UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Bob Seger raised eyebrows a few months back when he teased his current tour with a video that included the phrase “one last time.”
And then there was that ominous “Last Time at Mohegan Sun Arena” tagline on a Mohegan Sun Casino website posting.
Hopefully, Seger, who has a new album due in November, has no intention of packing in it nor will his sold-out performance here on Saturday night have been his last.
Backed by his famed Silver Bullet Band, the Detroit rocker took to the stage at the Mohegan Sun as a recording of John Fogerty’s “Old Man Down the Road” played, but there was nothing old nor creaky as they launched into the crowd pleasing “Roll Me Away.”
They quickly followed with another early 1980s favorite, their cover of Otis Clay’s “Trying to Live My Life Without You.” The performance demonstrated that at age 72, Seger’s distinctive raspy vocals have lost none of their power or charm.
As expected, the 20-song set focused squarely on Seger’s many hits, but there were some nice surprises, including a performance of “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” a tune Seger had not played live for 31 years until this tour.
The setlist was packed with FM rock favorites like “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Like a Rock.”
Two standout numbers featured his longtime sax player, Alto Reed: “Mainstreet” and the magnificent “Turn the Page.”
As the night drew to a close, Seger dug back to 1969 for “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” a rocker he recorded as The Bob Seger System in 1969.
He capped the evening with a four song encore — “Against the Wind,” Hollywood Nights,” “Night Moves” and, appropriately enough, “Rock and Roll Never Forgets.”
Opening for Seger was Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson’s new band Roadcase Royale, featuring singer Liv Warfield, a former member of Prince’s New Power Generation. The band will be releasing their debut album “First Things First” on Friday.
Their 45-minute set mixed new tunes like “Insaniac” and “Hold On To My Hand,” with such Heart standards as “These Dreams,” “What About Love” and “Crazy on You.”
With four of the six members of Roadcase Royale having ties to Heart, it goes without saying that the versions of those were letter-perfect.