Whatever Happened to Bob Seger? His ‘Greatest Hits’ Album Sees a Resurgence

Musician Bob Seger performs at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Wisconsin, July 13, 1977.
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Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band have been making a bit of a comeback on Seger’s 79th birthday (May 6, 2024). Seger and his band retired in 2019 after his final tour Travelin’ Man took off in 2018 and played around the country. Since then, he has stayed largely out of the spotlight, only coming back for rare appearances such as at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville induction. He performed for the induction of Patty Loveless and played her song “She Drew a Broken Heart.”

Since Seger has not performed in recent years and has not released an album since 2017, it is rather curious that one of his albums is now trending. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s Greatest Hits album reappeared on the Top Rock Albums chart recently. The album, first released in 1994 and went 10x Platinum, appeared on the chart at No. 25.

American rock singer and musician Bob Seger in London at the start of a British tour with his group, the Silver Bullet Band, 12th October 1977. He is wearing a t-shirt depicting comedian Steve Martin holding his 1977 album 'Let's Get Small'.

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The chart compiles data from sales of the album as well as streams of the album and its songs to make the list each week. In addition, the album went up to No. 29 on the Top Rock & Alternative Albums chart, proving that the music is indeed timeless. It also went up to No. 136 on the Billboard 200, ranking the most-consumed albums in the United States.

Recording artist Bob Seger acknoewledges the crowd after singing the National Anthem before the Detroit Tigers take on the St. Louis Cardinals during Game One of 2006 World Series October 21, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

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It was a pretty sizeable increase for an album that is turning 30 years old this year. Not much is known about Seger’s whereabouts since he retired but he seems to be enjoying family life in his home state of Michigan. He lives in a mansion on Upper Straits Lake in Oakland County. In addition, each year, Lincoln Park, the city where Seger lived for a while in his youth, celebrates “Bob Seger Day” on November 17 so it seems likely he comes out to celebrate on that day. Here’s to hoping he comes out of retirement for one last album or tour!

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