Bob Seger Doesn’t Disappoint: Reviews from Indianapolis

Almost a week after the Bob Seger show at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, I’m caught myself thinking about the show, and how soulful and energized the Detroit rock icon was. 

Here was my view of the Seger show.

He played 2 hours, 20 minutes, and mixed the setlist up just enough to make it interesting with some deep cuts. Seger played to the back of the hall as much as the front row.  And he did both.   We weren’t standing close, though dead-ahead center with the stage, 20 yards behind the soundboard.

When I saw him in 2006, I found a happy place in the top row of the upper deck, with a  straight on view of the stage.  I had moved four songs into that show that November night, after having heard enough of the muddy sound the venue is so famous – that’s what a cheap upper deck, side stage ticket from a scalper 10 minutes before the show will sometimes get you.  But once I relocated, it was magical.  Because Seger is about the voice, the songs and the band.  Not the flash, the light show or the wardrobe changes.

Last Saturday night, Seger reinvested in the heartland rock and roll that he does better than anyone else, and has formed the template for hundreds (thousands) of bands.  And, defying a bit of age and both the good and band of having spent so much of his life on a stage, he did that magical rock and roll thing again, aided mightily by a crowd that knew that songs, and songs that are still rock and roll relevant.

Is it cool to like Bob Seger? It is to me.

Three good things about the show:
1. No video screens. Makes the crowd follow the music and musicians in a more organic way. I can’t overstate the difference it makes in a show when eyes and ears are your own, not owned by the video director. Continue reading “Bob Seger Doesn’t Disappoint: Reviews from Indianapolis”