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Kid Rock announces new year's food bank donations

By Gary Graff
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Kid Rock has started the new year off "on a positive note," donating money to food banks in Michigan and Tennessee.

Rock, who resides in both states -- including homes in Clarkston and Detroit -- has donated $25,000 each to the Second Harvest Food Banks of Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee. He posted on Twitter that he's also "hoping to influence others who have been as blessed as me" to donate as well.

Rock -- whose latest album, "Sweet Southern Sugar," came out November 3 -- also tweeted that he's "Headed back home to Michigan to rehearse and get ready for the tour," which starts Jan. 19 in Nashville. "Stay warm if you're also in this frigid, butt clenching cold! God Bless," he wrote.

Rock is facing a lawsuit from Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus over his use of Greatest Show On Earth for the title of his current tour, which it claims infringes on the circus' longtime slogan.

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