Bob Seger turned 66 this past Friday (May 6). The very next evening he sang that old time rock and roll for nearly two-and-a-half hours in front of 15,000 fans at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. You might be thinking that most 66-year-olds would long be in bed before Seger even took the stage that night. And while that seems like an accurate statement, I saw more 60-plus-year-olds at the concert than those individuals from my own mid 20s age group. The stadium was filled with old time rockers that came out to see Bob Seger on his first tour since 2007. They didn't just come out to sit and listen either; they came out to party and have a great time. I'm here to tell you that Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band delivered and I found myself right in the middle of it.
Now I can't claim to know a whole lot about Bob Seger's history and his contributions to music over his career. I had never owned any of the albums he has released, nor have I ever seen him perform any of his songs live or via recording. But I did make sure to get his greatest hits albums beforehand so I could sing my way through most of the concert. I have always enjoyed Seger's music in passing and I have a great interest in the classic rock era which has been passed down from my father. I was really looking forward to seeing Seger perform live alongside my dad.
The show itself started off very slowly. I'm used to rock groups running on to the stage after a huge intro and go straight into a high energy rock frenzy to get things started. That is what I am used to, but that is not what happened. Just before the show started, I saw the silver haired drummer in the background thoroughly stretching out every major muscle in his upper body. I thought to myself at that point that I may end up disappointed if I didn't get to see Seger's rock energy of the '70s and '80s on the stage that night. Shortly thereafter, the 15-member Silver Bullet Band came walking on to the stage while waving at the crowd in relaxed fashion.
Article first published as Concert Review: Bob Seger Rocks Indianapolis, Indiana, 5/7/11 on Blogcritics.