Five cool facts to come from Bob Seger’s Rolling Stone interview



Bob Seger recently held a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone, which was published Tuesday to their web site. The entire interview runs over a half hour and can be heard here, but there are several fascinating snippets fans might be interested in that were printed Tuesday.

Seger, 72, was on tour last year when he had to put things on hold due to a ruptured disc. He talked about that and more during the interview, from which five notes of interest can be seen below.

* Seger plans on getting back on the road once he’s healthy enough: “I’m feeling better all the time. They aren’t letting me lift anything over five pounds. I can’t do anything: no piano, no guitar, no nothing. But as soon as the pain stops, I’ll be playing again.”

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* Hearing “Jungleland” by Bruce Springsteen inspired Seger to finish writing “Night Moves”: “I had the first two verses forever. It took me six months to write it. I just kept coming back to it and was like, ‘Nah, that’s not it.’ Then I heard ‘Jungleland.'”

* Seger never imagined he’d still be playing at 72: “God, no. I thought I’d be done by 30. My original plan was to do it for five years between the age of 25 and 30 and then buy a motorcycle and drive across Europe, and then get a real job. It didn’t work out that way.”

* Seger on his relationship with Glenn Frey: “He was my oldest friend in music. I met him in 1966, and we recorded ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’ that year. We were just a couple of knuckleheads starting out – he was from Royal Oak [Michigan], and I was from Detroit. He was such a positive influence in my life. We’d always call each other for advice. I pushed him to do that Eagles reunion [in 1994]. He was the only one that didn’t want to do it for years. I said to him, ‘I think you’d have fun.'”

* Jack White wants to help re-release Seger’s early, out-of-print albums: “Jack White is always asking me about that. He wants to remix them all, and said he’d do it for free. But I’m always on to the next thing – the next album, the next tour. Maybe when I retire I’ll get serious about it.”

Seger released his eighteenth studio album, I Knew You When, in November of 2017.

Photo: By Adam Freese – Mitchell, SD (Flickr: 25-004) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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