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25 acts for 25 years: Here are some of Bon Secours Wellness Arena’s most memorable shows

For a quarter of a century, Bon Secours Wellness Arena (previously known as the BI-LO Center) has brought big names to our city. We’re celebrating its milestone with 25 memorable acts spanning across genres.

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Those are some tough acts to follow. | Photos via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

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From opening its doors as the Bi-lo Center on September 3, 1998, to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena we know today, we’re celebrating 25 years of our favorite arena with a list of 25 acts that have taken its stage over the years.

There have been thousands of shows with 12+ million fans in attendance over the past quarter-century, and we want to know your favorite performances (whether they landed on this list or not). Bonus points for photos.

Janet Jackson

The world-famous R&B performer was the first artist to hit the stage on September 3, 1998.

Pearl Jam

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It doesn’t get Eddie Vedder than this. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

In a back-to-back opening weekend, Pearl Jam performed on September 4, 1998. The band has returned for additional performances over the years.

Elton John

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Elton John was no stranger to Greenville crowds. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

The Rocket Man has brought several tours to Greenville, but his first performance at this venue was on September 30, 1998.

Shania Twain

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That don’t does impress me much. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

On November 7, 1998, Shania brought her “Come On Over Tour” to the Bi-Lo Center. She returned on July 18, 2015, with her “Rock This Country Tour.”

Britney Spears

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If we had a time machine, we’d go back to 2000. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

She’s We’re so lucky. The pop superstar performed her hits on the arena stage on April 6, 2000.

Tim McGraw + Faith Hill

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I like it, I love it. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Tim McGraw will return to Bon Secours Wellness Arena on May 16, 2024, after multiple stops in Greenville over the years. His first was on July 16, 2000, while on tour with his wife, Faith Hill.

Tina Turner

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And we’re rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ to The Well. | Photos via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

On October 11, 2000, the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll played the BI-LO Center.

*NSYNC

It ain’t no lie. Justin, JC, Lance, Joey, and Chris brought their legendary moves on October 20, 2000.

Dave Matthews Band

DMB will return to Bon Secours Wellness Arena on November 8, but they also played the arena on May 2, 2001.

Kenny Chesney

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When the sun goes down we’ll be groovin’. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

No Shoes Nation always shows up when Kenny Chesney comes to town, including his first stop on February 8, 2002.

Hootie & The Blowfish

This SC-born band has made several stops in Greenville over the years, but the performance on April 20, 2004 also featured Greenvillian Edwin McCain.

John Mayer

On March 10, 2004, the singer-songwriter took the stage at the arena promoting his second album, “Heavier Things.”

Journey

Don’t Stop Believing. The rock band stopped in Greenville to play the arena on November 10, 2005.

Billy Joel

The Piano Man rocked the arena on February 17, 2007.

Taylor Swift

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We don’t know how it gets better than this. | Photo by Bon Secours Wellness Arena

If you had tickets to the “Fearless Tour” on September 4, 2009, we think you should automatically get a presale code for The Eras Tour.

Bruce Springsteen

The Boss recently visited our city for a tour stop, but he also performed at the arena on September 16, 2009.

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber sold out the BI-LO Center back in the day. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Imma tell you one time, Justin Bieber performed at the arena on December 16, 2010.

Prince

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City Editor Stephanie still raves about this show. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

When we asked your favorite shows to ever play the arena, Prince was a popular answer. He performed on March 28, 2011.

Eric Church

Fans (known as The Church Choir) pack the arena every time Eric Church is in town, including his first stop on February 16, 2012.

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We’ll take one Travis Barker drum solo, please. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

This pop punk band performed with The All-American Rejects and A Day to Remember on August 3, 2016.

Garth Brooks

Many of you also said Garth Brooks’ Greenville performances were your favorite in the arena’s 25 years. He was here November 18-20, 2016.

Bon Jovi

Does screaming “Livin’ on a Prayer” at Bon Secours Wellness Arena ever get old? We did it on February 8, 2017 + April 11, 2022.

Paul McCartney

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If a concert starts with “A Hard Day’s Night,” you know it’s about to be good. | Photos by Bon Secours Wellness Arena

This rock legend performed songs from his time in The Beatles + Wings, plus his solo career, on May 30, 2019.

Kelly Clarkson

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Our life would suck without you, Kelly. | Photo via Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Kelly brought her “Meaning of Life” tour to the arena on March 30, 2019.

Carrie Underwood

Sticking with the American Idol theme, Carrie Underwood has made multiple stops in Greenville, but — most recently — she kicked off her “Denim and Rhinestones” tour in our city on Oct. 15, 2022.

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