Live Bullet Lives Again!
Nearly 40 years ago (legend has it) Bob Seger first introduced The Silver Bullet Band to a surprised audience following a performance by BTO at Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor, MI. The rest is rock-n-roll history still in the making.
Lookin’ Back is a forward-looking project comprised of six noteworthy Detroit-area musicians united to keep the music of Bob Seger performed on Metro-Detroit and regional stages for the legions who profoundly identify with the man’s poetry, energy and vast catalog of hits spanning five decades.
While tribute bands continue to pay homage to the usual rock-n-roll superstars like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, U2, Elvis, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, KISS, AC/DC, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, and Rolling Stones — the music of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band consistently got overlooked, even where it all began in Southeast Michigan … UNTIL LOOKIN’ BACK!
Since the bands debut August 29, 2009 Lookin’ Back has headlined all 80 self-booked performances and amassed over 21 sold out shows. In 2011 the band realized a few dreams of our own by performing with original Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed & Charlie Martin on four separate occasions, rocked 11,000 Detroit Pistons fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills, played for over 100,000 at the Howell Balloon Festival, amazed by over 7,000 who came to see US at Pride In Saginaw. If that wasn’t enough the band’s very first charity concert helped The United Way raise over $50,000 from nearly 3,000 Bob Seger fans at GEM BEACH ROCKS in Port Clinton, OH.
Possibly the bands finest hour came in 2010 when Lookin’ Back was asked to perform at a book launch party in Royal Oak. A book, you ask? The book entitled Travelin’ Man written by Tom Weschler and Gary Graff about life on the road with Bob Seger. Beyond that Lookin’ Back has performed several self-produced and promoted shows that including 1st Annual Bob Seger (65th) Birthday Bash at Tanglewood Golf Club, 2nd Annual Bob Seger (66th) Birthday Bash at The Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township (sold out), 3rd Annual (67th) Birthday Bash at 59 West End Nightclub in Hartland, MI (sold out), and most recently our 4th Annual Bob Seger (68th) Birthday Bash at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township where Mr. Seger himself long ago (sold out). We are planning to return to Wonderland Lanes for our 5th Annual BIRTHDAY BASH because we love to bowl when we’re not making music.
Lookin‘ Back books and produces most of their shows. Some past band efforts includes a ballyhooed Ted Nugent—Alice Cooper—Bob Seger tribute triathlon concert, to the world’s first “Dueling Tribute” showcase (Stones vs. Seger) at The Canton Village Theater (400 seat sell out). Lookin’ Back has regularly entertains at many municipal festivals and has rocked casino’s like The Sands, The Little River, and Caesars Windsor Casino several times. This band seems to make the most devoted Bob Seger music fans VERY HAPPY everywhere they go!
Although Rock N Roll Never Forgets— entertainment buyers and event organizers often do. Here are but a few highlights as to why Bob Seger deserves a world-class Detroit-based tribute band, and our undivided attention to the details:
Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Although Seger’s history runs deep, we focus our current production primarily around his biggest record sales years from mid-70′s to early 80′s era with a healthy smattering of material from earlier & later years. In April of 1976 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band had their big commercial breakthrough with the album Live Bullet which was
recorded over two nights in September 1975 at Detroit’s Cobo Arena. The album remained on Billboard charts for 168 weeks, and peaked at #34 which was Seger’s highest charting album at that time. It also contained a hit rendition of a cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits (#69 US) as well as Seger’s own classic take on life on the road- Turn the Page, and re-released a few of his late 1960s successful releases Heavy Music and Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. Other hits on that record included Katmandu, Get Out Of Denver, Travelin’ Man and Beautiful Loser.
The success of Live Bullet gave rise to his blockbuster follow-up album Night Moves that put Bob Seger squarely and forever after on the national stage. Three-fifths of all initial sales of Live Bullet sold in Detroit-area record stores, and over time would reach 5x Platinum status. The Live Bullet record remains a music critic’s favorite, 44th best selling album of the 70s, and for almost 20 years was one of the top 50 live albums of all time.
Bob Seger’s 1986-1987 American Storm was to be Seger’s last major tour which resulted in 105 shows over nine months, and sold nearly 1.5 million tickets. Most recently, Bob Seger’s Greatest Hits compilation was named the nation’s biggest selling compilation record of all time, selling nearly 10 million copies as of 2010.
With all that said, we’ve dedicated ourselves to delivering for our clients a world-class Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band experience on par with the genuine article we’re sure everyone will appreciate and enjoy.
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