Kid Rock to present Seger at hall

Detroit -- Kid Rock will present friend and fellow Michigander Bob Seger at Seger's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday.

Kid Rock says he counts Seger among those who influenced him. And Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is planning to issue a proclamation naming Monday Bob Seger Day.

"I'm going to shoot from the heart, and make this fun for his fans, his friends, his family, his band," Kid Rock told the Detroit Free Press.

The presentation will take place before a black-tie crowd at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Other 2004 inductees include Prince, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, Traffic, the Dells and the late George Harrison.

Snoop seeks respect as actor

Los Angeles -- Snoop Dogg says a rapper knows he's made it as an actor when he's alive at the end of the picture.

"You never see a new rapper coming into a movie role where he's playing an orthodontist or a top-notch lawyer. He's always going to come in with a gun in his hand and getting killed," the 32-year-old rapper told reporters recently, according to AP Radio.

"Until he can step out of that and do some comedy or do something that's far-fetched from what your imagination and what you didn't feel he could do, then he gets respected as an actor," he said.

Snoop Dogg plays Huggy Bear in the new "Starsky & Hutch" movie.

Opry taking show on road

Nashville, Tenn. -- Grand Ole Opry stars Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and the Del McCoury Band will hit the road this spring for an 11-city Opry tour, the long-running radio show's first in several years.

The "Grand Ole Opry American Road Show 2004" begins April 23 in Uncasville, Conn., then stops at fairs and other venues before ending Oct. 16 in Phoenix. The show will be in Marshall, Mo., on July 23.

The tour mimics the Opry radio show, complete with the signature barn backdrop and microphone stands. But during the tour, the actual show will continue to be broadcast from Nashville on WSM-AM.

Cobain had hoped to join Hole

London -- Grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain dreamed about leaving his band, Nirvana, to join wife Courtney Love's group, Hole, a music magazine quoted him as saying in an interview months before his 1994 death.

Uncut magazine released excerpts Friday from its upcoming story, which it said was based on an interview conducted by a French television journalist in August 1993, eight months before Cobain's suicide. Only fragments of it were aired, said Uncut, which is to publish its story Tuesday.

Cobain, asked if he wanted to collaborate with Love, reportedly answered, "I would rather just quit my band and join Hole, you know, only because when I have played music with them, there's a level of connection that's a little bit higher than with anyone else I ever played with. It's amazing."

"It might be nice to start playing acoustic guitar and be thought of as a singer and a songwriter, rather than a grunge rocker because then I might be able to take advantage of that when I'm older," Cobain said. "I could sit down on a chair and play acoustic guitar like Johnny Cash or something, and it won't be a big joke."


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