Bob Seger Big Headed Monster Invades Detroit – Pic of the Week
We've never heard of Bob Seger having a reputation of being egotistical or big headed. But the proof is in the picture. Bob Seger is one big-headed monster! Well ... OK, so maybe Bob himself isn't, but get a load of the giant paper mache behemoth in the likeness of Mr. Old Time Rock 'N' Roll!
Although the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is the most well known, similar parades are held throughout America, including major events in Chicago and Detroit, to name a couple. The annual parade in Detroit marked it's 85th year this season and has a long-running tradition: a collection of Big Head paper mache creations. Some of the Big Heads include former NBA champ Earvin 'Magic' Johnson, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and, you know it, Bob Seger!
In the photo, you can see the time and detail that went into it, but you have to laugh at the absurdity as well. Especially with the expression on his face, not to mention the giant hole in his neck for it's operator to peer through so as to guide the Bob homage through the streets! That being said, it's obviously a sincere tribute to one of Detroit Rock City's favorite sons.
Bob's roots as part of the Detroit rock scene date back to the early-to-mid '60s with a string of amazing 45's of blazing rock and roll, the likes of which he would never appraoch again in his long and very successful career. Records like 'East Side Story,' 'Persecution Smith,' 'Heavy Music' and the protest anthem '2+2' are pure raw and raunchy rock 'n' roll, miles away from chart toppers like 'Night Moves' or 'Against The Wind.'
In the late '60s and early '70s, it was not uncommon for Bob to be rubbing elbows with the likes of the Stooges, Alice Cooper, the MC5 (even playing tambourine on their 'High Time' LP) and Grand Funk Railroad from nearby Flint, Mich. Bringing things full circle, Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer is now Bob's drummer in the Silver Bullet Band.
So, here's to Bob, giant head and all! Just remember, if you're going to take those old records off the shelf ... you may want to try and grab some really old ones. You'll be glad you did.