Drake @ The Palace of Auburn Hills (Photos & Review)

By Alexis Simpson

Drake’s concert last Monday generated some of the worst I-75 traffic The Palace of Auburn Hills has seen in awhile. Once inside the Palace, all was well as a fun-loving crowd partied throughout the night to performances by Future, Miguel, and Drake. Detroit’s own local celeb, Chandra Davis, (aka London Charles aka Deelishis) from Flava Flav’s old show “Flavor of Love” was seen mingling with adoring fans. Her appearance  fueled speculation amongst concert attendees that perhaps she was dating Drake because online gossip sites have paired them up quite regularly over the past year.

Drake’s performance was on point as he skillfully articulated his rhymes and moved across a brilliantly backlit gigantic stage. Top moments included a guest appearance by Big Sean and a stage contraption that allowed Drake to hover over fans while high above the ground. Drake has achieved a level of stardom that few artists have achieved. Consequently, the class-act has taken steps to ensure that he puts on an impressive show and leaves fans feeling like he truly appreciates them.

Club Paradise Tour: Drake @ DTE Energy Music Theatre 5/30/12 (Concert Review & Photos)

Metro Detroit’s DTE Theatre could not have fit one more Drake fan into the packed venue for Drake’s sold-out Club Paradise Tour. Detroit embraced the club theme as women tottered around in 5-inch heels and tight dresses, and the men sported their sharpest tees and sneakers. Alcohol instigated a full-on dance party and sly fans managed to sneak in enough cannabis for all the smokers. The club atmosphere was achieved as Drake was able to pull off performing and connecting with his audience as if everybody was inside a much smaller venue. Drake communicated a lot with his fans throughout the night and squeezed in as many of his hits as possible. No expenses were spared in the stage production of the Club Paradise tour especially with Drake’s top of the line lighting. He even had miniature scarlett fireworks highlighting the stage early on in his show. Despite guest brief appearances from fellow stars like Waka Flocka and 2 Chainz, Drake was left alone on stage to successfully command the attention of the crowd.