|Address:||7774 Sashabaw Rd, Village of Clarkston, MI 48348, USA|
Worst experience in 30 years!!! Tom Gore needs to seriously think about selling this GREAT Historic Entertainment Establishment before he and his group totally destroy it... We were there tonight for the Heart, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, 3 GREAT shows. Worst $200+ night I ever spent for entertainment. I have been a GOLD sponsor for over 15 years with the previous Tom Wilson Team...Loved EVERY year...Great people who know how to not only entertain, but give you more than your moneys worth...totally opposite of the so called Tom Gore team who are clueless as the how to follow a leader. First thing we noticed when we arrived is very LOW energy on the grounds with the crowd...they appeared more like prisoners rather than patrons... Than we made the HUGE mistake of ordering two what they called "Grilled Chicken " sandwich...COLD, FULL OF BONES AND CARTILAGE...I would not feed this to my dog...Add this to the two mixed drinks that were short served...Tom, you should not cheat your customers... Than came the BIGGEST disappointment of all...Sound quality was the WORST!!!! on ALL three show...GREAT acts I have seen more than 4 times, but Toms lack of knowledge and professionalism of sound system presentation shined bright here!!! Pine Knob was always know for QUALITY sound, not after this night. I will not be investing my entertainment dollars at DTE as long as the same inexperience people are managing shows there. We have MANY other GREAT facilities around the metro Detroit area like the incredible Freedom Hill...WAIT A MINUTE..Did I here this same butch many be managing the Hill...I hope they dont mess that GREAT place up the way they did DTE. Toms team needs to improve in all these before they totally destroy this GREAT venue. Stop trying to line your pockets with profits and give your customers the quality they paid for and deserve. Shame on you...
I had went to the hoe down July 31st 2016, I was 2 hours early. Of course to purchase my tickets well I was asked to leave the parking lot. On my way out of the parking lot I was stopped by a security guard named Matt bald head wearing a blue shirt and compression sleeve. He was in a gulf cart driving fast tried to cut me off yelled at me saying to leave. I said I was leaving, he told me not to get an attitude, well of course I got an attitude with him #1 because Im a customer. #2 because I paid to be there. He then told to to get the F*** out of here and we then exchanged words. He later told me I couldnt go back. I drove down the road to talk to a manager and they told me to leave also for being disrespectful. I left called management they hung up on me. Then I called the management of that management they said I could return. I did return, as I returned I was talked to by a nice man who apologizeed for his co worker ... Later finding out the hoe down wont start for six hours I wanted to leave then return. As I was leaving I seen Matt and his supervisor the supervisor told me Im lucky to be here as if I didnt pay for the ticket. And He said to go park before he calls the cops on me for asking for matts name. The police came in a gulf cart and they told me to drive away or they are arresting me.
Oh former Pine Knob. This place is getting better, very very slowly. Getting in and out of the venue is often a nightmare, but the local police and community are prepared for it – setting up special lanes to handle the traffic. Once you get in, you get to enjoy a nice half-mile or so walk through an actually enjoyably wooded area around the venue past overpriced stands selling candied nuts and other refreshments. The recent addition of a craft beer and cocktail pub way out by the entrance is nice, although the $9-12 price per drink and the long lines are not and the fact that its about as far away from the stage as you can get while still in the venue is really frustrating if you want quality beverages. If you want to stay near the stage so you can actually enjoy the show, there are refreshment stands right there, but its usually domestic beers (still at $8 a piece) and hotdogs and pretzels for food options. Im totally OK with paying high prices for convenience and quality, but DTE pretty much just has the high prices. With all that said, its one of a very few venues that big-name acts get booked at in this part of the state, so if you want to see those shows, youve kind of got to put up with it.
Its not the Pine Knob of old !!! Remember being able to bring in your little cooler as long as you dont have glass, it was okay ! Well I cant drink alcohol, Im diabetic, it cost me about $30 a concert for water. Do you understand how many cases that is for me at home........$4.50 a water !!!( a bottle) At Walmart you can buy a case of water for $4 -- $04.50 !!!!! Now a case at Walmart could be as high as 32 bottles for $4.50 at Walmart !!! I think they make enough money off of beer and alcohol to let the disabled, handicapped, bring in their own water !!!! To charges $4.50 a water, its just greed !!! . I mean why would you do that to the handicapped people, dont you consider us in a little different group than your average beer drinking guest ! Thats why you build several wheelchair-accessible platforms so we dont have to deal with the drunks. Have you ever been at DTE and have a drunk spilled beer on you and you dont even drink ? Get pulled over and you smell like alcohol ? The only thing that went through my mind with State Trooper, he just couldnt understand why I was so upset about smelling like beer and paying $4.50 of water!
Had a good time. Parking fees are included with your ticket purchases so you dont have to worry when you get there. Even arriving very soon before the show was supposed to start, the parking isnt too far of a walk, and the lines to get in moved quick. No backpacks! Beware. No containers of any liquid as well, including water. If you need to bring a blanket to sit on, bring a tote bag. Lots of places to walk around to before the show starts. Very beautiful area. Lots of bathrooms. 8-10 dollars for drinks, a little more for specialty or frozen drinks. Food is similarly expensive. Typical jacked-up venue prices. As long as you sit up high enough on the hill, you can see the stage okay and the huge, vibrant, professionally coordinated and operated screens next to each side of the stage. The outdoor screens are of fairly poor quality, but are all right when the sun goes down. Overall I had a great time. Even leaving from the lawn car lots in the back wasnt that huge of a pain. Would go again.
Ive been to many kid rock concerts, and ive been going to "Pine Knob" my whole life, but yesterday was the last time! Every time I have ever been to a concert there, its been a fun loving vibe. Yesterday It was a POLICE STATE! what the hell?!! I mean they even employ rude young kids to ride bicycles around the parking lot. After dusk, i watched around the crowd, and you could see grooups of the kid cops running around the place trying to keep what seemed like a perfectly peaceful crowd under control. I had a couple of 20 year old "security" girls YELL in my face because i was leaning against a split rail fence!! The most rude behavior i have witnessed in years. What would Jerry Garcia DO? The deadheads couldnt have existed in the bull crap environment we had to deal with yesterday. Shame on DTE, I hope Kid Rock picks a different venue next time because this my last visit to this miserable hell hole!