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Concert Reviews:
Seger's children surprise dad at final Palace show
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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AUBURN HILLS -- Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band ended their three-show homestand Saturday night (May 21) at the Palace with another sell-out -- and a surprise for both the crowd and Seger himself.

During the tour's traditional second song, Otis Clay's "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You," the Motor City Horns added a fifth member -- Seger's son Cole, a graduating high school senior, on saxophone, while daughter Samantha, shaking a tambourine, joined the backup singers. Seger, who band members said was legitimately surprised by his children's appearance on stage, pointed to both during the song and introduced them after it was over.

During the night's short intermission, Seger was also honored with a banner hanging from the Palace rafters commemorating a combined 38 sold-out shows at the arena and also at the Pine Knob/DTE Energy Music Theatre. A crowd of 16,700 attended Saturday's concert, bringing the three-show total to 49,100.

Saturday's show also featured a couple of songs not performed at the prior concerts -- "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight" and "Days When the Rain Would Come," the latter from his 2009 compilation "Early Seger, Volume 1." Seger, who complained about the heat and humidity on stage, also cut "Horizontal Bop" from the standard setlist.

Seger and the Silver Bullet Band have three more dates scheduled before the tour wraps on Saturday (May 28) in Grand Rapids. The group is also playing a corporate show for Wal-Mart. Seger has talked about the possibility of going back out on the road in the fall and says he hopes to make a decision by mid-June.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band's third-night setlist at the Palace included:

"Roll Me Away"

"Tryin' To Live My Life Without You"

"The Fire Down Below"

"Main Street"

"Old Time Rock and Roll"

"Downtown Train"

"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"

"Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight"

"Good For Me"

"Days When the Rain Would Come"

"Travelin' Man"/"Beautiful Loser"

(Six-minute intermission)

"Nutbush City Limits"

"Come to Poppa"

"Her Strut"

"Twin Silver Line"

"We've Got Tonight"

"Turn the Page"

"Sunspot Baby"

"Katmandu"

(encore)

"Against the Wind"

"Hollywood Nights"

(encore)

"Night Moves"

"Rock and Roll Never Forgets"

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