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Palace Empire Rolls Out Summer Concert Schedule

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Homecoming shows by Kid Rock, Anita Baker, Ted Nugent, some Motown favorites and an array of big names and top ticket sellers highlight this year's summer season at the three venues operated by Palace Sports & Entertainment.

The Auburn Hills-based PS&E has announced an additional burst of 90 shows for the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township, Oakland University's Meadow Brook Music Theatre and the Palace of Auburn Hills. Another 10-12 shows should be announced once the season is under way, according to Marilyn Hauser, Executive Vice-President of Booking/Marketing of Palace Sports & Entertainment.

"I think it's one of the stronger summers we've had," Hauser says. "The shows that are already on sale are doing really well, and people are excited about the ones they've head about that aren't up for sale yet, like Neil Diamond and Kid Rock."

The outdoor season kicks off earlier than usual this year when headbangers Megadeth bring their Gigantour to town on May 3 at DTE. A pair of Kid Rock dates -- July 19 and 20 at DTE -- are the most highly anticipated of the previously unannounced shows, following two successful stops of his Rock N Roll Revival Tour in February at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. Many of the summer's biggest shows are already announced -- including rapper Kanye West (May 22 at the Palace), country superstar Tim McGraw (May 22 at DTE), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (May 31 at the Palace), the Dave Matthews Band (June 9 at DTE), Jimmy Buffett (June 10 at DTE), the Jonas Brothers (July 5 at DTE), Bon Jovi (July 7 at the Palace), Neil Diamond (July and Celine Dion (Sept. 26 at the Palace).

Nugent will roll his gonzo rock 'n' roll into DTE for a July 4 show, while R&B singer Baker will make what's becoming an annual visit to the amphitheater on July 12. The Temptations and Four Tops will perform together on June 29 at DTE, while the rival Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards will play on the Legends of Motown show on Aug. 31 at DTE with the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts.

The summer will see its usual share of interesting teamings at DTE with Stevie Nicks and Boston pairing up for Doug Fest 2008 on June 15, Chicago and the Doobie Brothers on June 21, Steve Miller and Joe Cocker on June 27, 3 Doors Down working with Staind and Finger Eleven on July 30, Sheryl Crow headlining over James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals on Aug. 5, Bryan Adams opening for Rod Stewart on Aug. 6, the Allman Brothers Band hooking up with former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and his Ratdog on Aug. 27, Maroon5 and Counting Crows presenting a united front on Aug. 29 and Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick doing the classic rock thing on Sept. 9. Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos, meanwhile, join forces for the Brotherhood Tour on Aug. 10 at Meadow Brook.

Heavy metal fans will be the chief beneficiaries of this year's festival shows. Following Gigantour will be Motley Crue's Crue Fest with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and others on July 15 at DTE, the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour with Slipknot, Disturbed and others on three stages on Aug. 9 at DTE, and the Metal Masters Tour, with Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead and Testament on Aug. 18 at DTE. Balancing that out, however, is the Music Builds Tour, a contemporary Christian music festival on Aug. 21 at DTE with Third Day, Switchfoot, Jars of Clay and more.

Country fans will be kickin' throughout the summer as well. McGraw's DTE show will open the doors for a slew of others, including John MIchael Montgomery on June 14, Martina McBride on July 11, Travis Tritt on Aug. 14, Brooks & Dunn (with ZZ Top) on Aug. 23 and Toby Keith (with Montgomery Gentry) on Sept. 14. Trace Adkins headlines a July 17 show at Meadow Brook before joining the Brooks & Dunn package. A Rascal Flatts show will also take place, but the date and venue has not yet been announced.

Coldplay, Janet Jackson and the Backstreet Boys, meanwhile, are also going on tour and expected to announce dates for later in the summer.

Meadow Brook will again be the summer home for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with two weekends of shows planned for July 26-27 and Aug. 1-3. Meadow Brook will also host a summer comedy series that includes "30 Rock's" Tracy Morgan on June 28, Laugh-A-Palooza on July 20, Chelsea Handler on Aug. 9 and Frank Caliendo on Aug. 22. The Oakland University amphitheater will also host several family shows as well as the annual Wine & Food Festival, which takes place Aug. 23-24.

The big family show of the summer, however, will be the Wiggles' two-show visit on Aug. 12 at the Palace.

PS&E plans some facility improvements for the summer, particularly at its outdoor venues. Besides a variety of environmentally "green" initiatives, special insect-repelling air curtains are being installed at the concession stands -- all of which will accept credit and debit cards this year, as well as cash.

PS&E is making a number of the summer shows available in special four-pack plans, and the organization is planning to again offer discounted lawn seating and other special price deals throughout the summer. Hauser says that a good two-thirds of the outdoor shows will offer $10 lawn seating.

"We're very cognizant of the economy," she says. "We want to make everything affordable."

Details are available by calling (248) 377-0100 or by visiting www.palacenet.com.


27 -- "A Year With Frog and Toad" (matinee), Meadow Brook Music Festival


3 -- Gigantour featuring Megadeth, In Flames and more, DTE Energy Music Theatre

22 -- Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco, Palace of Auburn Hills; Tim McGraw, DTE

23 -- Eddie Money and Impossible Tuesday, DTE

31 -- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood, Palace


4 -- James Taylor and His Band of Legends, Meadow Brook

6 -- Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo and Jordin Sparks, Palace

9 -- Dave Matthews Band and Paolo Nutini, DTE

10 -- Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, DTE

11 -- True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper, B-52's, Rosie O'Donnell, Tegan & Sara and the Cliks, DTE

14 -- John Michael Montgomery, DTE

15 -- Doug Fest 2008 with Stevie Nicks and Boston, DTE

18 -- Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings and Money Mark, DTE

19 -- Newsboys, Superchick and DecembeRadio, [cq] DTE

20 -- Bachman Cummings, DTE

21 -- Chicago and Doobie Brothers, DTE

22 -- ABBA the Tour, Madow Brook

27 -- Steve Miller Band and Joe Cocker, DTE; The StepCrew, Meadow Brook

28 -- Tracy Morgan, Meadow Brook

29 -- Four Tops and Temptations, DTE

29 -- "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," Meadow Brook (two shows)


3 -- 1964 the Tribute, Meadow Brook

4 -- Ted Nugent, DTE

5 -- Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, DTE

7 -- Bon Jovi and the All-American Rejects, Palace

11 -- Martina McBride, Jack Ingram and Chris Young, DTE

12 -- Anita Baker, DTE

13 -- Creedence Clearwater Revisited, DTE

15 -- Cruefest with Motley CRue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx: A.M. and Trapt, DTE; Kidz Bop Live!, Meadow Brook (two shows)

17 -- Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler and Jason Michael Carroll, Meadow Brook

18 -- John Mellencamp and Lucinda Williams, DTE; Weird Al Yankovic, Meadow Brook

19 -- Kid Rock, DTE; Crosby, Stills & Nash, Meadow Brook

20 -- Kid Rock, DTE; Laugh-A-Palooza featuring Jon Reep, Meadow Brook

21 -- Cinderella and Warrant, DTE

24 - Live, Collective Soul and Blues Traveler, Madow Brook

25 -- O.A.R. and the Beautiful Girls, Meadow Brook

26 -- The Police and Elvis Costello & the Imposters, DTE; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, "Mozart in the Meadow," Meadow Brook

27 -- Earth, Wind & Fire, DTE; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Meadow Brook

29 -- Peter Frampton, DTE

30 -- 3 Doors Down, Staind and Finger 11, DTE

31 -- Neil Diamond, Palace; Tony Hawk's Boom Boom Huck Jam with Mike Relm, DTE parking lot; "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," Meadow Brook (two shows)


1 -- LaserSpectacular [cq] featuring The Music of PInk Floyd, DTE; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, "A Night at the Opera," Meadow Brook

2 -- Hippie Fest featuring Eric Burdon & the Animals, DTE; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, "Russian Spectacular," Meadow Brook

3 -- Gipsy Kings, DTE; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, "Salute to Bernstein and Sondheim," Meadow Brook

5 -- Sheryl Crow, James Blunt and Toots & the Maytals, DTE

6 -- Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams, DTE

9 -- Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Disturbed and more, DTE; Chelsea Handler, Meadow Brook

10 -- Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos, Meadow Brook

12 -- The Wiggles, Palace (two shows)

14 -- WYCD Birthday Bash with Travis Tritt and Keith Anderson, DTE

17 -- 70s Soul Jam with the Stylistics, Harold Melvin & the blue Notes and the Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, Sr., DTE; Chris Isaak, Meadow Brook

18 -- Metal Masters Tour with Judas Priest, Heaven & Hell, Motorhead and Testament, DTE

21 -- Music Builds Tour with Third Day, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Jars of Clay and more, DTE; George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Buddy Guy, Meadow Brook

22 -- UB40, DTE; Frank Caliendo, Meadow Brook

23 -- nine inch nails, [cq] Palace; Brooks & Dunn, ZZ Top and Rodney Atkins, DTE; Wine & Food Festival, Meadow Brook

24 -- Regeneration Tour with the Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes, DTE; Wine & Food Festival, Meadow Brook (afternoon); Get Back! The Cast of Beatlemania, Meadow Brook (evening)

27 -- Allman Brothers Band and Bob Weir & Ratdog, DTE

29 -- Maroon5, Counting Crows and Augustana, DTE

30 -- The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony, DTE

31 -- Legends of Motown with the Temptations Revue featuring Dennis Edwards and the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts, DTE


7 -- Barrage, "High Strung," Meadow Brook

9 -- Journey, Heart and Cheap Trick, DTE

14 -- Toby Keith and Montgomery Gentry, DTE

26 -- Celine Dion, Palace

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