Detroit will have one more night with Anita Baker after all.
Three years after indicating that her touring career was over, the Motor City-born singer has set a date for July 22 at Little Caesars Arena, her first gig in the city proper in 27 years.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.
In 2018, the Grammy-winning R&B star strongly suggested she was retiring – even naming the following year’s tour her “farewell concert series”. No Michigan dates were included.
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But coming out of the pandemic, Baker seemed eager to get back to it, booking a blockbuster eight-night run at The Venetian in Las Vegas. This residency began on May 20 and will end this Saturday.
Baker, who made a name for himself around Detroit with the band Chapter 8 and rose to national fame in the ’80s with hits such as “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best That I Got,” played for last seen in the metro area with a 2010 show at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston (now Pine Knob).
His final concert within Detroit city limits was at the Fox Theater on July 21, 1995.