Mandatory temperature checks will be required for fans attending the Foreigner reunion concert. If you’re hot blooded, they’ll check it and see.
Today’s album is a strange ‘un and no mistake. ‘Live‘ Bullet is, unsurprisingly, a live album by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band which was released in April of ’76. It was recorded in Seger’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan at Cobo Hall during the heyday of that arena’s time as an important rock concert venue. This album along with Night Moves, is said to have helped with launching Seger into mainstream popularity.
Bob Seger never really made in dent in my household and their name was never bandied about by friends or classmates. We were too busy getting into heavy metal or post punk to want to listen to ‘old fart rock’. These days, most of the ‘classic rock’ acts that I and my brethren dismissed all those years ago, get regular rotation via CDs, Spotify, YouTube or whatever (let’s face it, good music is good music) but BSATSBB just never made that move. They sound like a pretty tight live band (In a 2015 article Seger states, “We were doing 250 to 300 shows a year before Live Bullet. We were playing five nights a week, sometimes six, as the Silver Bullet Band, and we just had that show down.”) and maybe that’s the problem. It sounds well rehearsed and well played, but just a little soulless for me; kinda like rock and roll by committee. I just couldn’t hear the soul or passion in the songs and after listening to this, other than Turn The Page, Katmandu, Get Out of Denver, I was struggling to recall anything from this record. Oh, and kicking off your show with an ok version of Nutbush City Limits is not a great way to let the listener know that this is going to be a wonderful experience.
Is it excessive? No; it’s dull, worthless and sterile but not excessive. Would I listen to it again? No. I did re-listen to it again before writing this review, just in case I’d missed something, but it still didn’t register. Would I recommend it? No. I just can’t see the appeal of this album, it just seems very boring to me.
It’s a highly regarded album, it’s been called “one of the best live albums of all-time” (Rolling Stone had it at #26 out of 50 best live albums) but it just does nothing for me. 3/10