Live Review: Kid Rock



Kid Rock

May 3, 2008

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre


The Deal: Detroit's Kid Rock gets Queen City rockin' for nearly three hours.


The Good: From start to finish, Kid Rock — who dressed in white, black or a combination of both all night — not only appeared to be having a blast, but his energy level was high and consistent. He rolled through songs from the new album while mixing in plenty of the old. The new fit right in with the old and the audience sang along to every word. Fans ate up every moment of Rev. Run and the two's performances of classic Run DMC songs. A solid rock show from start to finish — I'm not sure why he gets such a bad rap (pardon the pun). He showed that, aside from being a great entertainer, he wants to be in this for the long haul and not just a quick paycheck. He also uses riffs — "American Bad Ass" taking from Metallica and "All Summer Long" from Skynyrd — in ways that separate them from the original song and make them something new and fresh (try doing that to "Gold Digger," Kanye!)

The Bad: One of Rock's buddies came out to warm up the crowd...for about 20 minutes...before another 10 minute delay. That's why there are opening acts. Kid Rock was on stage for roughly two-and-a-half hours — the intermission seemed to kill a little bit of the action. He would have been better off playing straight through. His time on the turntables showed off his skills, but, like his "chats" with Peter Wolf and Rev. Run, seemed a little too scripted at times.


The Verdict: Better than I expected. Kid Rock's current tour has been getting great reviews all around...and they're deserved.

Set list

Rock N Roll Jesus

Welcome 2 the Party

Love Stinks (Peter Wolf)

You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me

American Bad Ass



All Summer Long


Roll On

Cowboy/You Didn't Even Call Me By My Name

Half Your Age

Only God Knows Why

Motown Medley



Rock the Party

The Way It Is (Rev. Run)

?? (Rev. Run)

Tricky (Rev. Run)

Illin' (Rev. Run)

?? (Rev. Run

King of Rock (Rev. Run)

Walk This Way (Rev. Run)


Kid Rock on Turntables

So Hott


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