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Bob Seger Eyeballing Tour's End
For years, fans wanted to know when Bob Seger was going to go back on the road.
Now they’re asking how long he’s going to stay there.
About a quarter of the way into his concert first tour in more than 10 years, the veteran Detroit rocker says he does know that this particular tour — supporting “Face the Promise,” his first album of all-new material since 1995 — will end by March 15 in order to allow Silver Bullet Band drummer Don Brewer to get back to his regular gig with Grand Funk Railroad.
After that, Seger says, anything can happen.
“It’s been so successful, a lot of the promoters are screaming for summer (dates) for (amphitheaters),” Seger says.
“I’m amenable under the right circumstances — but I don’t know how I’m going to feel on March 15, either. It’s a long way off.
“If I want to do a summer thing, I’d have to do it with a different drummer. We might not be able to get Don, and I don’t know if I’d want to do it without Don ’cause he’s such a great wall to lean on. So that would be a problem. We’ll see what happens.”
Seger comes home Dec. 20 for the first of four shows (Dec. 22, 28 and 30) at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The tour continues Jan. 9 in Orlando, Fla., and has 18 dates scheduled so far for 2007, with more to be added soon.
Might some of those including a few more Detroit-area shows, possibly for the end of the tour?
“I just don’t know,” Seger says. “I’m not looking past (Las) Vegas right now, which is actually the 3rd (of March). But we do have some things in a book and there’s so many different ways we can go from Vegas, so we just don’t know what we’re gonna do yet.”
Rick Franks of Live Nation, which is promoting the Seger tour, says no decision has yet been made about additional shows in the metro area.
The tour, he adds, has been “just huge, selling out everywhere,” and he calls The Palace shows — for which a bit under 17,000 seats were sold for each night — “the single highest demand for any ticket I’ve ever had. The fact that Bob is back working, people are freaked out, coming out of the woodwork.”
All four nights at The Palace are sold out, Franks says, and while some tickets might be opened once the stage is in place, those numbers will be “minimal.”
Some premium fl oor seats are being auctioned off by Ticketmaster at its Web site, www.ticketmaster.com. Bids start at $80 per ticket and some are already more than $140.
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