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Skynyrd, Kid Rock Headline RNC Music Roster in Tampa

Aug. 27, 2012

Wade Tatangelo, The Bradenton Herald

Editor's note: A variety of entertainment is planned for the Republican National Convention. It was not clear Sunday how any of this might be affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose original members formed in Jacksonville more than four decades ago, was set to kick off the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Sunday.

The band was expected to perform as part of Citizens Helping Heroes' "Southern Tribute IV Honoring America's Heroes."

The concert, like the rest in the RNC series at Liberty Plaza in downtown Tampa, is open only to paid sponsors and their guests.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, which played the Republican National Convention in 2000 as well as at various campaign stops for President George W. Bush and again at the RNC in 2004, was also scheduled to perform inside the convention center on Monday.

That same day, The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem. The Grammy-winning country crooners performed at the Republican National Convention in New Orleans in 1988 and at White House event on numerous occasions. They will also be attending various other special events during the RNC, according to publicity material.

Known for his patriotic anthem "God Bless the USA," Lee Greenwood will perform twice on Monday at events outside the RNC -- one private show for convention guests and one show open to the public, both at the Hard Rock Cafe beginning at 9 p.m.

The private Liberty Plaza concert series also includes country singer Trace Adkins, who will be performing at a

show co-hosted by the Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday following the day's official RNC events.

"Trace Adkins has been a strong supporter of our troops and we are proud to call him an honorary Tea Party Patriot," said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

"We look forward tocelebrating our nation and kicking back with other patriots from Florida and across the country."

On Wednesday, rock-ing and rapping (and country singing) pop star Kid Rock is scheduled to get the party started at Liberty Plaza.

Randy Travis will not perform as planned at the veteran-focused Got Your 6 benefit concert during the Republican National Convention.

The recently disgraced country and gospel singer has been replaced by hip-hop star Wyclef Jean, who first came to fame as the lead rapper and sometimes guitarist of the Fugees.

Willie Nelson and fellow country singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker were originally expected to appear at the private event, but canceled due to scheduling issues.

Source: (c)2012 The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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