First Concerts at Metro Detroit Sports Venues

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First Concerts at Metro Detroit Sports Venues


  • Briggs Stadium: July 23, 1954 - Star Night Tickets $2.50, $3.50 and $4.50.

Before it became Tiger Stadium in 1961, Briggs Stadium hosted a "Star Night" featuring Ray Anthony, Mitchell Ayres, Archie Bleyer, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Jill Corey, Roy Hamilton, Julius La Rosa, Ralph Marterie, Patti Page, Sarah Vaughan The Four Lads and Homer & Jethro. See Flyer


  • Cobo Arena: May 17, 1961 - Jerry Lee Lewis


  • Comerica Park: July 5, 2000 - Dave Matthews Band w/Ben Harper & Ozomatli as opening acts.

Tickets were $46.50 apiece and more than 43,000 people attended. See Flyer


  • Ford Field: Oct. 12, 2002 - The Rolling Stones and No Doubt, Licks Tour

Tickets were $90 apiece.


  • Little Caesars Arena: 09/12/17 - 09/20/17 - Kid Rock Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Sweet Tea Trio

Ticket Prices, $20, $35, $55 and $75


  • Joe Louis Arena Feb. 17, 1980 - Rush, Permanent Waves tour

Rush and opening act Max Webster performed the first two concerts there. Tickets were $9.00, $10.00 & $11.00
Attendance - 13,164


  • Olympia Stadium: Jan. 23, 1942 - Ted Lewis Orchestra Ticket Price: $1.10, Attendance - 4000


  • Palace of Auburn Hills: Aug. 13, 1988 - The Palace of Auburn Hills hosted a set of concerts as part of its "Grand Opening Celebration

Sting preformed on Aug. 13, 1988 in front of a capacity crowd of 16,587. David Lee Roth & Poison on Aug. 16, The WWF Aug. 16, Pink Floyd on Aug. 16-17, Crosby, Stills & Nash on Aug. 18. See Flyer


  • Pontiac Silverdome: Dec. 6, 1975 - The Who, The Who Tour 1975
    Opening act, Toots & the Maytals

Ticket Price - $8.50 Attendance - 75,962 See Ad


  • Tiger Stadium: 09/25/1993 - Rod Stewart, A Night to Remember Tour, Opening act Patty Smyth

Ticket Price $35 See Ad

Note: On 10/07/1968 José Feliciano preformed The Star-Spangled Banner at Tiger Stadium during Game 5 pregame ceremonies. His highly personalized, slow, latin jazz performance proved highly controversial. As a result of his unusual delivery, many radio stations refused to play his songs.
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