Bob Seger Adds to Final Silver Bullet Band Tour

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Bob Seger announced new dates on November 1, to what’s being billed as the final tour by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The tour opens Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and continues through next May 2, when it will wrap up in Houston Tex. Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public beginning Nov. 9.

Conspicuously missing, are many major cities on the east coast, though a significant, two-month gap in the schedule still exists. (See the full itinerary below; new dates marked with an “*”.)

The original tour announcement, distributed on Sept. 18 says, “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. More dates are being added to Seger’s previously announced dates, giving fans one more opportunity to see Seger and the band live.”

The tour has been named “Travelin’ Man * The Final Tour.” Additional shows will be added in the coming weeks.

Although no reason is cited for Seger’s decision to quit the road, the classic rock legend abruptly suspended his then-current tour on October 3, 2017, due to “intense spinal surgery.”

Seger joins a growing list of classic rock stars that have recently announced farewell tours including Paul Simon, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Baez and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

When Seger postponed a sole date–his Sept. 30, 2017 concert in Columbus, OH–it appeared to be a case of the 73-year-old classic rock legend perhaps having overextending himself on his arena tour. Not so.

Seger released his I Knew You When album on Nov. 17, 2017, his first studio release since 2014. He suspended his Runaway Train tour on Oct. 3, 2017, upon receiving his doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae.

On Oct. 23, 2017, the classic rock legend’s social media team offered a brief medical update via his Facebook page: “Bob is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery on Friday [Oct. 20] to address the medical issue causing the postponement of his tour. According to his doctors the surgery ‘couldn’t have gone better.’ Bob wants to thank all his fans for the outpouring of well wishes and support. We hope to have news regarding dates for the tour soon.”

Watch Seger perform “Against the Wind” on August 26, 2017

On Nov. 22, 2017, Seger revealed to his hometown Detroit Free Press about the procedure. As the paper’s Bob McCollum noted, Seger felt a “numb tingle” creep into his hands three weeks into the tour, which began Aug. 24, 2017. “Whoa, this is weird,” he quoted the musician.

It turns out Seger had a ruptured disc in his neck, leading to “intense spinal surgery. I’ve been singing real hard for 52 years. That’s a strain on the upper shoulders and neck. And I guess I finally just popped one out.”

He continued to perform. “I’ll take care of this after the tour,” he said, though the doctors warned him that if the numbness spread to his legs, he’d have to stop. It did and he had a cervical laminectomy on Oct. 20, 2017.

When he postponed the tour, Seger said: “I’m so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll. It’s a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon.”

On March 28, 2018, he offered a brief update on his health indicating “returning to the concert stage is now our number one priority.”

Tickets are available here and here.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 2018-2019 Tour Dates

Nov 21 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Nov 24 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Nov 27 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
Nov 30 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center
Dec 06 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Dec 08 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Dec 12 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Arena
Dec 14 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Dec 20 Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec 22 Atlanta, GA Infinite Center
Jan 05 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Jan 09 Toledo, OH Huntington Center
Jan 11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Jan 15 Fort Wayne, Ind., Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Jan 17 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
Jan 19 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Jan 22 Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
Jan 24 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum*
Jan 26 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford Premier Center*
Jan 29 Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
Jan 31 Boise, ID, Ford Center
Feb 02 Portland, OR, Moda Center
Feb 07 Vancouver, Canada Rogers Arena*
Feb 09 Seattle, WA Tacoma Dome
Feb 12 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center*
Feb 15 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort
Feb 17 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Feb 21 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena*
Feb 23 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Feb 28 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center*
Mar 05 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum*
Mar 07 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Mar 09 Dallas, TX Ford Center at The Star

May 02 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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  1. beth_webster
    #1 beth_webster 22 May, 2018, 03:52

    What about people who still have their tickets for shows that were cancelled?

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  2. dcarpen1963
    #2 dcarpen1963 19 September, 2018, 05:34

    I love Bob Seger, but the ticket prices for the Greenville, SC show are ridiculous. They must be trying to fund their retirement completely on this tour. How does the average fan go see a show these days. It’s not that I can’t afford them, its just out of control.

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    • Bluzrider
      Bluzrider 22 September, 2018, 07:52

      I agree that ticket prices are completely out of control, but that is not the artists fault, it’s that damn Ticketmaster and the ticket-bots that buy up every single seat before they even go on sale. then scalp them for as much as they can get. There used to be a law against this kind of behavior, but money talks and bullsh– walks and we get screwed.

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  3. Frédéric
    #3 Frédéric 1 November, 2018, 10:57

    Please BOB, and the Europe ?

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