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Kid Rock to play first shows at new Little Caesars Arena

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DETROIT -- Kid Rock will be opening the new Little Caesars Arena with some home town musical flavor.

The Clarkson-based Rock will play concerts on Sept. 12, 13, 15 and 16 as part of the arena's grand opening celebration. Tickets, priced $20-$75, go on sale at 10 .m. Jan. 27.

"It means a lot to me to be the first act, bigger than me just playing a show," Rock said Thursday, Jan. 19, while making the announcement inside the arena after being escorted to the podium by some of the on-site construction workers. Retired Detroit PIstons star Rick Mahorn and Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg accompanied him on the dias.

"The one thing I love about DTE (Energy Music Theatre)...is I've got a home five minutes from there. After touring for 30 years, proximity becomes kind of a big selling point. And also having a home right down the street here in Detroit makes it very interesting."

Rock, who said he and his production team were consulted by Olympia Entertainment and Illitch Enterprises about specifications for the arena, promised the September concerts will be "another level show. We're really going to go back to the old school production and everything that comes with it." He's currently working on a new album in Nashville that he said he hopes to have out in time for the concerts.

Notifications for Thursday's announcement indicated "another Detroit franchise announcement" for the arena along with the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Rock confirmed their have been discussions about building a relationship similar to Billy Joel's monthly show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"We definitely spoke about it," Rock said. "We may be able to see this as like a Billy Joel thing. We haven't gotten into the nuts and bolts about it yet. That would definitely be interesting."

Olympia President and CEO Tom Wilson agreed that type of relationship with Rock "would make sense. If there's anybody in this city who can sit here on a regular basis, it's him. He appeals to such a broad spectrum of people I think he could definitely play on a regular basis."

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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