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Seger Prepping First New Album In 11 Years
Bob Seger will end a lengthy gap between new albums with the Sept. 12 release of "Face the Promise" on Capitol Records. The first single, "Wait For Me," is due out shortly after the Fourth of July.Bob Seger will end a lengthy gap between new albums with the Sept. 12 release of "Face the Promise" on Capitol Records. The first single, "Wait For Me," is due out shortly after the Fourth of July.
The album will be Seger's first of all-new material since "It's a Mystery" in 1995, although he released a "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" set in 2003 that featured two new songs.
Seger produced the album, which was recorded in Detroit and Nashville with longtime engineer David Cole. Seger is still making final decisions on songs and sequence, but the album is likely to include the title track, which he calls a "big, storming rocker," and a duet with fellow Detroiter Kid Rock on Vince Gill's Merle Haggard tribute, "Real Mean Bottle."
Seger and Rock share a manager (Ed "Punch" Andrews) and Rock inducted Seger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
Last year, Seger said he was spending a lot of time to find the right songs for the new album. "You've got to get a standard bearer, something you want the album to stand up to," he explained. He found those in the title track and in another song called "Red Eye to Memphis," which he describes as "an almost Tony Joe White thing, a very Memphis-y, fuzzy, R&B country-rock thing." It's not known yet whether that track will make the final cut.
Seger also hasn't made a firm decision about touring but has voiced a desire to consider it -- possibly even getting a version of his Silver Bullet Band together for rehearsals before committing to dates. He last toured in 1996, supporting the previous year's "It's a Mystery."