AUBURN HILLS -- One different song and a sibling shout-out marked Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band's second concert at the Palace on Thursday night (May 19).
During the first half of the two-hour and 20-minute show, Seger substituted his version of Vince Gill's "Real Mean Bottle" -- a duet with Kid Rock from 2006's "Face the Promise" album -- for "Real At the Time," which he performed on Tuesday (May 17). Rock, however, is on tour in Canada and was not at the Palace, so Seger covered both of their parts while Silver Bullet member Jim "Moose" Brown took a rare guitar solos (they're mostly handled by lead guitarist Mark Chatfield, who again received some boos when Seger told the crowd he's from Columbus, Ohio, aka Buckeye country).
Seger also dedicated "Old Time Rock and Roll" to his older brother George, who was in attendance.
Otherwise the second of three Palace shows was much like the first, although both Seger -- apparently over an acknowledged cold that dogged him on Tuesday -- and the band were noticeably looser and more confident, hitting a comfortable groove from the start and maintaining a higher and more consistent level of energy throughout.
Seger also sported a different T-shirt, a navy Adidas short-sleeve bearing an orange Detroit logo, though he changed to his customary sleeveless black T-shirt during the instrumental break between "Travelin' Man" and "Beautiful Loser."
Thursday's crowd of 16,300 -- which promoters dubbed a sell-out, was 200 larger than opening nights.
Seger and company, with Michigan-born country singer Frankie Ballard opening, close their Palace stand at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Some tickets remain at $69. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's second-night setlist at the Palace included (an asterisk (*) designates a different song than night one):