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Bob Seger Ready To Sing For World Series

Of the Oakland Press

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Bob Seger -- who took 11 years to put out his new album -- only needed a second to agree to sing at the World Series.

"When they asked me I said, 'Damn right -- I'll do it!'," the Detroit rock icon said Friday during a break from rehearsals for his upcoming tour to promote the new album, "Face the Promise." "Who wouldn't do it?

"I'm like everybody. The Tigers have just captivated the state, the city. I'm caught up in it, too. Every time I get a chance, I watch 'em play. It's just a miracle team."

Seger, however, opted not to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" tonight -- "It's a death trap for singers; the only one I've ever heard do it great is Whitney (Houston)," he says -- and instead will sing "America the Beautiful," accompanying himself on piano, shortly after 8 p.m.

And believe it or not, this will be the Seger's first visit ever to Comerica Park.

"I've never been to Comerica. My family has. I had to ask them where it is," he says with a laugh. "I've been working on ('Face the Promise') for three years. This record has been all-encompassing. That's all I've been doing."

Seger's not even sure he'll stay for the entire game tonight. After a sound check at the stadium in the early afternoon he plans to return to the rehearsal hall on Detroit's east side to work with is Silver Bullet Band for a few hours before returning to Comerica in the evening.

"I warned my wife; I said 'I might get really tired tomorrow," Seger says. "We're taking separate cars. I'm sure gonna try (to stay) but I've got practice the next morning at 11."

Seger kicks off his tour on November 8 in Grand Rapids. Detroit area shows are expected just before Christmas -- at which time he hopes the city will still be celebrating a Tigers world championship.

"We were picked not to beat New York, not to beat Oakland -- it's just such a miracle," he says. "The way they're going, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the Tigers in five."

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