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UPDATE: Dave Grohl makes surprise appearance at Harley-Davidson celebration

UPDATED Friday, August 30, 2013 --- 9:33 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance during the Harley-Davidson anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

He played with self-proclaimed "`70s dirt rock cover band" Chevy Metal Thursday evening.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports he joked he was there because Chevy Metal needed someone who liked to talk a lot between songs.

In reality, Metal drummer and vocalist, Taylor Hawkins, is the Foo Fighters drummer.

Their songs included Van Halen's "Panama" and the Rolling Stones' "Miss You."

Another famous rocker, Joan Jett, watched the performance.

Grohl also had posted on his Facebook page earlier Thursday that he was in town.

More than 100,000 people from around the globe were expected to take part in weekend concerts, parade, street parties and other events celebrating the Milwaukee company's 110th anniversary.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, August 29, 2013 --- 7:42 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin Marine got a surprise when he helped kick off Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary party.

First Sgt. Timothy La Sage rode a new 2014 Project Rushmore motorcycle onto the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee Thursday.

After La Sage's ceremonial ride, Bill Davidson -- great-grandson of company co-founder William A. Davidson -- told the Milwaukee native to keep the motorcycle.

The gift is to honor the sacrifices of La Sage and others in the military.

La Sage rode wearing the "Freedom Jacket." For the past year, the black leather jacket has passed from rider to rider and been around the world. The jacket will be back on display at the museum.

A two-time Purple Heart recipient, La Sage has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Somalia, Haiti and the Philippines.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, August 29, 2013 --- 11:18 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The rumble of motorcycles is growing louder in Milwaukee where Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary with a Labor Day weekend party.

More than 100,000 people from around the globe are expected to take part in weekend concerts, parade, street parties and other events. Motorcycle enthusiasts from as far away as Australia are in Milwaukee for the reunion of those who share a passion for the Harley brand.

While Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Aerosmith and ZZ Top rock the lakefront in Milwaukee, dealerships are going all out to attract bikers with elaborate parties.

The Milwaukee Harley-Davidson dealership's event is adult-rated with a swim-up bar at an above ground pool with waitresses in bikinis and a $250,000 pavilion it built for the anniversary celebration.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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