Sweet 16: Adele, Bieber and the hottest shows of 2016
Here’s three words to preview the upcoming year in concerts:
Adele is coming.
Does anything else matter? Yes, of course. But nothing’s bigger than Adele: The blockbuster British ballad singer instantly sold out two nights at The Palace earlier this month (the concerts aren’t until September) and saw nationwide demand for tickets swell to massive numbers. More than 10 million people were in the hunt for 750,000 available tickets, according to reports, a less than one in 10 return rate. (Hopefully you scored.)
There are many more concerts yet to be announced — Coldplay and U2 are expected in the area, for starters — but here are 16 already-scheduled shows that are sure to be hot tickets in 2016:
1. Adele, Sept. 6-7, Palace of Auburn Hills: Hello. Adele returns on her first tour since 2011, upgrading from theaters to arenas (last time around, she played the Royal Oak Music Theatre, a show that has become a badge of honor for those who were there). Her two shows sold out in a flash; she could probably sell out two nights at Ford Field without batting an eye.
2. Faster Horses, July 15-17, Michigan International Speedway: The three-day country music festival, which has branded itself the #partyofthesummer, returns for its fourth year. A lineup is due out soon, but Jason Aldean — who headlined the first Faster Horses in 2013 — is expected to make his return to the fest.
3. Janet Jackson, date TBD, The Palace of Auburn Hills: Jackson’s last Detroit visit was on the intimate “Up Close & Personal” tour in 2011, when she played her No. 1 songs at the Fox Theatre. Now she’s back at The Palace, touring behind October’s “Unbreakable,” her strongest album in more than 10 years. (Her Feb. 5 concert has been delayed until summer due to Jackson scheduled for an unspecified surgery.)
4. Muse, Jan. 14, Joe Louis Arena: Muse puts on the kind of big ol’ ridiculous rock shows that you rarely see anymore. Expect them to pull out all the production tricks at this in-the-round Joe Louis show, which comes on the heels of the band’s recent release, “Drones.”
5. Kenny Chesney, Ford Field, Aug. 13: The only people to play Ford Field more than Kenny Chesney are the Detroit Lions. Chesney returns with his latest road show, and he’s bringing friends: Sam Hunt and Old Dominion will open the show, as will Miranda Lambert, an arena-level headliner in her own right.
6. Rihanna, March 24, The Palace of Auburn Hills: Presumably, Rihanna’s long-delayed eighth album, “Anti,” will arrive before this Palace date, but details on the set have yet to emerge. While she hasn’t released an album since 2012’s “Unapologetic,” she’s been back in the area twice since: Joe Louis Arena on her 2013 trek, and Comerica Park with her frequent collaborator, Eminem, in 2014.
7. Justin Bieber, April 25, The Palace of Auburn Hills: The Biebs has grown up a lot since his last area visit, a July 2013 stop at Joe Louis Arena. Now 21, he’s got a fresh new sound, a lower singing register and hopefully some new tricks up his sleeve.
8. Movement, May 28-30, Hart Plaza: Detroit’s three-day techno festival returns, now celebrating its 10th anniversary of stabilizing under the steering of Paxahau Promotions Group. Bring your dancing shoes.
9. Dixie Chicks, June 4, DTE Energy Music Theatre: Ten years after opening their Accidents & Accusations tour at Joe Louis Arena, the country trio returns. Back then, the group was still reeling after its public spat with then-President George W. Bush made them lightning rods for controversy, but they now return to a cooler political climate — unless they decide to start a feud with Donald Trump.
10. Black Sabbath, Feb. 19, The Palace of Auburn Hills: It’s the metal legends’ final tour, but like Motley Crue taught us, that doesn’t mean they can’t add dates to it. After tickets to this show sold out, the group announced an Aug. 31 follow-up at DTE. Whether or not that one marks “The End” for the group remains to be seen.
11. Carrie Underwood, March 22, The Palace of Auburn Hills: Following the release of her “Storyteller” album, the “American Idol” winner will be staging concerts on this tour in-the-round.
12. Selena Gomez, June 24, The Palace of Auburn Hills: The ex-Disney star returns to The Palace, where she closed her 2013 Stars Dance tour, for this show backing her latest, “Revival.”
13. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, July 30, The Palace of Auburn Hills: The “Camp Rock” stars, now all grown up, team up for a dual-headlining jaunt that acts as a double dose of dance pop.
14. Blake Shelton, Feb. 20, The Palace of Auburn Hills: Ever since he became a coach on “The Voice,” the Oklahoman has been on a career roll, which he rides into The Palace on this tour, which follows his recently released “Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits” compilation.
15. AC/DC, March 20, The Palace of Auburn Hills: Our ears just stopped ringing from the band’s September concert at Ford Field.
16. Electric Forest, June 23-26, Double JJ Ranch: The four-day electronic music event has earned a reputation as one of the best fests of its kind on the summer circuit. Bring your dancing feet; shoes optional.