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Bob Seger was honored with Billboard’s “Legend of Live” award at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards Thursday night in New York.

With his wife, Nita, and children, Cole and Samantha, in the audience, Seger came out to a standing ovation, according to his management team, to thank a long list of agents and promoters who helped establish him and the Silver Bullet Band during the long years in the early ‘70s before he broke through nationally.

One of his most iconic songs, “Turn the Page,” is about those early, bleak years playing high schools, and little towns in the Midwest, eating bad food and driving through blizzards to make a little money.

Seger, 70, also thanked his family and said his favorite thing about performing now is looking out and seeing his wife and kids in the audience.

Seger’s award was presented by Bob Roux, co-president of North America Concerts, of Live Nation Entertainment.

Roux recalled seeing his first Seger concert in 1976, just before “Night Moves” was released, and how he and his friends played a worn-out 8-track of “Live Bullet” on the way home from the sold-out concert.

It made it all the better for him, he said, that as a professional he promoted a Seger show in 2015 that he deemed just as “amazing,” a show that also sold out as well.

Following Roux’s remarks, a video presentation showed images of Seger’s career from 1966 to the present.

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