Bob Seger has shared a new live version of his Grammy-nominated No. 1 single of 1987, ‘Shakedown.’ The in-concert recording has gone live on all digital services today (16).
A chart-topper in both the US and Canada, the song was featured in the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop II and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
The music for ‘Shakedown’ was written by German composer-producer Harold Faltermeyer, who also wrote the movie score, and English producer Keith Forsey. Seger wrote the lyrics, and took on the recording of the song after his friend Glenn Frey had declined it, and then became ill. The single spent a week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first week of August, taking over at the top from Heart’s power ballad ‘Alone.’
Longtime rock hero Seger and the Silver Bullet Band embarked on their Roll Me Away: The Final Tour 2018-19 in November last year. They’ve sold out 48 shows to date, playing to more than half a million devotees with a powerhouse set including such enduring favourites as ‘Still The Same,’ ‘Mainstreet,’ ‘You’ll Accomp’ny Me,’ ‘We’ve Got Tonight,’ ‘Against The Wind’ and ‘Hollywood Nights.’ A second encore has been adding ‘The Famous Final Scene,’ ‘Night Moves’ and ‘Rock and Roll Never Forgets.’ The Roll Me Away tour is due to recommence in Rapid City, SD on 12 September, with dates booked until a closing 19 October show at the United Centre in Chicago.
Seger’s career album sales total more than 50 million, in a discography that has received seven multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in the US, as well as four platinum and two gold awards.