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Kid Rock kicks into Thanksgiving football gear again

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CLARKSTON -- Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band will rock Detroit's Ford Field for the third time in two years on Thanksgiving Day.

The group will be the halftime act at the United Way's annual Thanksgiving halftime show when the Detroit Lions play the Houston Texans on Nov. 22. Rock and company will play "Detroit, Michigan," one of the songs from his new album, "Rebel Soul," which comes out Nov. 19.

"It's great because I'm home for Thanksgiving, number one, and it's a huge television audience," the Clarkston-based Rock says. "I get to be in front of the home town fans and it's great to have my family down there and then go eat some turkey and watch the next football game.

"It's such a tradition. I used to these games with my dad and my brother every years since I was a kid, so to be part of it now, musically, is just great -- especially when you've got a record coming out. It's a win-win; you get to promote the record, play some new stuff for the home town fans and be home with the family."

Rock played the title track to his 2010 album "Born Free" at that year's Thanksgiving Day game, then returned to Ford Field in January of 2011 for a special 40th birthday concert. Last year's choice of Canadian rockers Nickelback caused controversy amongst fans who protested that Detroit artists should take the coveted spot.

The Motown-flavored "Detroit, Michigan" celebrates Rock's home town by name-checking a variety of local icons such as Henry Ford, Rosa Parks and Marvin Gaye. Rock says he's invited some of the others mentioned in the tune -- including Aretha Franklin, George Clinton, Bob Seger and Eminem -- to attend the Thanksgiving game as well.

The appearance will come at the end of a week-plus of promotion for "Rebel Soul," including appearances on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," "CBS This Morning," ABC's "Good Morning America" and Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show, as well as a performance at the Nov. 18 NASCAR race in Miami. Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker are currently rehearsing for Dec. 30-31 shows in Hollywood, Fla., and a "Rebel Soul" tour that will begin in February.

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