Bob Seger 2017 Runaway Train Opener: Look Back

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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band performing on opening night of the Runaway Train tour (Photo via Seger’s Facebook page)

On June 1, 2017, Bob Seger announced his “Runaway Train” North American arena tour, his first outing since March 30, 2015. On Aug. 24, 2017, the performer, opened the tour at Huntington Center in Toledo, OH, with a 20-song set that showcased his enormous catalog of classic rock hits.  (See full set list below.)

The classic rock icon had another two dozen dates scheduled through Nov. 4. More were expected.

But when Seger postponed a sole date–his Sept. 30 concert in Columbus, OH–it appeared to be a case of the then-72-year-old classic rock legend perhaps having overextending himself on his arena tour. Not so.

It turned 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. He suspended his Runaway Train tour on Oct. 3 upon receiving his doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae. He had a cervical laminectomy on Oct. 20.

Watch 2017’s opening night’s first number, “Roll Me Away”

In a March 28 post on his Facebook page, his social media team wrote: “Bob continues to progress with his recovery and physical therapy. Returning to the concert stage is now our number one priority. We want you to know that your patience and well wishes are greatly appreciated.”

Watch “You’ll Accomp’ny Me”

And “The Fire Inside”

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band August 24, 2017 Setlist

Roll Me Away
Tryin’ To Live My Life Without You
The Fire Down Below
You’ll Accomp’ny Me
Old Time Rock & Roll
Mainstreet
Come to Poppa
Her Strut
Like a Rock
The Devil’s Right Hand
It’s Your World
The Fire Inside
We’ve Got Tonight
Travelin’ Man / Beautiful Loser
Turn the Page
Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man

Encore
Against the Wind
Hollywood Nights

Encore 2
Night Moves
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

Watch “Turn the Page”

Watch one of the encores, “Hollywood Nights”

In June 2018, Seger announced his return to the stage this fall. The rescheduled tour begins Nov. 24 – more than a year after they had been postponed – and continues into February 2019.

As Best Classic Bands reported, Seger’s Greatest Hits album recently passed the 10 million sales mark. How many legacy acts can offer “Against the Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” as encores, as Seger did on this opening night? Seger turned 73 on May 6.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 2018-2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available at Ticketmaster and StubHub)

Nov 24 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Nov 27 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Nov 30 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Dec 12 – St. Paul, MN – XCEL Energy Center
Dec 14 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Dec 20 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec 22 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
Jan 19 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Jan 29 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena
Jan 31 – Boise, ID – Ford Center
Feb 02 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Feb 09 – Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
Feb 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Feb 17 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Mar 07 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Mar 09 – Dallas, TX – Ford Center at the Star

Seger is an inductee of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. His catalog has sold over 53 million albums and has earned 13 Platinum and 7 Multi-Platinum RIAA Certified sales awards.

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  1. Bluzrider
    #1 Bluzrider 17 May, 2018, 18:25

    It’s a safe bet that when Seger does reschedual these shows that they will be part of his last tour. If you want to see a high energy show, go see Seger, his band is just awesome live and Seger will give you everything he’s got, and surprisingly at 73 that is still quite a bit. He never disappoints.

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  2. GrandeHippie
    #2 GrandeHippie 24 June, 2018, 11:47

    I was at the Toledo opening and a Detroit kid who has watched Bob since we were both in high school, I can tell you he hasn’t lost an ounce of energy. Looking forward to seeing him in Columbus. Go see him!,

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