Thank You, Bob Seger

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Bob Seger in 2017 (Photo: Romain Blanquart; used with permission)

More than two years after beginning his farewell tour, Bob Seger performed his final concert with the Silver Bullet Band on November 1, in Philadelphia. The goodbye was unexpectedly delayed when he was forced to postpone the tour in 2017 for “intense spinal surgery,” due to a ruptured disc. After a lengthy period for the classic rock legend to recover, it resumed November 21, 2018.

The final concert, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, featured 24 songs, including such classic rock favorites as “Night Moves,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Against the Wind,” and “Hollywood Nights.” Towards the end of the main set, Seger covered Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” a song he’s been including throughout the year.

Seger‘s farewell tour began as the “Runaway Train” tour on August 24, 2017. Once he was ready to resume his workload, the rescheduled tour – renamed “Roll Me Away” – was announced on Sept. 18, 2018: “After a career that has spanned more than 50 years, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will hit the road for one last time on their final tour… giving fans one more opportunity to see Seger and the band live.”

Seger, who turned 74 on May 6, 2019, joins a growing list of classic rock stars that have announced farewell tours including Paul Simon, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Baez, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Diamond and Peter Frampton.

Related: Our recap of Frampton’s farewell concert

This ad for Seger’s Night Moves album appeared in the Nov. 6, 1976 issue of Record World

Seger is a Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, and bandleader whose indelible body of work has affirmed his place in the fabric of American song. Inducted to both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has sold more than 53 million albums and has earned 13 platinum and 7 multi- platinum RIAA Certified sales awards, including such landmark albums as Beautiful Loser, Live Bullet, Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Against the Wind and Nine Tonight.

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Watch “Still the Same,” from the final concert

Watch him perform several favorites

Related: Our review of Seger’s final tour

There were two sets of encores. “Hollywood Nights” ended the first one.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Philadelphia, PA, November 1, 2019 Setlist

Simplicity
Still the Same
The Fire Down Below
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
The Fire Inside
Shame on the Moon
Roll Me Away
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Like a Rock
You’ll Accomp’ny Me
We’ve Got Tonight
Travelin’ Man
Beautiful Loser
Sunspot Baby
Turn the Page
Forever Young
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights

Watch Seger perform “Hollywood Nights,” two nights earlier at Madison Square Garden, with a better view

Encore 2
The Famous Final Scene
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

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  1. JCB
    #1 JCB 3 November, 2019, 08:12

    Saw this tour last December. What a show, it was incredible. Bad ass band, perfect sound. Thanks Bob for all the memories!

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  2. steve b
    #2 steve b 3 November, 2019, 10:03

    After Seger 7 I stopped liking his music.Not a fan of night moves and all that other crap.Listen to Back in 72 ,mongrel, or smokin op’s if you want to hear some good Seger

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    • Bluzrider
      Bluzrider 4 November, 2019, 07:50

      You guys who say that Seger sold out, and he became “No good”, when he started to finally make it, and his songs became more mainstream really piss me off.

      I have been listening to this man’s music since the late Sixties, and he was as great back then as he is now, that is true but, the simple fact is that when he started to finally make it, it was just a simple matter of a great song writer coming into his own, it was a natural progression of a man who had started to grow up, and write songs that made an impact on people.

      The fact that you “stopped liking his music” after Seger 7, says more about you than it does about him. You refused to grow up, and Seger moved on without you.

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