Big & Rich Perform for First Time in Three Years

The duo debuts “Fake ID” with Gretchen Wilson.

Big Kenny and John Rich of Big & Rich perform onstage
during rehearsals for the 2011 CMT Awards.
photo by Rick Diamond/CMT

Big & Rich performed at the CMT Music Awards tonight (June 8), their first performance together in three years. The duo was joined by fellow MuzikMafia member Gretchen Wilson for a performance of “Fake ID,” which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming remake of the movie Footloose.

“It’s so American to feel a little rebellious,” John Rich said of the song backstage. Partner Big Kenny was quick to confirm that a video for the song has been filmed, and that the three are hitting the road for approximately 50 dates between now and September.

John also spoke about his recent win on Celebrity Apprentice. “You can’t go in thinking that you are going to win. One wrong word, and you’re gone. We raised 1.4 million [dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital]. At the end of the day, seeing a cowboy hat on Donald Trump’s head is a big deal. It’s a sign of respect.”

Of his fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Gary Busey, who also appeared on the CMT Music Awards, John joked, “It’s cool that I can hit a button and go to the Twilight Zone anytime I want."

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