By: Gary Graff
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band gave fans an unexpected taste of his next album during the Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour opener on Wednesday night (February 27) at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Seger and company even kicked off the 24-song, two-hour and 10-minute show with a rendition of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made," which he recorded for the album, and later played an original called "All The Roads," which he told the crowd he wrote in September and "is kinda about the career" -- and promised "will be on the new album, if I ever get it done."
Most surprising, however, was a rendition of "California Stars," one of the Woody Guthrie lyrics that Wilco and Billy Bragg turned into a song for the 1998 album "Little Mermaid." Seger also delighted the opening night fans with the return of "Like a Rock" for the first time since his 1996 tour, and new Silver Bullet member Rob McNelley nailed the slide guitar solo.
The rest of the concert was comprised of Seger favorites, a hit parade that included "Mainstreet," "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," the "Travelin' Man"/"Beautiful Loser" medley, "Roll Me Away," "We've Got Tonight," "Turn the Page," "Katmandu" and the encore run of "Against The Wind," "Hollywood Nights," "Night Moves" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets."
A full setlist for the show can be found here. Seger continues the tour on Friday (March 1) back in Toledo, with dates currently scheduled through April 18. Two of the shows, March 15 in St. Paul, Minn., and March 16 in Fargo, N.D., will be co-billed with fellow Detroiter Kid Rock.
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