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Kid Rock: Running for Senate? No. Bringing tour to Charlotte? Yes.

Kid Rock will NOT be the next senator from the great state of Michigan.
Kid Rock will NOT be the next senator from the great state of Michigan. Associated Press

Kid Rock had a busy and newsworthy Tuesday morning.

First, he went on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show and set the record straight on the rumor that he’s planning to run for U.S. Senate.

“F--- no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you kidding me?” Rock said on Stern’s show, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Who couldn’t figure that out? I’m releasing a new album. I’m going on tour, too. Are you f------ s------- me?”

Then, just minutes after the interview ended, the 46-year-old rap-/country-rocker officially announced his 2018 “Greatest Show On Earth Tour,” which will include 21 shows. Rock will be at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Feb. 10.

Regarding the whole “Kid Rock for Senate” thing: The right-leaning singer had seemed to be seriously contemplating politics for months. As early as February, there were media reports that Rock might run on the GOP ticket in Michigan. In July, he wrote on his website that he would run against Democratic senator Debbie Stabenow:

“I’ve got 15 days from my announcement to file paperwork with the FEC!,” he wrote. “I have recently worked out a unique deal with BMG, Broken Bow, CAA and Live Nation to release music ON MY TERMS. Like politicians write books during their campaigns, I’m planning on putting out music during mine and IT ALL STARTS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT. It’s not a hoax, it’s a strategy and marketing 101!”

Based on his comments to Stern – and the fact that he never filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission – it’s obvious the whole thing was a hoax.

On the other hand, this much is true: His new album – “Sweet Southern Sugar” – drops next Friday, Nov. 3; on the same day, tickets for his Charlotte concert (and the rest of the tour) will go on sale at (Fans who pre-order the album via will be eligible for a pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.)

“Sweet Southern Sugar,” the first album Rock has recorded in Nashville, features already-released singles “Greatest Show On Earth,” “Po-Dunk” and “Tennessee Mountain Top.”

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