Bob Seger Mulls Fall Tour, Retiring from the Road
As his tour enters its final weekend, Bob Seger is talking about returning in the fall -- and also about retiring for good.
Because "there are so many places we didn't play" on the current 27-date run that began March 26 in Toledo, Seger tells Billboard.com that another tour later this year is a serious consideration. "I must admit we are kind of glancing at the fall," the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer acknowledges. "We didn't play anywhere in Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky... I could go on and on. There were states we never even got to...And it's going so well and everybody is so positive on it, we are considering maybe two months, like late October to late December, just before Christmas." Seger says he hopes to make a decision by mid-June.
Summer dates, Seger adds, were never a consideration. "I just don't like sheds," he explains. "They just don't sound good... and I try to avoid them. People are kind of far away. So I'd rather avoid them, if I can."
As for the prospect of leaving the road entirely, Seger, who turned 66 earlier this month, says he's not kidding. "I've been doing this a long time," he notes. "I don't know if I want to do this when I'm 67, you know?"
The Seger tour had a triumphant homecoming at the Palace of Auburn Hills in suburban Detroit, where Seger and his Silver Bullet Band played three shows for a total of 49,100 fans. On the final night (May 21), he was surprised when his teenage children -- son Cole and daughter Samantha -- played saxophone and sang, respectively, with the band on its version of Otis Clay's "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You." Seger was also honored that night with a banner commemorating a combined 38 career sell-outs at the Palace and its sister amphitheater, the DTE Energy Music Theatre (previously known as Pine Knob).
Seger and company play two more shows, wrapping up Saturday (May 28) in Grand Rapids, Mich. The group also plays a private show for Wal-Mart the following week before disbanding. Seger plans to take "about a month" off before returning to work on a new album -- his first since 2006's "Face The Promise" -- that he previously said will feature "different feels, different speeds, different approaches to the stuff I do." The album will include his latest single, a cover of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," as well as a "father-daughter" song called "Hannah" that features guest appearances by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow -- the same trio that recorded "Collide," the latest single from Rock's "Born Free" album -- a "very Led Zeppelin" track called "The Sea Inside;" and "Hey Gypsy," a Texas swing-styled "homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan."
No title or release date have been decided on for the album, and Seger says that, like touring, it might also bring an end to an era of his life. "I'll still be writing songs, but I don't know about recording," Seger says. "I'd write for other people, because recording takes a lot more time than the writing, and I think I could better use my time just writing and then turn (the songs) over to someone else and hoping they do them well. And there are so many writers in Nashville to work with... I've been writing alone for years and years and years, and maybe to write with other people would not only speed up the process but expand it, expand the horizons, and it might be fun. But that's down the road."