Turn the Page (Bob Seger song)

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

Artist = Bob Seger
from Album = Back in '72
Released = 1973
Genre = Rock
Length = 5:11
Label = Reprise
Writer = Bob Seger
Producer = Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
Certification =
Chart position =
"Turn the Page" is a song written and recorded by Bob Seger.

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 rock radio stations, and still gets significant airplay to this day on classic rock stations. He revealed at his concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during 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 saxophone part.


*Waylon Jennings covered 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 Ulrich had heard the original song while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge and 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 guitar line from Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield played a guitar solo before the last run through the chorus. Metallica's music video for 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 Earring and 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 Francis covered 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".

*Staind frequently cover the song in live shows, and it is played solo by Aaron Lewis with just an acoustic guitar.


Jon Bon Jovi has claimed that the song was a big influence on him and Richie Sambora when they were writing their 1986 classic Wanted Dead or Alive.

External links

* [http://www.reasontorock.com/tracks/turn_the_page.html "Reason to Rock" review]

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