Society Confidential: Ellen thanks Seger

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

Hey Dee-troit, pipe down!

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band appeared on “Ellen” in a segment that aired Thursday, and it was notable not just for the music (they played “Hey Gypsy” from the new album “Ride Out” as well as “Night Moves”), but for the personal anecdote Ellen DeGeneres shared. She said she’d played a gig years earlier at MarkRidley’s Comedy Castle, and that the audience was a little noisy, everybody was talking while she was trying to do her act. Suddenly a big, booming voice erupted from the back of the room, advising everybody to pipe down. Yep, it was Bob Seger. “I just wanted to thank you, not only for coming to my show, but for doing that,” DeGeneres said. That’s our Bob — if you need crowd control, he’s there.

Up close and personal with Ed Gordon

Broadcast journalist (and Detroit native) Ed Gordon, former correspondent for NBC’s “Dateline” and CBS’ “60 Minutes II” and BET News host, is taking his show on the road. In the spirit of the TV series “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” Gordon is doing a live show that takes a look at the life and career of distinguished newsmakers with in-depth, one-on-one interviews. The series is called “An Evening With ...” and kicks off Oct. 24 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. His first guest: Motown’s Kem.

“I wanted to start in Detroit because I love Detroit,” Gordon says. “The fact that our first guest is Kem, a fellow Detroiter who also loves the city and has a fascinating life story, is the icing on the cake.” The series will continue in intimate theaters across the country. For details and ticket information, go

Disney stars shine at Andiamo

Detroit-area tweeners will be beside themselves when they hear that Art Van Furniture is bringing seven Disney and Nickelodeon stars to town Nov. 8 and 9 for the interactive show “Tween Stars Live” at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren.

In addition to stars from such shows as “Jessie,” “Austin & Ally,” “Liv & Maddie,” “iCarly,” “Lab Rats” and “Girl Meets World,” the Detroit-based girl group By the Way will open the show. The group features Frankie Bellisario,Ursula Fuller,Marisa Nahas and Darbi Dombrowski, daughter of Detroit Tigers President Dave Dombrowski.

“We are four girls from the Detroit area who sort of randomly met, but have become good friends and enjoy every single moment of singing/performing together,” Darbi says. Her proud dad Dave adds: “To see her growth not only as a singer, but as a person, is truly gratifying for her mother and me.”

Fans can get social with the stars right away by liking Tween Stars Live on Facebook and following @tweenstarslive on Twitter and Instagram.

RIP Tim Hervey

We’re sad to report that Detroit musician Tim Hervey died this week, just 48, after a long illness. Hervey played guitar for many local bands, including the Bomb Pops and Switchblade Justice.

Services for Hervey are at 10 a.m. Oct. 25, at Antioch Lutheran Church, 33360 W. 13 Mile, Farmington Hills. Hervey’s life will be celebrated at a memorial concert that day, starting at 1 p.m., at Small’s Bar, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. In lieu of flowers, friends are asking that donations be made to offset his medical expenses at