CLARKSTON, Mich. (WWJ) – DTE Energy Music Theatre is celebrating it’s 40th birthday.

40 years ago on June 25, 1972, DTE Energy Music Theatre (then known as Pine Knob) hosted its first-ever concert with a 3 p.m. performance by teen heartthrob David Cassidy. The matinee show was deemed a “soft opening,” to work out any glitches on a younger audience prior to its “official” opening – a five night stand with crooner Andy Williams, along with pianist Quincy Jones – on June 27 to July 1.

Since its opening, DTE Energy Music Theatre has hosted more than 3,000 shows and tens of millions of concert-goers.

There are four acts who appeared at Pine Knob in 1972 that are scheduled to appear this summer – 40 years later:
• The Beach Boys (performing their 50th Anniversary tour featuring Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks on June 30)
• Neil Diamond (July 3)
• Chicago (performing with Doobie Brothers on August 1)
• Smokey Robinson (performing with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on September 15).

Check out the historical timeline – and submit your own favorite memories or photos – on DTE Energy Music Theatre’s Facebook page.

Happy 40th Birthday to the DTE Energy Music Theatre!


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