Any farewell tour has its standout moments – and Thursday’s (Oct. 17) stop at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena had special meaning for Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band.
Just before his “Travelin’ Man”/”Beautiful Loser” medley, the Michigan rocker pronounced “I’m gonna miss you, Pittsburgh” and then reminded the packed house that his Sept. 28, 2017 stop there wound up being the last date of his Runaway Train Tour.
Two days later Seger postponed that tour in order to have spinal surgery, which kept him off the road until he launched his Roll Me Away farewell tour last November. “I’m all better now, thank goodness,” Seger noted, then proved it with a triumphant nearly two-hour, 22-song show loaded with hits and occasional rarities – such as an encore rendition of “You Take Me In” from 2014’s Ride Out album, which he dedicated to former Capitol Records executive Greg Thompson, who was in attendance.
Seger also revealed to the Pittsburgh crowd that he had welcome commiseration from good friend Bruce Springsteen. “He said ‘I had exactly the same operation in exactly the same place,’ between the fourth and fifth vertebrae,” Seger said. “People who sing hard, I guess that’s what happens to them.”
Seger and company have five more dates left on the tour, which concludes Nov. 1 in Philadelphia.