Last spring, Bob Seger told Rolling Stone that his “career’s winding down” and that he “can’t do this much longer.” Since then, however, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has kept busy, playing 50+ arena shows with his Silver Bullet band in 2011, starting work on his first new album in six years, and now, being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

At a ceremony in New York tonight (June 14), Seger will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman (who wrote Bat Out Of Hell), country songwriter Don Schlitz (who wrote Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”), and Broadway songwriters Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones (no, not that Tom Jones). Music stars Bette Midler, Ne-Yo, Ben E. King (for “Stand By Me”) and posthumously, Woody Guthrie will be honored with special awards at the ceremony as well.

As equally noteworthy as the inductees themselves are the presenters and performers at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony, including Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, Kenny Rogers, Valerie Simpson, Emmylou Harris, American Idol and Rock of Ages alum Constantine Maroulis, and more. Though it has not been announced which stars will honor which inductees, it’s a safe assumption that Stevie Nicks is on hand to salute Seger, seeing as she’s covered his “Face the Promise” during concerts in recent years. Steve Miller, who was actually on the nomination list for induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year, is a classic rock cohort of Seger’s, so perhaps he’s also there to celebrate the Silver Bullet band leader.

As for what’s next for Seger, he recently told Billboard that he’s hard are work on his next album, for which he has five songs he’s set on and still “sifting through” 70 other tracks. The album does not currently have a release date, but Seger is planning to hit the road for two weeks this November, either on the west coast or in Australia. Seger will also duet with John Fogerty for the Creedence Clearwater Revival leader’s upcoming album, on which the classic rockers will reimagine CCR’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local


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