With three of the biggest acts in music performing on back-to-back days, Detroit has been at the center of pop and urban music for the last 72 hours. Detroit music fans had to expeditiously recuperate from the Carters’ visit to Ford Field on Monday in order to get ready for "The Aubrey & the Three Amigos Tour" at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night, in which Detroit was the second stop. The 18,000 fans had extra time, because the show was delayed for almost an hour due to technical difficulties (opener Roy Woods’ set was cancelled).
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After about a 35 minute intermission, the lights darkened and Drake entered the stage through the cheers and screams of fans with their hands and cell phones raised high. He opened with Scorpion cuts “Talk Up” and “Mob Ties” as a frosted scrim lowered around the rectangular stage, accompanied by hued red lights which made LCA feel like a large photo dark room.
Drake spent a solid 20 minutes going through first verses and hooks of notable songs; “Started From the Bottom,” “Both,” ” Blessings,” “All Me,” “Best I Ever Had,” and “Energy” (just to name a bunch). Migos joined him back on stage for
Drake’s charisma was iridescent — he talked to the crowd regularly, took a selfie with someone’s cell phone that they threw on stage, mentioned Detroit every chance he got and primed the crowd for more energy without overdoing it. His set was complex but simple. The graphics weren’t anchored by multiple monitors or elaborate theatrical props (other than a floating Ferrari), but the stage itself was the canvas for an array of graphics, lasers, and lights. Sometimes the stage appeared to be a pool with mermaids swimming below him; other times it resembled outer space, or a basketball court, and converted into a gigantic cellphone as Drake performed “In My Feelings.” At times all lasers and lights were a distraction, but most times it enhanced the show.
Drake closed out his set (which went into overtime) with a video roll of old footage from early in his career that
“There’s a lot of shit going on in the world right now,” he said. “And these concerts always open my eyes, because I look around and I see people from all races, from all places, with all different kind of faces. We’re all inside one building — smoking and drinking and listening to music and getting along. This building tonight is how the world is supposed to be.”
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