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    Kid Rock Hosts Star-Studded Hometown B-Day Bash!

    How, exactly, do you celebrate your 40th birthday when you're a musical icon whose 20-year-plus career leaps from hard-partying hip-hop to hard-rocking arena pomp, shit-kicking outlaw country revivalism to Soccer Mom-approved radio ballads? When you've danced the line between tabloid-fodder rock excess and humble, working class everyman? Well, if you're Kid Rock, you throw a boozed-up party for yourself at the biggest arena in the oft-beaten but never-bowed city that launched your career, Detroit. And you do whatever the hell you want -- with all the bombast, fun, humility, ego, guest stars, and mixed-up eclecticism that has defined your career. On Saturday night, the city's beloved Red Wings were playing at home and the annual Auto Show was kicking off.

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    Eminem and Jay-Z Headline Detroit Stadium Show

    "Take a look around," commanded Jay-Z, as he brought the house lights up on the 42,000 gathered fans Thursday night at Detroit's Comerica Park. "This is hip-hop!" He was mid-way through a set of hits that played like the soundtrack to pop's last decade. The crowd was coming up on its buzz and Shawn Carter's infectious grin was beaming. This was, indeed, hip-hop's night. The first in a four-concert "home-and-home" set from the genre's biggest names-Jay-Z and Eminem. For Jay-Z, it was a chance to cement his status as music's kingmaker.

  • Kicking Against the Pricks

    If you played six degrees of separation with the current Detroitrock scene, it would be a quick game. And if you played with theVon Bondies–it would be a lightning round. Forexample: It's another gray December afternoon at Miller's Bar, aworkaday joint in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, where I'm meetingJason Stollsteimer, the Von Bondies' lead singer, songwriter, andguitarist. Stollsteimer hasn't been out in public since his notoriousscuffle with ex-pal Jack White six days ago, during which his face gotpunched purple (White was later charged with aggravated assault). So,why this bar for a reemergence? The grub, of course. Nothing gets aDetroit rocker out of the house faster than a Miller's burger. And thisbeing Detroit, the game of connect the bands quickly begins.

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