Bob Seger will be releasing a live album and DVD this fall. He’s just not sure who will be putting it out.
Seger’s management company, Birmingham-based Punch Enterprises, confi rmed the live project Tuesday in a caption accompanying a photo of Seger and his Silver Bullet Band receiving platinum album plaques for last year’s “Face the Promise” at the final show of his tour March 17 in Detroit.
The caption read “Will Seger Turn the Page?” and noted that “ironically, new label representatives for Capitol Records, which has been Seger’s home for more than 40 years, did not attend” the presentation.
The implication is that Seger will consider other options for releasing the live project, which was taped at “Face the Promise” tour shows at The Palace of Auburn Hills and Cobo Arena.
He was defi nitely affected by the loss of longtime staffers when Capitol and Virgin Records merged operations earlier this year and gave onstage shoutouts to his label publicist Judi Kerr and to former sales vice president Joe McFadden, who headed Capitol’s catalog division.
A Seger source said: “We don’t know anybody there anymore. All the guys that got us to do that record (‘Face the Promise’) are gone.”
Seger’s manager, Ed “Punch” Andrews, was unavailable for further comment about the situation.
Capitol Records executives made no comment on the matter Tuesday.
Seger was with Capitol for his first national hit, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” in 1969 and, save for three albums in the early ’70s, has been with the label ever since, though he currently has no formal contract with the company and owns the rights for his latest recordings.
Earlier this month, Paul McCartney announced that he was leaving Capitol and that his next album, due in June, would be released by Starbucks’ Hear Music label.
Seger is reviewing material for the live album and DVD, including some that was taped at preshow sound checks. No firm release date or title has yet been determined.
The rocker reportedly is considering doing a show this summer, but no details have been released.