Looks like in addition to the A-list, B-list and C-list music names the General's throwin' down at the GM Style event next Saturday night prior to the Detroit Auto Show, they'll also have a D-list entertainer in the house. "D" as in D-etroit. Ha! We slay ourselves...and pretty much only ourselves. Yes, GM's bringing Metro Detroit's child rocker, Kid Rock, to the Style event to add to performances by Mary J. Blige, DJ Samantha Ronson and Maroon 5. We'll be there live — earplugs in hand — as we're told there will also be some cars on stage. So join us at the Detroit Auto Show tag throughout the next week as we get ready for the Detroit Auto Show and all next weekend as we cover it live. Full press release from GM after the jump.
Kid Rock Flexes Detroit Muscle at GM Style
Exclusive pre-NAIAS celebration also features E85 Hot Rod, Chevrolet Camaro convertible concepts, fashions by Made in Detroit and William Rast, and jewelry by Colette Steckel
DETROIT - "Detroit Cowboy" Kid Rock, all-around brash boy and considered by many to be the contemporary embodiment of rock and roll, brings Detroit style to GM Style, a celebration of cars, music and fashion. The Jan. 12 event leads up to the North American International Auto Show.
Kid Rock joins previously announced performers Mary J. Blige, DJ Samantha Ronson and Maroon 5.
GM also announced that the E85 Hot Rod and Chevrolet Camaro convertible concepts will hit the GM Style runway. The E85 Hot Rod was first introduced at the SEMA show in November, while the Camaro convertible was the finale introduction at last year's event.
In addition to performing, Kid Rock offers the shirt off his back - literally - when his Made in Detroit line of shirts, jackets and hats is modeled, in addition to stylish denim by William Rast, the brainchild of Memphis-born recording artist Justin Timberlake and designer Trace Ayala, childhood best friends. Models also will be wearing luxurious jewelry by Colette Steckel, one of Mexico's leading jewelry designers. All the GM Style vehicles, fashions and accessories will be introduced in a fast-pace show set to music.
"High energy and passion are in every element of GM Style, from the vehicles to the performances to the fashions," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, Global Design. "People will be talking about this event for some time to come."
Kid Rock's GM Style performance is on the heels of his annual Christmas trip to the Middle East to entertain U.S. soldiers. An international superstar with hometown sensibilities, his recently released album, "Rock 'N Roll Jesus," debuted at the top of Billboard's album chart.
True to his Detroit-area roots, Kid Rock is also a dedicated muscle car enthusiast.
Under Kid Rock's ownership, the Made in Detroit clothing company again features the expressive graphics of Gary Arnett, creator of the original logo (a man dressed in work clothes holding a wrench). One T-shirt, for example, spells the word "Detroit" in a gearshift pattern.
William Rast denim infuses the soul of authentic southern heritage with the energy of contemporary Hollywood. After its debut in Los Angeles last year, it quickly became popular with young Hollywood stars and was soon flying off the racks of major department stores such as Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus. (The name William Rast was created by marrying the first and last name of Timberlake's and Ayala's grandfathers.)
Colette Steckel, one of Mexico's leading jewelry designers, will also be featured in the show. Her luxurious line of jewelry - called Colette - incorporates 24-karat yellow gold and precious and semi-precious stones. Her pieces have been previously exhibited at Latin America's most prestigious gallery, Casa Lamm, in Mexico City, and have graced the pages of all national fashion magazines.
The cars are jewels in their own right: With a 500-horsepower engine, a channeled body, a chopped top and a basic black paint scheme, the Chevy E85 Hot Rod looks right at home on the salt flats of Bonneville. But instead of a traditional gasoline V-8, this '34 Chevy replica rod sports a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine that runs on E85 ethanol, highlighting Chevrolet's commitment to fuel solutions.
The Camaro convertible concept, wrapped in Hugger Orange pearl tri-coat paint with twin gunmetal gray sport stripes, instantly evokes an emotional response, and it was the star of the 2007 GM Style event.
GM Style will be held in a football field-size, climate-controlled pavilion on the Detroit River, just east of GM's Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center, and will be simulcast on gm.com. In addition to kicking off the world's largest auto show, which opens to the media the following day, GM Style kicks off a series of activities, called GMnext, leading up to the start of GM's next 100 years. The corporation turns 100 on Sept. 16, 2008.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 274,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.
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