The star is inspired to donate funds after hearing that one of his tracks was played as the ship was towed from Port Aden harbour...

KID ROCK is to donate proceeds from his gig on January 21 in NORFOLK, VIRGINIA to a Marines charity which supports bereaved families and surviving victims of the USS COLE bombing.

The Marine ship was based in Yemen when it was attacked by terrorist bombers on October 12. Seventeen crew were killed and 39 injured.

Kid Rock issued a statement on Friday (December 15), saying: “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. 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.”

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funds raised from the gig to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society in Virginia after hearing that the ship’s PA played his ‘American Bad Ass’ track as it was towed out of Port Aden harbour on October 29. He is to make half-price tickets for the gig available to military personnel and their families, and is to visit the ship’s officers and crew stationed in Norfolk.

Kid Rock’s tour with Fuel and Buckcherry in support kicks off in Greenville, South Carolina on January 17.