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No Summer Tour Dates For Seger
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s concerts next week in Detroit will be “The Famous Final Scene” — not necessarily for good, but certainly for his current “Face the Promise” tour.

Despite offers to go out again this summer, Seger said Monday that after the three hometown shows — March 13 at Joe Louis Arena and March 15 and 17 at Cobo Arena — he plans to come off the road and consider what he wants to do next. “I want to get away from it for awhile and see how much I miss it,” said Seger, 61, who hadn’t toured for 10 years before the “Face the Promise” tour began Nov. 8 in Grand Rapids. “I fi gure I’ll take six or seven months (off) and just write and that’s all, maybe a little bit of recording, nothing else, defi nitely don’t play with the band.

“Then I’ll just reassess in October and say, ‘How do I feel?’ Do I want to start another record and do the thing the following summer or the following fall?’ or something. That’s a good way to approach it, I think.”

But Seger was quick to say he’s not ruling out the possibility of touring again.

“I hate to say (it’s a farewell tour); I think that’s so disingenuous,” he said. “But as I’ve said all along through the tour, I’m gonna be 62 in May, and this very well could be it. I just don’t know.”

Seger added that: “I want to be home, really, for the kids,” son Cole, 14, and daughter Samantha, 11. “Even though I have been going home every night, I only see them a couple hours a day, and I really miss ’em and I want to reconnect with them. And they’re getting into their teenage years, which are formidable years; I don’t want to drop the ball on that for this (touring). I’ve got a lot of soul searching to do.”

Seger still has some rocking to do, too, with three shows (in Omaha, Neb., Lexington, Ky., and Columbus, Ohio) before his return home. He’s continued to add songs to the repertoire — including “The Fire Down Below,” while “Real Mean Bottle,” the Vince Gill-written duet with Kid Rock from the “Face the Promise” album, has become a regular, with drummer Don Brewer handling Rock’s part (though Rock showed up to sing it in Los Angeles).

Seger said he and the Silver Bullets are “messing with some stuff” for the Detroit shows. “We’ve already played here once (in December at The Palace of Auburn Hills), so we can try a bunch of stuff.”

Like what?

“Well,” he said with a laugh, “I want ’em to be surprises ...”

Tickets remain for the March 15 show at Cobo. The other two shows are sold out.

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