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 those legions who profoundly identify with the man’s poetry, energy and vast catalog of hits spanning five decades.
While tribute bands pay homage to the usual rock-n-roll superstars such as 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 is consistently overlooked, even in the place where it all began here in Southeast Michigan … UNTIL LOOKIN’ BACK “DETROIT’S BOB SEGER TRIBUTE”!
Since the bands debut August 29, 2009 Lookin’ Back has headlined all 93 self-booked performances and amassed over 23 sold out shows. In 2011 the band realized a few musical dreams by performing with original Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed & Charlie Martin on four separate occasions. Lookin’ Back rocked 11,000 Detroit Pistons fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills, played for over 100,000 at the Howell Balloon Festival, and was humbled when over 7,000 came to see Detroit’s first Bob Seger tribute band at Pride In Saginaw. If that not impressive enough the band’s only concert for charity 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. No less than a 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 self-promoted shows including the 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 its 4th and 5th Annual Bob Seger (68th/69th) Birthday Bashes at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township where Mr. Seger himself performed long ago, also sold out. It turns out people like to ROCK-N-BOWL with us!
Lookin‘ Back books and produces nearly all of their shows itself. Some past successful band productions included a ballyhooed Ted Nugent—Alice Cooper—Bob Seger tribute triathlon concert, and the world’s first “Dueling Tributes” showcase (Stones vs. Seger) at The Canton Village Theater (400 seat sell out). Lookin’ Back regularly entertains at municipal festivals, private parties, and rocked casino’s like The Sands, The Little River, and Caesars Windsor Casino in the past, and seems to make the most devoted Bob Seger music fans VERY HAPPY no matter where the group may perform!
Although Rock N Roll Never Forgets— entertainment buyers and event organizers often do. Here are a few highlights as to why Bob Seger deserves a world-class Detroit-based tribute band, and consequently 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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