“Bob Seger brought a half-century hometown legacy to his latest show for a capacity Palace crowd…Seger and company were already in solid form when this “Ride Out” run began in Saginaw in November. But Thursday brought an even tighter onstage machine, as Seger served up grittily seasoned vocals and the Silver Bullet Band brought hot, fresh energy even to well-traveled chestnuts like “Old Time Rock & Roll.”
Seger still brandishes a full-bodied vocal delivery, powering through the sizzle of “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” finding the nuances in “We’ve Got Tonight,” and still going strong in a four-song encore that wraps with “Rock and Roll Never Forgets.”
Thursday’s performance came toward the end of a “Ride Out” tour that’s scheduled to wrap up in Nashville (Saturday) and Indianapolis (Monday), the latter making up for a show nixed last weekend because of an undisclosed injury to Seger’s right shoulder. The 69-year-old performer showed few mobility issues at the Palace, seemingly fine on guitar and piano, and with no shortage of the fist-pumping that’s long been his onstage signature.”
Detroit Free Press, 3/6/15
“…a road-tested Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band played to a sold-out audience at the Palace of Auburn Hills Thursday. It was his 16th sell-out performance there, which is a record for the venue.
It’s a testament to that classic bluesy rock voice, after being out on the road for a grueling winter tour, that it can fill an arena with no problem. It’s a voice that is instantly recognizable, with a warm, honest timbre that can’t be faked. There are some strong genes or mojo at play that lets Robert Clark Seger sing lead all night without calling in for reinforcements.”
The Detroit News, 3/6/15
“Stuffing 22 songs into just under two hours and covering all the essential musical bases, Seger’s show was a timeless delight, an exposition of songs that were built to last by a performer who himself has stood the test of time and aged with a combination of passion and grace that allows him to deliver the likes of “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” as convincingly as he did when they were released.
On Thursday Seger was in strong voice and in fine spirits. It didn’t hurt, either, that he was fronting what is arguably the strongest version of the Silver Bullet Band yet — certainly the most populous and facile yet with up to 15 members strong. Guitarist Rob McNelly shined on solos during “The Fire Down Below,” “Like a Rock” and “Her Strut,” while longtime Silver Bullet saxophonist Alto Reed was crowd-pleasing as ever during “Mainstreet,” “Old Time Rock and Roll” and his signature “Turn the Page.”
Seger wraps up the tour with two more dates — Saturday in Nashville and Monday in Indianapolis – and if Thursday’s show does prove to be Seger’s last in these parts, he’s going out a winner. ”
The Oakland Press, 03/26/15