Music is my life. If you hear a certain song, you can always remember where you were at that time that song was popular on the radio. Music helps you get through tough times. When I was going through my divorce, I would just jam music and sing out loud. Of course, I am sure no one wants to hear me sing, because I can’t carry a tune, but I sure have the moves and know how to rock the microphone.
Last year we were lucky enough to go to at least 15 concerts and went to see at least 20 live bands around town or when we went to Florida on vacation! We enjoy 80’s and classic rock, but I really enjoy all types of music. Just hearing live music is amazing. I love to get my groove on and dance with friends, while watching the lead singer and wish I had a voice to entertain the audience.
One of our favorite venues is going to DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston Michigan, which replaced the Pine Knob name in 2001. In our hearts it will always be Pine Knob and we still refer to it in its original name. It’s a beautiful outdoor venue with beautiful gardens, large pavilion seating and a huge grass hill for sitting, dancing and partying. The people watching is amazing.
If you’re doing it right, the party starts long before the concert out in the parking lot. Tailgating is a must. We bring a huge spread of food and drinks. When we have a large group, we’ll even bring tables, chairs, football, corn hole and hang out a couple hours ahead of time. Plus you beat the traffic on the way in. If you want to save time, there is a back way into Pine Knob off Pine Knob road. Our local Radio Stations like 96.3 WDVD , Channel 95.5, 101.1 WRIF, 99.5 WYCD, and 98.7 AMP Radio are always at the venue promoting their stations and handing out merchandise. After the concert there are two bars inside that play music where you can grab a night cap or ice cold water and let the traffic let out. Sometimes you can find your local celebrities hanging out at the VIP lounge, like the Detroit Red Wings.
Check out the 2016 event schedule: http://www.dteenergymusictheatre.org/events/
Another nice outdoor venue is Freedom Hill over in Sterling Heights, MI. This is a little smaller venue, but you feel up close and personal with the band. I am getting pretty good at working my way up front. I was lucky enough to jump up on a chair in the audience at Freedom Hill next to Rick Springfield and sing “Don’t Talk to Strangers” along with him. He was quite sure what to make of that. Another time, I walked up to front row and David Coverdale from Whitesnake kissed his hand and reached out to me. I never washed my hand again! LOL.
Every year in Royal Oak there is a festival called Arts, Beats, and Eats. I was invited to a VIP concert to see the Gin Blossoms and Neon Trees. Back in the 90’s Gin Blossoms was one of my favorite bands I was front row and made eye contact with the lead singer, Robin Wilson. I was singing word for word. He noticed and during a song leaned over and gave me the tambourine to play for a few songs. After the last song, he jumped off the stage leaned over and invited me and another girlfriend back stage to hang out with the band. We talked to the band members and hung out in the tour bus. They introduced us to Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees. Neon Trees is a high energy alternative band. Tyler’s stage presence is amazing. It was a wonderful night that I will never forget!
Other arenas like The Palace of Auburn Hills, Ford Field or Comerica also have numerous large concerts throughout the year. The sound system and seating at The Palace is fantastic. The lower level side stage is my favorite if I can’t work my way up front! : )
Michigan has plenty of other halls/venues like the Fox, Meadowbrook Hall, Royal Oak Music Theater, St. Andrews Hall, The Fillmore, The Majestic Theatre. The Magic Bag in Ferndale hosts a wide range of local bands and comedy shows.
We can’t wait for this Friday, we’ll be there when Eddie Money kicks off the summer season at DTE. Come join in the fun and watch for pictures and posts of all of concert adventures. Stop by our tailgate and hit me up for a red solo cup of fun!
Pictures below: David Lee Roth – Van Halen 2015, Tyler Glenn from Neon Trees 2015 and a few Kiss Fans out tailgating