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Concert Reviews:
Bob Seger says farewell with last home town show -- for now, at least -- at DTE

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Bob Seger finished his six-show run at the DTE Energy Music Theatre Friday night, June 21, but whether it was really the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's famous final scene at home remains to be seen.

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band fired off another high-octane, two-hour and 10-minute show for packed and enthusiastic crowd -- which included Michigan U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow -- but it was largely free of sentiment given that it was the last scheduled metro area stop on his Roll Me Away -- The Final Tour. The 74-year-old Seger did comment a couple of times that the prospect of his final tour led him to dig deep into his catalog -- bringing his hit cover of Rodney Crowell's "Shame on the Moon" and "You'll Accomp'ny Me" back into the set -- but there was no reference to Friday's show being the last time his home town will see him.

And as Seger -- who has another set of dates lined up for the fall, though none in these parts yet -- left the stage, blowing kisses and giving two thumbs-up, it felt more like a so-long than goodbye.

While largely the same as the other five nights at DTE, laden with stories about several of the 24 songs, Friday's show did have a couple of different wrinkles. He and the band opened the show with the title track from his 2006 album "Face the Promise," rather than "Shakedown," and its lyrics, saying "so long" to a variety of locations, certainly underscored the farewell aspect of the tour. And after performing his 1975 song "Fine Memory" for the first time ever less than a week before, Seger played it again on Friday, dedicating it to former International Space Station commander Andrew Feustel, who was raised in Lake Orion and attended Oakland County Community College; The two became friends after a facetime chat from space last August, and Feustel -and his wife Indira attended Friday's show as Seger's special guests. Feustel said the song made him think of his wife every time he blasted off on a new mission.

And the late Dr. John was added to the memorial reel that accompanied his version of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young."

The night's clear highlight, however, was an extended ovation after "Turn the Page," which built in volume and intensity until Seger quieted the crowd in order to introduce the Silver Bullet Band members.

Seger and company now take an extended break before returning to the road Sept. 12 in Rapid City, S.D. with 14 dates, currently finishing Oct. 19 in Chicago. There's no word yet on when, or if, any additional dates will be added.

Web Site: www.bobseger.com

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