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Bob Seger finishes final tour in Philadelphia

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

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Bob Seger played out his famous final scene on Friday night, Nov. 1, in Philadelphia with his Silver Bullet Band, with what he says will be the final show of his touring career.

The 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did not dwell on the gravity of the occasion, however. Before playing "Shame on the Moon" he acknowledged it was "the final night of my final tour" according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and as he came back onstage for the first encore he told the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center that, "This is kind of strange...I didn't want to think about this. I love my band. I love my crew. I'm the luckiest man in the world."

Beyond that, Seger and company played the same kind of robust show they have throughout Roll Me Away -- The Final Tour, a 24-song set that included a second encore performance of "The Famous Final Scene" and concluded, like all of his shows have for the past couple of decades, with "Rock and Roll Never Forgets."

Seger's tour -- which followed the 2017 Runaway Train Tour that was aborted when Seger required spinal surgery -- kicked off last Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids and included six June shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. It placed eighth overall in Billboard Boxscore's mid-year report, grossing nearly $45.5 million across 32 2019 shows to that point.

Members of the Motor City Horns section posted social media messages commemorating the end of the tour, including a video of Seger's final bow at the end of the night. Longtime guitarist Mark Chatfield posted a social media message on Friday saying, "Hard to believe we started in Nov. 2018! Many thanks to all the 'veteran' & new fans!!! I am HONORED & HUMBLED to be part of the BEST BAND & CREW in the Business. Gonna miss you all!"

And guitarist-keyboardist Jim "Moose" Brown called the tour "wonderful" and wrote, "There was much love in the room tonight...we love Bob, the music, the crew and office...Hope it's just goodbye 'for now'...not forever. Bob is the best."

There have been rumors about Seger playing some overseas dates during 202 but no comment or confirmation from him or his management.

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