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Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock come together as part of special celebration at DTE
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- Finishing the first of his two-song surprise guest appearance with Sheryl Crow on Sunday night, Aug. 12, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Kid Rock pronounced "NOW we got a party goin' on."

And that was not overstating the case.

Rock's turn with Crow and her band for their hit 2001 duet "Picture" and a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around the Bend" certainly boosted the energy of Palace Sports & Entertainment's first-ever Come Together Celebration. To that point it had been a genteel summer gathering, a somewhat unfocused but pleasant invitation-only party for a) DTE's 40th anniversary, b) the Detroit Pistons and their upcoming season and c) somewhat eclipsed honors from the organizations' Come Together Foundation for three good samaritans in the metro area.

The honorees -- Darnell Hall from the Think Detroit Police Athletic League program, Catrina Harvey from the Kids Food Basket in Grand Rapids and Natasha Thomas-Jackson from Flint's Raise It Up! Youth & Awareness program -- were duly noted, presented with Impact Awards by members of the Pistons, including head coach Lawrence Frank and players such as Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and rookie Kim English, as well as team President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars. The honorees also received a $25,000 grant from the foundation.

Also on hand for the festivities were Pistons alumni such as Rick Mahorn and James "Buddah" Edwards, Rep. John Dingell, actress Erin Cummings, former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and a variety of corporate, media and entertainment business VIPs.

Crow's 90-minute performance was the night's focus, however. Following local singer-songwriter Paulina Jayne, Crow and her five-piece band delivered a hit-laden set that found the band playing solid versions of "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las VEgas," "My Favorite Mistake" and "A Change Will Do You Go" to an appreciative but not particularly energetic crowd. Crow herself was in fine form, however, playing the first two songs in a Pistons jersey given to her before the show and declaring that "I'm celebrating -- I've been coming here (for) 20 years, and I have not aged one day!"

She played one brand new song, "Shotgun," accompanied by Detroit singer Herschel Boone, and took advantage of the momentum of the Kid Rock cameo -- which brought the crowd to its feet for the first time all night -- to finish strong with "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun" and an encore of "Everyday is a Winding Road."

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