Bob Seger fans gutted at the recent postponement of his highly successful Runaway Train Tour due to health issues can take some small comfort by enjoying a free stream of the ailing Motown rocker's new single “Busload of Faith.” The song is the lead release from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's highly anticipated 18th studio album I Knew You When, which will drop Nov. 17 via Columbia.
AntiMusic reports on Oct. 16 that “Busload of Faith” was written by the late great Lou Reed and was originally released as the the third single off of the ex-Velvet Underground co-founder's classic 1989 solo studio album New York. The track is one of only two cover versions contained on Seger's upcoming album along with a rendition of "Democracy" by yet another recently passed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – Leonard Cohen.
The 4:31 audio clip remains fairly faithful to Reed's initial version during the intro, employing call-answer riffs between electric and acoustic guitars. Seger does take some small liberties with Reed's lyrics, changing the opening line of the fifth verse “You can't depend on churches” to “You can't depend on the president.”
Dedicated to the memory of Seger's longtime friend – late Eagles' co-founder Glenn Frey, I Knew You When contains 10 tracks in the standard edition and 13 tracks in the deluxe edition. The album is available for preorder here in CD, digital and vinyl formats in a variety of bundles. "Busload of Faith" was originally released to radio last month, but fans who haven't yet heard the single can check out the audio track above.
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band postponed their Runaway Train Tour earlier this month on doctor's orders after the legendary Motown rocker developed serious issues with his vertebrae in his neck. Details on a new series of dates to replace the postponed shows are expected to be announced shortly.