Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band have established themselves as one of the most accomplished rock and roll bands of all time. Seger has been recording since 1969 with his first project at that time called The Bob Seger System. Fast forward a few years when Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band took flight, this band now embarks on a farewell tour that will take him to 26 cities that started in Grand Rapids, Michigan in November of 2018 and will take him through Houston, Texas this upcoming May. Since the band’s first show in Buffalo back at Kleinhans Music Hall in March of 1977, there has always been a strong connection between Seger and his fans.  That connection would be enjoyed one last time this past Thursday night before a sold-out crowd.

Taking the stage at 8:45pm, Seger and his 14-piece band were ready to give Buffalo a night of memorable music that went all the way back to his first ever recorded album “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” The show really consisted of a “Greatest Hits” set that had most people on their feet the entire 2-hour show. There was some storytelling in between songs, giving the audience an understanding of what was going on at the time when the song was written or recorded. They played “Shame on the Moon” which hasn’t been played live in 28 years, so you know the setlist was being stretched some, which was good to see.  Seger introduced “We’ve Got Tonight” as his mothers’ favorite song he ever recorded. He dedicated the Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” to the memory of his good friend Glenn Frey. There was a video screen showing images of musicians who passed on including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Aretha Franklin, Prince, Chuck Berry and Glenn Frey when the song was played.  After this song, it segued into “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” in which Frey did background vocals on.  It was nice to see the very talented Alto Reed (who played percussion, guitar and his many Saxophones) get a few spotlights throughout the set. Bassist Chris Campbell is the longest member of the Silver Bullet Band and continues to perfect the low end with newcomer Greg Morrow on drums.

The entire show Seger was jovial and giving his all like each song was the first time he was performing it. From the show in Buffalo, you can honestly see that Seger still loves to perform and his voice remains at a high level.  The band hasn’t officially announced a last show but seeing Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band go out on a high note shouldn’t be passed on if they come anywhere by you.

 

Setlist:

 

Long Twin Silver Line

Still the Same

The Fire Down below

Mainstreet

Old Time Rock & roll

In Your Time

Shame on the Moon (Rodney Crowell cover)

Roll Me Away

Come to Poppa

Her Strut

Like a Rock

You’ll Acomany me

We’ve Got Tonight

Travelin’ Man (Bob Seger song)

Beautiful Loser (Bob Seger song)

Turn the Page (Bob Seger song)

Forever Young (Bob Dyasln cover)

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (The Bob Seger System song)

 

Encore 1:

 

Against the Wind

Hollywood Nights

 

Encore 2:

 

Night Moves

Rock and Roll Never Forgets

 

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We would like to thank Stefani Olds from Punch Enterprises Inc. for the credentials to review the show.

 

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.