Well, I think it’s fair to we have been in the fast lane for the last two Jukebox Posts.
So, it would probably be sensible to pull over, take a breath, and relax with a dreamy ballad I could wax all lyrical about.
That would be sensible.
But, Brothers and Sisters, I’m here to tell you I’m going to do no such thing.
No such thing.
Instead while the fires are blazing and our hearts are burnin’ burnin’ let’s get those wheels really spinning!
Time to get the motor running.
Head out on the highway.
Adventure is bound to come our way.
Let’s drive all night under the Moon until the Sun comes up.
Let’s roar through Nebraska whinin’.
Let’s head out for the mountains.
Let’s drive so fast the fields will feel like they’re bending over.
Let’s worry about absolutely nothing.
Not even if the rear view mirror picks up flashing red lights and the air resounds with sirens screaming.
Because all the red lights and screaming sirens in the world don’t make no difference when you’re driving a Ferrari Enzo.
Oh Boy are we gonna get out of Denver.
The speed dial is gonna cruise past 200 miles an hour.
We’ll have to pinch each other just to see if we was dreaming.
Bye, Bye, Bye, flashing lights and sirens screaming.
Bye, Bye, Bye.
We’re getting straight outta Denver.
Straight outta Denver.
Fire her up Bob!
Fire her up!
Bob Seger is the real deal.
He did all the hard yards in his native Detroit.
Learning how to lead a band that could drive an audience stone crazy.
Writing songs that spoke plain truth about the real lives people led and the lives they wanted to lead.
Bob Seger – an honest working man speaking directly from that experience and illuminating it with melody and lyric and colossal drive.
A Home Town hero in Detroit for years and years before the rest of the world woke up to his extraordinary talent.
One of those who knew a Rock ‘n’ Roll classic when he heard it was Dave Edmunds.
Dave is plugged into the very DNA of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
He is entirely capable of playing every instrument himself as with I Hear You Knocking.
But, get him onstage with sparring partner Nick Lowe and a dynamite drummer like Terry Williams and you can guarantee your wheels will be spinnin’ spinnin’ shootin’ sparks all around.Embed from Getty Images
From 1977’s ‘Get It’ Dave’s riotous take on Get Out Of Denver.
Go! Go! Go!
From time to time I’m asked – what’s the greatest double live album of all time?
Now, that’s easy – Van Morrison’s, ‘Too Late To Stop Now’ for the genius of his singing across multiple musical genres and the empathetic brilliance of The Caledonia Soul Orchestra.
But, when I want the pure adrenaline rush of listening to a great Band setting the woods and ballroom on fire I always turn to Bob Seger’s ‘Live Bullet’ recorded in 1975 at The Cobo in Detroit.
When I perfect the time travel machine one of my first stops is going to be Detroit September 1975 so that I can go absolutely nuts the moment I hear Bob sing:
’I still remember it was autumn and the moon was shinin’ ….’
Fast forward to March 16 2004 Detroit’s State Theatre.
Bob Dylan, a mere 15 years into the, ‘Never Ending Tour’ has seemingly completed his encore with the incomparable one-two punch of, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and, ‘All Along The Watchtower’.Embed from Getty Images
But, there’s a surprise in store even for fanatical Bob Cats who know every song Bob has ever played and who compile lists of songs he just might do one day (guilty).
For tonight, for one night only (or more circumspectly we might say for at least the next 14 years) Bob and the band – Larry Campbell, Freddie Koella (much missed by me), Richie Hayward, George Recile and on Bass that night – Tony Garnier launch to the roaring delight of the assembled Detroiters full tilt into, ‘Get Out Of Denver’
Bob must have learned that the day before had been officially declared Bob Seger Day by The Governor and decided to tip his hat in the best way possible from one songwriter and bandleader to another.
Bob, as we should know by now, is pretty much familiar with every great song that’s been written over the last two hundred years or so.
That’s why I have dubbed him The Keeper Of American Song.
It’s also worth noting that Bob Seger has said that the first artist who really got to him was Little Richard.
And, legendarily, Bob Dylan’s High School Yearbook records his ambition was to, ‘Join Little Richard’.
Hearing the two Bobs burnin’ burnin’ through Get Out Of Denver we can be sure both of them have joined Little Richard in the highest halls of Rock ‘n’ Roll’
‘Get out of Denver better go go, Get out of Denver go ….