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Detroit holds special spot in Hank Williams Jr.'s heart

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Hank Williams Jr. turned 65 in May. But rest assured the country music icon sees no end to his career in sight.

"What is THAT?!" Williams says when asked about retirement. "When you have been performing since you were eight years old, the last thing you think about is retiring. It's all I know and all I will ever do."

Williams has certainly done a lot during those 57 years, including scores of albums, awards and Hall of Fame inductions as well as providing the musical opening for "Monday Night Football" for 13 years and producing two musical children, Hank Williams III and Holly Williams. At the moment, however, he's "focused on hunting and fishing" as well as performing, which means a follow-up to 2012's "Old School New Rules" is on the back burner for the moment.

"I may start a new album soon, but I am not sure just yet," Williams says. "The last album I did was on my label (Bocephus Records) and I was able to do it when I wanted. So, who knows what I will do next. But, whatever it is the fans will love it."

This year, meanwhile, marks the 45th anniversary of Williams' "Live at Cobo Hall," a Top 5 country album that, along with the same year's "Songs My Father Left Me," proved to be a launch pad for his commercial success. Not surprisingly, that instilled in him a continuing fondness for the metro area.

"Detroit has always been good to me," Williams notes. "It's where my rebel son Kid Rock lives, and I have lots of great memories of coming to Detroit. I have performed at many venues in the area and I even came to the Super Bowl. So, Detroit is like coming to another one of my homes."

Hank Williams, Jr. and Jamey Johnson

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Tickets are $20-$75 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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