Bob Seger took his place center stage at the Pepsi Center last night, and proved to the world that rock ‘n’roll will always be in style. The show was one of more than a dozen rescheduled stops on Seger’s “Travelin’ Man Tour.” The tour began more than a year ago but was sadly cut short when Seger suffered a ruptured disc just a few short weeks into the tour. Originally dubbed the “Runaway Train Tour,” it was rescheduled under the new name last year — and fans couldn’t be happier.

Fans were still finding their seats when Seger’s opening act The Record Company wrapped up their set just after eight p.m. By the time Seger took his place center stage, it was nearly impossible to find an empty seat, though there were a handful of tickets still for sale. Seger walked onto the stage backed by his award-winning Silver Bullet Band  — once the hits started it seemed like they would never stop.

Bob Seger, Mariah Hansen, 303 Magazine

At the start of his set it was questionable if Seger’s vocals could stand the test of time. With more than 50 years of touring under his belt Seger is now a senior and his voice was carried away by the big band backing him up. While it seemed that the years of waiting would ultimately result in a letdown, fans were not disappointed. After a song or two Seger had warmed up his vocal cords enough to dominate the instrumentals. When the piano sounded the memorable first notes of “Old Time Rock & Roll” everyone was on their feet and ready rock the night away.

The night was the perfect end to a decade’s long touring career.  Seger performed every song you’d expect on a farewell tour — providing one last chance for fans to hear the hits live. One particularly high note occurred halfway through the evening. The unforgettable saxophone solo signaled the start of one of Seger’s biggest hits, “Turn The Page.” A solitary spotlight shone on Alto Reed and his saxophone as he played the famous intro. Despite Seger’s vocal comeback, his voice was nearly drowned out when everyone in attendance sang the song.

Seger may be getting older, but neither his age nor his back injury stopped him from rocking the night away. Fans may have expected the 73-year-old to take it easy and spend most of his performance in one spot, but Seger proved to be rock ‘n’ roll to the end. The break in the tour gave Seger enough time to recover from his injury and he spent the entire evening working the stage at the Pepsi Center. He peered into the crowd from the two side stages and jumped up to sing with his back up vocalists. Throughout the night Seger had a smile plastered across his face, begging the question of if Seger will ever be as happy anywhere else but on stage.

Near the end of the show, Seger played a heartfelt tribute to his dear friend Glenn Frey who passed away in 2016. Frey — who was the frontman of classic rock band The Eagles — was a close friend of Seger’s. The two met and began collaborating with one another when they both lived in Detroit, MI. Seger’s heartfelt tribute was a touching rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.” Not only did Seger pay homage to his friend, but to many other artists who inspired him as well. The big screen on stage featured photos of great musicians — from Aretha Franklin to Prince, as well as old photos of Seger and Frey together.

Bob Seger, Mariah Hansen, 303 Magazine

Perhaps the most exciting moment of the night came during the encore. After just one song Seger decided to change things up. “Listen up band,” he declared “we’re going to do something different.” The band scrambled across the stage to get set for the updated set. “No one was ready for this,” Seger admitted before announcing that he would be playing a couple of extra songs for his fans in the Mile High.  The band kicked in and it was apparent right away that the song Seger added was “Against The Wind.” A song which he has been criticized for leaving off the set in previous cities on the tour.

After nearly two full hours of rock ‘n’ roll, Seger ended his set with “Rock & Roll Never Forgets.” While it was a perfect song to end a decades-long career in rock ‘n’roll, it also voiced the truth of Seger’s career. The rock icon may be ending his touring career, but his influence on rock as a genre will have a lasting impact. Seger’s career began more than 50 years ago and in that time he has toured, topped Billboard charts and collaborated with countless rock legends.  And after seeing Seger take the stage one final time it’s clear that Bob Seger is a name rock ‘n’ roll will never forget.

6 Responses

  1. Spencer Alpert

    Hi Mariah – my 8-year-old & I flew down to Denver to catch Bob Seger (with his older brother who lives there, along w/2 other siblings) when his Seattle-area show was cancelled the previous weekend on account of a blizzard. We got there late, arriving just as “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll” was filling the Pepsi Center.

    Needless to say, we all thoroughly enjoyed the show, and thanks to your spot-on review, I can now tell my son we walked in at exactly the right time. I’m a few months older than Bob, and back in the 70’s you couldn’t keep me away whenever he was performing nearby. So I’m happy I got to see him one last time – & was able to introduce the kids to his amazing music and down-to-earth persona. The only disappointments were I was hoping to see him do “Get Out of Denver” – in Denver. And my favorite, “Still the Same”. Which leads me to ask a big favor – what songs did we miss? Benny’s been ruthless in bugging me. And thank you again for your great review!!

    • Mariah Hansen

      Hi Spencer! So glad you were able to make it to the show, it truly was an incredible evening. Sorry to hear you missed the first couple of songs. If my memory is correct Seger opened the evening with “Shakedown,” followed by “Still The Same,” “The Fire Down Below,” and “Mainstreet” before launching into “Old Time Rock & Roll.”

      • karl

        I thought your review was spot on.
        Seger is a legend and he truly loves to perform. The crowd at the Pepsi Center was treated to awesome show . Bob Seger will be rembered
        As a rock and roll giant who loved his fans. Long live rock and roll.

  2. Stacy Williams

    Hi Mariah
    Great review and spot on with your comments. His band was amazing with all stars for every instrument. I have looked everywhere to read about each one of them, but can’t find anything. If you have a link you could send me that would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Alastair & Sue

    An accurate report on a fantastic night. We came all the way from London, England to see the simply magnificent legend that is Bob Seger. We suspected the journey would be well worth it and so it proved. Our top 3 songs – Roll Me Away, The Fire Inside and Against The Wind were all on the set-list but, to be fair, every song was a memory that will remain with us forever. Thanks Bob.

  4. Barbara Miller

    Hi Mariah. Thank you for the nice review of Bob Seger’s show, and I think accurate. My sister and I, we’re both over 60 now, went for one last time with Bob and we were not disappointed at all. A note on “Get Out of Denver.” We also wanted to hear him sing that song in Denver, but when he didn’t, we started thinking maybe at 73, it was too much of a tongue-twister and he didn’t want to screw it up, so he decided to leave it out. We didn’t realize, until your review, he had been leaving “Against the Wind” out in other cities, so we’re very appreciative he did that one for us in Denver.


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