Bob Seger Adds to Final Silver Bullet Band Tour

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Bob Seger announced five new dates on December 6, to what’s being billed as the final tour by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. The tour opened Nov. 21 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and continues through next May 2, when it will wrap up in Houston Tex.

Tickets are available here and here.

Conspicuously missing, are many major cities on the east coast, though a significant, six-week 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 was originally called “Travelin’ Man” and then “Roll Me Away.”

Watch Seger perform on November 24, 2018

Related: Our recap of the first shows of the tour

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 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 03 Saginaw, MI Dow Event 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 02 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena*
Mar 05 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
Mar 07 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Mar 09 Dallas, TX Ford Center at The Star
Mar 12 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center*
Mar 15 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena*
Mar 17 Ft Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center*

May 02 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Thirteen months after abruptly suspending his 2017 tour, Bob Seger opened his rescheduled Runaway Train tour last night (November 21) in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The classic rock legend can be forgiven for postponing the tour (on October 3, 2017): he had a cervical laminectomy – “intense spinal surgery” is how he described it at the time. Feeling sufficiently recuperated, he announced the rescheduled tour on September 18 of this year and has since added dates. With several breaks in the schedule, the tour is currently scheduled to run through March 9 for 34 dates. (There’s also a single date scheduled for May 2, leading to speculation that it’s only a matter of time before more dates are added.)

At opening night on Thanksgiving eve at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena, Seger and the band brushed off any rust with a 22-song set. Spoiler Alert: How many rockers can offer a four-song encore that features tunes as well-liked as “Against the Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets”?

It was fitting that the Detroit native opened the tour in his home state. The western Michigan city had officially named the day “Bob Seger Day.”

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Grand Rapids, MI, November 21, 2018 Setlist

Face the Promise
Still the Same
The Fire Down Below
Old Time Rock & Roll
The Fireman’s Talking
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
Turn the Page
I’ll Remember You
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights

Encore 2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

Tickets for the Runaway Train tour are available here and here.

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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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    • Cowboy
      Cowboy 14 December, 2018, 23:55

      It’s not him, it’s the damn broker’s the ticket agent

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

    Please BOB, and the Europe ?

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  4. Frédéric
    #4 Frédéric 6 December, 2018, 13:24

    Please Bob, come in Europe. We’re waiting for you !

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