BRANSON , Missouri — Veteran rocker Bob Seger urges his fans to contribute whatever effort they can to help Nepal recover from the tremendous devastation caused by multiple earthquakes and aftershocks suffered since April 25. He said he hoped as many as possible could go to Kathmandu, the capital and hardest hit area.
Mr. Seger skyrocketed to rock and roll stardom with his 1974 hit “Katmandu,” a hot single from his platinum album Beautiful Loser. Mr. Seger said he has harbored a lifelong fascination with Kangchenjunga mountain and Mount Everest but was disappointed he had never made a trek, so he was happy to see both peaks still “sitting way up high, way up firm and high.”
Mount Everest and Kangchenjunga, located in Nepal, are the world’s highest and third highest mountain ranges, respectively.
Mr. Seger said the tragedy had renewed his determination to visit Nepal. “I think I’m going to Katmandu, that’s really really where I’m going to,” he said.
Currently, Mr. Seger is performing at the Retro Rockers Revue Theatre in Branson, Missouri. His schedule involves performing 5 show per day for 90 consecutive days. Mr. Seger said he was frustrated his touring schedule was keeping him from going to Kathmandu.
“I got no quarrel with the Midwest. The folks out here have given me their best,” the Detroit Rocker said. “I think I’m goin’ to Katmandu. Up to the mountains where I’m going to. If I ever get out of here, that’s what I’m gonna do. That’s where I’m goin’ to Katmandu.”
Mr. Seger has already sent a large shipment of emergency supplies to Kathmandu and is “praying and wishing the best outcome” for everyone in Nepal. “I raise my whiskey glass, and give ’em a toast. I’m sure they know it’s true,” he said.
After his stint in Branson, Mr. Seger will continue his RIDE OUT tour.
Joe Smith and Wayne Smith in Detroit contributed to this report. Sabeeta Sherpa contributed from Kathmandu.
Image: Courtesy of www.bobseger.com.