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Kid Rock wins early round in tour name lawsuit
 

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

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Kid Rock's new concert tour could be the Greatest Show On Earth after all.

A U.S. Federal District Court judge in Florida has ruled that the Utica-born rocker has the right to call his tour by that name despite a trademark infringement lawsuit from Feld Entertainment, which owns the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus which used "The Greatest Show On Earth" as its motto.

Rock, who has homes in Clarkston and Detroit, changed the name of the trek, which started Friday, Jan. 19, in Nashville, to the American Rock 'n' Roll Tour 2018. But the judge denied Feld's request for an injunction, saying Rock had the right to free expression and that Feld had not proven that Rock using the tour name would damage the now-dormant circus' reputation.

Despite the setback, Feld is still suing Rock and Live Nation Entertainment for damages.

Rock's tour runs through March, followed by his annual Chillin' The Most Cruise in April. He's announced a few summer shows as well, but none yet in the Detroit metro area.

Rock has also announced that during December he donated $122,000 from merchandise sales from the Senate "campaign" to the College Republican National Committee's CRNC Action drive for voter registration. The CRNC manned registration tables at Rock's concerts last year.

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