UPDATE: Mr. Rock's tour management just released 100 production holds the March 8 show. Score yours via ticketmaster.com.
When Kid Rock first surfaced in the late '90s, slightly goofy hip-hop trappings and incongruous long hair in tow, he seemed like the last possible pop artist in line for the career longevity coupon.
Clearly, we owe him more credit than the naysayers gave him at the outset. Perhaps sniffing out that the rape-y arc of rap-rock was soon fading, just a few years later he had begun his Great American Reinvention. The first hint of the softer, sensitive Kid Rock came in 2001 via a duet with the very un-hip-hop Sheryl Crow, an almost-country ballad called "Picture."
Fast-forward ten years, and "Bawitdaba" and dancing dwarves are all a distant memory. Kid Rock in 2011 is a bonafide working-man's troubadour who proudly flies the Skynyrdian musical flag despite hailing from far north of the Mason-Dixon line.
Well, geography be damned. To the average Kid Rock fan, country is a state of mind, one only underscored by the opening act on his current tour, Jamey Johnson. Though he's a success story of the Nashville machine, the 36-year-old is also himself known for refusing to kowtow to genre traditions, winning fans and Grammys with rock-and-roll swagger.
Kid Rock with Jamey Johnson. Tuesday, March 8. Hard Rock Live, One Seminole Way, Hollywood. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $40 to $60 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 954-327-7625 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.