There ain't no party like a Detroit party -- especially when Kid Rock shows up as an unannounced guest.
That was the case on Sunday (May 17), the final day of the 27th annual 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown, when Detroit's proudest native son flew his country flag with not one but two special guest appearances.
The tens of thousands gathered in Hart Plaza pretty much knew what was coming during the Zac Brown Band's set when Brown said that, "I thought for a minute we'd play a Kid Rock song. Then I thought, why don't I just let him do it himself." Rock, who had taken Brown to the Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup playoff game earlier in the day, then strode on to lead the group through his 2008 hit "All Summer Long," changing one of the lyrics to "summertime in Detroit, Michigan."
Rock sported a denim Jim Beam jacket, a black Red Wings T-shirt and a trucker cap and was accompanied by his son and older brother. Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, reserve goalie Jimmy Howard and Jason Krauss, guitarist in Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, were among those cheering him on. Rock finished his appearance by pronouncing the Zac Brown Band's major label debut album, "The Foundation," "one of the best CDs I've heard in the last 10 years."
After visiting Sunday headliner Willie Nelson on his bus between sets, Rock signed some autographs for fans gathered nearby, then joined Nelson on stage for a rendition of "Whiskey River" before taking Brown and his band back to his Clarkston home to spend the night.
Rock is currently recording his follow-up to his 2007 album Rock N Roll Jesus. He plans to have it ready for release this fall, with a single out by the time he hits the road with Lynyrd Skynyrd in June, with shows schedule for July 17-18 at Detroit's Comerica Park.