Bob Seger, at 68, shows no sign of slowing down. After emerging from a long hiatus with a 2011 tour that included a rather torrid performance in Buffalo at the venue then known as HSBC Arena, Seger has been burning the candle brightly. A long-in-the-works recording project is nearing completion, and once again, Seger has taken to the road with his Silver Bullet Band.
The 2013 “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” tour is concentrating mostly on markets that Seger didn’t play during the 2011 tour, but Buffalo fans have been doubly blessed – Seger circles back to play the First Niagara Center at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Reports from the road on the freshly launched tour suggest that Seger is in fighting shape and strong voice, commanding an impressive set list that draws material from throughout his storied career, and includes a trio of new tunes – an original dubbed “All the Roads,” as well as a cover of the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie gem “California Stars” and John Hiatt’s “Detroit Made.” In addition, Buffalo is one of the few shows on this tour to feature an opening set from the legendary Joe Walsh and his band. Walsh will be leaving the Seger nest to join this summer’s Eagles tour soon, but prior to that, he’ll remind us of the depth of his solo catalog, from the James Gang forward.
Tickets are $67.50 and $87.50 (box office, Tickets.com and by calling 888-223-6000).
– Jeff Miers