Seger Spotlighting New Songs On Tour

In the midst of rehearsals for his first concert tour in a decade, Bob Seger reports that he and his Silver Bullet Band are over-preparing for the impending run of shows, which begins Nov. 8 in Grand

In the midst of rehearsals for his first concert tour in a decade, Bob Seger reports that he and his Silver Bullet Band are over-preparing for the impending run of shows, which begins Nov. 8 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"We're learning so many songs," the Detroit rocker tells Billboard.com. "We're learning probably a show and a half, and of course we can't play a show and a half. So we keep playing them, and the ones that keep getting better are the ones that stay in."

Chief among those are songs from "Face the Promise," Seger's first album of new material since 1995, which recently debuted at No. 5 on The Billboard 200. "Right now we've got about six or seven of them in there, and there might be as many as nine," he says. "At first you don't want to do too much new [material]; it's not what [the audiences] are expecting. It's really a feel thing, a balancing act."

Seger says he's also working up "Tomorrow" or "Satisfied," the two new songs included on 2003's "Greatest Hits 2" collection. So far 17 dates have been announced through Dec. 16 in Cleveland. Seger is expected to play some Detroit-area dates around the Christmas holiday and continue the tour into 2007.

This year's edition of the Silver Bullet Band includes stalwarts Alto Reed on saxophone, Chris Campbell on bass and Craig Frost on keyboards, along with Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer and longtime backing vocalist Shaun Murphy, who's also a member of Little Feat.