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Kid Rock Detroit Symphony

March 4, 2012 by staff 

Kid Rock Detroit Symphony, That might be the case on May 12, when Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band performs a special concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the city’s 5,000-set Fox Theatre that’s designed to raise $1 million for the institution.

Rock tells Billboard.com he’s never attended a DSO concert but that “as a musician, a cultural institution like that in Detroit is important, and I thought I could do it. I thought it would be something different to play with an orchestra and do something great.”

Rock says he and the DSO are “in the early stages” of determining the concert’s repertoire. He hopes to bring in Rob Mathes, musical director of the annual Kennedy Center Honors, to handle the orchestral arrangements, and he says everything in his repertoire is up for grabs. “I hear a big symphonic opening to ‘Born Free,’ where I’m singing behind this big orchestration that builds up to the payoff of the song,” explains Rock who doesn’t anticipate having any guests be part of the show. “I did ‘Picture’ once at Carnegie Hall with Marvin Hamlisch conduction (an orchestra), so that works. I hear ‘Bawitdaba’ being kind of insane. ‘Cowboy’ seems to be a little tricky, but maybe…we don’t call them violins; we call them fiddles for that song.

“I want to do stuff that does fit and I want to do stuff that absolutely doesn’t fit and…just do stuff that’s different. It’s not going to be a show people have seen before at all, in any regard. All I can guarantee is it’ll be interesting.”

Tickets for Rock’s symphonic concert go on sale, prices $100-$1,500, with special VIP amenities from $750. Rock says he’ll consider adding another date if the first show sells out quickly.

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