Fall concert preview: Hitmakers and holograms
Autumn's biggest shows include pop stars, rappers and classic rockers
Correction: A previous version of this story had incorrect concert dates for Elton John.
Fall's biggest concerts won't all be performed by living, breathing humans.
Most will, of course. Classic rockers, country singers and pop stars all have Detroit in their sights this fall, and will be populating local concert stages, many with multiple night stands.
But one high profile hologram will be swinging through town as well, and could provide a glimpse at the future -- or at least a future -- of concertgoing.
Here's a look at autumn's 10 hottest concerts, from humans and beyond:
Elton John, Oct. 12 and 13, Little Caesars Arena: It's time for the "Rocket Man" to hang it up, or so he says. The 71-year-old has said his current outing will be his final journey down the yellow brick road of touring, but the tour is scheduled to stretch until 2021, so don't rule out one more trip through the Motor City before it's all said and done.
Christina Aguilera, Oct. 13, Fox Theatre: It's been 11 years and a few dozen pop cycles since Aguilera last performed in the area, with an April 2007 visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills. (For perspective: At the time, Miley Cyrus was still best known as Hannah Montana.) Xtina is now back, touring on the heels of this year's "Liberation" album, performing a hits-heavy show that touches on all eras of her nearly 20-year career.
The Eagles, Oct. 14, Little Caesars Arena: Hell froze over long ago. Once was a time when you couldn't get the Eagles to hit the road, now you can't keep them off of it. The classic rockers return to LCA one year after playing the venue on a short tour in the wake of Glenn Frey's 2016 death, with Frey's son Deacon carrying on his father's legacy on guitar and vocal duty.
Foo Fighters, Oct. 15, Little Caesars Arena: Foo Fighters were never supposed to be one of the biggest bands of their generation, things just kind of worked out that way. Now the group is among a small class of '90s alt-rockers still performing at the arena level, and their current tour comes in support of 2017's "Concrete and Gold," the band's ninth studio effort.
In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert the Hologram Tour, Oct. 20, Fox Theatre: When 2Pac appeared in hologram form at the 2012 Coachella festival, industry observers figured they were witnessing the future of posthumous performances on concert stages. That largely hasn't happened, but the Orbison tour -- which kicked off in the UK earlier this year -- is a huge leap forward for the idea that death is merely a hurdle in the pursuit of entertaining audiences. The Orbison hologram, the creation of Las Vegas-based BASE Hologram, will be backed by a live orchestra.
Nine Inch Nails, Oct. 22 and 23, Fox Theatre: Trent Reznor and company went old-school for this tour, initially forgoing online sales and selling tickets in person to fans who lined up at the box office. Shows have seen the veteran band digging through its dense catalog, playing 1992's "Broken" in full at one show and unearthing 1997's "The Perfect Drug" for the first time ever in concert at another stop. What fans will get at these two shows is anyone's guess.
Twenty One Pilots, Oct. 24, Little Caesars Arena: Backing "Trench," the Columbus duo's first album since its 2015 breakthrough "Blurryface," the "Stressed Out" hitmaker headline its first Detroit arena concert. The group has built its following slowly and steadily, picking up fans as it's moved up the ranks from clubs to theaters and beyond. This Little Caesars Arena concert is the group's first local show since a 2016 concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
Luke Bryan, Oct. 26, Ford Field: The country megastar returns for yet another go-round at Ford Field, which he's made his traditional tour closer over the last few years. The 42-year-old is touring on the heels of last year's "What Makes You Country," which birthed the singles "Light It Up" and "Most People are Good," and he's not coming alone, bringing Sam Hunt, DJ Rock, Morgan Wallen, Carly Pearce and Jon Pardi with him for the ride.
MC50, Oct. 26, St. Andrews Hall; Oct. 27, Fillmore Detroit: Still kicking out the jams, 50 years later. Wayne Kramer leads this reconstituted version of the MC5, the Detroit proto-punk pioneers, which includes Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, King's X singer/bassist Dug Pinnick, Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Zen Guerrilla frontman Marcus Durant. These two back-to-back Detroit shows wrap up the band's 35-date North American tour, which will be followed by a series of UK dates.
Travis Scott, Dec. 5, Little Caesars Arena: On his last tour, the Houston rapper employed the use of a giant mechanical bird. Since this tour sees him supporting his amusement park-themed No. 1 album "Astroworld," don't be surprised if the wildly energetic performer is backed on stage by a full roller coaster set-up. With Trippie Redd, Sheck Wes and Gunna.