Kid Rock adds 2 shows to record DTE run

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Kid Rock is adding two more shows to his DTE Energy Music Theatre home stand this summer, smashing his own venue record and positioning him to top his own sales record in the state in the process.

Rock will perform Aug. 21 and 22 at the Clarkston amphitheater, promoters announced Monday, marking the ninth and 10th shows of his summertime run at the venue. He played eight shows at DTE in 2013, tying the venue's single-season record set by Bob Seger 36 years prior.

Tickets for the newly announced shows, $20, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Should they sell out like the previous eight, Rock will further pad his own Michigan record for most tickets sold by an artist during a single string of concerts. His 2013 stand at the former Pine Knob played to more than 120,000 fans, and the two additional concerts should put him over the 150,000 mark.

The concerts are part of Rock's "First Kiss: Cheap Date" outing, which kicks off June 24 in Hartford, Connecticut, and wraps Sept. 5 in Auburn, Washington. The tour finds Rock reprising his popular $20 pricing plan that he launched with his 2013 "Best Night Ever" tour, a successful gamble that saw him playing to his biggest crowds in years. Tickets are available with no service fees at select Walmart locations and at the Palace of Auburn Hills Box Office; tickets sold through Ticketmaster include fees but are capped under $30.

The new concerts join Rock's previously announced Aug. 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18 and 19 dates, which were announced in February. Classic rockers Foreigner will open all dates.

As for additional shows, don't bet on it. Foo Fighters are booked at DTE on Aug. 24, two nights after Rock's final announced show, and Rock picks up his tour Aug. 26 in Phoenix.

The tour comes on the heels of Kid Rock's "First Kiss," which was released in February and opened at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart. After eight weeks of release, it is No. 78 on this week's chart.