Kid Rock will perform to aid the families of the victims aboard the USS Cole, which was bombed in a terrorist attack on Oct. 12. Rock will donate the proceeds from his Jan. 21 show at the Scope in Norfolk, Va. — home to the largest naval base in the country — to the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society. The organization will direct the funds to help out the families of the crew members killed in the attack.
Tickets to the show, which also features Buckcherry and Fuel, will be made available to military personnel and their families at half price, and Kid Rock plans to meet with the Cole’s officers and sailors stationed in Norfolk.
The Detroit rocker was touched when he heard that the crewmembers on the Cole blasted his “American Bad Ass” on the ship’s PA system, right after they played the requisite national anthem as the ship departed from Yemen.
“Here at home, it can be easy to forget that there are Americans in uniform all over the world putting themselves in harm’s way every day,” Rock said in a statement. “It’s something I often find myself thinking about when I look at my son — imagining the folks in the service who are working hard and making sacrifices to protect our country. That’s a great feeling. However, there’s no doubt that these people and their efforts are often underappreciated. Following the incident with the USS Cole, that’s a reality I wanted to do something in my own small way to change.”
Tickets go on sale for the show on Dec. 16 at the venue’s box office and through TicketMaster.