Despite the fact that his latest album, the optimistically dubbed Face the Promise, represents his first new set of songs in nearly a dozen years, Bob Seger is, to borrow the title of one of his most resilient oldies, still the same when it comes to his blue-collar rock 'n' roll. Long before Springsteen and Mellencamp started churning out their Everyman anthems, Seger was echoing the angst and aspirations of America's working class. After conquering his hometown of Detroit, Seger became a top draw in venues large and small throughout the heartland a self-described "Travelin' Man" and "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," the long-haired road warrior whose best-selling album, Live Bullet recorded with his erstwhile outfit, the Silver Bullet Band became the blueprint for a truly memorable concert recording. Nowadays, the only thing silver he sports is his reasonably cropped hair, which finds him looking more like an amiable old folkie than his renegade-rocker persona of the '70s and '80s. Still, to quote another of his classics, he still stokes the fire down below.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 11, at Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Tickets cost $99.50 to $149.50. Call 954-523-3309, or visit www.ticketmaster.com.