Summer music is back.
After a year that doesn’t dare to pronounce his name, the venues are ready to reconnect, the artists are ready to take the stage and the fans are ready to let go.
We didn’t know when we would get here, but we are here. Live music is back in spurts and now the summer amphitheater season officially kicks off – better late than never, indeed – with Jamey Johnson’s concert on Saturday at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights.
From there it’s not quite back to business as usual, but it’s a start. And things will roll out with several stadium shows at Comerica Park, while indoor arena concerts return to Little Caesars Arena in late August.
The summer of 2022 is already shaping up to be big, and that’s when things will return to the kind of summer concert seasons we’re used to in Southeast Michigan. For now, here’s a look at some of the best shows of this season, all of which are a reason to come together and celebrate live music again.
Welcome back, summer.
Jamey johnson, June 26, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater: The country rocker hasn’t released a new album in nearly a decade, and his biggest hit, “In Color,” came out while George W. Bush was still president. But by sheer luck of the draw, Johnson happens to be headlining the region’s first major amphitheater concert since COVID-19 shut down the live music industry, so this is one of the best shows of the season by default. Let’s dance.
Faster horses, July 16-18, Michigan International Speedway: The Summer Party Is Coming Back, And When: While other summer festivals pulled out of the program earlier, the three-day country music festival played the game and won the award. The festival will be run by Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Jason Aldean, the same trio that was supposed to be the helm of the 2020 festival before COVID shuts it down, but the partying country music fans are the real stars of this show. . Yeah.
Guns N ‘Roses, August 8, Comerica Park: Welcome to the jungle. Guns N ‘Roses kicked off their reunion outing at Ford Field in 2016, and five years later, the tour some didn’t expect to last a full week is still going strong. Expect to hear all of Guns N ‘Roses’ favorites, from “Paradise City” to “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” as well as a track or two from “Chinese Democracy.” Mammoth WVH, with Wolfgang Van Halen, will open.
Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer, August 10, Comerica Park: “Deeee-troiiiiiiiiiit!” Expect Billie Joe Armstrong to shout Motor City early and often, as few rockers call their host city’s name as often as the Green Day singer. This three-part attack is co-titled by Fall Out Boy and Weezer, the latter having already released two albums this year. It will be a successful evening at the Tigers stadium.
Deftones with Gojira and Poppy, Aug 15, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater: Alternative rock veterans became hard rock survivors: 26 years after his debut album “Adrenaline,” Chino Moreno and the gang have kept a devoted following by staying true to their smooth sound and metallic roots. Last year, “Ohms”, the group’s ninth studio set, reunited the group with “White Pony” producer (and Lansing native) Terry Date.
Death & Company, September 10, DTE Energy Music Theater: John Mayer’s new album “Sob Rock” is due out next month, but he’ll be on the road this summer with his side, playing guitar in the current iteration of Grateful Dead. The band managed to carry on the legacy of the Dead and brought the music of the legendary band to a whole new generation of fans, and as soon as this show went on sale it quickly became one of the most popular tickets. of the season. No need for “Sob Rock” here.
Alanis Morissette with Garbage and Liz Phair, September 12, DTE Energy Music Theater: The singer “You Oughta Know” was planning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her hit album “Jagged Little Pill” on the occasion of her 25th anniversary, but, you know, the world had other plans. Regardless: the album has survived this long, so what’s 12 more months? Garbage and Liz Phair round out this feminine mini-festival, one of the best 90s nights you’ll have all summer.
Harry Styles, September 20, Little Caesars Arena: Even in a year where you couldn’t go anywhere, “Watermelon Sugar” still managed to be inevitable. Harry Styles is now an even bigger star than he’s ever been, and he’s a guy who’s gotten a lot used to shaking stadiums during his days with One Direction. It was a tour that had been announced early and seemed to be rescheduled for 2022, but the timing worked in Styles’ favor, and now we’re going to be singing “Watermelon Sugar” out loud, en masse, before you know it. .
Alice cooper, Sept. 25, DTE Energy Music Theater: The Motor City rocker released his album “Detroit Stories” earlier this year, which he recorded in the area with a band made up of Detroit rock and rollers. This homecoming show should be fun: Cooper’s shows are always theatrical and over-the-top business, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer surely has a little something special in store for the hometown crowd. Ace Frehley opens.
J. Cole, October 5, Little Caesars Arena: The North Carolina rapper scored another # 1 album with his latest studio effort, “The Off-Season,” his sixth studio effort (and the first since “KOD” in 2018). This latest album also brought him to Little Caesars Arena, in September 2018, as it proved that he still has the power at the top of the hip-hop world. Now only if he liked her, or at least allowed a smile. Cole 21’s “My Life” co-conspirators Savage and Morray open.
Other upcoming concerts on the program:
Little Caesars Arena
August 28: Takeover of CMG with Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, Blac Youngsta, 42 Dugg, EST Gee, Coi Leray and Jacquees
September 17: Alan jackson
October 1st : Blake Shelton
October 10: The Millennium Tour with Omarion, Bow Wow, Ashanti, Pretty Ricky, Soulja Boy, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins and Sammie
October 28: Florida Georgia Line
DTE Energy musical theater
July 25: Chicago
July 29: Black crows
1st of August : James Taylor and his All-Star Band
August 6-7: Chris Stapleton
August 11: Dave Matthews Group
August 13: WYCD Hoedown with Lady A, Carly Pearce, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts
August 14: Ted nugent
August 15th : Kings of Leon
20 August : Pitbull with Iggy Azalea
21st of August : Daryl Hall and John Oates with Squeeze and KT Tunstall
August 23: Bordeaux 5
August 31 : Korn and Staind
September 1st : To kiss
September 2: The Doobie Brothers
September 11th : Brad Paisley with Jimmie Allen and Kameron Marlowe
September 14: The Jonas brothers
September 18: RIFF Fest with Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Avatar, Candlebox and Ayron Jones
September 19: Megadeth and the Lamb of God
September 24: NF
September 30: Zac Brown Band
October 2: Slipknot with special guests Killswitch Engage, Fever 333 and Code Orange
October 7: Dierks Bentley
Meadow Brook Amphitheater
August 8: Jason Mraz with special guest Brett Dennen
August 14: Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe and Bethel Music
August 15th : Counting Crows with special guests Seán Barna and Matt Sucich
20 August : Modest mouse
August 28: King Crimson with special guest The Zappa Band
September 10: Quinn XCII and Chelsea Cutler with special guest Tia Verdes
Amphitheater in Aretha Park
June 26: Omar S
July 7: Sheila E. and Monica Blaire
July 14th : Avery * Sunshine and Mike Phillips
July 21: Kirk Whalum and Keiko Matsui
July 28: Gerald Albright and Kim Waters + Kayla Waters
August 4: PJ Morton
August 11: Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah and the Hamiltons
August 18: Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
21st of August : The brothers Isley and Chaka Khan
August 25: Will downing
September 1st : Najee and his friends
September 3: Jeezy
September 8: Kindred the family soul and Rahsaan Patterson
September 15: Incognito and Maysa
September 21: Machine Gun Kelly with JXDN and KENNYHOOPLA
September 22: Damien Escobar
September 9: Il Divo
September 11th : Franki Valli and the four seasons
September 19: Judas Priest
October 7: Small big city
October 11: Foreign orchestra
Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
August 7: 3 doors down with Seether
August 12: Lindsey Stirling with Kiesza
21st of August : Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz with Sada Baby, Icewear Vezzo, Peezy, Babyface Ray and Erica Banks
August 22: 105.9 Kiss Block Party with Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, 112 and Ginuwine
August 26: Boyz II Men and En Vogue
August 28: Made in the 80s with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Furious5 with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Sugarhill Gang and Kangol Kid from UTFO
August 29: The White Concert with Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn, Vivian Green and Jon B.
September 3: Trippie redd
September 4: Osborne Brothers
September 11th : Erykah Badu
September 14: TLC with Bone Thugs N ‘Harmony
September 16: 311 special guests Iration and Iya Terra
September 18: Brett Eldredge
September 22: Primus with special guest the sword
September 24: Blackberry Smoke with the band Allman Betts and Jaimoe
October 1st : NEED TO BREATHE with Switchfoot and the new respects
October 2: Glass animals