Pete Seeger’s Death Prompts Confused Twitter Tributes to a Very Much Alive Bob Seger
Following the death of folk icon Pete Seeger, Twitter blew up yesterday with fans paying respect . . . to Bob Seger. Apparently, some people got the ‘We Shall Overcome’ songsmith confused with the ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’ singer, who’s still very much alive.
According to the Daily Dot, more than a few clueless music fans expressed their grief on Twitter over the passing of a music legend. And of course they mourned the wrong music legend:
RIP Pete Seeger, I'll be playing Night Moves on a loop today in memory.
— Mr. J Roboto (@MrJoebot) January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger is working on his Night Moves with the angels now
— Patrick (@pattymo) January 28, 2014
I always thought "Turn the Page" was an awesome song. RIP Bob Seger
— Resistor (@ResistorSings) January 28, 2014
RIP Bob Seger. Chillin up there Like a Rock in Heaven.
— John F. Bittrich (@JohnVonB) January 28, 2014
Things got even more surreal as folks started giving Seger credit for songs he didn’t even write, like the Steve Miller Band‘s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’:
RIP Bob Seger, gone to eternal Baker St. May he forever Fly Like An Eagle. #TheGambler
— FanSince09 (@FanSince09) January 28, 2014
By the end of the day, it was hard to tell who was trolling Twitter and who was genuinely confused about which music legend passed away. You’d think the fact that almost every single obituary mentioned Seeger’s age — 94! — would tip off the misinformed that maybe Mr. Night Moves wasn’t the right guy.
At least one person tried to straighten things out (even though he too was wrong):
Apologies, gang. Bob Seger is alive and well. It's his father Pete who passed away.
— Black Larry King (@BlackLarryKing) January 28, 2014