Bob Seger never forgets his place in rock music

Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:32am EST
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) - When baby boomers listen to Bob Seger's new release, "Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets," they may find themselves hearing the soundtrack of their lives.

Classic Seger tunes like "Night Moves," "Old Time Rock and Roll," "We've Got Tonight" and "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You," may trigger flashbacks because the hits received so much radio airplay in the 1970s and '80s.

Seger, 66, said he is flattered by his imprint on the collective pop rock memory, and he never tires of performing the old hits.

"I realized that my music was having an impact when I saw how much airplay we've been getting down through the years," Seger told Reuters.

"I've been very fortunate in that regard. You get airplay when people request the songs," he said. "When I first started out in the bars, back in 1962-1963, people wanted to hear 'My Funny Valentine,' they wanted to hear 'Stardust,' wanted to hear the classics. In a funny way, now 'Against the Wind' is a classic, and it's very flattering to me."

Seger's new release, due out November 21, marks the first time all of his major hits have been packaged together. The two-CD collection features 26 tracks, including his most recent hit singles, "Downtown Train" and "Hey Hey Hey Hey (Going Back to Birmingham)."

The singer-songwriter is playing those hits in sold-out shows on his current cross-country tour.

After 50 years on the road, "I think I enjoy being with the people I play with," he said. "I enjoy their company and I like the crew and band. We move through the country like an army."   Continued...