Detroit Summer Concert Preview As Pine Knob Celebrates 50th Anniversary

It took a global pandemic to put a break on one of Southeast Michigan’s favorite summer traditions. But concerts are now back in a big, big way.

In Metro Detroit and elsewhere around the world, the first full summer of shows since 2019 is fast approaching, promising the busiest live music schedule in many years.

It’s a program that includes nearly 50 concerts in a 50th anniversary season at Pine Knob, the Clarkston venue that has often topped the US rankings for amphitheater attendance. And there are a host of stadium extravaganzas – including an 11-day streak in July that includes four at Comerica Park.

Southern rock band Whiskey Myers is set to kick off the outdoor season with a visit Saturday to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights. Haim will kick things off at the Meadow Brook Amphitheater on May 25, AJR will kick off the Pine Knob action on May 27, and Damien Escobar will kick things off at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater on June 4.

The schedule even includes a handful of shows announced in 2019 – concerts originally scheduled for the following summer, then postponed several times as the pandemic dragged on. They include Billy Joel (Comerica Park), Def Leppard-Motley Crue (Comerica) and the Doobie Brothers reunion with Michael McDonald (Pine Knob), which means that by the time these acts come to town, some fans will have held hands. tickets for more than 2 and a half years.

There are also new faces. At Pine Knob, the schedule features several first-time headliners, including AJR (May 27), Halsey (May 29), and Odesza (September 8).

“It’s pretty obvious when you see the slate of shows that not only is this the most robust summer concert season in the last decade or more, but it’s also filled with great diversity,” said said Dave Clark, president of Live Nation. Michigan Division. “There are so many genres of music at a major touring level. There is something to be said for the variety of music that can inspire fans to support so many shows.

The Weeknd arrives at Ford Field on July 27.

Amid inflation and other economic concerns, fan appetite appears to be strong as summer approaches: In the latest earnings report from Live Nation, the largest concert promoter in the United States United, the company said more than 70 million tickets have been sold for its concerts this year. – up 36% from the same point in 2019. Overall, Live Nation reported his “best first quarter ever”.

“Artists are back on the road and fan demand has never been stronger, showing that live events remain a clear priority for consumers as our social lives reboot,” the report said.

Fans returning to shows for the first time since the pandemic should know that new policies have been implemented at Pine Knob and other facilities in the stable of 313 Presents, the Ilitch-Tom Gores company that markets Comerica Park, Little Caesars Arena, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Meadow Brook and the Fox Theater.

After:$25 ticket sale includes performances by Chris Rock, Ted Nugent and Miranda Lambert in the Detroit metro

Bags and purses are now prohibited, a measure designed to reduce congestion at security gates. Wallet-sized bags are still allowed, as well as diapers and medical containers up to a certain size. All the details are at 313 Presents website.

Most shows are now using digital ticketing, part of a larger trend in the entertainment and sports industries. Venues advise spectators to download tickets to their mobile devices before leaving their homes, in case of connection problems on site.

313 Current buildings have also transitioned to cashless transactions for concessions and other vendors.

Also note that some tours continue to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result.

Here’s a look at Metro Detroit’s summer music offerings.

The return of Pine Knob

Nostalgia is in the air at the Clarkston Amphitheater this summer.

After two decades as the DTE Energy Music Theatre, news arrived in January that the much-loved venue would be resurrect the name he was baptized in 1972. The news received a loud and happy reception in Michigan and in the concert world. “Pine Knob” even trended nationally on Twitter that day.

The revival of the Pine Knob name comes as the amphitheater celebrates its 50th anniversary with an anniversary campaign all summer long. Reunited country duo Brooks & Dunn, playing their first gig in the Detroit metro since 2010, happens to headline on June 25, 50 years to the day after Pine Knob opened.

Kid Rock returns to Pine Knob on September 16-17.

A media event is scheduled for Friday to showcase the reboot of Pine Knob, including a new marquee at the front and entrance signage highlighting the site’s three new sponsors: United Wholesale Mortgage, Trinity Health and Ally.

New York pop group AJR will make their debut at Pine Knob a week later to officially kick off the amphitheater’s 2022 season, a schedule that runs until early October and includes a double homecoming on the 16th and September 17 from Kid Rock.

Stadium bargain

Comerica Park and Ford Field have seven summer shows between them for the biggest stadium concert season in recent memory.

At the Tigers ballpark, the weekend of July 8-10 will feature back-to-back dates from Chris Stapleton, Billy Joel and Def Leppard-Motley Crue, followed by Elton John playing July 18 at his final gig in Detroit. After nearly four decades of gigging in Detroit, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will make their debut here with a show at Comerica Park on August 14.

Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, due August 14 at Comerica Park.

At Ford Field, the Weeknd will take the stage with a mega-production on July 27, part of a much-delayed tour that was originally scheduled for arenas in 2020 and eventually turned into an American stadium. Kenny Chesney, one of country music’s veteran stadium stars, will make his final visit to the home of the Lions on August 20.

More amphitheaters

On the shores of Detroit at the Aretha, a lively summer includes the hugely popular Wednesday Night Jazz Series (starting June 8), plus a slate of weekend shows highlighted by the reunited Jodeci ( June 17), Charlie Wilson (July 23), Lord Huron (August 16) and UB40 (August 19).

The Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights features a genre-hopping program that includes Deftones (May 24), 5 Seconds of Summer (July 21), Alicia Keys (August 16) and Ted’s Last Homecoming Nugent (August 13).

Charlie Wilson performs at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheater on July 23.

At bucolic Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, highlights include Jackson Browne (June 10), Rex Orange County (June 25), Norah Jones (July 16), the Cult (July 27) and a visit to the Beach Boys 60th anniversary ( August 14).

The Wildwood Amphitheater in Lake Orion will kick off its season with a show on June 9 and a birthday celebration for Detroit rock-blues guitarist Jim McCarty and his band Mystery Train, while Detroit rocker Mitch Ryder will perform on July 1 . The venue’s summer schedule is packed with tribute shows, including bands celebrating the music of Prince, Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Bob Seger and more.


The major festivals are coming back to life this summer.

After a two-year pandemic layoff, electronic music festival Movement will return to Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) with its most extensive lineup in many years, a six-bill stages which includes headliners Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer and Richie Hawtin.

The movement returns to Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend.

The Mo Pop Festival will debut in Hart Plaza on July 30-31, winding up Jefferson Avenue from its recent home in West Riverfront Park, featuring two stages of indie rock, pop and hip-hop topped by Glass Animals and Detroit’s Big Sean.

Local bands and DJs will be performing at the latest edition of Rock ‘n’ Rides at Royal Oak from June 16-19. A full lineup – including the Ruiners, Spiral Crush and Cast-Iron Cornbread Band – will be announced on Monday.

The Detroit Jazz Festival plans to return to a full in-person event on Labor Day weekend, after two years of acclaimed success live presentationswith artist-in-residence Chucho Valdés leading this year’s lineup.

Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak, which is gearing up for its 25th anniversary on Labor Day weekend, is set to announce its national and local music lineup in early August.

Little Caesars Arena

While most of the summer music action takes place outdoors, Detroit’s main arena features a range of great concerts, including Justin Bieber (June 5), Machine Gun Kelly (July 3), Roger Waters ( July 23) and a performance by Kendrick Lamar (August 14).

Pine Knob, 50th Anniversary Schedule

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May 27: AJR with BoyWithUke

May 29: Halsey with Beabadoobee

June 3: Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town with the Cadillac Three

June 6: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

June 8: REO Speedwagon and Styx with Loverboy

June 10: The Luminous

June 15: Tears for fears with garbage

June 17: Josh Groban with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

June 18: Steely Dan with Snarky Puppy

June 21st: Dave Matthews Band

June 22: Chicks with Patty Griffin

June 25: JMJ Hoedown with Brooks & Dunn

June 29: Death and company

June 30th : Nick Cannon Presents: MTV Wild ‘N Out Live

July 2nd : Jack Johnson with Durand Jones and the Directions

July 3: Barenaked Ladies with Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket

4th July: The Doobie Brothers

July the 5th : Carlos Santana and Earth, Wind and Fire

July 12: Train with Jewel and Blues Traveler

July 16: Thomas Rhett with Parker McCollum

July 26: Chicago and Brian Wilson

July 27: Rod Stewart with a cheap ride

July 28: street boys

July 29: Zac Brown Band

July 30: Chris Brown and Lil Baby

August 2nd : A Republic with Needtobreathe

August 3: Phishing

August 10: Incubus with Sublime With Rome

August 14: Jason Aldean with Gabby Barrett

August 16: Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin with Bush

August 19: Kidz Bop

21st of August : Korn and Evanescence

August 23: Sammy Hagar & the Circle with George Thorogood & the Destroyers

August 24: Imagine dragons with Macklemore

August 26: Keith Urban with Ingrid Andress

August 27: Encanto: singing in accompaniment

August 30: Scorpions with Whitesnake

August 31 : Pitbull with Iggy Azalea

September 1st : Wiz Khalifa and logic

September 3: Wu-Tang Clan and Nas

September 7: The Black Keys with Band of Horses

September 8: Odesza

September 10: Florence + the machine with Sam Fender

September 16-17: Kid Rock with a Stranger

September 21: Shinedown with Jelly Roll

September 24: RIFF Fest with Disturbed, Dirty Honey, more

October 5: Five Finger Death Punch with Megadeth

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