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Kid Rock to take Sheryl Crow on the road this summer

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Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow on the road with him this summer, although whether they play the Detroit area together is up in the air.

The Clarkston rocker and Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album (which also features Bob Seger on piano) -- will play 27 dates together beginning July 2 in Cincinnati and wrapping Sept. 3 in Houston. No Detroit area show is currently on the itinerary; Rock has said he plans to do "something special" in his home town this summer but has not yet determined what that will be.

As for touring with Crow, Rock says that, "We've always wanted to tour together. You talk about things and you never know if it's going to come to light, but this time we were able to make it work."

Crow -- who sang "Picture," "Collide" and Free's "All Right Now" during Rock's 40th birthday concert in January at Detroit's Ford Field -- is excited for the shows. "Any day, any hour of the day or night, if (Rock) calls me I'm totally there," she says. "I'm such a huge fan of his, and I love the guy. He's a great songwriter, and I feel like our collaboration together is always easy and it just...works."

Rock adds that he expects the tour to generate a souvenir for fans as well. "We've been wanting to do a live record together, forever," he says. "If we do our hits -- 'Picture' and, if the clouds align and it becomes (a hit), 'Collide' -- and we do some fun covers we've been doing throughout the years and throw them on an album, that'll be fun for people to hear."

Both artists will be busy before their joint jaunt, however. Rock embarks on his Chillin' The Most Cruise on April 7 from New Orleans and plays at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival before starting a Canadian tour on May 21. He'll also be honored by the Detroit chapter of the NAACP at its annual Freedom Fund dinner on May 1.

Crow, meanwhile, begins a U.S. headlining tour on May 8 that runs through JUne 30.

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