Bob Seger delivered a little something special for his home town on Thursday night.
Starting a six-show run at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit, Seger and his Silver Bullet Band tossed in an extra encore — “The Famous Final Scene,” a rarely played track from his 1978 Stranger in Town album. “I wanted to do another extra song for this encore ’cause I’m home, dammit,” Seger told the sold-out crowd at the amphitheater. “And,” he added, “it seems appropros” for this stop on his Roll Me Away farewell tour.
The song was one of several localized touches dotted throughout the hit-filled two-hour-and-10-minute show — from 1976’s “Mainstreet,” about Seger’s native Ann Arbor, to the first encore, “In Your Time,” a new track he composed for his 1994 Greatest Hits album, inspired by his then two-year-old son Cole. Seger also dedicated the group’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to the late Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, a fellow Michigan native and close friend — and backing vocalist on Seger’s 1968 hit “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.”
The accompanying video also paid tribute to other fallen musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leonard Cohen, B.B. King, Tom Petty, Gregg Allman and Prince — though there was no mention of Dr. John, whose death was reported shortly before Seger and company hit the stage.
The show came a day after the venue renamed its address to 33 Bob Seger Drive, commemorating what will be 33 sell-outs at the venue by the time this stand ends on June 21. During a short ceremony on Wednesday, Seger, who was accompanied by his family, called the honor “overwhelming. I’m really happy about this. Great honor, and thank you so much.” In a statement, he also said that, “I have a great affection for this historic venue and now to be a part of it forever is truly overwhelming.”
Seger and the Silver Bullets will take the summer off and then resume the tour on Sept. 12 in Rapid City, S.D. So far 10 dates have been announced for the fall leg, though more are reportedly coming.