Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Announced as Final Show at The Palace
SEPTEMBER 23 CONCERT DRAWS CURTAIN ON 29 YEARS OF PALACE MOMENTS AND MEMORIESAug 24, 2017
Palace Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) announced today that Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, will be the final event at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
A sellout for Seger’s upcoming concert will mark the legendary performer’s 17th at The Palace, setting a record for most sold out concerts at the venue.
In addition, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” now stands as The Palace’s penultimate event on Friday, September 8. The country duo created the Soul2Soul franchise back in 2000, hosting a pair of sellouts at The Palace that same year. This year’s tour is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking “Soul2Soul II” tour, the highest-grossing country music tour of all time, and the first time Faith Hill has toured since 2007.
Limited tickets remain available for the final two remaining concert dates at The Palace and are available by visiting Livenation.com, Palacenet.com, The Palace Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.
Concertgoers can follow The Palace on Twitter at @ThePalace (twitter.com/ThePalace), on Facebook at The Palace (www.facebook.com/ThePalaceofAuburnHills) and Instagram at ThePalaceofAuburnHills (www.instagram.com/thepalaceofauburnhills) to share their favorite concert experiences and venue memories by using the hashtag #MyPalaceMemory.
Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have played a major part of the venue’s storied history as they have played a total of 16 shows dating back to 1996. That year, he played a string of six sold out dates (March 10th, 12th and 14th and on May 3rd, 5th and 7th), setting a venue record for most sellouts during the same tour.
Conceptualized and built in 1987-88 by Arena Associates, consisting of late Pistons managing partner William Davidson, along with David Hermelin and Robert Sosnick, The Palace has experienced a series of upgrades and renovations during its history, including $40 million of capital improvements made during the ownership of Tom Gores that touched nearly every part of the venue. Throughout its history, The Palace has been viewed as one of the world’s most innovative and premier sports and entertainment venues in the world.
No decisions or timetable regarding future plans for the building or the property have been made at this time. Given the value and highly desirable location of the property, it is expected that a number of options will be available. Business operations for the Detroit Pistons and PS&E will continue to function and be headquartered inside the building and basketball operations will commence at the team’s practice facility adjacent to the venue while the new Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit is being constructed.
Since its inception and first event, a sold-out concert by Sting on August 13, 1988, The Palace has hosted practically every major concert act touring the last 29 years.
The Palace was immediately recognized as an all-encompassing entertainment venue and quickly became one of the nation’s top concert facilities when it opened in 1988. After just one season, The Palace was honored by two entertainment trade publications, being named “New Venue of the Year” by Performance and “Best New Concert Venue” by Pollstar. Overall, The Palace was nominated “Arena of the Year” 10 times by Performance magazine and won the award seven times. It also earned 10 “Arena of the Year” nominations from Pollstar magazine and won the honor in 1992. In addition to concerts, The Palace hosted numerous family shows, sporting events, trade shows and special productions.
MEMORABLE NON-PISTONS EVENTS AT THE PALACE
· Sting hosted the first event at The Palace on August 13, 1988.
· Jimmy Connors vs. Andre Agassi competed in the first tennis match at The Palace on September 13, 1988.
· Neil Diamond, The Palace’s all-time biggest concert draw, made his venue debut with a four-night stand from February 1-4, 1989.
· Nutcracker on Ice, using a temporary ice surface (permanent ice-making capabilities weren’t installed until 1992), was the first ice show at The Palace on December 5, 1989.
· New Kids on the Block performed two shows at The Palace on December 2, 1989, setting a one-day venue attendance record with 41,932.
· Comic Relief Game starring Isiah Thomas, NBA all-stars along with celebrities Billy Crystal, George Wendt, Elaine Boosler, Rich Hall, Weird Al Yankovic, and more was hosted at The Palace on August 10, 1990.
· George Bush and Dan Quayle hosted a rally for 5,000 supporters at The Palace on the eve of the Presidential Election on October 31, 1992.
· Frank Sinatra with special guest Shirley MacLaine performed at The Palace on November 8, 1992.
· WWF Wrestling’s “Summer Slam” pay-per-view event set The Palace’s event attendance record at 23,954 on August 30, 1993.
· Barbara Streisand performed a three-night stand of sold out shows at The Palace on May 15, 17 and 19, 1994 during a limited tour which visited just six U.S. cities.
· Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band set venue record at The Palace with six sold out shows during the same tour on March 10, 12 and 14, and on May 3, 5 and 7, 1996.
· Garth Brooks set venue record with five consecutive sellouts at The Palace from May 8-12, 1996.
· Rolling Stones made their only appearance at The Palace, a sold-out show during their “No Security” tour on February 22, 1999.
· The eventual NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Michigan State Spartans used their home-state advantage to win the Midwest Regional Finals over Iowa State at The Palace on March 25, 2000.
· Mike Tyson defeated Andre Golata by technical knockout in a boxing match billed as “Showdown in Motown” at The Palace on October 20, 2000.
· Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour” concert at The Palace was broadcast live on HBO on August 26, 2001.
· In conjunction with the American Red Cross, The Palace hosted its first annual Community Memorial Blood Drive on September 11, 2002 as a positive way to mark the anniversary of one of the nation’s greatest tragedies.
· Palace Sports & Entertainment celebrated The Palace’s 20th anniversary with a concert performance by Neil Diamond on July 31, 2008. The concert made for a two-hour prime time television special, “20 Years of Memories: A Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of The Palace of Auburn Hills,” which was broadcast on WDIV-TV4.
· Jay Leno hosted two free concerts for the unemployed at The Palace on April 7 and April 8, 2009.
· Ultimate Fighting Championship hosted UFC 123 at The Palace on November 20, 2010.
· The Palace hosted second and third rounds of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship March 21 and 23, 2013. The Michigan State Spartans were a #3 seed and the Michigan Wolverines were a #4 seed.
· Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band performed their 16th sellout ever at The Palace as part of their 2014/2015 Ride Out Tour with Flint native Whitey Morgan on March 26, 2015, tying the record for most career sellouts at the venue.
· Neil Diamond performed his 19th show at The Palace, the most by any individual artist, as part of his 50th Anniversary Tour on June 2, 2017.
· Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band closes The Palace of Auburn Hills with his 17th sold out concert performance at the venue on September 23, 2017.