Bob Seger Celebrates Stranger in Town 35th Anniversary In The Studio
... This week's edition of In The Studio celebrates the 35th anniversary of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's
1978 album "Stranger in Town." Seger joins the show's host Redbeard to look back at the hit release. They sent over these details and quotes: For Seger Stranger In Town was his first effort following the 1976 breakthrough Night Moves. Stranger was an album Seger blazed through, producing hits like "Hollywood Nights", "Feel Like a Number", "Still the Same" and "We've Got Tonite", a song Bob says was inspired by a popular 1970s film. "I saw the movie The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and I remember that scene where Robert Redford goes to the lady who ran that cafe, at four in the morning and he's trying to get away from the bad guys. And he says, 'It's four in the morning and I don't know anybody.' And she lets him in. And that's where the idea for 'We Got Tonite, forget about tomorrow', came from." Stream the episode here. Bob Seger
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7 reasons why Bob Seger is still the greatest
... on how great a song it is. Some, like comedian Kyle Kinane, even think that it should replace the national anthem. 2. Dude was in The OC Well, kinda. See, Seger was the preferred artiste-du-jour for the show's stock jock character Luke. In one particular season 1 episode, he drives drunk, listening to Bob Seger
, and has an accident. If he hadn't been listening to Seger, the entire show from that point forward might not have happened.3. He looks like everyone's Dad yet still rocks out Look at this dude rocking out like it ain't no thang: Fuck weight loss infomercials for men. They should just show pictures Bob Seger
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does an iconic Chevy commercial for like 10 years? Done. "Like A Rock" is such a gnar song that even motherfucking TRUCKS LIKE THE SONG. 5. Seger put out some really gnarly songs in the 60s Before Seger became the ultimate Michigan gritty crooner, he was a struggling yet soulful singer in Ann Arbor, MI. Check out this song with him performing vocals on this Doug Brown & The Omens song. Now, check this out: Yep, that's Seger on vocals on this old Beach Bums single from the mid 60s. Now - beating up on hippies isn't exactly our bag, but this song is just ridiculous enough to be catchy. And if you're going to hold opposing viewpoints on politics, the best thing you can do is to at least make it catchy. ("No more taxes!" see?) Of course, in 2013 this sounds like it would be a parody song. But it ain't. Seger made his mark with a band called The Omens before recording this song. Threatened by the record company, they changed their name to the Beach Bums for just this one single. Apparently. 6. That magnificent hair 7. He's 67 and still touring Eat a dick, Madonna. 7 reasons why Bob Seger
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Fan meets Bob Seger after awakening from semi-coma
... AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The first words of a 79-year-old Michigan woman as she emerged from a five-year semi-coma were, "I want to go to a Bob Seger
concert." And now her wish has come true. The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/ZOmhEj ) that Evie Branan cheered, threw her hands in the air and danced during Seger's concert Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. She also met Seger and his family, talked with crew and band members and received VIP treatment. Branan is from Flint Township. She called the night "the happiest I've been in a long time." After suffering a stroke that left Branan unable to speak, move or eat on her own, she became a resident of Willowbrook manor's long-term care unit. She awoke from the semi-coma on May 7, 2011. ___ Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint Fan meets Bob Seger
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He was born in Detroit. His father was a bandleader and musician who worked in an auto plant to support his wife and two children. He was the younger of two sons, and got less attention from his father.
When he was ten, his father abandoned the family completely, leaving for California in search of success that he never achieved. The family moved to a one-room apartment. The burden of supporting the family fell more heavily on the older son. Bob stayed up late listening to a faraway radio station. On a transistor radio and an earplug, he heard James Brown, Garnett Mimms, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and others.
He liked James Brown more than the Beatles. His favorite album was James Brown Live at the Apollo, Volume 1.
He was a good student in high school and could run a 5:05 mile, at least until he discovered Rock and Roll. He began staying out all night with his friends, cars circled in a farmer's field, listening to music on the car radios.
In 11th grade, he had a band and was playing bars three nights a week. The applause at the Junior Prom changed his life.
In 1996 he played for nearly a million fans across the country. By 1968, he had 5 Top-10 singles in the Detroit market. He was unheard of outside Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and a few other Midwest markets, but in Detroit his records outsold The Beatles.
He was on the verge of breaking the national charts in 1967 when the record company promoting his single went bankrupt.
Motown was the first major label to offer him a contract.
His work ethic became a local legend. He played 260 dates in 1975.
He broke the Top 40 with a single in 1968, then survived seven years without a successful record.
In the early '70s, he and his band drove 25 hours to Florida, played 3 straight nights, and then drove 25 hours back, because they couldn't afford motel rooms. He considered himself more a driver than a singer at the time.
In June 1976, he played in front of 50 people in a Chicago bar. Three days later, he played in front of 76,000 devoted fans in the Pontiac Silverdome outside Detroit.
He wrote about characters like Lucy Blue, Chicago Green, Already Eddie and other characters long before Springsteen created Crazy Janey and her mission man.
His songs, he thinks, reflect a certain morality: "What happens when you do it wrong and when you do it right."
The characters in many of his songs don't find the satisfaction or fulfillment that they thought their dreams would hold. They end up "stuck in heaven," listening to the sound of something far away -- a bird on the wing, the sound of thunder. They think back on the promise of younger years, surprised at the passage of time. Only occasionally do they find renewal. More often, they try to make some moment last; they watch it slipping past. The light fades from the screen. They wake up alone. Next time, perhaps, they'll get it right.
He was greatly influenced by early advice from Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, who said, "Do your best, 'cause it's only gonna last 2 or 3 years."
He's a perfectionist who spends months in the studio fixing problems no one else can hear. He's a Taurus, which means "You can't move him with a crane."
He admires Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Joni Mitchell.
He believes his Rock And Roll savagery was tempered for many years by the need to produce mainstream records.
He has sold nearly 50 million albums, including 10 consecutive million-selling albums between 1975 and 1995. (thanks, Ted - Loveland, CO, for all above)
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