Buckcherry and Fuel will appear with the Detroit rap-rocker on all dates, which so far include appearances at arenas in Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Roanoke, Va.; Columbus, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; Huntington, W.V. and Saginaw, Mich. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

The outing will be the first for Kid Rock – also known as Bob Ritchie – since August, and the first since the death of diminutive sidekick Joe C., who succumbed to a rare digestive tract disorder November 16 at age 26.

After almost 10 less-than-stellar years in the music industry, Kid Rock finally found stardom with the 1998 release Devil Without A Cause. With The History of Rock, he’s found a way for his new fans to find out what he did during the lean years.

He acquired the rights to his old indie-label recordings and re-recorded the best material for the disc, making the album title a testament to truth in advertising.

Joining Kid Rock is Buckcherry, the Los Angeles-based tattoo afficianados who have spent much of the year in the studio working on a follow-up to their 1999 self-titled debut. They kept their live performance chops limber with a mini-tour of California in November.

Also on the bill is hard-traveling Fuel, which has been on the road nearly non-stop since 1996. The band from Pennsylvania recently released Something Like Human, after finding moderate success with their first full-length record, Sunburn, 1998.