The 2018 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series rocked our Friday nights, and as always, we’re sad to see the season’s end. The annual free concert series featured classic national artists like Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe, Uncle Kracker, Survivor and local bands that competed in WCSX’s Rockin’ Wars to win a spot. Rock fans delighted in the music of the 80s from July 13 to Aug. 17, creating an unforgettable atmosphere along the Detroit Riverfront.
Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
“Girls, girls, girls” went crazy for Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe! The legendary Mötley Crüe lead singer opened the concert series on July 13, after The Incurables opened the show. Fans loved rocking out to hits like “Home Sweet Home,” “Kickstart my Heart” and “Dr. Feelgood.”
Fans went wild for Mount Clemens native Uncle Kracker on July 20! The Metro Detroit man started his career as a DJ in Kid Rock’s legendary Twisted Brown Trucker band, until he kicked off a stunning solo career of his own. He serenaded the crowd with hits like “Follow Me,” “Drift Away” and “In a Little While” after Artificial Agent warmed up the crowd.
John Kay and Steppenwolf
We went on a “Magic Carpet Ride” when John Kay and Steppenwolf were here on July 27. The famous rock group won over the crowd with hits like “Born to Be Wild” “Rock Me” and “The Pusher.” Slowfoot had the crowd on their feet before John Kay and Steppenwolf took the stage.
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
SuckerPunch Detroit got the party started when they kicked off the concert on Aug. 3. We knew “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” when Starship featuring Mickey Thomas brought heightened vocals and crowd-pleasing songs all night long.
It’s the “Eye of the Tiger!” Classic rock and Rocky fans alike rejoiced when Survivor hit the Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront stage. New lead vocalist Cameron Barton take classics like “I Can’t Hold Back” and “High On You” to new heights on Aug. 10. Rock n’ Roll Never Forgets had the crowd roaring when they first opened the show.
We needed a second wind after local band Second Wind opened the show! Classic rock and funk fused when War rocked our last concert on Aug. 17. The group moved audiences with their unique sound and hits such as “The Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Spill the Wine.”
My Kid Rocks! contest winner Mirror Image had a blast singing their favorite Beatles’ songs before Second Wind played.
Which concert was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!