Alto Reed, the saxophonist whose signature hooks and daring stage movements made him a star of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band, died Wednesday morning of colon cancer.He was 72 years old

Reed, born in Detroit as Thomas Cartmell, was an original Silver Bullet member who was signed by Seger in 1974 when the Detroit rocker was on the cusp of a national breakout along with bassist Chris Campbell, he was the longest-serving player in the Group and toured with Seger and Silver Bullet

until the end of 2019

He had teamed up with Seger two years earlier and played “Back in ’72” as part of the album sessions – including his trademark intro to “Turn the Page” “

Alongside Seger, Reed became a well-known rock’n’roll character with “Live Bullet” in 1976 His stage movements and stylish presence give Seger’s live shows a visual punch

“I loved him like a brother,” Seger said in a statement. “I may have been the leader, but he was our rock star He was undoubtedly the crowd-pleaser He was brave and worldly I learned so much from the guy And he was a great ambassador to the fans He made time for everyone, every picture, everywhere I can’t say enough good things about him “

Reed’s saxophone lines were some of the most distinctive musical features of Seger’s works – from the famous plaintive opening of “Turn the Page” to the sizzling, plaintive solos on numbers like “Old Time Rock and Roll” and “Rock and” Roll Forgets never “

Reed’s last Hometown show with the Silver Bullet Band was on Jan. June 2019 at a sold out DTE Energy Music Theater when Seger packed a booth with six shows in the former Pine Knob

Motor City Horns trombonist John Rutherford, who has been part of Seger’s live ensemble for 15 years, said Reed was a kind leader on the street

“He was certainly a showman, but he did a great job of balancing show style with musicality – without sacrificing the music,” said Rutherford. “He was a mentor. Joining a band was for us who have been together for 35 years, a kind of adoption into a family, and he always went out of his way to meet friends of mine “

Reed’s credits went way beyond the Seger catalog: from the 1970s onwards, Reed also worked with acts such as Ted Nugent, Robin Gibb, Enchantment, Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad and others

With the singer-songwriter Steve Dickinson he released the album “Tonight We Ride” by the Reed & Dickinson Band after the solo performance “Cool Breeze” from 1997 “

Reed also composed music for two film projects by actor Jeff Daniels: “Escanaba in Da Moonlight” and “Super Sucker” “

Perhaps his most popular work with Seger came with “Turn the Page,” where his atmospheric saxophone, performing Reed Solo in the spotlight, instantly caused the roar of concert audiences to become the solo part, widely considered to be one of the most iconic saxophone lines in rock history Designed by Reed with the support of road manager Tom Weschler, who encouraged him to imagine a movie scene: a foggy night alley under a street lamp

His appearance on the song “helped us take ourselves to another level,” Seger said in a statement

Jim O’Brien of classic rock broadcaster WCSX-FM (947), a weekday morning host who also runs a regular “Seger Saturdays” program, said he cut his vacation down to between 6am and 6pm and to be in the studio Thursday to appreciate Reed’s life and work with Seger

O’Brien got to know the saxophonist well over the years while touring the country catching Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on tour

“He was just fun talking to – he was always so excited about what was going on. He loved it,” said O’Brien. “He was so proud of fans and family, that’s all he was about spoke He did so much for the people of Detroit that people didn’t know about it. Just a great guy. You loved hearing the joy in his voice “

O’Brien also recalled a memorable moment early in his WCSX career: Reed came on Ward 11 in September, 2002 – the Sept one year anniversary 11 attacks – to carry out “The Star-Spangled Banner”

“Our hearts are deeply broken from this enormous loss, but also full of gratitude as we reflect on his legacy and how incredibly lucky we were to call such a special father”

Reed is survived by his children Chelsea Reed Radler and Jon Radler as well as Victoria Reed and Erik Deutsch; a grandson, Harry Radler; a sister, Nancy Neumann, and brother-in-law Dave NeumannHe also leaves behind his partner Christiana Van Ryn; his stepdaughter Sophia Van Ryn and his 21-year-old ex-wife Monica Reed

The family is soliciting donations on behalf of Reed to Detroit Harmony, an initiative of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to deliver musical instruments to students in the area

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our lifelong friend and bandmate Alto ReedAlto died this morning at his home with his family by his side after fighting a valiant battle with colon cancer

Alto has been part of our musical family on and off stage for almost 50 years, I started playing with Alto in 1971. He was amazing He could play pretty much anything, &mldr, he was funky, could scate and tenor sax and alto sax at the same time play

We’ve worked with Alto many times and when we booked our first headlining gigs at Cobo Hall we asked him to be part of those shows. Undoubtedly his iconic performance on “Turn The Page” helped put us on one He’s been on that stage at practically every show since then. And whether it was Turn The Page, Mainstreet, or Old Time Rock and Roll, the audience roared every time he played his part in our band was Alto the rock star

Offstage, Alto had a passion for discovering and experiencing new things, teaching me how to sail in Biscayne Bay, we swam with the sharks (unintentionally!), and often introduced ourselves to local foods and restaurants that he did I called him Captain He was braver than me I remember visiting him in the Miami area and feeding him the manatees in a lagoon behind his house Most of us feed the seagulls, Alto the manatees!

Alto started a family and was a great fatherHe helped raise two talented, beautiful, intelligent young ladies.Over the years his passion for music, life and new adventures never waned.We loved him like a brother and will forever miss

Alto Reed

World news – USA – Alto Reed, longtime saxophonist with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, dies at the age of 72