Monday, May 9

Concert Review: Bob Seger

Rock god to the working man, Bob Seger, tore up the stage at Conseco Fieldhouse creating a 2 hour and 20 minute Rock and Roll memory for 13,000 fans. Noticeable was the vast age difference among attendees from teenagers to retiree age, including Seger himself.

Just celebrating his 66th birthday, and appreciative of the birthday banners waving in the crowd, the legend of rock music ripped into his classic hits beginning with Roll Me Away, Come to Poppa, Old Time Rock & Roll, The Fire Down Below and, playing acoustic guitar, Main StreetAfter a brief intermission, Seger and The Silver Bullet Band slid into songs which receive less radio time such as Beautiful Loser, Nutbush City Limits and Her Strut. With vocals as strong as ever, he finished with two separate encores wrapping up the night with Against the Wind, Hollywood Nights, Rock and Roll Never Forgets and Nights Moves.

The Detroit native drew from his vast collection of albums, including Face the Promise ('06), Against the Wind ('80), Nine Tonight ('81), Live Bullet ('76) Night Moves ('76) and Stranger in Town ('78). Don Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) hammered away at the drums while Alto Reed brought in the sweetness of his saxophone.

Seger's genius lies in his innate ability to reach down into his soul and share through lyrics raw emotions, life's ironies and inner struggles in a gritty, tough guy style. Touching the core of the everyday man and woman is signature Seger. Continuing the successful relationship with his fans since the '60s cements his status as an American rock legend.

Bottom Line: Bob Seger's high energy and strong vocals demonstrate he, and his songs, have stood the test of time with a packed house of fans celebrating life proving the man has been right all these years: Rock and Roll Never Forgets.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, music, restaurant and performing arts critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook or email her at
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rickyleepotts said...

How in the world can you write on a concert and NOT even mention the band that opened for him? The band that opened for him was given the chance of a lifetime to play in front of those 13,000 people. They are actually a local band that lives right here in heart of Indianapolis. They bust their butts playing music for people all over the Midwest, and when they were asked to open this show dropped everything they were doing to prepare.

In the future when you review a show like this, always mention the opening act. The opening act is who sets the tone for the night, and a lot of those teenagers that you mentioned were probably there to see Borrow Tomorrow. I would like to see you add another section, a revision that includes information about the band that started the night... and started the night right.

Donna said...

Very well written. Makes me wish I could've been there. Seger is a legend in the music business, and his music does span generations. From people who have been listening and enjoying his music from the start to the young ones who have only recently come to enjoy it.

I always enjoy your reviews. They are fair and balanced. Good job!