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Kid Rock changes tour name in face of lawsuit

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Kid Rock is changing the name of his upcoming tour in the face of a lawsuit over its name.

Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, sued Rock for calling his trek The Greatest Show on Earth, which it claims infringes on the copyright of the now-dormant circus's fabled slogan. It's also the title of the opening song on Rock's latest album, "Sweet Southern Sugar."

Rock, who hits the road with his Twisted Brown Trucker band on Jan. 19 in Nashville, has changed the name to the American Rock N' Roll Tour. In a statement, Rock says that, "While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the Frist Amendment to name my tour after my song, I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour -- the music."

Feld Entertainment has indicated it plans to continue with the lawsuit, however.

Rock, who has homes in Clarkston and Detroit, currently has dates booked into August, though none yet in the Detroit metro area. He last played his hometown during September, opening Little Caesars Arena with six concerts.

Web Site: www.kidrock.com

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