Kid Rock’s Aug. 12 concert at Comerica Park will be a daylong celebration of Detroit, the hometown star said today while announcing the show.
Rock revealed details at a media event this morning at Belle Isle’s beach, after paddle surfing across the Detroit River with hockey pals Nick Lidstrom and Chris Chelios — introduced by Rock as “my new security detail.”
Sammy Hagar & the Wabos have been enlisted as show opener, and will link up with Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band for a night-closing jam.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 11 at Tickets.com, the stadium box office and select Meijer stores. Seats will be $30, $49.50 and $79.50, with upper deck six-packs available for $99. Details on VIP packages, which will include a customized Kid Rock-Detroit Tigers jersey, will be announced. Kid Rock Congregation members should stay tuned to The KRC homepage for more information about a presale when it is available.
A sellout would likely activate a second show, for Aug. 13.
That would make three Detroit stadium performances this year for Rock, who celebrated his 40th birthday in January with a sellout concert at Ford Field.
The Free Press reported in April that Rock was aiming for an August return to Comerica Park, scene of a successful two-day stand in 2009 — his biggest hometown shows to date. Rock got fans buzzing last week with an online hint about pending Comerica Park news.
Like that 2009 stand, this summer’s concert will include a free daylong party outside the stadium, probably with a local-band stage, vendors, games and a Bad Ass Beer garden. Other elements — like the motocross exhibition and car show of ’09 — may not be in the mix.
“What really made it (good) last time was the people … the characters you get in the city,” Rock said.
Rock said he could make more money with a stint of shows at DTE Energy Music Theatre, where he performed last summer.
But “it’s not about that,” he said. “It’s about coming down to Detroit and trying to create something.”
“I look it as an excuse for people to come down and enjoy the city,” he said. “I kind of look at it like a (Tigers) opening day.”
Kid Rock dished up a few other tidbits today:
• After accumulating years’ worth of concert footage, he expects to finally release some sort of live video by Christmas, possibly online. Rock has filmed most of his big shows, including the 2009 Comerica Park dates and last month’s set at the New Orleans jazz fest — “one of my best performances to date.” “I’ve got kind of a complex about putting out live stuff, because I feel like I keep getting better every show,” he said.
• Rock’s Comedy Central roast, which had been announced for Aug. 14 in Detroit, may be off the books because of “shakeups” at the network. Rock said officials have asked to tape the event elsewhere; he declined. “I’m not going to go to L.A. or Las Vegas to get teased,” he said. “If they come to Detroit, the roast will be on.”
• Arrangements for the third-annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise are underway, and Rock expects an announcement soon. The 2012 edition will likely include a single beach concert at an island destination, rather than multiple onboard performances as he’s done on the previous two cruises.
Rock said the morning’s paddleboard arrival was conceived late Wednesday by Chelios, an enthusiast of stand-up paddle surfing.
“I thought it was a good way to showcase Detroit and Belle Isle,” said Rock.
Rock, Chelios and Lidstrom posed on their paddleboards for photographers before heading back out across the Detroit River.
Before taking off, Rock pointed journalists to a nearby cooler. It was packed with Bad Ass Beer.