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Concert Reviews:
Bob Seger Closes Tour With Cobo Blowout

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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DETROIT — One fan’s homemade sign said it all at Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band’s St. Patrick’s Day concert: “We all come home eventually.”

Indeed, a crowd of about 12,000 crammed into Cobo Hall to witness the end of Seger’s “Face the Promise” tour on Saturday. Included were family members and friends of Seger and his band members. The emotion was evident as the crowd sang along, danced and occasionally grew misty-eyed as the band flawlessly played old favorites amidst its newer ones.

Seger thanked his wife and children for being patient through his 50-city tour, and he dedicated “Old Time Rock ’n’ Roll” to his daughter’s piano teacher, who beamed from the front row.

John and Gayle Szymek of Pontiac held a homemade sign: “Thanks for 40 years of Rock ‘N Roll.” As a teenager, John Szymek said he did some stage set-up for Seger when the rocker was just starting out. He recalled Seger playing a Waterford Township bowling alley before hitting the big time.

In addition to guitars, drums, keyboards and Alto Reed’s saxophone, the band had the Motor City Horns and three female backup vocalists, for a full sound. Seger, who looked lean and energetic for his 61 years, played for 2 1 /2 hours, including short breaks.

Kid Rock joined in for a song near the end of the set, and the crowd roared a welcome for him, too. Dressed in a beige fedora, trademark sunglasses, St. Patrick’s T-shirt and leather jacket, he sounded at home with Seger, who was dressed simply in black T-shirt and black jeans.

More gray hair receding hairlines were apparent in this crowd than at most rock concerts, but it showed the aging baby boomers don’t want to let go of their early rock roots, or Seger — their hometown hero.

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