Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The 70s Are Over: Bob Seger Ceases Night Moves, Adds Name to Tour Retirement List with Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John

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We won’t be enjoying that old time Rock and Roll live much longer. Detroit’s hometown hero, Bob Seger, is saying goodbye to the road.

Seger has announced that his upcoming tour, beginning November 21st in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be his last. Seger turned 73 in May. No reason was given for the wind up. Seger was famous for 1971 live album which let fans experience his exciting show. That album kept fans in seats for decades. (“Katmandu” anyone?)

Seger joins a bunch of 70s rock stars who are saying goodbye soon. Paul Simon ends his touring career this Saturday in Forest Hills, Queens. Elton John is currently on a 300 date farewell journey. Neil Diamond already called touring quits. Joan Baez is also giving up the road. Tina Turner ended her touring career some time ago. Promoters already miss the likes of Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole.

Still out there rocking in their 70s: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey. Van Morrison is out there somewhere. So are Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross. The 60s crowd includes Sting and Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie, and Stevie Wonder. Madonna is now just in the 60s group, too. Steven Tyler and Aerosmith are setting down in Las Vegas.

Touring is grueling, and no game for old men, no matter how good they feel. With the Music Modernization Act passing into legislation we’re probably going to see more stars hanging it up as their royalties (hopefully) increase.

Rock promoters will miss these evergreen all-stars who had big catalogs of songs and could sell out arenas.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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