Kid Rock Puts On Killer Show in Tampa
Kid Rock is a rare performer who literally puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to appreciating his fans.
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He stormed into Tampa Saturday night on his $20 Best Night Ever Tour, and delivered a bargain basement rock spectacle to the sold out crowd at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater, which thankfully was totally free of any Confederate Flag controversy.
The Tampa ticket was actually the hottest ticket on this tour, with prices on the secondary market averaging near $100 and topping out closer to $300. The tailgating atmosphere was like a redneck barbecue, the lot littered with Confederate flags and cases of discarded cheap beer cans. They were a rugged bunch, who were generally drunk off their asses, but a friendly crew having a damn good time.
As the band kicked into Journey’s iconic “Don’t Stop Believing,” Rock took the stage and belted out the vocals up until that little line about South Detroit, before kicking into “First Kiss.” The sold out crowd was immediately on their feet and they remained energetic and loud throughout the entire hour and 45 minute set. The affable Rock had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the moment he took the stage, backed up by his talented eleven-piece Twisted Brown Trucker band. Throughout the set, we saw the charismatic front man fly across the stage most of the night, but also saw his tender side on a chilling acoustic version of “Care.” His tremendous versatility was on display all night, at different times playing guitar, piano, scratching at a turntable and even climbing behind the skins for an impromptu snippet of “Cat Scratch Fever.”
Highlights from the set included lesser known cuts like “God Bless Saturday,” and “Midnight Train To Memphis,” as well as the huge hits “Cowboy” and “All Summer Long.” He closed the set with an admitted advertisement for Chevy, as he dished out a fantastic version of his current hit “Born Free” before ratcheting up the atmosphere for an incendiary encore version of “Bawitdaba.”
The affordability theme also included $4 beers (12 oz cans of Busch Light), which were served side-by-side with the $16 Fat Tire drafts (yeah they were really $16)… How does he offer these fan friendly prices? Rock negotiates profit-sharing with LiveNation and the venues, and counts on the fans to come out and pack the place and drink buckets of over-priced beer, as they did on this evening. The result is one hell of a rock show for one Andrew Jackson.