Rockin’ at the Fair
Here’s the fair show I’ve been looking forward to … his name is KId … Kid Rock! Yeah, it’s not going to be a show for everyone but, the Kid brings out that in-your-face music that motivates me to pumping my fist and sliding across the stadium floor. I’ll start right out by saying that I loved the show, but it wasn’t my favorite set. Here’s why.
One of the criticisms from the Post-Standard was the opening prayer and Chevy-like video segments in the beginning of the show and before Born Free. Yeah, I agree. It may be sincere, but like Bob Segar’s Like a Rock, I can’t help getting flashbacks to commercials that aired non-stop on television. Too bad because Born Free is a great song. However, I will say, that every performance I’ve seen, he does thank the crowd for spending their hard earned money, almost $60, to go to the show, and I believe he means it.
Devil Without a Cause, Cowboy, Cocky and the given closer, Bawitdaba were all good and expected entries in the set. One of my favorites, You Never Met A Mother F***** Quite Like Me, was missing the Free Bird solo that I absolutely love. I also prefer the version of the Cowboy intro found on the Live Trucker album/tour and that was also missing from the set. Although, Only God Knows Why was included as a shorter, more up tempo version, I love the original so much, that I felt a little disappointed, albeit the new version was solid.
I totally enjoyed the Bieber dance moves, the DJ segment and throw backs to Rush and Nuggent. I also felt All Summer Long and Rock and Roll Jesus were spot on. Still, many songs I would have loved to hear like Jackson Mississippi, I Am the Bull God, Blue Jeans and a Rosary and So Hot. Understandably, you can’t play everything. My pick of the evening … Old Fart. Maybe because we’re the same age!
Bottom line, I’ll get a ticket next time he comes around. I wasn’t all that down with SMO opening up. They weren’t bad and certainly fit into the genre, but I’d rather have another 45 minutes of the Kid. The Post-Standard article and gallery are here. Even though the heat was up there and beverages over priced, I’d do it all over again.