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Kid Rock celebrates record DTE run with Bob Seger in tow

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- A record-setting run at the DTE Energy Music Theatre deserved a big finish.

And Kid Rock certainly saved the best for last on Tuesday night, Aug. 20.

Celebrating his eight sold-out shows at DTE -- as well as his "dear, sweet" mother's birthday, Rock brought Bob Seger on stage for ebullient encore performances of Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll," which featured extended, Seger-conducted solos by Twisted Brown Trucker guitarist Marlon Young and saxophonist David McMurray, and Rock's "All Summer Long," complete with a giant Michigan flag draped behind the stage.

Seger, sporting a black Harley-Davidson T-shirt and fresh off recent recording sessions in Nashville, sounded strong and beamed as brightly as anyone in the DTE crowd, throwing a paternal arm around Rock's shoulders at the end of "Old Time Rock and Roll." Rock, too, wore a giant pimp-of-the-nation grin and declared that, "I can't think of a better way" to wrap up his stand at DTE.

"Could it be that this may possibly be YOUR best night ever?" Rock asked the crowd, alluding to the title of his summer tour. You would have been hard-pressed to find anyone at DTE who disagreed.

Rock's run tied Seger's record of eight sold-out nights at DTE (then Pine Knob) set in 1977 -- almost to the day, as Seger's final night was Aug. 17. Rock set the single-summer attendance record for one artist at the venue, however, since the amphitheater's capacity has increased over the past 36 years. Rock played to about 110,000 since Aug. 9.

"We probably could've done nine or 10 (shows)," Rock said prior to this month's stand, "but I was like, 'I think I'd rather be there with Kid Rock and Bob Seger together, the most sellouts."

The two Detroit rockers have periodically guested at each other's shows since Rock's two Super Bowl XL concerts in February of 2006. In March they played a pair of shows together in North Dakota and Minnesota. Rock said that, "Those shows went so great, I'm sure there's more for us to do. It was mind-blowing, and I think everyone really, really enjoyed it. There's definitely something there."

Seger was not Rock's only special guest on Tuesday. Angaleena Presley of the country trio Pistol Annies joined him to duet on "Picture," while the rest of the hour and 50-minute show was similar to its predecessors, from the opening "Devil Without a Cause" to the pyrotechnic-laded "Bawitdaba."

Rock and company head back on the road Saturday, Aug. 24, in St. Louis before wrapping up the $20 Best Night Ever Tour on Sept. 28 in Las Vegas. Rock will perform at A Tribute To George Jones on Nov. 22 in Nashville and then take to band to Australia for six shows with Bon Jovi in December.

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