Ageing rocker Bob Seger is contemplating retiring from the stage after his current U.S. tour because it's becoming more and more of a "challenge" to perform well in concert.
The singer admits his vocals aren't what they used to be thanks to his smoking habit, and although he knows his days onstage are numbered, he's doing his best to pull it together for fans.
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 just three shows a week on their current U.S. tour, but the gigs are taking a toll on the star's health.
He continues, "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 is well aware he can't keep up the momentum much longer and admits this tour might be his last.
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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