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Bob Seger Talks Health Issues And New Glenn Frey Inspired Album

(Radio.com) It was only this past October when Bob Seger canceled 19 dates of this year's Runaway Train Tour due to health issues: Doctors found that the rock icon had ruptured a disc in his neck and suffered from a pinched spinal cord. Seger underwent spinal surgery that same month and is on the road to recovery. In a new interview with USA Today, he speaks candidly about the ordeal and his new album.

'Let's face it: I've been singing real hard for 52 years," Seger said to paper. 'That's a strain on the upper shoulders and neck. And I guess I finally just popped one out."

Symptoms began during a September 12 show in Rochester, NY. Seger says he felt a tingling in his hands and numbness around his body. Ultimately he was 'dragging a leg," a sign of potential neurological problems. After the diagnosis, Seger continued touring until the condition grew too serious.

'It was nerve-racking to go up there every night, singing as hard as I could," Seger says. 'But I thought, 'You know, I can do it. I'll take care of this after the tour.'"

Today, he rates the pain at 8 on a scale from one to ten. As he recovers from surgery, he proudly discusses I Knew You When, his 18th studio album set for release this Friday. The record was written and recorded in tribute to his late friend, Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey, who passed away last year. Read more here.


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