CLARKSTON (WWJ) – A Detroit-area concert venue is forcing Neil Young to pay up for playing past curfew — to the tune of $10,000.
Young performed at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston Tuesday night, but he didn’t abide by the venue’s mandatory 11 p.m. curfew, according to reports.
The singer had played 21 songs and was cutting it close to 11 p.m. when he came back out for an encore. Young played two more songs, “Don’t Be Denied” and “Roll Another Number,” pushing him past the time limit and triggering a $1,000-per-minute fine.
When Young finally walked off the stage, the time was 10 past 11 and venue officials were none too pleased.
The noise curfew is strictly enforced, due to the venue’s close proximity to nearby residential areas. It’s been in place since the early 2000’s.
Many bands often start their sets early in order to finish up before the curfew, while some willingly pay the steep fine so they can play as long as they please. Others, like Aerosmith, have been known to pay the fine upfront as a deposit of sorts.