Credit: Terry WyattBob Seger recently underwent surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck, which forced him to postpone the final 19 dates of his 2017 North American tour with his Silver Bullet Band. Seger, whose latest studio album, I Knew You When, was released last month, recently chatted with ABC Radio about his health status and when he may be ready to return to the road.

“I’m healing pretty good the last [few] weeks,” the 72-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer reports. “I’ve still got pain medicine left, and I’m not taking it.”

He adds that he hopes to be ready to tour again by late spring.

“We’ll see,” says Seger. “I’ll tell you when the pain goes away. It’s still there a little bit, but…[i]t’s getting a lot better.”

Regarding the operation, Seger tells ABC Radio that doctors gave him the choice of going through the back of his neck or the front. He chose the back, which was safer for his vocal cords but also the more painful option.

Bob explains that because he developed powerful neck and back muscles from his long singing career, doctors told him it would take a while before the pain goes away.

Seger notes that until his pain totally subsides, “I’m not even allowed to sing or play, or pick up anything more than five pounds. And I think it will be that way probably till January.”

Meanwhile, Bob says he’s looking forward to playing songs from I Knew You When live when he heads back on tour. As for whether additional dates will be added to the 19 rescheduled concerts, he says, “We’ll get to those [shows] that we had to cancel and then we’ll see what happens after that.”

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