Returning to the stage after his main set, Seger told the crowd at the DTE Energy Music Theatre that there was “a special guest” in the house.
He then dedicated his 1975 song “Fine Memory” — which he’d played for the first time ever just six days before in the same venue — to former International Space Station commander Andrew Feustel, who was attending the DTE Energy Music Theatre show with his wife, Indira.
Seger and Feustel, who was raised in suburban Detroit, first “met” during a FaceTime chat from space last summer, and met in person when Seger’s Roll Me Away: The Final Tour stopped in Houston earlier this year.
Seger told the crowd that “Fine Memory” reminded Feustel of his wife every time he blasted off on a new mission. Feustel’s last ISS mission ended on Oct. 3.
Friday’s show closed a six-night run at the suburban Detroit venue as well as the latest leg of the tour. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band now take an extended break before returning to the road Sept. 12 in Rapid City, S.D. with 14 shows, a run scheduled to finish Oct. 19 in Chicago.