So Long DTE! Welcome Back Pine Knob!

So long DTE Music Theatre! Pine Knob is BACK!!! Like a long lost friend who popped back into our lives, it returns. To us true Metro Detroiters, it never left. It has ALWAYS been Pine Knob. Nevertheless, thank you to St. Joe’s and UWM for taking over the naming rights and bringing this classic name back to Metro Detroit!

Originally opened on June 25 of 1972, Pine Knob Music Theatre was named after it’s close proximity to the Pine Knob Ski Resort. At that time it was the largest amphitheater in North America, with a maximum capacity of 12,500 people. The first show held was for then teen-hearthrob David Cassidy, with ticket prices ranging from $2.50 for lawn seats, up to a whopping $7.00 for pavilion seats. Since then Pine Knob has been bought by Palace Entertainment (who also owned the Detroit Pistons and operates Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester), followed by DTE purchasing the naming rights in 2001 and changing Pine Knob Music Theatre to DTE Energy Music Theatre. Such a disgrace.

But today… TODAY we are back to having our beloved Pine Knob, like so many of us remember growing up with, after attending SO MANY shows over the years. Pine Knob, this video is for you for all the years of joy and entertainment you have brought to thousands of Metro Detroiters and beyond for so many years. Welcome Home!

While we’re on the subject, can we stop changing the names of different venues, places & things that people love? Even if we’re talking about a new structure, names hold so much meaning. Nostalgia is a real thing, guys. And the Little Ceasar’s Arena or Ford field just don't have the same ring to them as the Joe Louis Arena or Palace of Auburn Hills. Sorry, not sorry.

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