In this month's Penthouse magazine, 36-year-old Bob Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, is asked about the title of his latest album, Rock and Roll Jesus. His response: "I believe in Jesus; I think it's great to promote his name." It's the kind of working-class, well-what-did-you-expect, is-he-or-isn't-he-serious answer that has endeared the rocker/erstwhile MC to his many, many fans.
Kid Rock is a Detroit-suburb-raised, honky-tonk-singing, hip-hop-rhyming, heavy-metal-screaming musical chameleon. He has also mastered the art of keeping himself in the spotlight with his antics, his choice of famously hot women, and his famously short fuse. After a recent scuffle with Tommy Lee (with whom he shares an equally famous ex, Pamela Anderson) at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, he reportedly told Rolling Stone his only regret was not hitting Lee harder. After his divorce from Anderson this past February, he jumped on an airplane with his guitar and visited the troops in Iraq.
Kid Rock is, in a word, unpredictable. He has chilled in the White House with George W. Bush, and inducted Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bob Seger into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has shared the stage with a cornucopia of musicians, from Chuck D to Jerry Lee Lewis to Metallica to Sheryl Crow. Although lately he has sung more than rapped, he's now busying himself with collaborations with hip-hop stars Lil John, Reverend Run, and Beanie Siegel. Kid Rock may be all over the place, but at the end of the day, the same phrase he uses to describe his music might also be used to describe his life in general: "100 percent pure fucking rock and roll."
Kid Rock performs Thursday, October 18, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., and tickets cost $57.50 and $77.50. Visit www.ticketmaster.com.
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