The Buffalo News: "Kid Rock treats fans to a high-energy show"
Kid Rock fans know how to party … hard.
Despite a torrential downpour that left many of the early tailgaters waterlogged, fans of renegade rocker Kid Rock weren’t fazed as the cigar-chomping, beer-chugging bad boy from Michigan took to the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for the latest stop on his “First Kiss Cheap Date” tour.
Before the sun set, Foreigner opened the night with a 60-minute set of classic hits, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Dirty White Boys,” and an encore that included arguably their biggest ballad, “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Though faithful fans of the Lou Gramm-led Foreigner may consider the current line-up little more than a cover band, after a decade at the helm, frontman Kelly Hansen has earned his stripes and does justice to one of rock’s best catalogues.
But as the sky darkened and the lights went down, the capacity crowd packed into the performing arts center rose and Bob Ritchie strode out onto the stage and wasted no time in proving why he is the best ticket in music today.
Kid got the crowd to its feet and kept it there for the rest of the night with his blue-collar everyman’s mix of hip-hop, Southern rock and country.
Kid bounded around the stage with the energy of a man half his age and treated his fans to a set list that covered all of the many genres he has explored in a chart-topping career that has earned him five Grammy nominations and album sales of more than 25 million in the U.S.
When he broke into 2008’s “All Summer Long,” his first song to reach the top ten on the country charts, if there had been a roof on Darien Lake, his fans very well might have blown it off.
Music aside for a moment, a tip of the trucker cap to Kid Rock for his $20-ticket policy, a throwback to the days of rock and roll when a pair of tickets and a night out weren’t on par with a mortgage payment. But beyond affordability, kudos for delivering the best live show you’ll ever see. His passion for his craft and energy are both obvious and contagious.
He may not have the strongest voice, or a genre he can call his own, and with ten studio albums he has never landed a No. 1 single, but Kid Rock has more than all of that – he has an understanding of what it means to be a performer, and he knows how to deliver a night of entertainment that leaves his fans clamoring for more.
Get Ready for Lucky #7
We’ve had six wild rides together, get ready for lucky #7 motherf*@$&ers. We’re sailing to Jamaica! Get the lowdown and join the pre-sale for Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise here: www.kidrockcruise.com
St Louis and Chicago Cancelled - Info for Rescheduled dates below
Sorry St Louis and Chicago - Grandpa strained his.....VOCAL CHORDS!!
Sitting here typing this beyond pissed off and disappointed. I have NEVER had to cancel shows. This absolutely sucks. I know people have made plans, took time off, got babysitters, took road trips and planned events around these shows. My voice is simply gone right now. I should not have pushed myself to get through the Dallas show because all I did was more damage - But there was no way I could stand on stage, feeling great - just not having a voice - and tell 20,000 people the show was not gonna happen. We made some last minute adjustments, my band stepped up and we got through it, but I am paying the price now. The steroids are gonna take a few days to really work and the only real cure for a strained voice is rest. I am not one to apologize too often, but this is one time that is beyond deserving of one - So to the people who were planning to attend the shows in St. Louis and Chicago, I am sorry I can not entertain you this weekend to my full potential. We WILL reschedule these shows and I promise if you can make it back, I will go above and beyond to make it EXTRA special.
- Kid Rock.
PS - St Louis, you were the fastest show to sell out on this tour and I want to thank you for that! Chicago, you have been one of my earliest supporters outside of Detroit and biggest markets since day one, and I will never forget that. I hope everyone who was planning to go still has a great weekend and can make the best of a fucked up situation. Rock on St Louis , Rock on Chicago….Cleveland, I am planning on my voice being in tip top shape by Thursday, so I will see you fuckers then! :)
Dates have been rescheduled as follows:
Maryland Heights, MO - September 11th
Tinley Park, IL - September 12th
The fans were HOT in Tampa and Atlanta this weekend... now on to the Lone Star State. Pucker up!!
First Annual Fish Fry @ Fontanel on Oct. 9&10 - VIP PACKAGES ON SALE NOW
Get high falutin at Kid Rock's 1st Annual Fish Fry @ Fontanel in Nashville by going VIP. Three different experiences are available, with chances to enter the fry first, eat free food, get custom merchandise, and even join the pajama party hosted by the man himself. See all the packages and get your VIP tickets here: bit.ly/1HfY21t