Nine Tonight

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Nine Tonight
Bob Seger - Nine Tonight.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 5, 1981
RecordedCobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan–June 1980 and Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts–October 1980 Recorded by David Hewitt on the Record Plant NY Black Truck
Length67:21 (CD)
80:00 (Original vinyl)
ProducerPunch Andrews, Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band chronology
Against the Wind
Nine Tonight
The Distance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Nine Tonight is a live album by American rock band Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). The album was recorded at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, in June 1980 and at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts in October 1980. With the exception of three tracks - "Nine Tonight", "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" and "Let It Rock" - the album is composed entirely of songs drawn from Seger's three previous studio albums. Only "Let It Rock" was repeated from the previous live album Live Bullet. "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You" was a U.S. top 5 pop hit, peaking at #5. The album's title track was originally recorded for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack album.

The 2011 remastered album has a bonus track called "Brave Strangers", which was originally released on his 1978 album Stranger in Town. This live version was originally released as the B-side of the "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You" live single. On release of the 2011 remastered version, fans were disappointed that it did not restore the full 10:30 version of "Let It Rock".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

1."Nine Tonight" 5:23
2."Tryin' to Live My Life Without You"Eugene Williams4:00
3."You'll Accomp'ny Me" 4:13
4."Hollywood Nights" 4:49
5."Old Time Rock & Roll"George Jackson, Thomas Earl Jones III5:12
6."Mainstreet" 4:04
7."Against the Wind" 5:35
8."The Fire Down Below" 4:47
9."Her Strut" 3:51
10."Feel Like a Number" 4:10
11."Fire Lake" 3:52
12."Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight" 2:59
13."We've Got Tonight" 4:55
14."Night Moves" 5:44
15."Rock and Roll Never Forgets" 3:36
16."Let It Rock" (edited for CD - original LP version was 10:30.)Chuck Berry5:58
17."Brave Strangers" 6:48

Track times based upon 2011 remaster.

Tracks recorded in Detroit on 15 Jun 1980: 8 & 17

Tracks recorded in Detroit on 16 Jun 1980: 4 & 12

Tracks recorded in Detroit on 19 Jun 1980: 7 & 10

Tracks recorded in Detroit on 20 Jun 1980: 11 & 14

Tracks recorded in Detroit on 21 Jun 1980: 13

Tracks recorded in Boston on 5 Oct 1980: 5 & 9

Tracks recorded in Boston on 6 Oct 1980: 1 & 2

Tracks recorded in Boston on 7 Oct 1980: 3, 6, 15 & 16


  • Bob Seger - acoustic guitar, piano, electric guitar, vocals
  • Drew Abbott - electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Colleen Beaton - vocals
  • Chris Campbell - bass, background vocals
  • Craig Frost - organ, piano, keyboard, clavinet
  • Kathy Lamb - vocals
  • Pamela Moore - vocals
  • Shaun Murphy - percussion, vocals, background vocals, harmony vocals
  • Alto Reed - organ, flute, horn, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • David Teegarden - drums, background vocals
  • June Tilton - vocals

Charting History[edit]

Charting Singles[edit]

Single Chart Position
"Tryin' to Live My Life Without You" (Live) Canada (RPM)
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart 2
U.S.Billboard Hot 100 5
"Feel Like A Number" (Live) Canada (RPM)
U.S.Billboard Hot 100 5
"Hollywood Nights" (Live) UK Singles Chart
"We've Got Tonight" (Live) UK Singles Chart


(sales thresholds)

  • US: 4× Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: Nine Tonight > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.