Kid Rock has made every effort to help his beleaguered hometown of Detroit rebound from decades of economic distress. But now D-Town's favorite son and original "American Badass" is expanding his scope with an upcoming club tour that will attempt to raise a few bucks for other struggling U.S. cities.
The 10-city swing will hit intimate (at least for Rock) clubs in Maryland, New York, Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Colorado and Missouri, beginning on November 16 with a show at the Fillmore Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland. According to a press release announcing the tour, Rock "has assembled a team of Detroit titans to show support for other cities in need, and to show that Detroit, while experiencing [its] own difficulties still has the power to unite to help others around the country."
Working with this group of Detroit business leaders, Rock and company have pledged to donate money to local charities, causes and individuals through the Kid Rock Foundation at every stop. Radio stations in the local markets will help determine worthy causes.
The tour was Rock's idea, timed to coincide with the release of his latest single, "Care," a duet with Martina McBride and T.I. on Rock's Born Free album that urges Americans to stop bickering and take care of those in need of help.
"The song says 'the least that I can do is care' — and I want to put my money where my mouth is. Everyone knows that Detroit is hurting," he said in the statement announcing the tour. "But I want to show that even though we don't have a lot on our own plate, it doesn't mean the people of my hometown don't have compassion to share with others all over the country. At the end of the day we're all Detroit, we're one country, one family."
Considering that Kid Rock played to 12,000 or more each night on his summer Born Free arena/amphitheater tour, the upcoming dates are a big shift in terms of capacity, but also a rare opportunity to see him up-close-and-personal in such legendary rooms as Nashville's 2,300-seat Ryman Auditorium; the 2,800-capacity Beacon Theatre in New York; and Boise, Idaho's 1,000-capacity Knitting Factory. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Saturday.
Dates and venues for Kid Rock tour, according to a press release:
» Nov. 16 - Silver Spring, MD @ Fillmore
» Nov. 19 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
» Nov. 20 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
» Nov. 22 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
» Nov. 23 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Theatre
» Nov. 26 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
» Nov. 29 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
» Dec. 1 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
» Dec. 3 - Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
» Dec. 4 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory