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John Lamb, Published November 24 2009

Kid Rock to roll at WE Fest

Friday night will be all right for rocking at 2010’s WE Fest. Kid Rock, the hip-hop-turned-hard-rock-turned-crossover-country-artist headlines Aug. 6 of the three-day country music festival, according to the festival’s site, www.wefest.com.

The announcement means headliners are set for the annual country music showcase outside of Detroit Lakes, Minn., with Keith Urban closing out the first night, Thursday, Aug. 5, and Kenny Chesney performing the finale on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Other acts have not yet been announced. A message left for a WE Fest promoter was not returned.

After nearly a decade of recording, Rock, born Robert Ritchie, exploded onto radio in 1999 with “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy” and “Only God Knows Why” from his “Devil Without a Cause” album.

In 2002, he had a pop and country hit with “Picture,” a duet with Sheryl Crow, his highest charting hit at no. 4.

In 2008, Rock mashed up Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” into his own “All Summer Long.”

A Detroit native, Rock recently appeared at the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, where he performed with Stevie Wonder. Earlier this month, he performed with Jamey Johnson at the Country Music Association Awards.

Tickets are already on sale at www.wefest.com, ranging from $49 for a single-day pass to $1,000 for VIP Premium Gold Circle Seats for three years.

Ticket prices increase at midnight Dec. 9.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533