Motor City Rock Icon Bob Seger’s sat down with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone recently on the heals of his new release. The country-tinged Ride Out, feature tunes penned by the likes of Steve Earle and John Hiatt, and it also features his most politically charged song in decades, if not ever, “It’s Your World.” The 69-year rocker acknowledged that the song, addressing the environment concern of climate change is bound to turn off some of his diehard followers, but hopefully, it will serve as a wake-up call for some of his older fans, as well. Seger has mostly left the politics to other artists throughout his career, but Climate Change is an issue that must be examined because it’s already here and difficult to deny.
But while Seger’s view of the environment is relatively new-fangled, he still holds onto some very traditional views of modern technology—particularly the Internet and social media. “We raising screen-agers, now,” he says referring to young people today and their constant need to be connected. No Facebook or Twitter for him; Seger thinks that he has a better opportunity to impress his fans and give them higher education customer service by living as privately as is possible for a rock legend.
Finally, when asked about how he felt about “Old Time Rock and Roll” being tied to a vision of Tom Cruise prance about in his tighty-whities, Seger was gracious and somewhat amused. “I’m more into Liam Neeson.”