A pair of Detroit’s best banded together again when Bob Seger joined Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band on Tuesday night during the finale of the latter’s eight-night stand at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in suburban Detroit. The two joined forces for a pair of songs during the encore – Seger’s Old Time Rock And Roll and Rock’s All Summer Long, with Seger, fresh off recent recording sessions in Nashville, sounding as strong as he did during his North American tour earlier this year.
For Kid Rock it was a special night: he noted it was his mother’s birthday, and that she’d never seen the two rockers perform together before. In fact, Rock’s eight sold-out shows at the Michigan amphitheater tied a record set by Seger and his Silver Bullet Band in 1977 (almost to the day, in fact, since Seger’s run finished on August 17 of that year. Rock holds an edge in attendance, however, since the venue’s capacity has been increased during the past 36 years – he played to about 110,000 during the series, which began August 9 and featured ZZ Top in the opening spot).
Seger and Rock have been making cameos at each other’s shows since February of 2006, when Seger joined Rock and company during a pair of Detroit concerts while Super Bowl XL was in town. The two have guested on each other’s recent albums, and they played a pair of shows together during March in North Dakota and Minnesota.
“I’m sure there’s more for us to do,” said Kid Rock after the gig. “Those shows went so great. It was beyond mind-blowing. There’s definitely something there.”
Seger’s fondest memory of those shows, in fact, was rapping during a joint rendition of Rock’s 2001 single Forever: “Oh, that was so much fun, and I just thought it was so unexpected. And the reaction in the front rows when we did it was just exactly what I hoped for; It was, ‘Oh my God, they’re doing this?!’ They just didn’t expect it, which is what you want to do. You really want to surprise people if you can.”
Seger will be returning to the studio to continue working on the follow-up to his 2006 album Face The Promise. During the tour he previewed a new song, All Of The Roads, as well as versions of the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie collaboration California Stars and John Hiatt’s Detroit City he said will be on the album. Other songs targeted for the set include Gate of Eden, Ride Out and Wonderland, but no release date has yet been determined.