Pine Knob, Aka DTE Music Theater, Aka Pine Knob, has had a long history of hosting some of the biggest bands and performers of all time. Pine Knob just recently reverted back to the moniker of Pine Knob after having changed its name to DTE Music Theater after DTE Energy bought the naming rights back in 2001. The amphitheatre’s first concert was on June 25th, 1972 with teen heart throb, David Cassidy. Andy Williams followed Cassidy and Pine Knob was on a roll.
Starting with a capacity of 12,500 and then later expanding to over 15,000. The theater hosted bands and performers from a wide variety of genres. From The Temptations, KISS, Aerosmith, John Denver and Blondie just to name a very small few that have played there. There’s actually a neat little website called theconcertdatabase.com that tells you exactly what concerts were at Pine Knob and when (the database goes to the year 2000 as Pine Knob and then goes to 2015 as DTE).
The Oakland Press compiled a large list of 40 significant events that occurred in Pine Knob’s history (note: this list was done for Pine Knob’s 40th anniversary, so they’ve had another ten years of events after this). Some of the events included: