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Rain doesn't keep Kid Rock from rockin' second night at Comerica Park

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DETROIT -- Nature's own pyrotechnics joined Kid Rock's collection of fireworks to put the second of his two sold-out shows at Comerica Park in a precarious position on Saturday night (Aug. 13).

But the show did go on.

Dark clouds, heavy rain, wind and lightning blew into the city while Sammy Hager & the Wabos were in the midst of their opening set, chasing the group from the stage while stadium officials evacuated the field and seating areas. Members of Rock's camp and concert organizers gathered backstage and tracked the storm's progress on radar, ultimately determining that Rock`s concert could start at its planned 8:55 p.m. time -- although it was actually 9:10 when the lights actually went down.

Nevertheless, Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band delivered their full two-hour and 20-minute performance, finishing a half-hour over the 11 p.m. curfew. With Friday's (Aug. 12) show running 15 minutes long, it was a total of 45 post-curfew minutes, which by city ordinance incurs fines of $1,000 per minute. Rock, however, made no mention of the situation, or the rain, throughout the show.

Saturday's show featured a couple changes from Friday. Rock and company -- who were introduced by Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh -- added the appropriate "When It Rains" from his 2010 "Born Free" album to the set list. He also dropped "Purple Sky" as well as a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band" that was performed on Friday with Hagar, who left for home after his Saturday set was cut short.

The rain didn't dampen any spirits, however, as most of the crowd of 40,000-plus rocked with Rock until the final notes of "Born Free." Rock did promise that the Comerica shows had been captured on film and that he plans to "turn this into footage for the whole world to see," but no details have been determined yet, according to his reps.

Rock goes back into tour mode on Tuesday, resuming his summer jaunt with Sheryl Crow in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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