ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Bob Seger Live--Still Rockin It On Tour in 2013

Updated on May 4, 2013

Like A Rock


Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour

My husband and I are big music fans. As high school sweethearts, we went to concerts at least monthly and we've seen a lot of great acts in our day. Now, almost thirty years out of high school, we realized there was still someone that we wanted to see: Bob Seger. And the Silver Bullet Band.

Bob Seger is one of those artists that we maybe didn't appreciate enough through the years, but we realize now just how many of his songs we really love, and how many of those songs have been part of the soundtrack of our lives.

"We've Got Tonight" was our prom theme, for example. "Living Inside My Heart" is in our wedding video. And "Roll Me Away" is one of my husband's favorite songs. Ever.

So when we had a chance to see Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band Live as part of the "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" tour, we jumped at the chance.

We caught the May 2nd show at The Bryce Jordan Center on Penn State's University Park campus, which just so happens to be my alma-mater. Upon entering the BJC, the ticket-taker said we looked "too young for this concert." We took it as a compliment, but it made us think about just how long Bob Seger and his music have been around---his hits began in 1970, when my husband and I were just toddlers. Thus, his music has been part of our lives for all of our lives!

The opening act for the show, starting right on time at 7:30 pm, was the Badlees, a PA band joining Seger for the Northeast leg of his tour. They opened with their hit "Angeline is Coming Home" (a crowd favorite) and also played "Fear of Falling", along with a few tunes from their new album. Lead singer Pete Palladino reminded the crowd that the Badlees were the first band ever to perform at The BJC, a cool, nostalgic fact for the mostly "Penn State" crowd.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Bob Seger's performance was simple in a hard-driving, straightforward, all-about-the music sort of way. The stage featured two humongous video screens, but no "videos" or effects, just live shots of the band. Lights enhanced the songs but never overpowered. Seger, accompanied by three outstanding background singers, the phenomenal Silver Bullet Band (some members with Seger since the late 60's!), and an amazing horn section, could treat his audience to something rarely seen anymore--a scaled-down but true collective effort of talented artists delivering something special and complete. It was all about the music. And it was all about the songs. Whether Seger was singing a kickin' rocker or a lonely ballad, the mood of the show remained upbeat and fun. Seeing Seger means having a great time.

Seger's set included a lengthy list of his hits including, " Rock and Roll Never Forgets", "Travelin' Man", "The Fire Down Below", "Main Street", "Beautiful Loser", "Old Time Rock and Roll" , "Night Moves", "Her Strut", "Tryin to Live My Life Without You", "We've Got Tonight", "Hollywood Nights", "Sunspot", "Roll Me Away", "Against the Wind", and of course, "Turn the Page." As an audience we marvelled at how much great material Bob Seger has to offer, we sang along to every tune, and we received a solid reminder as to why he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He played guitar, he played piano, and he even shared some new stuff- a few songs off his latest album promised this fall, including "California Stars", a beautiful tune, sure to be another hit.

Highlight of the Night

My personal favorite of the night was a surprise to me: "Like a Rock." I always liked the song, but hearing it live, in what I thought was Seger's most perfect performance of the night, made me appreciate the song as I never had before. Seger delivered the lyrics with real emotion--reminding us of the real meaning of the song, far beyond the Chevy ads it has become known for. We could truly feel what Seger meant as he sang about being eighteen, not having a care, when your walk had purpose and you were solid everywhere. When you still believed in your dreams, and you were charging from the gate. When you stood tall, high above it all. You could feel it in the audience as we all wondered with him, where did the years go, twenty, thirty, or even more? Through the song, though, we also saw Seger as he saw himself again, like a rock. As he recalled,late that night, he reminded us that no matter the years, we can still rock, whether we are forty-five, or even almost seventy years old.

With all Bob Seger offered in his live show, including two encores, it's hard to believe that the audience could be left wanting anything more. Problem is, he just has too many good songs! I had hoped to hear "Still the Same", "Ramblin, Gamblin Man" and two more of my favorites, "Accompany Me" and "Living Inside My Heart" (the lesser-known but beautiful song that I chose for my wedding video). I have no doubt, though, that Seger will keep rocking, so maybe next time.

Until then, I will look forward to "California Stars" due out in the fall, and I will keep listening to and loving his music. And I'll be recalling. The memories of my youth. And the memories of this great show.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)