Don't sit around waiting for those rumored Bob Seger summer tour dates, because they're not going to happen, according to the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man himself.

Don't sit around waiting for those rumored Bob Seger summer tour dates, because they're not going to happen, according to the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man himself.

"I figure I'll take six or seven months (off) and just write and that's all, maybe a little bit of recording, nothing else," Seger, who wraps up his "Face the Promise" tour with three shows this week in his home town of Detroit, tells Billboard.com. "Then I'll just reassess in October and say, 'How do I feel?' Do I want to start another record and do the thing the following summer or the following fall?' or something. That's a good way to approach it, I think. I want to get away from it for awhile and see how much I miss it."

Seger says that family, which kept him off the road for 10 years before this trek, is again behind his decision not to extend the tour further, despite plenty of offers. "Really, I just want to take a deep breath and reunite with the family," explains Seger, 61, who lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Nita, and their children Cole, 14, and Samantha, 11. "I want to be home, really, for the kids. I miss them and I want to reconnect with them.

"They're getting into their teenage years, which are formidable years. I don't want to drop the ball on that for (touring)," he adds. "I've got a lot of soul-searching to do."

That doesn't mean he won't be making music, however. Top of his agenda is mastering ProTools, which he's installed in the studio he keeps in another Detroit suburb. And he'll continue songwriting, hopefully to avoid another 10-year gap that preceded the "Face the Promise" album.

"I've been messing a little bit...in the dressing room," Seger notes, "'cause I've got a lot of time between soundcheck and the show. There's two songs I really like that are left over from the last bunch, and I'm trying to re-write them."

Among those is a track called "Outland" that he's been working on since 1997 and, according to Seger, is desperately in need of a bridge section. "Worst case scenario," he says, "I'm gonna send it to somebody (like the Eagles' Don) Henley or somebody -- 'Write me a damn bridge, will you?! I've been working on this for 10 years!'"