Diana Ross, left, and David Cassidy, proper, carry out on the Pine Knob Music Theatre over the a long time.
Photographs by Sue Plummer and Frank Pettis
With music legends like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner and comedians like Dave Chappelle bringing the home down on the recently-renamed Pine Knob Music Theatre stage – decade after decade – it may be straightforward to see why many are drawn to the 15,000-seat stadium the place magic and recollections are made in Clarkston.
313 Presents introduced earlier this 12 months that DTE Power Music Theatre goes again to the leisure venue’s unique identify and will likely be recognized once more as Pine Knob Music Theatre. The identify was modified in 2001 after a 20-year naming cope with DTE Power was introduced.
Throughout a Fiftieth-anniversary media convention on Friday, Might 20 throughout a press convention and tour of the grounds, many attendees took a sneak peak down reminiscence lane as 313 Presents introduced the activation of the summer season schedule of reside leisure to its world-class venues – Pine Knob Music Theatre.
Offered by United Wholesale Mortgage, Trinity Well being, and Ally; Comerica Park, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Little Caesars Area, and the Fox Theatre that includes Comerica Financial institution, the summer season’s amphitheatre and ballpark schedule introduced the return to its conventional Memorial Day to Labor Day format for the primary time since 2019.
The media occasion kicked off a Saturday, Might 21 occasion with Whiskey Myers bringing their “Tornillo Tour” with particular friends Shane Smith & The Saints and Goodbye June to Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre. The acclaimed Southern California-bred sister act HAIM opens Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland College on Might 25, and multi-platinum indie-pop trio AJR will open the Fiftieth anniversary season of the rebranded Pine Knob Music Theatre on Friday, Might 27.
“2022 will likely be an epic summer season live performance season highlighted by the return of Pine Knob Music Theatre and its Fiftieth anniversary in addition to a record-setting 5 stadium reveals at Comerica Park,” stated Howard Handler, President of 313 Presents. “We’re extraordinarily grateful to our Proud Companions United Wholesale Mortgage, Trinity Well being, and Ally for serving to us to ship Pine Knob again to the group. We’d additionally prefer to thank our buddies at Reside Nation for his or her continued help and entry to the summer season’s largest touring acts. We’re excited to deliver buddies and households collectively all summer season lengthy to make recollections for a few years to return in any respect our venues together with Little Caesars Area, the Fox Theatre, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, and Meadow Brook as effectively.”
Handler added in the course of the occasion that concert-goers will be capable to “relive” a number of the live shows stretching again a long time in the past.
“I can’t wait to swing the doorways open,” he stated. “Because of the followers and universe … and all of the backstage characters, venue, and employees who make this doable. They work their tails off each single summer season.”
This summer season the enduring venue, which opened its doorways on June 25, 1972, with a matinee efficiency by David Cassidy, will have fun its Fiftieth anniversary.
Pine Knob Music Theatre’s three entrances had been additionally rebranded resulting from new, long-term relationships with companions United Wholesale Mortgage, Trinity Well being, and Ally.
Earlier than coming into the Trinity Well being VIP Entrance, Ally East Entrance, or UWM West Entrance, concertgoers can relive a number of the venue’s first 50 years with a photograph retrospective exhibit positioned simply exterior UWM’s West Entrance. With photograph curation supplied by Meg Handler, design by Vicky Lu, and editorial by Gary Graff, friends will be capable to take pleasure in a set of photographs from the venue’s 50-year historical past, together with from Cassidy’s inaugural efficiency by Frank Pettis. Positioned on the walkway close to the Trinity Well being VIP Entrance, a larger-than-life Pine Knob Music Theatre emblem – created by Detroit’s Prop Artwork Studio – will enable friends the right alternative to seize a photograph to showcase their live performance expertise whereas creating recollections for a lifetime.
Jeff Cumberworth, senior director, Auto Advertising and marketing & Occasions · Ally Monetary Inc., stated on the occasion that as a Clarkston native he’s not solely excited as a previous and current attendee, however his firm is likely one of the proud companions of Pine Knob.
“There are such a lot of tales,” he stated including that it was a “no brainer” to revive the model to what it was. “To me that is residence. … Simply such an enormous piece of my life.”
From graduating on the very stage he stood speaking to creating recollections over a lifetime – Pine Knob to him is what he hopes it continues to be for others.
“That is one thing we couldn’t move up on and I’m extraordinarily proud to be part of it,” he stated.
Share your recollections and photographs at @PineKnobMusic, Fb at Pine Knob Music Theatre, and Instagram at @PineKnobMusic, and use the hashtag #PineKnob50. Visitors may also get artistic with their posts using specifically created Snapchat filters and Instagram GIFs in honor of the venue’s Fiftieth anniversary.
Share recollections, and photographs additionally at 313Presents.com/PineKnob50.
Discover the 2022 live performance schedule for all 313 Presents venues at 313Presents.com.