The hills -- and halls and pavilions -- will be alive with the sound of music this summer, with nearly 80 shows so far set for Palace Sports & Entertainment's 2012 summer season.
The company has announced 76 shows for its three venues -- the Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre (celebrating its 40th anniversary) and the Meadow Brook Music Festival at Oakland University. The season is set to begin with LMFAO's Sorry For Party Rocking Tour stop on May 23 at the Palace and Eddie Money's traditional DTE-opening show on May 25 and conclude with Canadian rock trio Rush's performance at the on Sept. 18 at the Palace.
And while there's been talking of scaling down or cutting back from the usual number of summer concerts, Adam Schneider, PS&E's senior vice-president of Events and Booking, promises there will be no shortage of shows this year.
"We're going to have a lot," Schneider says. "There's going to be a lot of quantity. But we're also focused on the integrity of the event, making sure each show has time to take hold in the marketplace and not clog things up with too many messages."
In 2011 PS&E hosted 111 events with a total attendance of more than 1.7 million.
Particularly noteworthy this summer is a busy indoor season, with seven shows so far booked for the Palace including Radiohead's first Detroit area concert since 1997 (June 11), Aerosmith (July 5), Coldplay (Aug. 1) and children's favorites the Wiggles (Aug. 10). The Palace parking lots will also be the new home of the Vans Warped Tour on July 6 after several years at Comerica Park and the Pontiac Silverdome.
Meadow Brook is also set for plenty of activity, ranging from concerts and comedy to Cirque D'Or (June 23), family shows such as "Puss in Boots" (July 29) and "100 Years of Broadway" (Aug. 11), the Wine and Food Festival (Aug. 25), "The Rocky Horror Show" (Sept. 7-8) and an MMA Cage Fight Festival (Sept. 15).
DTE, meanwhile, has 42 dates on the books so far, with three acts -- the Beach Boys (June 30), Neil Diamond (July 3) and Chicago (Aug. 1) -- that also played the Pine Knob Music Theatre's inaugural 1972 season. Schneider, meanwhile, says more shows will be added for a season total of more than 50 (it hosted 58 in 2011), with a focus on "coming up with cool packages and events...for a great fan experience."
All of the PS&E's summer shows so far have been announced and most are on sale, with others going up on Monday, May 14. Full show details can be found at www.palacenet.com.
The full schedule so far can be found at: http://bit.ly/K1J6oN
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