Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
About Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Bob Seger is the godfather of heartland rock, but it took years of hard slogging before he finally busted through to the Multi-Platinum, stadium-filling status that made him rock royalty. He'd recoil from anybody who called him "royalty" to his face, though—his rep is built on being the rock 'n' roll ambassador of the working class, with songs that capture their joys, despairs, passions, and pride. Born in Detroit in 1945, Seger started as a scrappy garage rocker, pumping out a raw, revved-up Motor City blend of rock and soul in other people's bands before finally stepping out to front The Last Heard in '66 and The Bob Seger System a couple years later. The System's lone hit—1968's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"—notwithstanding, he remained a regional phenomenon through the mid-'70s, until he and his Silver Bullet Band made their journeyman status pay off big-time with Live Bullet, the concert album that shared his sweaty, soulful rock 'n' roll blowout with millions. The wider world was primed for his next studio record, and 1976’s Night Moves made Seger even bigger while spotlighting his reflective side on tunes like the bittersweet blockbuster of a title track. Never one for the fame game, he took a decade off starting in the mid-'90s, but roared back with 2006's Face the Promise. Not only were Seger’s old fans there to greet him, they brought their kids to the party, and that multi-generational fanbase turned out for his 2018-19 farewell tour, which capped more than half a century of gut-level rocking.