Clarkston, MI — January 14, 2022
All of you music fans that continued to call it Pine Knob, the amphitheater at the base of the Clarkston ski hill dubbed DTE Energy Music Theatre, you can now rejoice as the name is once again the official moniker of the popular outdoors entertainment venue.
In 2001 when the newly merged power company, DTE Energy, purchased the naming rights to the music theatre north of Metro Detroit many fans were not happy with the name change. Loyalists continued to refer to the locale as Pine Knob.
After holding the rights for 20 years, via two 10 year contracts, DTE has allowed the name to expire. As the new logo indicates the venue is not without sponsorship, but the brand will officially be referred to as Pine Knob.
You need only look to the recently completed College Football Bowl Season to realize the effects of corporate sponsorship on naming rights.
- CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
- TAXSLAYER GATOR BOWL
- TONY THE TIGER SUN BOWL
- GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC
- CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL
- PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
- ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL
Even the grandaddy of them all the ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CAPITAL ONE VENTURE X has seccumbed to the trend. Do we like it? No choice! Money talks, tradition walks.
Pine Knob Is Special
Since its opening on June 25th, 1972, when teen heartthrob David Cassidy played an afternoon show, Pine Knob holds a special place in the hearts of local music fans. It was a place you could pay a little extra and get a seat under the canopy closer to the act on stage. Or you could relax and stretch out on the lawn under the sun or stars.
The Cassidy performance cost $5 and $7 for a seat in the pavillion. Lawn space sold for $2.50, but you had to get your tickets by mail order only. Wow, how times have changed.
Local legends like Bob Seager, Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, Diana Ross, and a host of Motown acts performed on the outdoor stage. Eddie Money was the traditional opening act of the concert season. But it is the group Chicago that holds the record for the most appearance at pine knob.
At the time of its opening, Pine Knob was the largest outdoor performance theatre with 12,500 seats. Annually one of the top grossing venues in the world, Pine Knob has hosted a broad range of genres making grand memories for those in attendance.
Those fond memories likely fueled the love of the Pine Knob in the hearts of fans and their allegiance to the name. Yes, it’s great to have Pine Knob officially back.
Preliminary List of the Pine Knob 2022 Concert Schedule
FRI MAY 27
AJR – The OK Orchestra Tour
FRI JUN 3
Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town: The Bandwagon Tour
MON JUN 6
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss: Raising The Roof
WED JUN 8
Styx and REO Speedwagon with Loverboy: Live and UnZoomed
TUE JUN 14
WED JUN 15
Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point World Tour
SAT JUN 18
Steely Dan with Special Guest Steve Winwood
THU JUN 30
Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live
SAT JUL 2
Jack Johnson 2022 Summer Tour
SUN JUL 3
Barenaked Ladies: Last Summer On Earth Tour
MON JUL 4
The Doobie Brothers – 50th Anniversary Tour
TUE JUL 5
Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire: Miraculous Supernatural Tour
TUE JUL 26
Chicago and Brian Wilson with Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
WED JUL 27
Rod Stewart with special guest Cheap Trick
THU JUL 28
Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour
FRI JUL 29
Zac Brown Band: Out In The Middle Tour
FRI AUG 26
Keith Urban: The Speed of Now World Tour
Additional date are being added frequently, consult the Live Nation Website for ticketing and additional details. Live Nation is the official promoter of most Pine Knob events.