Masonic Settles DTE Debts

Detroit’s Masonic Temple has finally cleared up its debts with DTE Energy, months after the venue received shutoff notices from the electric company for non-payment.

DTE posted a notice in August on the door of the historic Masonic Temple saying it would shut off the juice if the “substantial” bill wasn’t paid in three days, according to the Detroit News.

The venue has managed to keep the lights on in the time since then, but its utility issues and a recent change in management haven’t seemed to spark confidence in some artists.

Vince Neil, Queensryche, Slaughter and Great White postponed a Dec. 21 show at the Masonic and rapper Lil’ Twist canceled another concert days later, writing on  Twitter, “ATTN: 1 last time…. I will not be in attendance at any concert in Detroit on Dec. 26th… Just when I thought so… They mula wasn’t right.”

Temple building manager Steve Genther told Mlive the Masonic has been going through a rough patch, but maintained the building isn’t closing its doors any time soon.

“We’ve definitely struggled here for a while,” he said. “But we’re looking to turn the corner.”

To that end, the Masonic has hired a new events manager, Karen Addison, to replace former manager Jimmy Romeo, who recently left to pursue other opportunities, Mlive reported.