My older sister has damn good taste in music. She was the one who turned me on to Lynyrd Skynyrd's 1973 debut album before I could even pronounce the group's name. She also got me into British blues-rock guitar-hero Robin Trower via his colossal 1974 Bridge of Sighs album. But what I appreciate the most is how she introduced me to Bob Seger through his Seven album of '74, the first to feature his Silver Bullet Band. I was utterly blown away by the rollicking number that opened that disc, "Get Out of Denver", and thought that its 35-second guitar solo by ex-Detroit Wheels picker Jim McCarty was the most amazing thing that my teenage ears had ever heard.
I got the chance to pay sis back for that sterling education in '70s rock when Seger played Vancouver back in the mid-'90s. We wangled our way backstage and got to meet him, and boy was he nice. My only regret is that I didn't bring my vinyl copy of Seven to get autographed.
I might just get another shot at scoring that collectible, though, as it looks like the Detroit rock legend may be heading this way again soon. Here's what it says on his website:
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will go back out on the road this Fall for a second leg to their 2011 North American Tour. The new dates will extend from coast to coast with stops expected in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa, Orlando, Dallas, Denver, Vancouver and more. The first leg of Seger's 2011 Tour drew rave reviews from critics and played to over 350,000 fans.
Stay tuned for future developments on Seger's "expected" Vancouver date. In the meantime, here's five of my fave Seger tunes recorded by him and a couple of others:
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