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Kool & the Gang, ZZ Top Taking Part in Kid Rock's "$20 Best Night Ever" Tour This Summer

Image courtesy of Photo: Silvia Mautner (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: Silvia Mautner (via ABC News Radio)

After serving as the opening act on Van Halen 's U.S. tour last year, legendary funk group Kool & the Gang is set to team up with another rock artist for a stateside trek this summer.  The band will be one of the special guests on Kid Rock's just-announced $20 Best Night Ever Tour , which will offer $20 tickets for all the seats in each venue.  ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker also will support Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band on select dates.

The trek gets underway on June 28 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and is mapped out through a September 15 show in Tampa, Florida.  Kool & the Gang will be the support act at most shows through a July 26 stop in Irvine, California.  ZZ Top will then join the tour on July 28 in Mountain View, California.

In addition to lower ticket prices, concertgoers also be treated to cheaper prices for parking, beer and Rock's official tour merchandise.

"Everyone knows the economy is still hurting people across the country, but I didn't want that to be a reason why everyone couldn't get out and enjoy themselves on a summer night," says Rock in a statement.  "So we're going to throw the biggest and best party ever, with prices across the board that are reasonable and transparent.  Someone has to go out there and fight these high prices and change things up, and I'm lucky enough that I can afford to take a pay cut.  $20.  Best night ever."

Tickets for most of the newly announced dates will go on sale on Friday.  Rock will discuss the upcoming trek on E!'s Chelsea Lately on Tuesday and on CNN's Piers Morgan Live on Friday.

Here are the tour dates:

6/28 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live*
6/29 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
7/2 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center*
7/5 -- Darien, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center*
7/6 -- Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain*
7/9 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center*
7/10 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center*
7/12 -- Hartford, CT, Comcast Theatre**
7/19 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion**
7/20 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavillion**
7/23 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater*
7/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Desert Sky Pavilion*
7/26 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater*
7/28 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre++
7/31-- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre++
8/3 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre++
8/9 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater+
8/10 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater+
8/11 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theater+
8/24 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater++
8/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center++
8/28 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center++
8/30 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre++
9/4 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center++
9/6 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts++
9/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion++
9/10 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre++
9/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood++
9/15 -- Tampa, FL, Live Nation Amphitheatre++

* with Kool & the Gang and Uncle Kracker.
** with Uncle Kracker and another as-yet-unannounced act.
+ with ZZ Top.
++ with ZZ Top and Uncle Kracker.

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