Bob Seger interview - 1983 ("The Distance" tour).Jan 25, 2022
It takes a long time to get to the tune of the concert, we had like 30 rehearsals, but when you finally get up to do it and then even the first two weeks are pretty sloppy, it's just the little things that go wrong and you finally start to get a groove that I think you did. a week ago, so it's a lot of fun when you're on stage like that and you give back to the audience and they give back to you a lot, how do you feel on stage? like you're a conduit, you know you can give more when they give more, you know, I mean if they're willing to ride with you, you know, and sing and stuff like that, it really drives everyone in the van, the important thing is to go on stage doing your best knowing that you're doing your best taking it taking it seriously having a good time but being very proud of what you'll be able to achieve and being proud of what you've done and the same would make a record and I think that's why we're still doing it, you know we don't really need the money anymore, it's what we do and I think we're very proud of it.
Bob Seger has a lot to be proud of after years of non-stop
touring. His hard work finally paid off in 1976. The Searchers' Live Bullet album received critical acclaim. and now for platinum albums later he has launched the
distancethat he has already made his mark in the top 10. His first inspiration for the album came from a Woody Allen movie and when he started writing it he referred to it being all over Annie Hall Because of its emphasis on relationships, The Distance Between People was supposed to be an album about relationships, but it didn't end that way.
I wrote about five songs that fit the theme and then the other four didn't quite fit into a kind of halfway concept. album as I was still working on the relationship thing, it got too serious so I changed too much, I did a little topical stuff like doing city thunderbirds under this, just to lighten it up a bit. how much of what you write is based on personal experiences not much actually most of it i get from reading and maybe watching a good movie or you know any other music just get inspired by hey thats a good idea for a song or you know maybe I can put it this way and it all really comes from the title you know I started every song with the title and then I went back I really know where I'm going so I can go back and get there that's the way I I do. do it I'd say about 25% of the time it's ok so you can actually kind of indirectly pick up on the stories or maybe other friends and the things they're going through yeah and they really like them that much yeah I read a lot of stuff about my friends too and and and their families and and my family and experiences the people around us I know who are the people I hang out with in Michigan one of my girlfriends my girlfriend's best girlfriend her husband you know washes trucks for Edison's sister my girlfriend her husband works for Cadí llac and my girlfriend's father works for Chrysler and just down the line almost everyone I know is not just work day people so I have a first hand and some of them have been lucky and some of you even got laid off and had really bad times its like its right in front of me when can funderburk sounds like its based on personal experience did you spend time on the mon line I had very little time but my father worked out in 19 years not really on the line he was a doctor at the Rouge plant in Michigan and even though I spent three weeks online at one point I assumed it meant my income when I was just out of school high school and it was exactly that way, you know, very hard work, tedious, very few breaks and very loud. you know conditions have improved immensely since then when i worked the line i have been i bend it a bit to do thunderbirds when i worked the line i was 63 and of course im talking 55 when conditions are even worse you know you get a five minute break in 20 minutes to launch you're in 12 days twelve hour days then we can make a lot of money you've had tremendous success in the last few years you've been successful change Bob Seger somehow and if that's how so I don't think so I don't think so so I think there was a point there was a time when it did and it didn't go into the you know, kind of conspicuous consumption and I'm buying this spending this and this spending from that and I've really come out of it now I'm trying to sell it to sell it to I don't think so I think I think when you're relatively I wasn't a poor kid but when you're not even Milliken I was in between poor class and middle class half, I would say, and you finally make it big, you know you tend to want to spend on all that stuff you've had. you fools know that success somehow scares you, no not anymore, at first what scared you was that it would go away because i waited so long for it but now even i'm ready i'm ready for it i'm so ready for it make it go away i could live with it you know i just want to keep doing it as long as people want to keep coming and seeing us you know i think it's now that it's really the only reason we're dating it's actually because my girlfriend mentioned it to me last fall , he said you have a
touryeah the tour died from not touring as much as I used to say well you have too much and I said why is this because they want to see you so that's it forget about the money or let you know how annoying it is or whatever.
I think people really want to see you and that's why. we do and she's right she's very down to earth and very down to earth and she's not in awe of anything or anyone you know and i've been you know i've met people i'm not really you know it really set me back and i've learned a lot from her you know she's been my anchor for 12 years the kind of relationship Seeger describes is the t subject of a song from a
distancecalled even now that the record books are written how would you like to see what would you like to see under the Bob Seger's name oh I don't know I don't know if he did his best that's all you know because I did it
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