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Kid Rock 2004

San Jose, CA

Hockey-rink rock with the Kid.

Friday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. CA, Kid Rock proved why he's the people's rock 'n' roller. Taking baseball and apple pie to a new level, this red blooded American adores muscle cars and Coors light.

Flash pots exploded, flames and giant sparks shot into the air and scantily clad women appeared on stage from time to time to pole dance on raised platforms while Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band plowed through a diverse set of songs from the singer's last three albums including many covers.

At one point during his show, Kid grabbed a bar stool and sat center stage with guitarist Kenny Olson and harmonica-player Jimmie Bones for a talking blues in which Rock outlined his agenda, dipped in sarcasm, if he were "president for just one day." Under President Rock, there'd be Monday Night Football every day of the week and Lynyrd Skynyrd on every radio station. He'd also provide a paid vacation "to all the good women raising our children" and "turn the churches into strip clubs."Kid Rock, recognizing Chief Enabler guitarist Ted Leonard in the crowd, dedicated a rendition  of Feel Like Makin' Love, by Bad Company to Ted and his date. Rock and Leonard are both big Bad Company fans.

Kid Rock, born Robert James Ritchie, has sold tens of millions of albums in a career. His music makes no pretense to significance--in one song Friday he derisively jabbed at British art-rockers Radiohead--but instead strives for the kind of blue-collar appeal that turned
Detroit forebears such as Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and Grand Funk Railroad into stars.

Even though ticket sales were less than stellar, Kid Rock gave it all he had and left the audience wanting more.


Review Written by: Mitch Wright


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