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 as Bob Seger’s new studio record Ride Out, released Oct. 14, 2014 went straight to #4 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Rock Albums list with a Silver Bullet!
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 have always paid 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 got overlooked, even in Southeast Michigan where it began. . . . .UNTIL NOW!
Since the bands debut August 29, 2009 Lookin’ Back has headlined all 102 self-booked performances and sold out 25 of 27 ticketed shows. In 2011 the band realized a few rock-n-roll fantasies by performing with original Silver Bullet Band members Alto Reed & Charlie Martin on four separate occasions. Other highlights include rocking 11,000 Detroit Pistons fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills, performing for 100,000+ at Howell Balloon Festival, we were humbled when 7,000 came to our “Live Bullet Lives Again” concert at Pride In Saginaw. Most recently the band enjoyed its finest hours at the 51st Annual National Blueberry Festival in South Haven (8/9/2014) before a record 8000 attendees.
Lookin’ Back helped The United Way raise over $50,000 from nearly 3,000 Bob Seger fans at GEM BEACH ROCKS in Port Clinton, OH. Also in 2010 Lookin’ Back was asked to perform at a Bob Seger book launch in Royal Oak. Entitled Travelin’ Man was written by Tom Weschler and Gary Graff about life on the road with Bob Seger. Lookin’ Back performed several self-produced and self-promoted shows. 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 4th and 5th Annual (68th/69th) at Wonderland Lanes in Commerce Township where Mr. Seger performed long LONG ago (Sold Out), and 6th Annual (BIG 7-0) at the Michigan Theatre of Jackson.
Lookin’ Back books, produces and promotes nearly all of their own shows in-house, and today is the founding member and Mayor of “Tributesville”, a consortium of S.E. Michigan’s Best Tribute Bands (Hits Late 2015/16). Hit shows include February 14, 2015 at St. Andrews Hall “A Detroit Classic Rock Lovers Valentines Day” concert featuring Ted Nugent—Alice Cooper—Bob Seger tributes for our 2nd Detroit Rocker Triathlon. Over the years we’ve tested several other unique concert ideas including the world’s first “Dueling Tributes” concert (Stones vs. Seger) at The Canton Village Theater (400 Sell Out). Lookin’ Back regularly entertains at municipal festivals, private parties, and has rocked casino’s like The Sands, The Little River, and Caesars Windsor Casinos. From beer tents, to casino’s, to performing arts centers Lookin’ Back makes Bob Seger fans VERY HAPPY!
Although Rock N Roll Never Forgets— entertainment buyers and event organizers sometimes do. Here are a few highlights as to why Bob Seger deserves a world-class Detroit-based tribute band, and our undivided attention:
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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