INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP – A lack of juice couldn’t keep the show from going on at the DTE Energy Music Theatre on Thursday night.
The first of country star Toby Keith’s two concerts at the amphitheater was delayed more than two hours due to a power failure following severe storms in the early evening. Palace Sports & Entertainment, which operates the venue, trucked in emergency generators from Davison, although regular power was restored about 9:30 p.m., just as they were arriving.
PS&E spokesman Bryant Fillmore said that no consideration was given to canceling the show, though Flynville Train – whose guitarist, Brent Flynn, was celebrating a birthday – did not get to play and middle act Miranda Lambert cut her set in half..
“We always want to make the show go on,” said Mike St. Peter, PS&E vice-president of venue production.
Keith, however planned to play his full 95-minute set, finishing about midnight. Fillmore said the usual $1,000 per minute fine for running over the 11 p.m. curfew would not be levied due to the extenuating circumstances.
The DTE crowd was patient and well-behaved throughout the delay, and at one point were entertained by members of Trailer Choir, a band on Keith’s Show Dog Nashville label, who strolled the aisles and the DTE lawn with an acoustic guitar.
Keith and company perform again at 7:30 tonight at DTE. Tickets are $72.50 pavilion, $37.27 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.