Thursday, July 22, 2004
The Kid Rock Experience
I really don't understand, though, why folks tend to want to fight at this type of event. Out of nearly 10,000 people at this (relatively small) coliseum, there's about a dozen asshats who insist on creating problems. I had to contend with one who was determined he needed to take a leak without losing his place near the stage. He was eventually convinced otherwise. Another couple guys decided they were big-and-bad-enough to run over any and everyone between them and the stage. They were proven sadly wrong. Security dropped the ball when they had their first opportunity to remove these two dunces, so the next trip the bouncers made over the wall was to rescue them.
Anyway, with the exception of a few minor altercations, almost everyone was intent upon having a blast, and we did. I've seen very few entertainers who can work a crowd like Kid Rock, and although I don't have the benefit of seeing him in other venues, I got the impression that much of his show and set list was tailored to this particular concert. After all, it isn't every day you can hear him blasting out "I Feel Like Jackson, Mississippi" when he's actually on stage in JACKSON, MISSISSPPI.
Add to this mix an assortment of songs and pieces of songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Led Zeppelin, Hank Williams, Jr., and even Waylon Jennings (theme from the Dukes of Hazzard, no less), and it's a show that no fan of southern-fried rock should miss. Even if you're not into Kid Rock's "hip-hop" side, it's a great show. He seems to be truly proud to be an American, unlike so many other entertainers of late.
Also, never hurts to throw in a quartet of bikini-clad dancing girls.