With Bob Seger turning 66 in May and contemplating retirement from the stage at the end of this tour, the last chapter may be closing on one of rock's great showmen.
From the sound of his scuffed and soulful pipes at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Seger's going out at the top of his game.
Long before he went multiplatinum in the mid-1970s with the blistering Live Bullet and the contemplative Night Moves (the latter marking his move toward more success in midtempo AOR), Seger was a grimy garage-rocking road dog with a yen for hard R&B.
The Seger of yore was more like pile-driving Mitch Ryder than the Springsteen-ish country gentleman he became in the '80s. Fortunately for fans of his dual nature who hadn't seen him since 2007, the gray-haired singer Saturday played the roles of gutsy soul man and heartland balladeer to perfection. No wonder Kid Rock loves him.