Bob Seger confirms rescheduled tour dates a year after health scare
The rocker suffered a ruptured disc in his neck just three weeks into the tour with the Silver Bullet Band last year
Rock legend Bob Seger and his accompanying act The Silver Bullet Band brought a halt to a series of 2017 tour dates last October after Seger revealed he would need to undergo emergency spinal surgery, much to the dismay of fans. The fans who have been holding onto Bob Seger concert tickets finally have some good news: The fully recovered Detroit rocker will get back on the road in November after rescheduling tour dates, USA Today reports.
The announcement comes as a refreshing turn of events and ends a long wait for fans across the US, including some who had become increasingly concerned that the singer might be hanging up his cape for good in the wake of his surgery.
So far, rescheduled dates for concerts at 13 of the 19 venues have been confirmed, with the remaining six set to be announced in the coming weeks.
According to the USA Today report, shows are being announced at 7 am locally in respective US time zones. The first batch includes Greenville, SC (Dec 20), Atlanta (Dec 22) and Columbus (Jan 19). Opening acts remain yet to be announced.
73-year-old Seger, who has sold more than 53 million albums to date and is known for such hits as Night Moves, Hollywood Nights, and Against the Wind, suffered from a ruptured disc in his neck just three weeks into the tour.
As symptoms worsened, he had to undergo a cervical laminectomy on October 20 at the University of Michigan. Seger reportedly opted for a more painful version of the surgery to avoid damage to his larynx.
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band are currently scheduled to return to the road at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on November 24. From there, the group will play Des Moines on November 27, St Louis on November 30 and St Paul on December 12. Next up are performances in Chicago on December 14, Greenville on December 20 and Atlanta on December 22.
The tour resumes in 2019 with a performance at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on January 19.
Seger and his group continue the run with stops in Billings on January 29, Boise on January 31, Phoenix on February 15, Denver on February 17 and Inglewood on February 23. All tickets for the originally-scheduled shows will be honored at the new dates. Tickets for all 13 concerts are on sale now. You can check out the full list of rescheduled tour dates below.
Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band in 1974. More than three decades later, the group is still touring and releasing new music. Talking about his health scare in an interview with Rolling Stone in January, Seger said he thought he’d be done by age 30.
“My original plan was to do it for five years between the age of 25 and 30 and then buy a motorcycle and ride across Europe, and then get a real job. It didn't work out that way. The more you do it, I guess, the more you love it,” he told Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene.
Meanwhile, there's been speculation online that this might indeed be the last time Bob Seger hits the road. While the tour that started last year was never officially billed as a farewell run, many of the individual venues have begun promoting it as his final visit to their stages. Seger has not officially addressed these speculations as of yet.
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band rescheduled tour dates
Nov. 24: Kansas City, Sprint Center
Nov. 27: Des Moines, Wells Fargo Arena
Nov. 30: St. Louis, Scottrade Center
Dec. 12: St. Paul, Minn., XCEL Energy Center
Dec. 14: Chicago, Allstate Arena
Dec. 20: Greenville, S.C., Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Dec. 22: Atlanta, Infinite Energy Arena
Jan. 19: Columbus, Ohio, Nationwide Arena
Jan. 29: Billings, Mont., Rimrock Auto Arena
Jan. 31: Boise, Idaho, Ford Center
Feb. 15: Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena
Feb. 17: Denver, Pepsi Center
Feb. 23: Inglewood, Calif., The Forum