Bob Seger tribute band offers memories along with the music
The beginning of this weekend presents a great chance to listen to that "Old Time Rock and Roll" as "Turn the Page: A Tribute to Bob Seger" makes its way to Prescott. An incarnation of the Sam Morrison Band, this tribute performance will feature Seger's classic hits as well as his lesser known songs and will take audiences on a trip down memory lane.
The tribute show has been going on for about 10 years, said the show's Seger, Sam Morrison. He said the Sam Morrison Band started out as a Southern rock show that played a lot of biker events and when the band started playing some Seger songs, people kept telling him that he sounded a lot like the real deal. That was also the time Morrison's friend in an Eagles tribute band was telling him about the tribute scene.
"He was telling me the tribute thing is really kind of a cool thing to do," Morrison said. "So we decided since I sound so much like Bob Seger and people keep requesting it, that we try to do a Seger tribute and see what happened. It just kind of took off."
The performance, at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov 20, will be at the Prescott Elks Theatre, 117 E. Gurley St. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the box office one hour before the performance.
Tribute shows have turned into a huge venture, Morrison said, stating that if someone had told him he'd be doing a tribute to Seger a decade ago, he would have just laughed. Many of the classic artists don't tour or record anything anymore, Morrison said, buthe added that the public still loves to see that kind of music live.
And for those who can't make the show or want to hear more afterward, the band has several albums on iTunes, Morrison said. They can all be found by searching "Bob Seger Tribute."
Making a living playing music is a dream come true, Morrison said. The band does two other shows in addition to the Seger Tribute. One is the Southern rock show that started it all and the other is an original show that has given Morrison the chance to open for such bands as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. It never gets boring either, Morrison said, adding that it's difficult to pinpoint a favorite song to perform.
"When you're playing Bob Seger music, everything you play is great and classic, and the Southern rock genre too; they're all just great tunes," he said. The show will include all the greatest hits and some of the obscure material. "Every time you hear one of these songs, it makes you remember what you were doing the first time you heard it. Not only is it a night full of great music, but a night full of memories too. It takes you back."
By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.