Kid Rock kicks open the doors of the brand new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit for the first of his six sold-out shows.
Hot off the heels of the release of his two latest singles “Greatest Show on Earth” and “Po-Dunk”, Kid Rock took the stage for the first of his record-setting six sold-out shows at the new Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Both tracks are from the upcoming new LP Tennessee Mountain Top, due out later this Fall.
Opening with the latter, the stage was a wash of action featuring jugglers, acrobats, and Kid proclaiming “it ain’t nothing but a party y’all”. Yes, the grand opening was upon us and you knew the night was going to be unforgettable.
After a politically charged speech that touched on topics ranging from welfare to deadbeat fathers to racism, Rock proudly declared “I do believe it to be self-evident we are all created equal, I said it once, I’ll scream it again. I love black people and I love white people too, but neither as much as I love red, white and blue.” Some of which was greeted with loud rounds of applause while other statements were met with slight booing. He teased about running for Senate and even the Presidency, but never made a solid commitment throughout before launching into “You Never Met A Motherf***er Quite Like Me.”
Leading up to the show, there were numerous rumours about protests being organized against Rock being picked as the Grand Opening Act. The most notable being from Damon Keith of the Center for Civil Rights who was pointing out Rock’s use of Confederate Flags on stage, his support of President Trump, and the NFL National Anthem debacle. Rock confronted these issues during “Cowboy”.
The remainder of the set was a little over two hours in length and drove away from the politics and was old school Rock the rest of the drive home. Rock’s crew flashed an image of Mike Illitch on the big screen during “American Bad Ass” and Kid himself thanked Olympia Entertainment and the workers who built the new arena, the City of Detroit, and even the Pistons for coming home to Detroit, the audience and his crew before leaving the stage for good.
The arena itself is a sight to be seen. Gone are the clumsy Joe Louis steps, replaced by restaurants and bars with beautiful décor and both indoor and outdoor patio seating. Security checks around the outer loop ensured everyone’s safety whether you were attending the event or just taking part in the pre-show festivities. The interior is aglow with floor to ceiling murals, memorabilia and even manhole covers honoring stars of the past. The area now known as The District Detroit is definitely going to be a trendsetter and world-class sports and entertainment destination.
Event Date: 12-SEP-2017