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Bob Seger Concert Review, Houston, TX, February 14, 2015

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It’s funny.  Whenever I mention Bob Seger around friends, it’s always a reaction of love or hate.  I really like most of everything I’ve heard by him sans a few songs, mainly Katmandu, Old Time Rock and Roll and Like a Rock.  Even before Chevy picked that song up it annoyed me for some reason.  I could stand never hearing Turn the Page again just because it’s a good song that’s been overplayed, not to mention the bastardized version that Metallica recorded.  Horrid.

Upon getting to our floor seats, I noticed two drum sets on the stage which meant there was an opener.  BUMMER.  I didn’t sleep much the night before and even though I had a nap earlier at the hotel, I was still wiped out and the last thing I wanted to do was sit through an opener.  It was Austin’s Heartless Bastards and were about as boring as I could imagine.  Good on ’em for picking some shows on such a huge tour, but they just weren’t my thing at all.

Bob Hits the stage just a little after 9PM and opens with Roll Me Away from The Distance album and went right into the Otis Clay cover of Tryin’ to Live My Life Without You.  I wasn’t familiar with either of them but the majority of the crowd was singng along to both.  That crowd averaged in age about 50 years or more.

Fire Down Below came up next and that got the crowd even more energized.  It was followed by a Steve Earle cover tune called The Devil’s Right Hand from his new album entitled Ride out.  That album is Bob’s last according to him.  He also played a John Hiatt tune from Ride out called Detroit Made.

They ran through most of the hits you’d expect and thankfully skipped Katmandu.  I’ve always been a big fan of Against the Wind, Come to Poppa, Beautiful Loser, Night Moves and Especially Hollywood Nights.    Bob’s songs sometimes tell great stories.  Against the Wind and Hollywood Nights certainly evoked some great childhood memories and even some memories of good loves gone bad or bad loves gone worse.  haha.  I was really hoping to hear Still the Same, Even Now, You’ll Accomp’ny Me, Shame on the Moon and even more so Fire Lake.  I adore that song.

Bob will be 70 this year but you’d never know it.  He was all over the stage and his voice was in excellent shape.  I was really surprised.  Overall it was a great show minus two drunk couples in front of us that wouldn’t shut up the whole show.

Thanks for the memories and great songs, Bob.

 

Iron Maiden – The Whole Population Of Hackney (Live 1985)

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Here’s a sort of rare Maiden bootleg that I used to have on vinyl ages ago.  I used to be a bigtime Maiden record collector and had well over 200 records.  Those old days of trading records through magazine ads and the early alt.newsgroup days are long gone thanks to the advancement of the Internet.  Good times though.  Never a deal gone sour!  I sold off most of my entire record collection around 2000.  Sometimes I wish I still had it all but I used to move a lot and lugging those crates around were a bear.

Anyhoo…The Whole Population of Hackney (aka The Entire Population of Hackney).  This was an odd little show and technically it’s not even an Iron Maiden show.  You can read about the history of this recording here.

One of the things I liked about this is that some of the songs ended up being recorded by Adrian under his ASAP project.  I love that album and wish he would have done a followup.

Tracks:

  1. EastEnders theme/”Juanita” – 4:32 (Marshall Fury cover)
  2. “See Me Through” – 3:22 (original by James Buster Band)
  3. “Reach Out” – 3:36 (Written by Dave Colwell for the project)
  4. “Chevrolet” – 3:38 (Stray Dog cover)
  5. “Lady” – 6:55 (Urchin song)
  6. “Silver and Gold” – 6:21 (Later used with ASAP)
  7. “That Girl” – 5:06 (composed by the first instance of FM band with Andy Barnett on. Circa ’84)
  8. “Fighting Man” – 5:33 (Written by Dave Colwell for the project)(later appeared on the ASAP single, Silver and Gold)
  9. “School Days” (with extended drum solo) – 5:51 (Originally written by Colwell for his band 720) (later appeared on the ASAP single, Down the Wire)
  10. “When She’s Gone” – 5:30 (Not the Black Sabbath song. Later appeared on the ASAP single, Down the Wire)
  11. “Try” – 4:06 (Written by Kenny Mountain, who also co-wrote Rainbow’s Gold)
  12. “Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra)” – 4:11 (from Iron Maiden’s Powerslave) (Steve Harris and Dave Murray enter the stage)
  13. “2 Minutes To Midnight” – 6:11 (from Iron Maiden’s Powerslave) (Bruce Dickinson enters the stage)
  14. “Rosalie” – 4:33 (Bob Seger cover)
  15. “Tush” – 4:29 (ZZ Top cover)

Download it here.