Bob Seger closed out his 'Roll Me Away' farewell tour in November 2019, but fans holding out hope that Seger’s farewell was premature might need to accept his touring days are done, especially after the December 2020 passing of longtime Silver Bullet Band saxophonist Alto Reed.

Seger reflected on the death of his longtime bandmate and friend in a new interview with legendary music journalist David Fricke. Seger said Reed phoned him to tell him about his colon cancer diagnosis and said, “I listened really hard to him, and he said ‘how grateful I am for my wonderful life.’ … I thought that was so beautiful, and I thought he was so brave. I don’t think I could go out (on tour) without him.”

As far as the touring part of his career goes, Seger said, “You know, I’ve had a great life, oh my goodness. I loved what I did. Never worked a day in my life, really. The hard parts were in sleeping in hotels, having rotten food.”

However, it seems as though Seger isn’t completely retired from music. He touched on his experience during the pandemic and how Bruce Springsteen offered some supportive words saying, “I was getting kind of down on myself, down on the world and down on everything. [Springsteen] said, ‘Bob, go out there and start writing, start singing, start playing, start recording.”


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