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Kid Rock announces Comerica Park concert

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DETROIT — Kid Rock is excited to be bringing his summer hometown show back to Comerica Park and downtown Detroit on Aug. 12. But that doesn’t mean he has any ill feelings toward the DTE Energy Music Theatre, where he played three sold-out concerts last August.

“On the blogs on my website, a lot of people say they really want me to play at Pine Knob, DTE,” Rock said Thursday, June 2, during a press conference at Detroit’s Belle Isle beach to announce the show — where he arrived by paddle boarding on the Detroit River accompanied by Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and former Red Wing Chris Chelios, both wearing T-shirts from the Clarkston resident’s Made In Detroit clothing line.

“Trust me, I love that. It would be very easy to play DTE, be right in my backyard ... and make more money. But it’s not really about that. It’s about coming back to Detroit and trying to create something.

“I look at the concert as an excuse ... as the background for the event and trying to create something in the city where people can come down for an afternoon and evening, and even if they don’t go to the concert they come down and ... enjoy the city.”

Tickets for Rock’s Comerica concert, with Sammy Hagar & the Wabos opening, go on sale at 10 a.m. June 11 at the Comerica Park box office and select Meijer stores and online via Tickets.com and LiveNation.com. Tickets will not be sold via TicketMaster.

Prices will be $79.50 for the general admission field, $49.50 for lower deck grandstand and $30 for upper deck seats. There will also be a $99 six-pack for upper deck seats as well as a VIP package that includes a limited edition Kid Rock Detroit Tigers jersey.

Rock — who played two sold-out Comerica shows in July 2009 — confirmed Thursday that he has the entire Aug. 12 weekend reserved at Comerica but would not commit to any additional shows. “It would be easy to be cocky and say we’re gonna do two,” he explained, “but you just go for the one, on Friday, ’cause you don’t know what times are for people and what they have their money spent on and knowing that things are still economically hard around here.

“You hope you can do something Saturday (Aug. 13), but now there is no Saturday, just a Friday. That’s what we’ve got confirmed.”

Rock plans to host activities outside of Comerica, which he says are still being determined but might include an outdoor stage featuring local bands, food vendors, art exhibits, a beer garden and “some fun games.”

“What really made it (in 2009) was the people that came down ... from all over the country, from Canada, from America,” Rock said. “I know people who are in from France and Germany and Australia ... Some of the (video footage) we shot, you’d see guys walking around with boa constrictors around their necks. It was just a really fun family freak parade.”

Rock said he and Hagar will definitely play some songs together; in fact, he noted, Hagar only agreed to do it if Rock would agree “to jam together at the end.” Rock said he’ll also try to “coax” Sheryl Crow, with whom he’s touring the rest of the summer, into making an appearance as well.

One thing that won’t happen, however, will be the Comedy Central roast that was tentatively scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Fox Theatre. Rock said that the cable network wanted to switch the location, and he remains adamant that it be held in Detroit.

“I’m not going to go to L.A. or Las Vegas to get teased,” he explained. “If they come to Detroit and create some commerce here ... and bring their big production and they’re putting people to work, bring it on. If they come to Detroit, the roast will be on. If they don’t, no deal.”

Rock will be hosting the CMT Music Awards show on June 8 in Nashville, while his run with Crow begins July 2 in Cincinnati.

Web Site: www.kidrock.com

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