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Kid Rock gives Waffle House a good name

POSTED: March 23, 2008 5:01 a.m.

DULUTH — Trouble seems to follow Kid Rock, but on Tuesday the rocker took part in an effort of good will by making an appearance at Waffle House in Duluth.

"Kid Rock is one of my favorite musicians," said Matt Dyer, Gainesville resident. "And not often do you get a chance to meet him. We actually went to his show in Greenville, S.C., on March 1, too."

Dyer and friends planned to attend the Kid Rock concert at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Tuesday night.

Hundreds of fans lined up outside the eatery, during a light drizzle, for a chance to meet the rocker; along with multiple Atlanta radio stations and news crews.

Flowery Branch resident Will McDonald waited in the line to get a poster signed by Kid Rock.

"It’s Kid Rock," McDonald said of waiting for the autograph. "I’m going to the concert tonight and went to the last one here at the Gwinnett arena."

Waffle House spokeswoman Kelly Thrasher said the Atlanta-based company wanted to "take a negative situation and turn it into a positive situation."

The two-hour charity stint, which took place at the Waffle House on Old Peachtree Road just hours before his concert at the Gwinnett arena, benefited DeKalb County nonprofit Nicholas House which comes to the aid of homeless families.

On March 3, Kid Rock plead not guilty to a charge of battery from a fight at a Waffle House in Atlanta. Robert James Ritchie, better known as the musician Kid Rock, and five members of his entourage were arrested Oct. 21 on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

The charges stem from a fight at a DeKalb County Waffle House, where the crew had stopped after Kid Rock’s performance at The Tabernacle.

Officials say a fight broke out after another customer recognized a woman in Kid Rock’s party and exchanged words with her, prompting Ritchie to exchange words, too.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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