it. I love my crew, the band, we just move through the country like an army”...It’s a celebration every time we go out there. There aren’t any bad nights any more.” As you may have noticed, he tends to only tour in the fall and winter. Incredulous as it may seem, that is dictated by the schedule of his drummer, Don Brewer. “I can only get my drummer in the winter, he plays with Grand Funk all summer.”
His favorite song to play live: “‘Hollywood Nights.’ I think Don Brewer would agree with me. It’s just a train. He plays it great and we really look forward to that every night.”
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