MetraPark officials said they still expect Bob Seger to honor his commitment to play at Rimrock Auto Arena later this year — once his doctor OK’s the tour.
Ray Massie, MetraPark’s sales and marketing director, told Yellowstone County Commissioners on Tuesday that Seger, who underwent back surgery last fall, continues to heal. Seger's doctor won’t allow the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee to lift anything heavier than five pounds — and his Gibson Les Paul weighs in at nearly 12 pounds.
Seger was scheduled to play in Billings on Nov. 13, 2017.
Seger’s handlers “still project the show will go back on the road,” Massie said, and they’ve been given dates when the rescheduled concert could occur at the arena. That announcement will come later, he told commissioners.
MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher said the facility he manages is currently “on a 90-day run” and what he called “an economy-generator” is “filled with happy faces and fun people” this time of year.
Dutcher named a number of recent and upcoming events to make his point: state and divisional high school basketball tournaments, this week's NAIA Division I women’s basketball championship, last week’s National Rifle Association banquet and the Billings Chamber of Commerce's annual breakfast on March 29.
Massie gave commissioners an accounting of recent event ticket sales. Leaders among the nearly $4 million worth of tickets sold to date include:
- Seger, about $734,000.
- Foo Fighters, about $678,000.
- Stewart, about $551,000.
- Chris Stapleton, about $486,000.
- Luke Bryan, about $438,000.
- The Professional Bull Riders event April 20-22, about $382,000.
- Class A state tournament, about $137,000.
- Class B divisional tournament, about $96,000.
- Riverdance, about $93,000.
Commissioners took these actions Tuesday:
- Opened bids on an asphalt overlay project on West I Road. The apparent low bidder is Riverside Contracting of Billings, at about $644,000.
- OK'd a resolution of intent to create an extension on Coulson Road.
- Approved a memorandum of understanding with the city of Billings to provide Geographic Information Systems data. The new agreement, renegotiated after about 17 years, raises the payment to the county from $28,000 annually to $35,000 annually.
Citing medical issues, Bob Seger has postponed 19 concerts, including a date at MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena on Nov. 13.