Grapevine: ‘Game of Thrones’ live hits The Palace

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

‘Game of Thrones’ concert experience hits The Palace

The Seven Kingdoms will come to life at The Palace next year when “Game of Thrones” Live Concert Experience blends state-of-the-art technology with the music of the show’s composer Ramin Djawadi. The tour, which hits The Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb. 20, includes an orchestra, choir and soloists performing music from the Emmy Award-winning series set to footage from the show as well as newly created imagery just for the tour. Tickets, $39.50-$99.50 plus fees, go on sale Saturday via American Express card members can access a pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Oprah’s friend loves Buddy’s Pizza

In the August issue of Oprah’s magazine O, her best friend, Gayle King, name dropped award-winning Detroit pizza company Buddy’s. “You can bet the next time I visit the Motor City, Buddy’s will be my first stop,” she wrote. King is a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning” and editor-at-large of O.

Obama gets pumped to Eminem song

A recently-released video taken backstage at the Democratic National Convention showed President Barack Obama getting ready to take the stage by listening to Eminem’s 2002 Academy Award-winning hit “Lose Yourself” from the “8 Mile” soundtrack. The behind-the-scenes video also showed Hillary Clinton telling Katy Perry “you got everybody so fired up,” and Sen. Elizabeth Warren telling comedian Sarah Silverman “tough woman have to get it done, right?”

Billy Sims to attend grand opening

Former Detroit Lions player Billy Sims will be on hand to sign autographs at the grand opening of the latest location of his Billy Sim’s BBQ chain. The new Roseville restaurant is at 31042 Gratiot. Sims will be an attendance 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Other Billy Sims’ restaurants are now open in Royal Oak, Southfield and Troy. Visit

Royal Oak DreamFest canceled

A pig roast and 1950s party scheduled for Aug. 18-19 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market has been canceled. According to organizers, the event has been nixed due to safety concerns. “In light of recent events throughout the world, and due to heightened safety concerns during the Dream Cruise where 1,000,000 spectators line Woodward Avenue ... we have been forced to cancel our Royal Oak DreamFest this year,” read a statement posted to the event’s Facebook page. According to the statement, all ticket holders will have their purchase refunded.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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Deion Sanders, 49

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