December 13, 2006 at 1:00 am

Around the nation: What the critics say about the new tour

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band on tour in 2006. (Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)

He may be "sweet 16 turned 61," but Bob Seger has been drawing positive reviews for his first concert tour in a decade. Here is a sampling of reviews and interviews:">Indianapolis Star review: "The feel-good show of the year"">Knoxville News Sentinel review: "Rock 'n' roll never forgets, and neither does Bob Seger. After a 10-year absence from touring, Seger and the Silver Bullet Band returned to Knoxville. And his fans hadn't forgotten him either."">St. Louis Post-Dispatch review: "Despite occasionally muddy sound, the show marked a cathartic return for one of rock's greatest voices."">Kansas City Star interview: "It's always thrilling to play there," Seger said (of his Palace dates in Detroit). "We have a history of that. It's our base. People are very passionate about us there. The ties run very deep."">St. Paul Pioneer Press review: "Often, his durable catalog of hits was almost chilling, from the unforgettable saxophone licks of 'Mainstreet' to the life-on-the-road-is-lonely melodrama of 'Turn the Page.' The crowd reacted in kind, whooping and hollering with what felt like twice the enthusiasm of the 'tween-age crowd that saw the Cheetah Girls in the same venue a few weeks back."">Minneapolis Star-Tribune interview : Seger reveals that he's flying home on a private plane after each "Face the Promise" gig.">Chicago Tribune review: " 'Just pull those old records off the shelf, I'll sit here and listen to them by myself,' Seger sang. Those old records, with their emphasis on groove and unvarnished directness, are the foundation of his 40-year career. Along the way, he became a great songwriter by writing about characters essentially like himself "">Chicago Sun-Times review : " for my money, I'll take a strong Seger show -- which Thursday undeniably was -- over a run-of-the-mill Bruce Springsteen set any day. Unlike the Boss, Bob isn't aspiring to craft Important Art or make a Grand Statement. He's just playing the sort of music he loves, and he's arguably as good at it today as he ever was."">Chicago Sun-Times interview: (Talking about his kids) "They actually came to the first two shows, which were in Grand Rapids and Saginaw (Mich., on Nov. 8 and 10). They were just knocked out. 'You're awesome, Dad,' my 14-year-old son says, and that's the best thing."

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