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DTE Energy Music Theatre Listed as 2004 Top Attended Amphitheatre and Honored With 'Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue' Nomination by Pollstar Magazine
1/25/2005

MEADOW BROOK MUSIC FESTIVAL ALSO ENJOYS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON

DTE Energy Music Theatre was listed as the world’s most attended outdoor concert venue in 2004 for the 14th consecutive year and was nominated as “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” in Pollstar magazine’s annual Concert Industry Readers Poll. It is the 12th time it has been nominated under the ownership and management of Palace Sports and Entertainment (PS&E) and it won the honor in 2000.

Results of the poll will be announced by the leading entertainment trade publication in February.

Overall, more than 834,000 guests attended DTE Energy Music Theatre’s 68 shows, far exceeding the second most attended amphitheatre listed in Pollstar’s year-end chart, the Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts in Massachusetts, with 468,400. PS&E also ranked ninth in total tickets on the World Top 100 Promoters list.

Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University posted another successful summer as more than 170,000 guests enjoyed 43 events.

“We are pleased with the fine turnout for our outdoor venues this summer; it shows that our area concert-goers are still the best in the nation,” said Tom Wilson, President and CEO of PS&E. “Despite poor early summer weather, a slow economy and the cancellation of several major tours, we maintained our attendance pace at both amphitheatres and we would like to thank our Detroit music fans for their loyalty.”

DTE Energy Music Theatre hosted its traditional wide variety of musical entertainment including 18 sold out shows: Blink 182 with The Used and Taking Back Sunday (May 21); Clay Walker with Al Lopez (June 5); Creedence Clearwater Revisited with Randy Brock (June 26); Tim McGraw with Big & Rich and The Warren Brothers (July 2); Nickelback and 3 Doors Down with Puddle of Mudd and Thornley (July 6); John Michael Montgomery (July 11); Evanescence with Seether and Three Days Grace – pavilion only (July 15); Beach Boys – evening performance (July 17); “Projekt Revolution” Linkin Park with Snoop Dogg, The Used, KORN, Less Than Jake and more (July 26); John Mayer with Maroon5 and DJ Logic (August 6); Clint Black with Gary Allan (August 8); Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette (August 12); OZZfest 2004 (August 17); Lynyrd Skynyrd with .38 Special (August 22); Kid Rock & Twisted Brown Trucker with John Nicholson (August 26, 27 and 28); and Alan Jackson with Martina McBride (September 25).

Other major summer tours making strong showings at DTE Energy Music Theatre included: Montgomery Gentry and Dierks Bentley (June 18); KISS with Poison (June 30); Michael W. Smith and MercyMe with David Crowder Band (July 13); Josh Groban with Mindi Abair (August 7); Rod Stewart (August 18); and Fleetwood Mac (September 14).

Meadow Brook Music Festival continued is tradition of providing quality events covering a wide gamut of entertainment including Melissa Etheridge with Kate Clinton (June 12); Primus (June 14); Crosby, Stills and Nash (July 7); Jewel with Joe Firstman (July 14); Harry Connick Jr. (August 6); The Allman Brothers Band with The Bottle Rockets (August 29); and Norah Jones with Amos Lee (September 8). Meadow Brook also hosted the best in comedy with Carrot Top (July 30); Lewis Black with Dave Dyer (July 31); Weird Al Yankovic (August 19); and Richard Jeni (August 28), as well as family shows, five performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (July 16-18, August 7-8) and the International Wine & Food Festival (June 19-20).

PS&E ownership includes The Palace and DTE Energy Music Theatre. The organization also manages Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University. Combined, PS&E’s Michigan venues average 300 events and 3.5 million guests annually.

The Palace has been voted Arena of the Year eight times by Performance magazine and twice by Pollstar magazine and is listed annually among North America's top-grossing arenas. Voted "Best Outdoor Concert Venue" in Pollstar's 2000 Readers' Poll, DTE Energy Music Theatre has been listed as the nation's most attended amphitheater by Amusement Business/Billboard each of the 13 years of PS&E ownership.

PS&E also owns the leasehold rights to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, a 1999 and 2004 recipient of the Prime Site Award by Facilities & Event Management magazine and one of North America's top-grossing arenas annually.

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