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DTE changes address to 33 Bob Seger Drive

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The DTE Energy Music Theatre has a new address -- named for a Detroit music legend.

33 Bob Seger Drive was unveiled during a short ceremony Wednesday morning, June 5, on the DTE stage. The address commemorates what will be 33 sold-out performances by the Oakland County-based rocker after he finishes a six-show stand at the Independence Township amphitheater beginning Thursday night, June 6 as part of his current farewell tour.

During brief remarks Seger, 74 -- who attended with his wife, Nita, son Cole and daughter Samantha -- said the honor was "overwhelming. I'm really happy about this. Great honor, and thank you so much." In a statement, Seger also said that, "I have a great affection for this historic venue and now to be a part of it forever is truly overhwelming."

Seger first performed at DTE, then Pine Knob, on July 24, 1972 as part of a Good Vibes Night package. Arn Tellem, vice-president of Palace Sports & Entertainment, joked that the organization had a contract backstage for Seger to play a 50th anniversary concert in 2022, "at the same rate." During 1977 Seger's eight sell-outs set a record that stood until Kid Rock tied it in 2013 and broke it with 10 shows in 2015.

Introducing Wednesday's presentation, 313 Presents Interim President Tom Wilson said that Seger "has been amazing for this venue...I can't think of anybody who deserves it more. Nobody has brought us better memories...And Bob always delivered for us. He always gave a great show, and everybody has Bob Seger stories. His shows transport you back to a memory that you almost forgot that you have. That's what makes these shows so special and that's what makes Bob so special."

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band will play at DTE on June 6, 8, 12, 14, 19 and 21. He recently announced fall dates for the farewell tour, but with no additional metro area dates as of yet.

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