Kid Rock To Salute Joe C In Concert

Kid Rock plans to remember his sidekick Joe C (real name: Joseph Calleja), who died last year, with a tribute during his upcoming concerts. As previously reported, the rock/rap star will kick off a No

Kid Rock plans to remember his sidekick Joe C (real name: Joseph Calleja), who died last year, with a tribute during his upcoming concerts. As previously reported, the rock/rap star will kick off a North American tour later this month, which will include a Jan. 21 concert to benefit families of the servicemen killed in the terrorist bombing of the USS Cole.



"The first few shows are going to be pretty tough playing without him," said Rock, who won favorite pop/rock male artist Monday night at the American Music Awards, where he also led a tribute to those artists who died during 2000. "We're going to do a nice tribute to him every night."



Calleja was 26 when he died in November. His short stature was the result of a lifelong illness, celiac disease, a digestive disorder that required him to take more than 60 pills a day.



A member of Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, Calleja contributed vocals to the artist's multiplatinum 1998 album, "Devil Without a Cause." The Lava/Atlantic album peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 last March.



"A lot of people used to ask me why do you have Joey around, he's not the best rapper in the world, his voice can get a little annoying at times," Rock said. "After he passed away and I thought about it, it was because he brought so much joy to everyone. If he was standing here right now, everybody in here would have a smile on their face and that's a pretty powerful gift to have."



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