adidas predator sg down but not out thanks to new album
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is convalescing from spinal surgery he underwent during October at University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor, repairing a disk condition that brought a premature end to his Runaway Train Tour just 13 shows into its 33 date run. it was going so good, the tour was, Seger, 72, laments over the phone. band was playing so great. I hated to stop.
it was also less than a month before the release of his latest album, Knew You When, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Top Current Rock Albums chart, No. 2 onTop Rock Albums and No. 25 on the Billboard 200. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band were able to play its first single, a cover of Lou Reed Of Faith, a few times including on Sept. 23 during the last concert at the Palace of Auburn Hill but he was anxious to add more of the songs to the show and give the album its due.
Seger isn exactly made for being sidelined, mind you. He following doctor orders and going through physical therapy.
can go to a show, I can go to a game. But they warned me of this. They said it was going to really hurt for about three months afterwards.
say, can guarantee it ever go away, but that what doctors have to say. But if it doesn (go away), I done, dude. I think it going to be OK, I really do. But, God, it taking a long time. The 10 track album (13 on the deluxe edition) was inspired by the January 2016 death of his longtime friend Glenn Frey of the Eagles, a Royal Oak native who Seger first met back in 1966 and who sang on his first national hit, Gamblin Man. Shortly before attending a memorial for Frey last spring in Los Angeles Seger was perusing his vaults and found Knew You When title track,
a song that dates back to 2003.
heard that and thought, my gosh, this even sounds faintly like an Eagles song. This would be a great title for a Glenn tribute record, Seger recalls. After getting the blessing of Frey widow he studying the old stuff and writing new stuff and recording a couple of covers, and a year and a half later it was done. The album also features four tracks recorded with the late Little Feat drummer Riche Hayward and includes a complete version of Song that Seger released earlier this year on the first anniversary of Frey death.
With its homages to Frey and covers of songs by the late Reed and Leonard Cohen ( as well as the passings of myriad other musicians while the album was being made a sense of mortality hangs alongside Knew You When. But Seger doesn consider that its focus.
celebrating the struggle that Glenn went through, during his musical career, explains Seger, who kept the photos of Frey and his family that are part of the album package around him during the process for additional motivation. He also performed with the group a couple of times after Frey death and recorded a guest DJ spot on the Eagles new SiriusXM channel. a way I was a lot luckier than Glenn, and I think he kind of envied me because I didn have to deal with three or four other people. I always get to do exactly what I want, and that was maddening to him. It been a bad year and a half. I kind of glad it behind me, but I glad I did it. of it political, yeah, but mostly it about Glenn, Seger notes.
As the album sinks in, Seger is looking forward to putting his health problems behind him and returning to the road, with a particular eye towards the 20 postponed dates. people have been great; They held on to their tickets all this time, so that the first thing we got to do, but I don know when, exactly, Seger says. .
And rest assured he hasn taking his enforced time off just sitting still.
than waste my time or watch TV or something, I just listen to a lot of music right now,
Seger says. going to just keep drilling myself with my favorite songs and my favorite singers and music that I like and analyzing it Why do I like this? Why do I like that? and get ready for writing.