DETROIT – You’ll probably have to speak up a little bit to anyone you know who was at Comerica Park for this concert. Four titans of rock performed a marathon of 50 songs at the home of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, July 10.
First up to the plate, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts reminded fans that they love rock and roll. Batting in the 2 hole, Poison and Bret Michaels gave fans nothing but a good time. Hitting third, Def Leppard put fans in a bit of rock hysteria. And battling cleanup, Mötley Crüe sent people home sweet home.
This concert was two years in the making as it was postponed in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID. Rock fans finally got what they wanted, a full day in the hot sun filled with one rock hit after another.
“This is the party I needed right here,” Poison frontman Bret Michaels enthusiastically told the crowd a few songs into the band’s set. “If you see this look on my face, I can’t stop smiling right now. I’ve been waiting two years to come here to party with everybody. ”
“Here at last. Sorry for the delay, ”Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott shouted to the crowd between songs. “We’re finally here after two long years of waiting. Thanks for waiting for us. ”
“It’s been a long time, but you’re back and we’re back! Yeah! ” Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil said to a big roar from the crowd between songs. “You haven’t heard these songs in a long time. Promise man, we’re going to give it to you tonight. ”
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
Get to this rock party early or you’ll miss this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer perform. The doors to the stadium opened at 3:30 pm and the band took the stage an hour later as thousands upon thousands of people were still waiting in the very long security lines to get in.
Jett performed 12 songs in just under an hour including her biggest hits, “Crimson & Clover,” “I Love Rock n ‘Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “Bad Reputation.” She also performed some songs from The Runaways.
He says he’s still not 100%, but Bret Michaels still partied like a rock star on the Comerica Park stage performing each Poison song as if it were his first time ever singing them. It’s hard to match his enthusiasm and energy and he did not disappoint despite a health scare which sent him to the hospital on June 30.
“Thank you all for the incredible amount of well wishes and prayers coming out of Detroit. I got a little stupid sick with the diabetes. I didn’t care what they had to shoot me up with. I was getting on this stage today if I had to crawl out here. This show was happening tonight. ”
Michaels’ voice sounded a bit rough, the audio on his mic was a bit low and the band only performed seven songs, but all things considered, fans didn’t mind. The setlist featured “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” “Ride The Wind,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Fallen Angel,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Nothin ‘ But A Good Time. ”
Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe alternate who goes on last city to city. This was the band from England’s turn to go third and they gave fans everything they had waited for with a few songs from their new album and mostly hits.
The band, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell were tight all night behind Joe Elliott who sounded strong on lead vocals, one night after surprising fans on stage with Billy Joel.
Taking the stage around 7:30 and rocking for about 90 minutes, the band performed favorites, “Animal,” “Foolin ‘”, “Armageddon It,” “Love Bites,” “Two Steps Behind,” “Rocket,” “Bringing ‘On The Heartbreak,’ “Hysteria,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Rock of Ages” and “Photograph.”
“See you next time. And, there will be a next time, ”Elliott said as the band left the stage.
A few fans left after Leppard’s set as Crüe took the stage about 9:30 pm and performed 15 songs until just before 11:00 pm
Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee brought the energy and Neil wasn’t far behind, but the lead singer’s main instrument was drowned out by the band for most of the songs. The crowd still gave the band a loud ovation after each song in a setlist which included, “Shout at the Devil,” “Live Wire,” “The Dirt,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Dr. Feelgood, ”“ Girls, Girls, Girls, ”“ Primal Scream ”and“ Kickstart My Heart. ”
This may be the last time Crüe ever performs in Michigan and other than the low vocals on Vince’s mic, the group brought plenty of energy and played the songs fans wanted to hear.
Six and a half hours and 50 songs later, fans got everything they wanted at this rock marathon, including ringing ears, sun burns and hoarse voices and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
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