REVIEW: BOB SEGER and the Silver Bullet Band
By: Ross Cat.
STILL SMOKIN…..While it might not be the highest grossing tour, with
top ticket priced at $65, or exhibit the most elaborate of stages one of
the most celebrated tours to date this year is BOB SEGER and the
Silver Bullet Band. It’s hard to believe that it’s been thirty-one years
since the release of “Live Bullet”, but the “Travelin’
Man” from Detroit is back and ready to “Turn the Page”
on another chapter of his extraordinary career.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has dedicated much of the last ten years
to enjoying his family especially fatherhood, raising his two children
Samantha (11) and Cole (14). While he may have been sidetracked from the
road the past decade nothing could ever snuff out “The Fire Inside”
one of America’s greatest songwriters, as he continues to pen songs of
enduring strength. One thing is for certain you can take the man off the
road, but you can’t take the road out of the man as SEGER and the Silver
Bullet Band are once again ready to “Lock and Load” and
take to the road.
Magazine took the Rock and Roll road trip to Cleveland to check out
the silver haired SEGER (61) and his Silver Bullet Band,
as they pull the trigger on a full scale tour in support of his new album
the Promise”. This new collection of songs hit the streets this
past fall and has been ramblin’ throughout the Billboard charts ever since
peaking at #4.
As expected the anticipation of the capacity crowd was feverish, as SEGER
and his band wasted no time emptying out the chamber, opening the set with
the euphoric tune “Roll Me Away”. From that point on it was
nothing but smiles from the stage to the very last seat in the venue. The
two plus hour set was customized with the vintage songs that put SEGER
and his band in their rightful place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
rich raspy vocals soared to the rafters on such classics as “Beautiful
Loser”, “Main Street”, and “Sunspot Baby”,
just to name a few, while the jubilant crowd sang along.
While father time has changed some things one thing that is “Still
the Same” is the raw power and the passion that the SILVER BULLET
Band still brandishes. Led by stately saxophonist ALTO REED whose
sensual playing seasons the already stalwart songs, he is also accompanied
by a talented four-piece horn section. Back in the barrel are longtime
members CHRIS CAMPBELL on bass, CRAIG FROST on keyboards
and SHAUN MURPHY supplying the heavenly harmonies. Last but not
least hammering away on drums is GRAND FUNK RAILROAD great DON
SEGER and the Silver Bullet Band came out guns blazing and went
full-throttle right to the end of the show. The two encores may have been
the best this journalist has ever seen. The first encore included
Moves” and “Hollywood Nights”, while the last curtain
call contained the classics, “Against the Wind”
and Roll Never Forgets”.
The second leg of the tour will be making its way into Toronto on Tuesday
night at the Air Canada Centre. The New Year also looks like a busy
one for the veteran rocker as there is talk of some summer tour dates,
and a possible DVD release from the four sold out shows recorded in his
hometown of Detroit over the holidays. After that SEGER says,
never say never, I really don’t know what’s in store for me after this
tour. It’s been really great playing with the band again, what’s
been even more amazing is going out and playing for the people again.
I do know that I’m looking forward to getting back to my family life for
If this is in fact the “Famous Final Scene” for SEGER
it was an honor to share some of that “Old Time Rock and Roll”
one last time.
ROCKIN THE PARADISE…..
Club Paradise in Blasdell has been a big time player in the local music
scene for quite sometime, with regular dates for award winning bands like
Only Human, Boogie Monsters, and Boys of Summer to name just a few. This
year Western New York’s #1 Music and Dance club has set its sights on hosting
some of music’s top notch national acts.
The voluminous venue welcomed in the NEW YEAR by bringing to town
classic rockers BLUE OYSTER CULT. The band from New York City has
long been burnin’ up the FM airwaves with classics like “Don’t Fear
the Reaper”, “I’m Burning for You”, and the monster hit “Godzilla”.
The band did not disappoint the sell out crowd as they ripped the roof
off with a 90-minute set which included the aforementioned vintage rock
staples. BOC even threw in a DOORS cover for an encore
to reward the congenial crowd.
Be sure to check out their website @ www.clubparadiseonline.com
for their upcoming calendar of events. Don’t get left out in the
cold get yourself two tickets to paradise as Canadian rockers HONEYMOON
will be performing on February 16th. Also coming in April will be “Original
Era” recording members of MOLLY HATCHET, stayed tuned as NIGHTLIFE
will venture into the swamp with GATOR COUNTRY (www.gatorcountryrocks.com)
for a pre-show interview. CLUB PARADISE is located in Blasdell across
from the McKinley Mall. Folks heading out from the north towns head south
on the I-90 and get off exit 56, a little liner note for folks who like
to Rock and Roll at the show, the venue is located right inside the Clarion
Hotel, so grab a room.
PARADISE passes the concert club venue test: great sound, size, and
suds, remember you don’t have to hop on a plane to find a little Paradise
STILL THEY RIDE…..It really comes as no surprise that JOURNEY
has officially announced a line-up change at lead vocals. Fans at Darien
Lake and across the country have been giving rave reviews to new lead singer
SOTO (42), will permanently replace STEVE AUGERI, who took over
vocal duties following the “Departure” of original frontman
PERRY in 1996.
While AUGERI and the band will go their “Separate Ways”
the split seems to be amicable. AUGERI comments; “Singing for Journey
the last eight years has been the most rewarding and challenging of my
career. I would like to thank the members of the band as well as the fans
for allowing me to part of this musical legacy. I wish my fellow
band mates great success as we both move forward in our musical endeavors.”
took over just a few shows into the summer tour with DEF LEPPARD
as AUGERI was suffering from throat problems. Fans immediately accepted
the singer with “Open Arms” as he “Captured”
the hearts of even
hardcore STEVE PERRY fans. JSS states;
and pleasure, I have accepted the offer to continue my tenure as vocalist
for JOURNEY. It’s been an amazing few months that we’ve spent together
on this tour. I also pay high respect to STEVE AUGERI for helping JOURNEY
continue their tradition of excellence the past decade, and to STEVE PERRY
for co-creating this legacy. I hope to now add and help drive JOURNEY into
the next stage of their future.”
With JEFF SCOTT SOTO and his vocal prowess at the helm it doesn’t
seem like the Party will be over anytime soon for JOURNEY; the accomplished
group of rock veterans should be able to blaze ahead to some new musical
Stay tuned as they will be touring Europe in 2007 as well as getting right
into the studio working with JSS on new material.
UP:…..Our resident rockers in Rochester are getting ready to unveil
the follow up to the critically acclaimed D:Drive record. Gifted
guitarist Donnie Mancuso who has been the touring axman for former
FOREIGNER vocalist LOU GRAMM is fine tuning the tracks for
his new disc “Straight Up the Middle”.
The new record will once again feature versatile vocalist PHIL NARO
on lead vocals as well as LOU GRAMM and REGI HENDRIX chiming
in on backing vocals.
new album should be street ready for a spring/summer release as the band
is traveling to Toronto to work with producer STEVE MAJOR.
One last liner note, the radiant song “You’re never Alone”
from the D:Drive album has been making waves with the International
Songwriting Competition. The inspirational song which features LOU GRAMM
on vocals is up for consideration for song of the year for 2006, winners
will be announced in March. If you don’t have your copy of this straight
ahead Rock and Roll record yet go to www.donmancuso.com
to order. Stay tuned for info, interviews, and local clubs dates.
LONG LIVE THE KING…..This January 8th would have marked the 72nd birthday
of ELVIS AARON PRESLEY, an entertainer who forever changed the landscape
of music while leading a nation into a carnal revolution.
IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT takes you back a half-century ago to revisit
the dawn of the KING with his earth shattering appearances on the ED
What sets this three-disc DVD set apart from other compilations is that
it contains the ED SULLIVAN appearances in their entirety, not just
the musical performances. It captures the essence of the times; you
can feel the anticipation of the audience as the young ladies shriek at
the mere mention of his name. When PRESLEY does finally take
the stage his handsome coy smile, humbled sense of humor, and heavenly
vocals send the place into a frenzy as he debuts the historical hit “Love
Me Tender”. Also included are live performances of “Heartbreak
Hotel”, and “Don’t be Cruel” to name just a few.
These three landmark appearances; September 9, 1956, October 28, 1956,
and January 6, 1957, are a true treasure of ELVIS and his embryonic
rise to become the KING, while an unprecedented 80% of the television
viewing nation watched in awe.
The three ED SULLIVAN shows also include appearances by comedian
BURNETT, boxing legend SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, and baseball great
The boxset ELVIS: The Ed Sullivan Shows is also packed with bonus
features including rare home movies of ELVIS, PRISCILLA, and some
of the first ever photos of LISA MARIE.
Produced by Emmy and Grammy winner ANDREW SOLT the
three-disc set is re-mastered and enhanced for optimal sound and visual
This DVD collection should spike a “Fever” for ELVIS
faithful, music lovers, and television historians alike.