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The Rockets to open first Bob Seger show at the Palace

of the Oakland Press

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The Rockets have been announced as the opening act for the first of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's three concerts at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Detroit group will start things off on Tuesday, May 17. Openers for Seger's May 19 and 21 shows have not yet been announced.

Founding members Johnny "Bee" Badanjek and Jimmy McCarty began using the Rockets name again last year after regrouping with new musicians as the Helldrivers. The original Rockets were together from 1972-83, during which time they released five studio albums -- which included radio hits such as "Turn Up the Radio," "Desire" and a remake of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh, Well" -- and a live set recorded at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

On his Facebook site, Rockets frontman Jim Edwards posted that, "In 1974 I went to my first concert - Bob Seger at Cobo. I am absolutely thrilled to be openeing for him at the Palace of Auburn Hills."

The Rockets are currently working on new material for an album they hope to record this year

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