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Bob Seger Leaning Towards Concert Tour

Of the Oakland Press

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Bob Seger hasn’t made a fi rm decision yet about going on tour to promote his new album, “Face the Promise.” But the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man says it’s likely — and that’s the best and most concrete news fans have had to this point. “We’re at the 80, 85 percent for-sure mark,” says Seger, 61, who releases “Face the Promise,” his first album of all-new material in 11 years, Tuesday. “I’d say, yeah, it’s looking pretty good.”

Seger, who’s been rehearsing for the past three weeks with members of his Silver Bullet Band, says he’s planning to undergo some medical tests the week of Sept. 18 “to give me a pure clearance where I feel good about going” out on tour.

“It’s just a matter of me building up my stamina and being able to sing that high for that long,” he explains. “It seems like all my hit records are in this real high spot in my vocal (range), so that’s where I’ve gotta be able to sing.”

Seger has been working at his Home Studios compound in Clarkston with Silver Bullet mainstays Alto Reed, Chris Campbell, Mark Chatfi eld, Shaun Murphy and Laura Creamer.

“The band is way ahead of me,” he says. “They’re playing great.”

They’ll be joined this weekend by Nashville drummer Steve Brewster, who played on several tracks on the new album and will play with the band next Thursday on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

A Sept. 28 appearance on ABC’s “The View” also is slated.

Seger says Brewster is being considered for the tour, and he’ll also add a “utility player” to the band who can handle guitar, keyboards and maybe other instruments.

If a tour happens, Seger predicts it will start around Nov. 1.

“I think, initially, we’re going to do 18-21 (shows) before Christmas, (playing) every other day, so it’s like a 42-day (tour),” he says. “We’ll go into somewhere in early December and break for Christmas and decide if we want to keep going.”

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band haven’t performed a full concert since closing their last tour June 21, 1996, at Pine Knob Music Theatre. Since then, he’s appeared as a special guest at Detroit-area concerts by 3 Doors Down and Kid Rock, and played two songs in New York City at his 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Among those most excited by the prospect of a Seger tour are his two children — son Cole, 13, and daughter Samantha, 11.

“They’re really into it,” says Seger, who’s taking the children and his wife, Nita, to Los Angeles next week for the “Tonight Show” appearance. “They’ve been over to see the band practice and sat there and listened to me sing with them. They’re really stoked

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