Exclusive Video: Bob Seger on "Idol," Detroit Radio and That First Great Song

March 27, 2007 12:56 PM ET

Earlier this year, Bob Seger was in town and stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to chat about his illustrious career (and to dish on the woman behind "Night Moves"). He also sat down for a more formal interview, which you can watch here. In it you'll get Seger's thoughts on American Idol, his gratitude for Detroit radio and the moment he knew he'd written his first great song. Check it out.

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