Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer usually relaxes at his home in Florida when the group is off the road.
But this year, the drummer moonlighted in a big way, spending five months on his third tour of duty with Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band.
“I had a great time. I really loved that tour,” says Brewer, 58, who’s been leading the latest incarnation of the Flint-formed Grand Funk with founding bassist Mel Schacher since splitting with guitarist Mark Farner in 1999.
“It was fun to get back with all those guys and play that stuff, to play with Bob again. He really came to the table and did a great job. It got stronger and strong the whole time. He was really driven this time out.”
Brewer says he hasn’t heard anything definitive about Seger hitting the road again, perhaps later this year, but he’d certainly be open to the idea. The Silver Bullet stint did bring keyboardist Craig Frost a little bit back into the Grand Funk fold, as well; Frost, who was with the group from 1971-76, joined the group on stage in Las Vegas recently, and Brewer says Frost plans to be part of tonight’s Rockin’ on the Riverfront show in Detroit.
Grand Funk, in fact, inaugurated the weekly summer series in 2006, and Brewer says he’s excited to make a return visit.
“I thought it was a great venue,” he says. “This year I know they’ve turned it around a little bit and put the stage down on the water, so it’ll be a little more like an amphitheater, which is much cooler. What a nice view that is for people to watch the band and have the river behind it.
“We had a lot of fun last year, and I’m sure it’ll be the same this time.”
Grand Funk Railroad kicks off this year’s Rockin’ on the Riverfront at 8 p.m. Friday (June 29th) at the GM Renaissance Center Riverfront Plaza in downtown Detroit. Admission is free. Call (313) 567-3126 or visit www. gmrencen.com.
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