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News for 03/18/07

Hello Everybody.

What an incredible way to end a tour! Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band put on a whale of show last night at Cobo Arena – could this really have been his final live performance? I somehow doubt that, and would not be at all surprised if he does play a few shows later this year.

Regardless, his concert at Cobo yesterday was a hit-filled, 2-hour plus extravaganza that featured such highlights as Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man, Still The One and Turn The Page, concluding with a truly rousing version of Rock & Roll Never Forgets.

The evening was filled with history and nostalgia, and not only because Seger’s Live Bullet album was done at Cobo more than 30 years ago. As I looked around at the pumped-up, jubilant crowd, I was thinking about so many other sensational shows I’ve caught at this legendary, if worn around the seams venue – The Rolling Stones (on their first tour with Ron Wood), Pink Floyd (on its Dark Side of the Moon tour!), Bob Dylan, the Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, the Pretenders with Iggy Pop as the opening act, etc., etc.

The next big show for me will be the reunited Stooges in concert at the Fox on Friday, April 13, in support of their first CD in 30+ years, The Weirdness. People still talk about their blistering performance at DTE Energy Music Theatre in ’03 – yes, I was there & it was astonishing – so I’m really looking forward to this small-venue show from Iggy & Co. next month.

On the film front, I’ll be presented two screenings at the 45th Ann Arbor Film Festival, which unspools at the Michigan Theater in A2 from March 20-25. I’ll be at the Theater to host the 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings on Fri., March 23 – please stop by and say hi. Info at aafilmfest.org.

And of course the Tigers home opener is coming up shortly and I wouldn’t miss that for the world. Lots of Studio A2 on the Road events will be announced soon, so keep checking back here for more updates.

Best,

Martin

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