DTE Energy Music Theatre

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DTE Energy Music Theatre
Background Information

Former Name

Pine Knob Music Theater
1972 - 2001




Independence Township


7774 Sashabaw Rd
Village of Clarkston, MI 48348


(248) 377-0100


313 Presents




DTE Energy Music Theatre (originally Pine Knob Music Theatre) is a 15,274-seat (7,202 seats in the pavilion; 8,072 on the lawn) amphitheater located in Independence Township, Michigan, approximately 40 miles northwest of Detroit (it has a Clarkston, Michigan mailing address). Built by Nederlander Organization in the early 1970s, it was originally known as Pine Knob Music Theatre due to its proximity to the nearby Pine Knob ski area and golf course. The name was changed before the 2001 concert season when DTE Energy (the parent company of Detroit Edison) purchased the naming rights to the amphitheater in a ten-year, $10 million deal. Despite this change, many people still continue to call the venue "Pine Knob".

The amphitheater held its grand opening on June 25, 1972, with a matinee performance by teen idol David Cassidy. Andy Williams performed the first evening concert two nights later. At the time of its opening Pine Knob was the largest amphitheater in the country with a capacity of 12,500. One of the iconic features of the first years of Pine Knob was the dramatic entrance way to the amphitheater. Long cement retaining walls that cut through the hill/lawn were professionally hand-painted with the logos of every band that had played there. The walls were filled in and replaced by stairs and more lawn seating during the early 1980s, thus increasing the amphitheater's capacity to more than 15,000.

On November 29, 1990, Palace Sports and Entertainment purchased Pine Knob and spent $8 million on renovations. On January 25, 2001, Palace Sports and Entertainment announced that the venue's name would be changed to DTE Energy Music Theatre. The deal was worth an average of $1 million per year over a ten-year term.

DTE Energy Music Theatre is owned by Palace Sports and Entertainment and operated by 313 Presents a joint venture between Olympia Entertainment—a division of Ilitch Holdings, and Palace Sports and Entertainment.


Complete list of performances at the Concert Database

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