- Turn the Page (Bob Seger song)
:"For the song by
Bobby Valentino, see Turn the Page (Bobby Valentino song). For the song by Rush, see Turn the Page (Rush song)."Infobox Single
Name = Turn the Page
from Album =
Back in '72
Released = 1973
Genre = Rock
Length = 5:11
Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
Chart position = "Turn the Page" is a song written and recorded by
The song was originally released by Seger in 1973 on his "
Back in '72" album. Seger's original version never made the charts, but an evocative live performance on his 1976 " Live Bullet" album became a mainstay of album-oriented rockradio stations, and still gets significant airplay to this day on classic rockstations. He revealed at his concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsinduring his 2006 tour that he had written the song in a hotel room in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
"Turn the Page" is about the emotional and social ups and downs of a rock musician's life on the road, against a slow tempo and a mournful
Waylon Jenningscovered the single (though not released) "Turn the Page" on the album of the same name ("Turn the Page") in 1985, the first in which Jennings was drug-free in twenty years.
*The song was later covered by
Metallica, as the first single from their 1998 " Garage Inc." album, reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks; drummer Lars Ulrichhad heard the original song while driving across the Golden Gate Bridgeand later commented that he thought it "Had James [Hetfield] all over it". [http://www.encycmet.com/songs/sgtpage.shtml] Metallica's rendition is taken at much the same tempo as Seger's, but with a heavier feel; the saxophone part is replaced by a high slide guitarline from Kirk Hammettand James Hetfieldplayed a guitar solo before the last run through the chorus. Metallica's music videofor the song, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, is about the life of a stripper who prostitutes herself while she is trying to raise a child; the prostitute/stripper is played by Ginger Lynn Allen. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000259/bio]
*The song was also covered by Australian rock singer
Jon English, the Dutch rock group Golden Earringand the singer Sally Anthony.
*Kid Rock covered the song as a 1995 demo as part of his White Room Studios Sessions but it was left off of 'Early Mornin Stoned Pimp'. Kid Rock's version includes the original version overdubbed. He has covered it with Metallica on the 2000 Summer Sanitarium Tour.
Sage Franciscovered the song on his 2001 album Personal Journals, with slightly altered lyrics. The chorus lyric and song title were changed to "My Name Is Strange".
Staindfrequently cover the song in live shows, and it is played solo by Aaron Lewis with just an acoustic guitar.
Jon Bon Jovihas claimed that the song was a big influence on him and Richie Samborawhen they were writing their 1986 classic Wanted Dead or Alive.
* [http://www.reasontorock.com/tracks/turn_the_page.html "Reason to Rock" review]
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