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Detroit Train Station Renovation: Diana Ross and Eminem Headline Michigan Central’s Grand Reopening

Eminem was the surprise last act at Thursday's all-star Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central, performing his new song "Houdini" Lives for the first time and bringing out Jelly Roll for an updated performance of "Sing for the Moment."

The show, co-executive produced by Eminem, was a celebration of the reopening of Detroit’s transportation hub, Michigan Central, which had been closed for years before completing a multiyear renovation that culminated in Thursday’s extravaganza.

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In addition to the premiere of “Houdini” and Jelly Roll’s performance on the Aerosmith-sampling song from 2002’s The Eminem Show, Slim Shady played Trick Trick’s “Welcome 2 Detroit” for the first time in over 15 years, as well as “Not Afraid.” The Detroit Symphony Orchestra provided musical accompaniment during Eminem’s performance.

The concert at Michigan Central, which was broadcast live on Peacock, featured short performances by local celebrities like Jack White, Diana Ross, Big Sean, and Slum Village. Additionally, three artists from outside Detroit—Jelly Roll, Melissa Etheridge, and Fantasia—paid musical tribute to Motor City legend Bob Seger, with Jelly Roll performing the rock classic ‘Turn the Page.'”

Jack White’s three-song set, his first live appearance in almost a year, includes two White Stripes classics as well as a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Hear My Train a Comin’.” A one-hour version of Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central will air as an NBC concert special on June 9.

The celebrations started with strong gusts, but the 80-year-old Ross shone in a flowing orange dress, encouraging the crowd to dance alongside her. During the first 15 minutes of the concert, she sang her own songs as well as popular Motown songs.

“I thank you, Detroit,” she declared in her song “Thank You.” “Thank you for being home.”

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Diana Ross delivers a mesmerizing performance during the Detroit Train Station renovation celebration, headlining alongside Eminem for Michigan Central’s grand reopening

Ross, who grew up in Detroit’s Brewster-Douglass low-income housing projects, returned to the city to celebrate the reopening of the Michigan Central Station, a nearly $1 billion renovation of the closed train station and surrounding campus that began six years ago after Ford Motor Co. purchased the property.

The sold-out 90-minute outdoor event included a variety of musical acts and short films, all of which paid homage to Detroit in some manner.

The Clark Sisters, a gospel group, played many of their songs, which are largely recognized for helping to introduce gospel music into the mainstream. Sky Jetta, a Detroit DJ, entertained an enthusiastic audience with techno music.

But it wasn’t only music; the event attracted a wide range of superstars from many industries. Barry Sanders, the renowned former Detroit Lions running back, was welcomed with screams of his name as he appeared with current Lions players Jared Goff and Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Actor Sam Richardson, comedian Loni Love, Judge Greg Mathis, and actress Sophia Bush all delivered brief presentations, with the latter stating that her venture capital business would be located in Michigan Central Station.

Sam Richardson
Sam Richardson brings his signature charm and energy to the Detroit Train Station renovation celebration, joining the festivities for Michigan Central’s grand reopening

Jack White performed a brief 10-minute concert at the close of the evening, during which he sang songs that he said were composed within a few blocks of the venue. This includes the White Stripes’ megahit “Seven Nation Army,” which included fireworks.

Eminem, who helped produce the whole event, finished it up with “Sing for the Moment” and “Not Afraid.”

He left the audience right before the end of his last song with a brief message. “Detroit, we’re awake. “I love you,” he said. “Our city is thriving. Let’s f—— go.”

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What will the Michigan Central Station be used for?

“This was a passion project for them, and it shows,” Ford remarked. Ford said that the reopening of Michigan Central would result in the development of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, as well as the creation of around 5,000 employees inside the facility.

How to watch the Michigan Central concert?

The performance will be broadcast live on Peacock and WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit.

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