J. Lo, Kid Rock, Ja Rule To Entertain Overseas Troops

By | December 4, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock and Ja Rule will do their part for the war effort by performing at a concert for U.S. servicemen and women at an undisclosed military base overseas. The show will be part of a 90-minute holiday television special MTV is producing with the United Service Organizations dubbed “For the Troops: An MTV/USO Special,” airing January 1.

“I’ve always considered myself to a be a pretty patriotic guy, I don’t know if you’ve been living in a cave or not,” Kid Rock said. “I feel that it’s my part as an American [to participate]. If they needed me to pick up a gun, I’m happy to do that too, but I think this is my place. So right now, I’m ecstatic to go over and entertain the people who are fighting for my freedoms, because I do take advantage of my freedoms.”

For his performance, Kid Rock said he’s got a medley of classic American rock tunes planned. “I’m going to bring them a show that’s going to peel their wig back,” he boasted. “Those guys are going to forget we’re at war.”

For the past 60 years the USO has provided troops stationed overseas with celebrity entertainment, ranging from the Bob Hope specials that launched the tradition to Coolio’s concert this Thanksgiving.

“For the Troops: An MTV/USO Special” will include candid moments of the stars interacting with troops as well as interviews with servicemen and women about how their lives have changed over the past few months.

For information on contributing to the congressionally chartered, nonprofit USO, call (800) 876-7469 or visit www.uso.org.

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