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Best concerts of 2019: Queen, Seger, New Kids, P!nk and more...
Recorded music sales may have taken a wonky turn in recent years, but concert tickets have seemed just the opposite.
People are simply coming out to see and hear live music — in droves. That's the reason the DTE Energy Music Theatre was the world's No. 1 amphitheater, according to Pollstar, with 598,617 tickets sold during the summer of 2019. And it's why Little Caesars Arena and the Fox Theatre both ranked in the Top 10 of their categories.
Beyond the numbers, though, what were the best shows of the year? Here are our picks for 2019's Top 20.
• Queen + Adam Lambert, July 27, Little Caesars Arena: With the success of the film "Bohemian Rhapsody" still simmering, Queen proved yet again it has the perfect guy filling in for the late Freddie Mercury and an equally potent blend of theatrics and musicality to maintain its status as "Champions."
• Bob Seger, June 21, DTE Energy Music Theatre: The last night of a six-show stand was in some ways "just" another strong show on the Motor City hero's final tour. But as he lingered on the DTE stage for his final bow, the weight of the occasion sunk in as an unforgettable memory.
• New Kids on the Block, June 18, Little Caesars Arena: The New Kids, now all men, put together an energetic mixtape in which they alternated stage time with pals Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson for nearly two and a half hours of uninterrupted pop fun.
• Old Crow Medicine Show, Aug. 9 at Sound Board: For sheer musicianship and exuberance it's hard to do much better than this Americana outfit, made all the better with the addition of singer-guitarist Charlie Worsham.
• P!nk, April 27, Little Caesars Arena: The pop singer's high-flying (literally) act never gets old, and her Beautiful Trauma Tour stop, postponed for more than 13 months by illness, was well worth the wait.
More winners from the year...
• Muse, April 4, Little Caesars Arena
• Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, April 9, Fillmore Detroit
• Florence + the Machine, May 24, DTE Energy Music Theatre
• Hugh Jackman, June 24, Little Caesars Arena
• Steve Miller and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, June 30, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
• Peter Frampton, July 24, DTE Energy Music Theatre
• Khalid, July 28, Little Caesars Arena
• Bryan Ferry, Aug. 3, Fox Theatre
• Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies, Aug. 16, DTE Energy Music Theatre
• Kid Rock, Sept. 6, DTE Energy Music Theatre
• Patti Smith, Sept. 17, Royal Oak Music Theatre
• Phil Collins, Oct. 1, Little Caesars Arena
• Chainsmokers, Oct. 3, Little Caesars Arena
• Black Keys, Oct. 5, Little Caesars Arena
• Tool, Nov. 9, Little Caesars Arena
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