When Bob Seger rocked the University of Detroit

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When Bob Seger rocked the University of Detroit

Postby Rogobob77 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:36 pm

As the “Bob Seger Farewell Tour” kicks off tomorrow night with a performance in Sunrise, Florida, here’s a summary of four appearances the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee made at or in conjunction with the University of Detroit.

Seger’s earliest concert on the U-D campus appears to have taken place on April 7, 1967, when Bob Seger & the Last Heard performed in the Student Union Ballroom. That would have been about a year after he recorded the regional hits “East Side Story” and “Persecution Smith” and a couple months prior to the release of “Heavy Music.”

Fifty years ago, the weekend of March 14-17, 1969, the University of Detroit held its Spring Carnival at the Michigan State Fair Grounds. A main draw to the event were free concert performances by the Bob Seger System (on March 14), the Rotary Connection, and the Red, White & Blues Band. According to a report in the student newspaper Varsity News, attendance for the three-day event totaled 16,000 people. The 1968 recordings “2 + 2 = ?” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” almost certainly were on the set list

Bob Seger rocked a September 5, 1969, outdoor concert at the U-D’s football stadium (which was demolished in 1971) where he performed along with Catmother, the Stooges and the Frost.

Finally, the Bob Seger System was the headliner act for a Memorial Building (now Calihan Hall) concert on April 4,1970, along with Savage Grace, Detroit, and Dhobi’s Itch.
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