The Palace is usually known for rocking the crowd with b-ball or hyped up musical extravaganzas a la N’SYNC. But, Wednesday night, the arena was completely transformed into a smooth, sexy, and slinky jazz club with the alluring presence of Sade. Now, we’re not knocking the Pistons or any other artists who have performed at the Palace, but witnessing Sade in concert was truly a once in a lifetime experience that no one can touch - especially after her being out of the limelight for over 10 years.
The beautiful, British songstress and her amazing band began the set with “Soldier of Love” from her latest album of the same name. For those, like us, who may have just been expecting for Sade to stand in the middle of the stage and belt out hit after hit, it was a pleasant surprise to see the creative stage effects that accompanied her performance, like the dual inspired black and white background in which Sade and her mate battled each other while dancing.
The crowd went wild as she belted out her biggest hits like “Smooth Operator” “The Sweetest Taboo,” “Is it a Crime,” Nothing Can Come Between Us” and “Kiss of Life.”
There was even a chill in the air she sung the somber tune “Jezebel” while sitting on the edge of the stage in an elegant white gown.
In all, Sade’s concert proved that her music is timeless.
And as if the show could not get any better, Sade gave much props to the Motor City for its rich musical heritage. She said “Without Detroit, we are nothing.”
It doesn’t get any better than that.