The Detroit rock veteran has released a cover of the late Reed’s “Busload Of Faith” to radio Friday (Sept. 22). It’s the first taste of Seger’s I Knew You When album which will be released on Nov. 17.
Seger and his Silver Bullet Band premiered “Busload Of Faith” — which he recorded during May in Nashville with members of the group — on Thursday night in Cincinnati. He told a crowd during his Sept. 9 hometown show at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit that he’d hoped to have the song out earlier but it was delayed. He also vowed to perform it this coming Saturday, when Seger and company will play the final show ever at the Palace of Auburn Hills, also in suburban Detroit.
“Busload Of Faith” originally appeared on Reed’s critically lauded 1989 album New York, but its dark lyrical bent reflects the tenor of present times. Seger tweaked some of Reed’s original lyrics as well — for instance, substituting “You can’t depend on the president” into the verse Reed wrote as “You can’t depend on the churches/ Unless there’s real estate that you want to buy/ Can’t depend on a lot of things/ You need a busload of faith to get by.”
More details about I Knew You When are expected to be released soon. Seger’s Runaway Train Tour ends on the day the album is release, in Chicago.