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The rap, rock and country musician squeezed an arena production into the 1,800-capacity Egyptian Room in Old National Centre on Tuesday, and Rock explained to a sold-out crowd what brought him to such a cozy venue.
With his son, Bob Ritchie Jr., enrolled as a college freshman this fall, Rock said boredom spurred him to hit the road. Playing mid-sized rooms offers the chance to get up close and personal with fans, while the fund-raising element dovetails nicely with Rock's current feel-good single, "Care."
In Indianapolis, Rock donated $30,000 to the Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon sponsored by radio station WZPL-FM (99.5). In all, last weekend's Request-A-Thon raised $460,000 and granted more than 70 wishes to children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
During onstage banter on Tuesday, Rock said he hoped his publicized giving inspires other acts of goodwill. He also cited Detroit-based companies --including Quicken Loans, Compuware and Fathead -- that financed the tour.
"Give Detroit, Mich., another look," said Rock, in reference to the Motor City hanging tough amid bad economic conditions.
Read the full review and view more photos from the show at IndyStar.com.