Kid Rock is taking Sheryl Crow -- his duet partner on the 2002 hit "Picture" and on "Collide," the new single from his 2010 "Born Free" album -- on the road this summer as a special tour guest, with a potential live album to follow. The duo will play 27 shows together starting July 2 in Cincinnati and finishing Sept. 3 in Houston.
"We've been talking about doing something like this for a long time," Rock tells Billboard.com. "You talk about things, and you never know if it's going to come to light, but we've always wanted to tour together."
Crow adds, "Any day, any hour of the day or night, if [Rock] calls me I'm totally there. I'm such a huge fan of his, and I love the guy. He's a great songwriter, and I feel like our collaboration together is always easy and it just...works."
Rock says the two will definitely join forces during the dates, and probably for more than just "Picture" and "Collide" (whose recorded version features Bob Seger on piano). The two also performed Free's "All Right Now" at Rock's 40th birthday concert in January at Detroit's Ford Field.
Meanwhile, Rock adds that he and Crow "have been wanting to do a live record together, forever. If we do our hits -- 'Picture' and, if the clouds align and it becomes [a hit], 'Collide' -- and we do some fun covers we've been doing throughout the years and throw them on an album, that'll be fun for people to hear." The video for "Collide" is in the Top 20 at both VH1 and CMT.
Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band's summer tour also includes a pair of dates -- July 15 at the Chippewa Valley Music Festival in Cadott, Wisc., and July 27 at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles -- that will not include Crow. Rock says he's also planning to do "something special" in his home town of Detroit this summer but has not determined what that will be yet.
Rock embarks on his Chillin' The Most Cruise on April 7 from New Orleans and plays on Thackerville, Okla., and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival before starting a Canadian tour on May 21. Crow starts a U.S. headlining tour May 8 in Rochester, Minn., that will run up to June 30.
Kid Rock's Born Free summer tour dates include:
July 2: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Music Center) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 3: Milwaukee, Wisc. (Summerfest) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 6: Pittsburgh, Pa. (First Niagara Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 7: Hartford, Conn. (The Comcast Theatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 9: Boston, Mass. (Comcast Center) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 10: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Park Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 12: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 13: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake) PAC W/ Sheryl Crow
July 15: Cadott, Wisc. (Chippewa Valley Music Festival)
July 16: St. Louis, Mo. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 22: Cheyenne, Wyo. (Cheyenne Frontier Days) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 23: Minot, N.D. (North Dakota State Fair) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 26: Sacramento, Ca. (Sleep Train Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 27: Paso Robles, Ca. (California Mid-State Fair)
July 29: San Jose, Ca. (Shoreline Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
July 30: Irvine, Ca. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 2: San Diego, Ca. (Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 5: Phoenix, Ariz. (Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 6: Albuquerque, N.M. (Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 16: Cleveland, Ohio (Blossom Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 19: Indianapolis, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 20: Chicago, Ill. (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 22: Bristow, Va. (Jiffy Lube Live) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 23: Virginia Beach, Va. (Farm Bureau Live) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 25: Raliegh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 27: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre) W/ Sheryl Crow
Aug. 28: Atlanta, Ga. (Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood) W/ Sheryl Crow
Sept. 2: Dallas, Tex. (Gexa Energy Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow
Sept. 3: Houston, Tex. (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion) W/ Sheryl Crow