February 16, 2010 |
Chocolate consumption may soar on Valentine's Day but Kid Rock wasn't serving up much of the sweet stuff Sunday night at a sold-out show at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City. The skinny yet surprisingly fit front man with the stringy dirty-blond hair said he'd been trying to think of the perfect song for the occasion. "Dunno if you can relate to this, but I can: 'Love Stinks'," he said. The group promptly slammed into the 1980 J. Geils Band track. Backed by his dozen-strong Twisted Brown Trucker Band, the Michigan native who was born Robert Ritchie offered the crowd a genre-mashing buffet of aural comfort food.
May 11, 2002 |
One night early in 1999, before his breakthrough album Devil Without a Cause ushered in the rap-rock boom, Kid Rock blew the doors off the Trocadero with a new-jack twist on Southern rock and hip-hop, and a charismatic persona that fused David Lee Roth's ladies' man shtick with Ronnie Van Zant's shot-and-a-beer Every Guy. He was clearly not long for small-venue purgatory. The Detroit bad boy is headlining the big rooms now in support of a middling new album, Cocky. Thursday night at the First Union Spectrum, he and his airtight Twisted Brown Trucker Band played a two-hour show that pleased the faithful, but lacked the recklessness you would expect from someone who sings about how he met the President while half-stoned and has go-go dancers gyrating on either end of his trailer-park-styled stage.
April 14, 2002 |
Sorry, guys. Blond hottie Pamela Anderson is officially off the market ? again. The 34-year-old actress said yes when boyfriend Bob Ritchie - better known as rap-rocker Kid Rock - proposed Thursday night under the Las Vegas desert stars. No wedding date has been set. The 31-year-old Detroit bad boy gave her a ring (no details), her publicist said. The couple began dating in April 2001, when they met backstage at VH1's diva salute to Aretha Franklin at Radio City Music Hall. It will be the second wedding for the Baywatch beauty, who's locked in a child-custody battle over sons Brandon and Dylan with her former hubby, Motley Cr?e drummer Tommy Lee. It'll be the first marriage for Rock, who's raising a young son with the help of his sister in northern Michigan.
March 27, 2006 |
Kid Rock would like you to know that he's a man of varied musical tastes. And, as the Detroit rap-rocker made clear at the Tweeter Center Saturday night, he feels no need to be subtle about it. When he mentioned Southern rock, his band kicked into Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird"). He boasted of his punk rock roots, and they played the Ramones ("Blitzkrieg Bop"). Metal meant AC/DC ("Back in Black") and hip-hop was Grandmaster Flash ("The Message"). Then again, no man willing to take the stage in a rhinestone-studded mink should mess with subtlety.
May 30, 2005 |
On a new tribute CD honoring country great Billy Joe Shaver, a band of jokers called the Geezinslaws perform a song that hilariously skewers the prevailing Nashville sensibility. The refrain: "You call it country, I call it bad rock-and-roll. " It was hard not to think of that tune on Saturday night while watching Kenny Chesney's sold-out show at the Wachovia Center. The superstar is country's reigning entertainer of the year, but his music is built on '70s rock and Jimmy Buffett.
December 2, 2001 |
Kid Rock is singing about himself. Again. The song is called "You Never Met a . . . Quite Like Me," one of several elaborate exercises in self-mythology on the Detroit rap-rock pioneer's new album, Cocky. For more than four minutes and in language that makes newspaper writers lean on their ellipsis key, the Kid tells of his prodigious partying skills, how tough he is, what lessons he's learned. He brags how he "drank with Hank [Hank Williams Jr.] and talked blues with Billy [Billy Gibbons, of ZZ Top]
October 29, 2001 |
FIRST IT was Bret Michaels and then Tommy Lee. Now, inflatable pin-up Pam Anderson has been caught on video with her latest beau, stringy-haired rap-rocker Kid Rock. Only this time it was intentional. And they both kept their clothes on. Seems it was all for Rock's video for his new single "Forever," for which thousands of fans braved the chill at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Saturday for the Kid's tailgate party and free concert, which doubled as the backdrop for the bad boy's latest vid. Fans were encouraged to bring coolers of food and beverages and dress in red, white and blue, and they were equal to the task.
November 28, 2006 |
IF PAMELA Anderson and Kid Rock can't make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us? The pneumatic pinup and the stringy-haired rocker each filed divorce papers yesterday seeking to end their marriage of less than four months. It seems that once the three-month honeymoon ended, all that was left were the "irreconcilable differences. " Pam's rep had no comment on the matter, but Pam wrote on her Web site, "Yes, it's true," adding the cryptic: "Unfortunately impossible.
February 17, 2005 |
We at Newsmakers have some advice for rocker-rapper Kid Rock, who was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly punching a disc jockey in Nashville yesterday: Go back to Pamela Anderson. Now. Because if Kid had Pam, chances are he wouldn't be tempted to hang out at a strip club, where the 3 a.m. altercation occurred with Jay Campos over Campos' selection of music. Authorities said Kid, 34 (real name: Bob Ritchie), who was in town to perform at a memorial service for songwriter Merle Kilgore, was "very cooperative" despite giving officers the slip earlier.
February 23, 2006 |
WHO KNEW Kid Rock was so sensitive? So what if some company is going to release a DVD of Kid and Scott Stapp doing it with four women from a Miami-area strip club? It's rock 'n' roll, dudes! Nope. Kid has won an initial victory in his attempt to stop Red Light District from releasing the sex vid shot on tour in 1999. Judge John Feikens signed a temporary order that stops David Joseph and Red Light District from distributing or promoting any part of the tape, including a 40-second clip previously displayed on Red Light's Web sites.