Sade, John Legend | United Center | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Sade, John Legend Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2011

It's a testament to Sade's enduring popularity that tickets for the first date of a three-night stand at the massive United Center sold out almost immediately when they went on sale a whopping 308 days in advance. (More tickets for that show have since been made available.) Some credit is due to last year's Soldier of Love (RCA), Sade Adu and company's subtly masterful return to recording after a ten-year hiatus, but things probably would've gone the same way had they decided to tour without a new release. Their prior collection, Lovers Rock, with its slow-burning pileups of vintage soul, modern R&B, reggae, and a touch of hip-hop, was almost certainly a primary factor in the conception of a good percentage of today's elementary school students, and its painfully gorgeous centerpiece, "By Your Side"—which also appears on their recent retrospective, The Ultimate Collection (Epic)—is as close to perfect as any song released in the aughts. I mean, they could probably fill the arena at least once just on the strength of that cut alone. —Miles Raymer

Price: $49.50-$149.50

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