Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Sunday night at the Merriweather Post Pavillion, Bob Seger jumped at the microphone with the eargerness and conviction of an evangelist. Riding the driving beat of the best American rock n' roll band on the road this year, Seger roared out to any lingering doubters: If you're in a fix, come back, baby. Rock n' roll never forgets!"
Seger's rich rhythm 'n' blues voice was full of fire and brimstone, which he offered as reward. A dancing Seger raised clenched fist and true believers in the crowd responded in kind.
Like any good evangelist, Seger is the truest believer of all. Recognizing his limitations Seger has stuck to the most basic elements of rock 'n' roll. He captures essential emotional conflicts in simple one-liners and then provides the faith to solve those conflicts with singalong melodies and danceable rhythm guitar.
Onstage, the drama of this conflict and revolution were heightened by Seger's voice and showmanship, backed by the much-underrated Silver Bullet Band. The ballads, such as "Main Street" and "Brave Stranger" were more theatrical than the album versions, with Drew Abbot's lead guitar and Alto Reed's saxophone picking up where Seger's voice left off