Kid Rock To Honor Joe C. On Tour

Raunchy rocker will 'do a nice tribute' to undersized rapper at each show.

Admitting it's "going to be tough" performing without his sidekick, Kid Rock said he and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will pay tribute to the late Joe C. at each stop on their upcoming tour.

"We're going to do a nice tribute to him every night and try not to be selfish about it," Rock said backstage at the American Music Awards ceremony on Monday.

"The first few shows are going to be tough playing without him — trying to get through some of the slow songs," he explained. "You know, I sang a song for him at his funeral, 'Only God Knows Why,' and that was pretty tough, and doing that every night is going to pretty much suck."

Rock, who won the award for Favorite Male Artist AMA in the Pop/Rock category, kicks off his tour on January 17 in Greenville, South Carolina, with openers Buckcherry and Fuel (see "Buckcherry Join Kid Rock, Fuel On Tour").

At Monday's ceremony, Rock provided the voiceover to a tribute to artists who passed on in 2000, including 26-year-old Joe C. (see "Kid Rock To Lead AMA Tribute To Artists Who Died In 2000").

Born Joseph Calleja, the smallest member of Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band died November 16 after a lifelong battle with celiac disease, which accounted for his short stature (see "Kid Rock Sidekick Joe C. Dies").