As he promised at the DTE Energy Music Theatre earlier this month, Bob Seger has delivered a new song.
Seger will be releasing a cover of Lou Reed’s “Busload Of Faith” to radio stations at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22. It’s the first song from Seger’s new album, “I Knew You When,” which comes out Nov. 17. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band premiered the song on stage Thursday night, Sept. 21, in Cincinnati. It’s not yet available for download or streaming.
Seger said during his DTE show on Sept. 9 that the song was supposed to be out for that concert but was delayed. Seger promised that he would perform the song on Saturday, Sept. 23, when he plays the final show at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The taut, brassy version of “Busload of Faith” was recorded during the spring in Nashville, with several members of Seger’s current Silver Bullet Band. The late Reed released the song on his lauded 1989 album “New York,” but its dark lyrical bent, cautioning against putting stock in institutions such as family and politicians and needing “a busload of faith to get by” – with some changes from Reed’s original -- reflect the tenor of present times: For instance, Seger tweaked Reed’s line “You can’t depend on any churches/Unless there’s real estate you want to buy” to now say “You can’t depend on the president.”
“I Knew You When” is the follow-up to Seger’s 2014 album “Ride Out,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart. Seger and the Silver Bullets are currently scheduled to wrap up their Runaway Train Tour on the day the album is released, at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, although another run of shows is rumored for 2018.