August 11, 2015 | « back

tedkidrock Kid Rock kicked off a record-breaking string of 10 sold-out shows in a row at Detroit’s venerated DTE Energy Music Theatre on August 7—with a little help from his friends.

The crowd of more than 15,000 was expecting Rock’s big hits, like “Cowboy,” “All Summer Long,” and “Born Free.” What they didn’t expect was a surprise appearance by the Motor City Madman himself – Ted Nugent!

Just as Rock was launching into the intro of “Cat Scratch Fever,” Nugent stormed the stage and demonstrated why he was named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. The jam with the two Michigan icons was an indelible moment for Detroit fans.

“Kid Rock and The Nuge rocking the stage together? Total meltdown! Too awesome to tolerate!” said concert-goer Toby Benoit.

Of course, Nugent is no stranger to DTE, formerly known as Pine Knob Music Theatre. Nugent has been selling out the venue since it opened in the early 70’s. And it was here that he celebrated his phenomenal 6,500th live performance on July 19th, 2014.

At Kid Rock’s personal invitation, Ted returned for an encore performance the following night, on August 8.

“Killer Rock-N-Roll is wonderful wherever you celebrate it, but when the Kid Rock and Uncle Ted MotorCity planets align, the outrage factor is off the charts!” said Nugent. “Kid Rock and his amazing band continue the uniquely volatile tradition of high energy soulmusic that Detroiters created and carry on with pure animal vigor. Good Lord almighty did we have a great time!”

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deputat