LIKE A CLASSIC ROCK
By DAN AQUILANTE
January 27, 2007 -- EVEN though it's been 11 years since Bob Seger prowled an
arena stage, by the time he played "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets," the last song
in his Madison Square Garden set, it was clear this graybeard rocker also
For more than two hours Thursday, the revered 61-year-old Detroit rocker was a
human jukebox laying down two dozen of his own songs, most of which have become
part of the classic rock foundation.
Seger's trademark rasp, deeper than when he was a kid, packed familiar passion.
His power ballads remain emotional, vivid sketches about lost and found love,
life on the road and the breezy summer nights of his youth.
The upbeat rockers such as "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight," the stuttering
Ka-Ka-Ka-"Katmandu" and his once-risque "Horizontal Bop" oiled the dancing bones
of the youth-
Like his fans, Seger isn't much to look at.
He's round in the middle, gray at the top and craggy in the kisser, but despite
looking like a roadie who's too old to tote an amp, he was the total star when
hunkered down at the piano or strapped into an acoustic guitar doing one of his
famous ballads like "Night Moves" or "Against the Wind."