Thursday, 21 February 2013 10:09

Classic Rock Best Bet: Bob Seger

Written by  Emma Kat Richardson
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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
March 5, 7:30 p.m.
$72.50, (616) 742-6600

If you grew up in or around the Detroit area, or perhaps even anywhere generally in the Mitten, it's likely that "Bob Seger" is one of those names you've learned to pause dramatically at the sound of. Like the mention of a revered household god, "Seger" is an utterance that carries the power to render any Michigan native instantly full of knee-knocking awe. And why not? With more chart topping hits than almost anyone else who can point out their hometown on their hand, his decades of pop culture dominance are more than enough to skyrocket the Seeg into demigod status. Indeed, found among the Seger super song list are bona-fide classics like "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Like a Rock," and other lighters-in-the-air anthems that don't include the word "rock" in them. Even though plenty of Seger's contemporaries have long since hung up their guitar straps and retired to a life of sailing on Golden Pond (probably), Seger himself is still admirably plowing through his own golden years by continuing to rock out harder and faster than almost any young gun on the scene. Any self-respecting Michigander would do well to take in Seger's performance at Van Andel Arena. Seriously, don't make us send the Nuge after you. 

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