By Danny Kresnyak
February 7, 2019
Bob Seger’s stage presence reminds me of my favourite drunk uncle on the dance floor at my Father’s third wedding.
There are indeed, several parallels.
Both display jubilant gyrations in combinations of fist-pumping, finger pointing and hip shakes, with the occasional charades-esque interpretation of lyrical content. Both radiate an authentic joy absent of the self-consciousness, grandeur or hubris often displayed by less-mature performers.
Bob Seger got his start more than five decades ago in America’s motor-city playing for auto workers in the shadow of the big 3 American car makers factories. My Uncle Jeff fronted central Alberta cover bands for oil rig workers.
Where their paths diverge, Seger went on to be a multi-platinum selling rock and roll icon with dozens of number one records and a musical career. Now on his final tour, Seger displayed his legacy in the form of an 18 song set and two encores of songs that the crowd knew every word to. Highlights included, the venereal warning anthem “Fire Down Below,” biker swan song “Roll Me Away” and the timeless “Turn the Page,” as well as a tribute to recently deceased musical icons in the form of a slideshow set to the silver bullet band’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young.”
Uncle Jeff never made the charts, despite the fact that in my earliest years I was sure he had written the song “Let It Be”. He took a job as an air-traffic controller and now, like Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, is close to his own retirement.
Still, whether it was at Rogers last Thursday or in a swank Canmore hotel’s ballroom a couple summers back, both men appeared in full glory days form to provide life to one hell
of a party and by god we in their presence were blessed to wiggle in such wakes.