What an amazing run The Palace of Auburn Hills has had! When Bill Davidson and two developers embarked on their journey to create a state of the art sports and entertainment facility in the late ‘80s, they did such a great job with such forward thinking design and development, that when the last concert was presented in 2017, the venue was still a state of the art facility! What is even more amazing, is that this was accomplished for the relatively small sum of $90 million. And no public funds were used or solicited! What’s more, The Palace was one of only two venues who never sold naming rights to an outside corporate concern. The other being Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Of course The Palace was home to The Detroit Pistons all throughout their great “Bad Boy” dynasty, but for our purposes, we will focus on the concerts. The venue started strong on August 13, 1988 with a concert by Sting, and they hosted virtually every major touring event throughout their impressive nearly thirty year history, including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Tina Turner, Cher, Justin Bieber, David Bowie, Aerosmith, George Michael....Whew!!! The list goes on and on.

Bob Seger performed seventeen concerts at The Palace, and every one of them were sell outs, tying the record for number of sell outs with Neil Diamond. Fittingly, Bob Seger was chosen for the very final show at The Palace on September 23, 2017. It was an emotional performance, and Seger spoke from the stage about how much he enjoyed playing the venue through the years. As the crowd began to file out of the venue following Seger’s performance, they were stopped dead in their tracks as a surprise presentation of a tribute video of high points in sports and entertainment at the venue—set to the music of Bob Seger’s “The Famous Final Scene” began to play on the big screen over the stage. One could see audience members stopping on the stairs and in the aisles to watch the heartfelt tribute, and the crowd of 20,000 plus was silent throughout the video, except when favorite moments (like live Seger footage and vintage Isaiah Thomas video!) beamed from the large screen. Those moments elicited cheers and whistles of sheer joy and glee at the fine memories.

The Palace is scheduled to be imploded on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Let’s let our memories, the music, and the PHOTOS do the talking! Thank you Palace of Auburn Hills. They were the best of times.

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