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Bob Seger confirms tour, announces new album

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Bob Seger has confirmed his plans to tour this year -- and dropped another surprise as well.

Besides announcing that the Detroit rocker and his Silver Bullet Band will take their "thunderous rock 'n' roll show" on the road beginning in March, Seger's camp on Thursday (Jan. 27) also revealed that he'll release an "as yet untitled new release," his first set of all new material since "Face the Promise" in 2006 and first album since the partly archival "Early Seger Volume 1" in 2009.

No firm details, including concert dates or an album release date, were announced but are expected soon. Seger and most of the band held their first rehearsals last week in the Detroit metro area and will be resuming shortly.

The shows will be Seger's first since his 50-date trek promoting "Face the Promise" in 2006-07, which included four shows at the Palace of Auburn Hills, one at Joe Louis Arena and two at Cobo Arena.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced his intent to tour again during a March 26 radio interview with a retiring Dick Purtan. A fall tour was tentatively planned and then withdrawn when Seger decided to spend more time recording.

The Seger camp teased Thursday's announcement on Wednesday (Jan. 26), posting a 42-second video clip on his official web site and YouTube mixing music and archival footage with a U.S. map highlighting Michigan, Ohio, Missouri and New York as presumed states Seger and company will hit on the tour.

Web Site: www.bobseger.com

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