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Bob Seger's Top 10 moments over 47 years of playing Pine Knob/DTE

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

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The now-renovated Cobo Arena might have been called "the house that Bob built," but the Pine Knob (now DTE Energy) Music Theatre could be considered the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's northern home in the summer.

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have performed at the metro area's largest outdoor venue 27 times since 1972, setting a record with eight sold-out performances during the summer of 1977 that stood until Kid Rock broke it nearly 20 years later. It was also the site of a number of major cameo appearances over the years.

"Those are always fun shows," Seger, 74, once said of Pine Knob/DTE, which he last played on Sept. 9, 2017, after a 21-year break. Though he for a time found the acoustics challenging "The sound kind of trumpets out from the stage and doesn't come back, so you can see people cheering but can't really hear them," he noted Seger recognized the unique spirit of shows there. "It's a real party. People come out and tailgate and sit out on the lawn and just have a good time.

"Especially in Michigan, where the great weather is limited, that really adds something to the shows."

And, former Silver Bullet Band guitarist Drew Abbott added, "We were in town. We were home. We could see everybody we knew, and the crowd is going bananas, so it was a great gig to play."

As Seger and company launch a six-night run at DTE this week as part of his Roll Me Away farewell tour, it seemed like an appropriate time to review the Top 10 highlights of his tenure at the venue.

July 24, 1972: Seger's first show at Pine Knob, as part of a package dubbed the Good Vibes Night, about a year and a half before he formed the Silver Bullet Band.

July 27, 1977: Seger and the Silver Bullet Band kick off an eight-night stand that established a record for the longest string of consecutive shows by one act until it was tied by Kid Rock in 2013, and broken by Rock two years later.

Sept. 2, 1978: In the midst of a seven-show run at Pine Knob, Seger met Bruce Springsteen for the first time when the New Jersey rocker on a night off between shows in Detroit and Saginaw popped in for a visit and an iconic photo of the two together.

Aug. 24, 1980: Sailing with the success of the "Against the Wind" album, Seger and company came home for three Pine Knob shows.

June 30, 1986: Seger joins Bob Dylan and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers during their summer tour stop for an encore of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

Aug. 28, 1986: Seger returns to Pine Knob on his own, kicking off a five-show stand as part of his American Storm Tour supporting the "Like A Rock" album.

June 21, 1996: Seger and the Silver Bullets wrapped up the tour supporting 1995's "It's a Mystery" album with a high-spirited show that included his then-toddler son, Cole, bringing some toy trucks on stage during "Like a Rock," poking fun at the song's appearance in a Chevrolet truck ad campaign.

June 17, 2006: Seger made a guest appearance with Three Doors Down to sing "Landing in London," which he also performed on the group's then-new album, "Seventeen Days."

Aug. 21, 2013: As Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band tied Seger's eight-show record at the venue, Seger made a guest appearance for encore renditions of his "Old Time Rock and Roll" and Rock's "All Summer Long."

Sept. 9, 2017: Seger plays his first show at the venue since 1996 (and first since its name change) as part of his Runaway Train Tour. Three weeks later the tour would be postponed because he needed back surgery.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band perform June 6, 8, 12, 14, 19 and 21 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. "The Voice" finalist Addison Agen opens the first four, the Michigan Rattlers the final two. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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