DETROIT (CelebrityAccess) — AEG Presents announced an exclusive management and booking deal to oversee Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre and Cathedral Theatre, two of the city’s most iconic concert venues.
The arrangement expands AEG Presents’ relationship with The Masonic Temple and is a natural fit as AEG Presents, who, since 2013, has brought artists such as Lana Del Rey, Jack White, LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Bassnectar, The Killers to the Masonic.
The building, which is approaching 100 years old, is the largest Masonic Temple in the world with over 1,000 rooms including three theaters (one was never completed, but is sometimes used by film-production crews), a Shrine building, the Chapel, eight lodge rooms, a 17,500 square-foot drill hall, two ballrooms, office space, a cafeteria, dining rooms, a barber shop, and 16 bowling lanes.
The facility’s concert spaces include the 1,586 capacity Cathedral Theatre as well as the scalable 4,400 capacity Masonic Temple Theatre.
Over the years, the facility has played host to concerts by the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, David Bowie, The Eagles, Queen, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, Prince, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, and The White Stripes.
The Masonic is also one of only four State-Of-Michigan certified Qualified Film Production Facilities – and the only one in Detroit – and has hosted over 57 cinematic productions.
“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with the Masonic Temple and their incredible theatres which continue to play an important role in Detroit’s live music scene. Our financial investment will enable us to restore some of the Temple’s most historic features and allow us to upgrade elements such as the sound and lighting systems to further improve the experience for our guests,” said Rick Mueller, President of AEG Presents North America.
“We are honored and excited to be a part of the AEG Presents family. While we have worked with them for years, we are happy to broaden that relationship and work with AEG Presents more exclusively to make these two venues even more special,” added Roger Sobran, President of the Masonic Temple Association.