Bob Seger is considering retiring from touring after his current U.S. tour because it’s becoming a “challenge” to perform well at shows.
Singer Bob Seger said his vocals aren’t as good because he smokes and realizes his days of touring are numbered.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Seger says, “I’m not a tour rat. I’m not crazy about it. It’s a challenge, though everybody in the band is telling me that I’m singing better than on the last tour. Again, it’s a challenge to sing good up there for two hours when you’re 65.
“…I know I’m still smoking and that’s bad, but I’m gargling and I’ve got a lot of lozenges. I pop one every 45 minutes.”
Seger and his band have been playing three shows a week on their current tour of the United States, but says the shows are taking a toll on his health.
Seger adds, “For the first time I’m sitting when I’m playing guitar. It hurts my back. I play two or three songs at the piano, but unusually, my back hurts worse at the piano. It’s really strange because it never did before. It’s just age. I’m getting up there… I’m paying the price though. I’ve got a real stiff neck and sore back. Other than that, I’m enjoying it.”
But Seger knows this could be his final tour.
He adds, “In May, I’m going to be 66, so I don’t know how many more years I’ve got a chance to do this… But my career’s winding down. What can I say? I can’t do this much longer.
“My manager is 70. We’ve been together for 45 years now and we need to stop pretty soon and turn it over to the Kid Rocks and Eminems. I guess we’re in the final stages here.”
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