Plus a new album IS on the way
After last week's teaser trailer, Bob Seger confirmed that he will embark on his first tour for four years in March when he hits the road for 20-30 dates in the US.
"Real quietly, without anybody knowing it, they [promoters] booked 40 to 50 dates for him last year," a source close to Seger tells Rolling Stone Magazine. "It just came up too quickly and Bob walked away from them. All of a sudden in January he called up and said 'Let's do it now.' They had to say to him 'No, we don't have time. We need another two to three months to get it ready.' It's been a real scramble for them.'
And so Seger's team has booked 20 to 30 dates for a two-and-a-half month American arena tour. The first batch of dates are going to be announced next week, but the details are still being worked out. Crucially, Seger's drummer Don Brewer's tour schedule with Grand Funk Railroad has complicated matters. "That's been a horrendous problem," says the source. "They have to work everything around that."
The tour will see Seger playing material from across his back catalogue PLUS material from his forthcoming 17th studio album which, according to Rolling Stone's source, is well underway.
"Right now he probably has half of an album that he's happy with. Whether or not he finishes it this summer, he'll probably go back out in the fall and do even more dates.
"He's been known to finish an album in two months," says the source. "He's also been known to take a year. Record companies used to put out albums just one month after you finish it. Bob still thinks that's all you need. Now they want six months. It's a huge fight every time and it's scary because he makes changes right up to the end."
Stay tuned for more info in the coming months.