Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band announce final tour
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will retire from the road after wrapping up their upcoming tour, calling it quits roughly 50 years after its frontman began forging a musical career that earned him accolades for tunes including “Night Moves,” “Like a Rock,” “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.”
Mr. Seger and his group “will hit the road for one last time on their final tour,” said an announcement published on his website Tuesday.
The tour starts next month Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will continue into 2019 with further performances slated to be announced at a later date.
Dubbed the “Travelin’ Man Tour,” dates include performances that Mr. Seger, 73, postponed last fall after spinal surgery for a ruptured disc.
Mr. Seger was recuperating from the procedure when his most recent studio record, “I Knew You When,” debuted atop the Billboard Top Current Rock Albums chart following its release in November.
An inductee of both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, Mr. Seger recorded a total eight studio albums under his own name and as The Bob Seger System prior to releasing “Night Moves” with the Silver Bullet Band in 1976, and the group was subsequently credited on every album he released during the next 40 years.
Members of the Silver Bullet Band as of 2016 included several of Mr. Seger’s longtime collaborators, including saxophonist Alton Reed, bassist Chris Campbell and keyboardist Craig Frost, according to an archived version of their website.
Mr. Seger’s announcement comes on the heels of several other internationally touring artists recently announcing plans to either retire from the road or the music industry entirely, including Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Simon, Elton John, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Slayer.
It is hardly the first time he teased calling it quits, however, and Mr. Seger has suggested retiring from the road in interviews dating as far back as 1986, Billboard reported this week.
“I don’t know how much more there is to prove,” he said in 2013. “I wouldn’t mind putting out one more record, one last swan song. I’ve had a great career. It’s been a great run. It’s amazing how much airplay we’ve gotten down through the years. I don’t want to overstay my welcome.”