Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band rolled out the hits on Thursday night, Aug. 24, opening their Runaway Train tour before a sold-out Huntington Center in Toledo.
According to Billboard, Seger and the Silver Bullets -- which swelled to as many as 14 members over the course of the 21-song, nearly two-hour show -- were in strong form throughout the night. Highlights included the first-ever live performance of the title track to Seger’s 1991 album “The Fire Inside” and the return of “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” to the setlist in what Seger said was the first time in 25 years. The tour-opener also marked the debut of a new drummer -- Greg Morrow of Nashville, replacing Don Brewer due to scheduling conflicts with Grand Funk Railroad -- and the return of former Silver Bullet guitarist Mark Chatfield, who played mostly acoustic guitar for abot a third of the show
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Most of the night was reserved for favorites, including the traditional opener “Roll Me Away,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “W’eve Got Tonight,” the “Travelin’ Man”/”Beautiful Loser” tandem, “Turn The Page” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” while the two sets of encores featured “Against The Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves” and “Rock and Roll never Forgets.” Seger sported a pair of shirts during the show, starting with a grey T featuring a white olde English D and then changing to a crowd-pleasing Toledo Mud Hens T-shirt.
Seger and company currently have dates booked through Nov. 4, with more expected to be announced. Seger has also been working on a new album, though release plans have not yet been determined. He and the Silver Bullets play a sold-out show on Sept. 9 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre and the final show ever at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sept. 23, for which tickets still remain. Visit palacenet.com.