Big rehearsal day for #RockTheTroops🇺🇸. Startin' the day off right by destroying shoulders. Finishing exercise: slight forward lean shrugs hitting deep in the lower traps.
Relentless sweating and inaudible grizzly bear grunts is mandatory.
What an historic, epic & FUN night. #RockTheTroops🇺🇸 officially became the biggest event of its kind ever on American soil.
The morning of the show our military officials estimated we should expect roughly 25,000.
By the time I took the stage to start the show, our crowd was at 45,000+ with huge smiles on their faces and ready to have a crazy fun time. And holy shit were the troops loud 😂👍🏾and I luv'd every second of their energy.
It was TRULY our privilege to honor our men and women of service and their families here on US soil and around the world. And to have the show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to honor the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor made it that much more special.
To all the troops and your families, I'm giving a firm handshake and a big bear hug via this Instagram post and saying THANK YOU for all you do and letting us entertain you on this historic night.
Luv and boundless respect -DJ and our grateful and proud production team:
@sevenbucksprod@caseypattersontv, @donmischerproductions & @spiketv.
Ps... we can't wait to entertain you next year for #RockTheTroops2017🇺🇸
Just wrapped a great @todayshow interview for #RockTheTroops🇺🇸. (THANK U producers and crew!👏🏾👍🏾). Gotta tell you somethin' about this guy @mattlauernbc. Never told anyone this story, including him.
About 16yrs ago I came on this show and was interviewed by Matt. I wasn't in Hollywood at the time. I had no agents, no publicists, no assistants, no production company.. nothing. I was a successful pro wrestler for the WWE and decided to write a book. What got me in front of Matt Lauer was my book became a #1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER.
The majority of interviews I did during that book tour was challenging cause it was always about "Is wrestling fake? Are you fake? Wrestling is silly, did you parents actually name you the Rock?, why are you writing a book..?" etc etc.
So by the time I sat with Matt I was prepared that the interview was gonna be another side ways shit show, and I was ready just to get it over with as quick as possible. Why would one of the most respected journalist in our business really care? I was ready for the firing squad to come.
It never did.
Matt was awesome. He might not have known much about the WWE at the time or who the hell this guy called "The Rock" even was, but he was so cool, engaged, respectful and kind.
A good man and I'll never forget it. Thanks brother for being a class act.
Now years later here we are again laughing away, not a shit show in sight and talking about the stuff that really matters - giving back.
Be kind, cause you just never know the impact it'll have.
Just noticing now the perfectly timed photo bomb in the background outside who's f*cking up all my sexiness.😂 #TodaysShow#RockAndMatt#RockTheTroops🇺🇸 DEC 13th.
Check out this dope #RockTheTroops🇺🇸 aerial shot from our helo of our 45,000+ strong!
The biggest military event of its kind ever on American soil - celebrating & honoring our troops and their families.
Thank you to all my buds who flew in to entertain our troops. Luv you all - especially you Jeffery Ross. Thanks for the roast 😂🖕🏾 Thank you to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman and the US Military for the trust in us and our team with a show of this size and quality. You're the best partners we could have and it's truly our honor to deliver.
Most importantly, THANK YOU to our troops. Not only for your service, but also for coming out, letting loose and HAVING A BLAST with us. We laughed, sang, cried (always optional;) and sang some more - we can't wait to do it all over again for you and your families next year.
We're already in talks about which US Base our show will be played at in 2017.
#RockTheTroops🇺🇸 Airs DECEMBER on SPIKE TV. #SevenBucksProds#CaseyPattersonProds#DonMischerProds