This morning Bob Seger, who turned 72 earlier this month, announced plans for his “final” performance at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan on September 23. Seger only has one additional performance planned for this year, which has lead many to question if the “Night Moves” songwriter may soon be planning to retire.
A Detroit native, Seger has been performing music for more than fifty years now. He has been everywhere and worked with everyone a person he ever wanted to, and he did it more or less on his own terms. Even today, he remains one of the few massively popular artists who has not yet made their music available on any streaming service.
Two years have past since Seger was last on the road. Back in 2015 he completed a lengthy North American run in support of his seventeenth studio album, Ride Out. Shortly after the tour wrapped, Seger announced on Facebook that he planned to carry out a fifty year celebration tour in 2016. Those dates never came to pass, nor was any reason given for their delay, but fans were not quick to complain. After all, Seger has already given them more than most artists ever could.
Jump to earlier this month, May 2017, and Seger announces plans through his social media and official fan club to person a single show at DTE Energy Center (formerly Pine Knob) in Detroit on September 9. Pre-sales were made available to fan club members two days before the public on sale date and immediately sold out. Not just pre-sale seats, but the entire venue. Seger thanked fans and promised a second show would be announced in the near future.
Today, May 22, Seger made good on his promise by announcing the September 23 performance at The Palace of Auburn Hills. A message posted to Seger’s website regarding the performance reads:
“For the last time, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will return to The Palace of Auburn Hills. The show will be Seger’s 17th appearance at the metro-Detroit venue. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 9, 10:00 a.m.”
The key word in the announcement is “final.” As of right now Seger has no additional performances scheduled for the year, nor does he appear to have an album on the horizon. He has nothing planned whatsoever beyond the two planned performances in Detroit, which has lead many to wonder if the legendary musician is preparing to retire. If not altogether, at least from the road.
We reached out to Seger’s team this morning, but at the time of publication had not received a response.
As with the DTE show, the first people to have access to tickets will be those who belong to Seger’s official fan club. Readers can join today for as little as $15. The show will sell out.