Last week, I was tagged in a Facebook post in which an acquaintance offered an unsolicited rant on the merits (or lack thereof) of Kid Rock. The ranter’s contention? That Kid Rock is a poser and a charlatan, a guy who borrows riffs and hooks from classic songs, simply adds his own (not particularly great) singing voice to the mix, and then stands back and calls it art.
Interestingly, while many folks seem to agree with this assessment of Kid Rock as a con artist, just as many find his take on rootsy Southern soul and crusty classic rock, coupled with a “good ol’ boy” image and an everyman mentality, to be too charming to deny. The former Bob Ritchie – now not so much a rapper as a wannabe Bob Seger – is good to these people: This summer, he is once again offering a “low dough” show in sheds across the country, including the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, where Kid Rock will be joined by Foreigner and Packway Handle Band at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
All tickets for “Kid Rock’s First Kiss: Cheap Date Tour with Foreigner” are $24 (Ticketmaster, LiveNation.com).
– Jeff Miers