UPDATED (March 8, 10:31 a.m.:) See Pink entry for new information.
With Radiohead’s announcement that it will play the Palace June 11, one of Detroit’s longest-running dry spells from a major touring act finally came to a close.
But there are other significant holdouts, artists or groups that — for one reason or another — have skipped Detroit on their recent touring cycles. (Is it something we said?)
Here’s a look at several bands who are overdue in Detroit.
Artist: Arcade Fire
Last Detroit date: Nov. 18, 2004, at Magic Stick
What gives?: When Arcade Fire last played Detroit, the band’s debut album “Funeral” was only a few months old, they hadn’t yet collected any Grammys and they weren’t even big enough that people would ask, “who’s Arcade Fire?” The band has since gone on to international acclaim, headlined all the festivals and jammed with Springsteen, but they haven’t been back to Detroit, despite mounting several major tours of North America. So, is it us?
Artist: Pearl Jam
Last Detroit date: May 22, 2006 at Palace
What gives?: Pearl Jam’s last area show came on the heels of the band’s 2006 self-titled album (the one with the avacado on the cover), and the 2-hour 45-minute show included multiple shout-outs to Chris Chelios and an impromptu cover of MC5′s “Kick Out the Jams.” The guys even attended a Pistons game the night before the show. But they haven’t been back since. Eddie Vedder returned, performing a solo show at the Fox Theatre last June, but Pearl Jam — which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year — has been a no-show.
Last Detroit date: June 10, 2002 at State Theatre
What gives?: Pink’s last Detroit show was in support of “Missundaztood,” which came out way back in 2001, when she was still trying to “Get the Party Started.” She’s embarked on several arena-level extravaganzas since, but hasn’t brought her circus act to Detroit. (A July 8, 2006 date at Royal Oak Music Theatre was scheduled, and later canceled.) UPDATE: A reader correctly points out Pink opened for Justin Timberlake at Joe Louis Arena on March 10, 2007, an oversight on my behalf (and I was there!), though I’m still keeping Pink on this list because she hasn’t headlined a Detroit show since 2002.
Artist: Bon Iver
Last Detroit date: July 21, 2008 at Crofoot
What gives?: The indie woodsman — now a Grammy-winning Friend of Kanye who gets mocked by Justin Timberlake on “Saturday Night Live” — hasn’t been back to the area since touring behind “For Emma, Forever Ago” in 2008, a date that followed his appearance at that summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Does his absence have something to do with the supposed rivalry between Wisconsin and Michigan over the use of the mitten? C’mon, where’s the Midwest love?
Last Detroit date: July 31, 2004 at Palace
What gives?: The Purple One lit up Detroit with four concerts in 2004 — three at the Palace (June 20 and 21, July 31) and one at Joe Louis Arena (July 30) — but hasn’t been back since. But he’s only embarked on one full-scale tour since, the 2010-2011 “Welcome 2″ jaunt, so we’ll give him a pass… for now.