Candid camera

Kid Rock's rowdy beer party in his hometown, Detroit, was caught on camera � and that was the idea.

Thousands braved the chill Saturday at the Michigan State Fairgrounds for Kid Rock's tailgate party and free concert, which doubled as the backdrop for the rap-rock bad boy's latest video.

While filming the video for his single "Forever," Rock treated the crowd to a free concert that included a rendition of "Sweet Home Alabama." Actress-model Pamela Anderson, who is to appear in the video, also was on hand.

The video for "Forever" is scheduled to air on MTV starting Nov. 5. Rock's new album "Cocky" goes on sale Nov. 20.

Travolta, Jackson together again

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are teaming for another movie, but they won't reprise their "Royale with cheese" discussion.

The "Pulp Fiction" alumni, who haven't worked together since the 1995 Quentin Tarantino-directed juggernaut, will star in a new military suspense thriller.

In "Basic," Travolta will play a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who comes to an Army basic training camp to investigate the disappearance of an Army Ranger instructor played by Jackson.

Safe on Earth

Eugene Cernan, the last American astronaut to walk on the moon and the second to walk in space, made perhaps the most dramatic walk of his life � away from a helicopter crash.

Cernan escaped Sunday's crash in the southern Czech Republic without injuries, authorities said. No one was killed, but two crew members were seriously injured.

Cernan was traveling with Vladimir Remek, the Czech Republic's only cosmonaut.

Bluegrass blues

Money is tight for the group trying to turn the Kentucky boyhood home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe into a $20 million tourist attraction.

The Bill Monroe Foundation has only $800,000 in the bank, a figure the group's director says has to be augmented if a planned history museum and 1,000-acre complex has a chance.

Restoration of Monroe's boyhood home in Rosine was finished this year at a cost of about $230,000. But the renovation of the 1,100-square-foot home where the father of bluegrass first played is only the beginning of what the foundation calls the "Rosine Project." The hope is to build a living history museum with a farm that includes a tour of the path Monroe took to get to his fiddle-playing uncle's house.

Monroe was born in Rosine in 1911 and was buried in the town cemetery in 1996.


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