Bob Seger celebrated 50 years of rock and roll with a record 16th sellout of The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit native Bob Seger has spent the last five months touring in support of his latest release Ride Out. For this show, he returned home to The Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit. This was more than just an average sold out show near the end of the tour. This was the 16th sellout of The Palace for Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. He has now performed a total of 41 combined sellouts at The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre (formerly Pine Knob). Seger also holds the record for most concerts in a season at Pine Knob with eight sold out shows back in the summer of 1978.

Seger opened this show with a song from the 80’s Roll Me Away and would quickly transition into some of his biggest hits. As soon as the third song, “A Fire Down Below” began there, was not an empty seat available. The crowd was hooked and Seger delivered. Just shy of 70 years old, the veteran rocker showed more energy than you’d expect. He covered the entire stage side to side with mic in hand for the beginning of the show before taking a seat at the piano or with his acoustic guitar for later songs.

The show was not flashy and it didn’t need to be. There was no fire, special effects, or crazy video, just solid rock and roll. His lifelong backing band, The Silver Bullet Band, is a cast of all-star musicians in itself. It’s headed by saxophone legend Alto Reed and also features Grand Funk Railroad’s Don Brewer on drums. Seger took the time to introduce each member of the band and also told a few stories about some of the songs. He told us his 1978 hit “We’ve Got Tonight” was his mother’s favorite. He also told us one of his newest songs, “Hey Gypsy,” was written with the hopes that it would have impressed legendary guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn. It has the sound to confirm Stevie would have been proud.

With a mixture of hits spanning five decades, this show had a song to cover all ages in attendance. Old classics were played including “Main Street,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “Like A Rock,” and “Beautiful Loser.” He also mixed in a group of songs from his new record including “Hey Gypsy,” “All the Roads,” “It’s Your World,” and “Detroit Made.” Alto Reed and his sax stole the spotlight during “Turn The Page” as soon as the first notes were played. Following “Turn the Page” was Seger’s oldest song of the show, 1969’s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” The main set ended with “Detroit Made,” Seger’s version of the classic John Hiatt song.

It did not take long for the encore to begin, and not many left the sold out arena. It would be hard for any artist to top the encore of legendary songs “Against The Wind,” “Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves,” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets.” Bob Seger is a legend, not just in Detroit, but worldwide. He is a true blue collar showman that will connect with you during a show. Only a few dates are left on this tour, but judging from this show, Seger still has some gas in the tank. He is definitely a must-see on any list of iconic musicians. His latest record Ride Out is available now.

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