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Kid Rock confirmed for Lions' Thanksgiving Day halftime show

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Kid Rock is no longer the rumored halftime act for the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day gave.

He's it.

The Lions and the National Football League announced Tuesday (Nov. 16) that Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band would be featured during the United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show on Nov. 25, performing the title track to Rock's new album, "Born Free," which was released on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 fans will be included on the field in the halftime show, including members of the National Guard and their families.

Country singer and former "American Idol" finalist Josh Gracin was also named the National Anthem singer for the game, which is closed to sold out and will be televised.

Previous halftime show acts have included Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, John Mellendamp, Mary J. Blige, the Goo Goo Dolls and Enrique Iglesias. Last year's halftime saluted Motown's 50th anniversary.

Earlier in the day Rock, who turns 40 on Jan. 17, announced a Jan. 15 concert at Ford Field, which will be christened 40 Field for the event. Tickets go on sale Nov. 26, with prices to be announced. Details are also pending for a Jan. 17 Comedy Central roast at Detroit's Fox Theatre.

Rock is slated to perform at the "American Music Awards" on Nov. 21 on ABC, while MTV, VH1 and CMT are airing a "Kid Rock: Born Free" documentary and Fuse TV is showing "On the Record: Kid Rock."

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