INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Kid Rock formally announced a Nov. 16 release date for his new album, "Born Free," at the end of his sold-out concert Saturday night (Aug. 14) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.
After Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band finished the second of three home town shows, the video screen bore a legend announcing that the album was coming 11-16-2010. Jim Beam, which manufactures the Rock-endorsed Red Stag black cherry-flavored whiskey, also distributed T-shirts announcing a Kid Rock Born Free World Tour 2010-2011.
Rock and company premiered one more song from the new album, a rocking, working man's paean called "God Bless Saturday," and also repeated three songs they had debuted at Friday's (Aug. 13) show -- the Rolling Stones-flavored "Slow My Roll," the topical "Times Like These" and "Born Free's" patriotic title track, a heartland anthem that's slated to be the album's first single -- bringing the weekend total to six new songs. A film crew shot performance, rehearsal and backstage footage on Friday and Saturday that will be used for "Born Free's" video and other promotion.
Saturday's show was also marked by the presence of actor David Arquette, in town for the filming of the upcoming "Scream 4." Arquette, who carried a trumpet on stage, was introduced before the show by Rock's production manager Eric "Shakes" Gryzbowski and subsequently introduced brought the band onstage. Arquette danced like a madman side-stage all night -- and ON stage during "Three Sheets to the Wind," as well as playing trumpet during "All Summer Long." Also backstage were actor Ray Liotta and former Detroit Red Wings star Chris Chelios, who confirmed in conversations backstage that he'll be taking a job with the team's front office this season.
Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker finish their DTE stand on Sunday (Aug. 15) with Jamey Johnson opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but some are likely to be released before showtime.
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