I attended Kid Rock’s Born Free Tour this past Thursday (7/7/11) at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of Kid Rock. I have always been amazed how he has been able to stay relevant in the country, hip-hop, and rock communities throughout his career. He is respected by the likes of legends like Rev Run of Run DMC, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Willie Nelson. Since I am a fan of all genres of music, going to a Kid Rock show is what I would call a mish-mash celebration of music.
In typical Kid Rock fashion, he amplified his performance in Hartford with pyrotechnics, background dancers, lights, large screens, American Flags, a gold bald eagle, and at times, fire blasts that would make Super Mario proud.
Highlights of the show were his hilarious folk-country songs: “Lowlife” and “Forty”. Both are songs in which Kid Rock does something different than most of his other songs, he makes fun of himself. His multi-platinum hits like “Cowboy”, “Cocky”, “Never Met A * Like Me”, and “American Bad A$$” all shout lyrics of ultra confidence personified, so it works very well when he switches it up and pokes fun at himself.
Another highlight was when Kid Rock performed an instrumental jam session by himself! He played everything from the electric guitar, to drums, the bass, and even scratched on the dj turntables. It truly showcased how the man who is “straight from the trailor” is actually mutli-talented.
At one point he brought out Sheryl Crow (who was also the opening act). They combined voices for a cover of the song “Love The One You’re With” and they sat down in two stools and sang their classic hit “Picture”. However, for some unexplainable reason, Sheryl left the stage and they did not sing their brand new single “Collide”. I was looking forward to hearing them sing the new single especially since they sang it together a few weeks ago at the CMT Awards and it is the current single released to radio. Once she was announced as the opening support for the Born Free tour, I thought it was a slam dunk that they would perform “Picture” and “Collide” together. Why they chose to avoid “Collide” and do a cover of an older song was quite confusing and very dissapointing.
Of course, the set ended with Kid Rock’s most famous song “Bawitdaba”. He performed the legendary song with no shirt and an array of pyrotechnics that would make Kiss proud. The lights went black for a few minutes and he came back out to three of Kid Rock’s best and most unique songs: “All Summer Long” fit the 90 degree July day perfectly as he used every inch of the stage and had the entire amplitheatre singing along. Kid then showcased more of his music skills as he sat down to a piano and sang the emotional “Only God Knows Why” song. He closed with a Patriotic Anthem that would make Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, and James Brown fist pump “Jersey Shore” style. “Born Free” had the entire crowd rocking and bleeding patriotism. Equipped with American Flags and more pyrotechnics, Kid Rock finished off another energetic evening that truly took music fans through a music celebration of all genres.
1. American Bad A$$
2. God Bless Saturday
3. You Never Met A * Quite Like Me
5. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
7. Slow My Roll
8. Midnight Rider
11. Somebody’s Gotta Feel This
12. Fist Of Rage
13. I Am the Bulldog
15. Flyin’ High
17. Love The One You’re With (with Sheryl Crow)
18. Picture (with Sheryl Crow)
19. Instrumental Jam Session
20. So Hott
22. All Summer Long
23. Only God Knows Why (on piano)
24. Born Free