Kid Rock - Seminole Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - December 30

Categories: Last Night
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Photo by Sayre Berman
The set featured plenty of Rock's CMT approved pseudo-country, all of which blended together to make for one big, kind-of-sort-of twangy song, punctuated by the words "redneck" and Rock's trademark "ha!" calls. The biggest moments of the night were, of course, the big hits, including an early appearance of "Devil Without a Cause" and the audience losing control for the harmonica introduction of "Cowboy." Every one in the room was suddenly transformed into a head-bobbing hype-man for "American Badass," and it appeared they had brushed up on the lyrics of Rock's duet with Sheryl Crow, "Picture," which had Crow's parts performed by backing singer/guitarist Shannon Curfman.

The other big moments of the evening came by way of other people's music, sprinkled in throughout the show for good measure. Aside from the previously mentioned Metallica riff lifted for "American Badass", a nod at the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent came during a solo feature that Rock crafted for himself towards the end of the set. He played some electric guitar, put on a ball cap, and did some scratching on DJ Paradime's tables, played the drums while singing "Cat Scratch Fever," sang "let's get shitfaced" through a Peter Frampton style guitar talk-box, and basically did everything possible to attempt to show just how multi-faceted the talents of Kid Rock truly are. He even rapped over Freddie King's "Going Down."

From the moment the show began (to a pre-recorded introduction of "Don't Stop Believin'") to Rock's mid-set costume change, to Richard Petty's famous be-feathered cowboy hat and fringed leather jacket, the point of Kid Rock's concert really boiled down to a group of people getting as drunk as possible to a combination of mediocre country music and musical appropriations, mixed-in with what comes off in the context of a setlist as awkwardly aggressive hits from the '90s.

The heartbreak of it all is that Kid Rock sells big, the place was packed -- and people were having a really good time. Not only that, they paid a lot of money to see this show. In the meantime, there's a veritable sea of artists that write painstakingly original music right in our backyard that can't get 30 friends in a room on a weekend... For free.

We're not saying everyone needs to start paying close attention to music blogs (like the one you're reading) or explore a (free) site like Spotify or anything like that. But we are saying that it's a real bummer that a guy that talk-sings over other people's tracks, plays watered down country music, and traveled the country with Mitt Romney in the name of "the working class" can fill a room as big as Hard Rock Live's, two nights in a row, and (seriously) offer a DJ set with a $600 per table price tag on New Year's Eve.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: Would rather have Jack White end the concert four songs in than sit through an entire Kid Rock show.




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theriots_sw1
theriots_sw1

I have seen kid rock twice in concert. He is a creative music genius. Not only is he a great performer, musician and singer, but he is smart, funny and giving. He is a good person. The writer does not know what he is talking about.

tjtolar
tjtolar

I have seen him 4 times in concert each better than the last! His performance and the Bands is right on time and very professional. I can not begin to imagine you enjoying it even if you had cucci Galore herslef sliding on your johnson. Peace be with you and your pen~

treyscompany
treyscompany

Ok...Did you really even see the show before you wrote this laughable critique? Kid Rock is the best live performer around. I have seen him in concert several times and have NEVER been disappointed. He puts everything he has into his shows for his fans. The reason that "no one demographic" was represented is because Kid Rock appeals to all types of people. He isn't pigeonholed into having "one" type of fan. His fans range from Fortune 500 CEO types to down and dirty rednecks. He is a musican for the people! Wake up and make sure you aren;t late for your next Barry Manilow concert. WOWSERS!

softblfnatic64
softblfnatic64

this guy probably thinks john mayer is the bomb... not that I don't like john, it is just that well Kid is one of a kind and awesome!

cactusbojo
cactusbojo

Typical Lib.  He is right and everyone else is dum & stupid. Thinks diversity is a great thing until he encounters it. 

rvergez
rvergez

Is Kid Rock related to Chris Rock?

bigmac12
bigmac12

This is just another example of some hipster, indie-loving douchebag ripping a performer because they're popular. Anyone who has seen Kid Rock in concert, fan or not, knows he gives everyone their moneys worth and brings a great time. Get some credibility and can this moron critic.

bkstar2003
bkstar2003

Dear David Von Bader's boss: Please fire this guy. Von Bader obvioulsy should not be in a position to critique music!

jesjenjul3
jesjenjul3

Wow...guess they let anyone write a blog and be a critic.  Even the unintelligent and untalented.  I love you Rock!

cstephens023
cstephens023

I have been going to real concerts since the early seventies. Kid Rock is the best performer their is hands down! His Band. TWISTED Brown Trucker is as solid as they get!!!! Mr Ritchie is the composer of an awesome show!!! He's the first to tell ya " I'm not the best writer I'm not the best singer, I cant play instruments as well as I would like; BUT I AM THE BEST AT WHAT I DO"

Do your self a favor learn some of the words to the new music mr critic and you may have a better time!!!

shsoellner
shsoellner

"no one demographic was specifically represented"  Uh lol.. wait need to quit laughing so I can type ....

Hasn't anyone informed you yet?...that usually spells  s-u-c-c-e-s-s. You obviously know nothing about talent or music stick to your day job Oh wait you failed there too LOLZ! What a pathetic way to try to gain your 15 minutes of fame.. Bobby is still here rocking the world and well then there is you. Do yourself a favor Bladder and go off the grid not like once this blows over anyone will recognize you anyway. That awkward moment when you realize you should of just turned the laptop off and kept your moronic statements in the lost space it came from.

Bobby you rock the world! 

My favorite saying and it applies here....

When words fail <Bladder> music speaks < rock on Bobby> 

Keep speaking to us Bobby. We love yah!

"near 20 million records he has sold and the wall of Grammys he boasts" LOL how many you got? hmm? 

Honestly I think someone passed the wrong guy the right stuff at the show.


mjarbutine
mjarbutine

"Despite it being fairly common knowledge that Kid Rock totally sucks ..." ... 

????? DID YOU FRICKING ACTUALLY GET YOUR JOB BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE QUALIFIED TO DO YOU JOB OR DID YOU KNOW SOMEONE AND JUST GET IT BASED ON A CONNECTION and knowing someone in the biz??? 

Put another way: Are you a total idiot or just the lamest, crap, good for nothing and should lose your job critic or simply a misinformed jerk with absolutely no taste in music or appreciate for talent whatsoever? FYI: You reaffirmed my veto in listening to what other have to say about things they know absolutely nothing about, especially when it comes to music and artistic talent.  I wasn't at the 12/30/12 show, but I've seen KidR perform more times than I can even count over the last 20'ish years. You clearly don't get it. Fool. You deserve to be fired for your review, but aside from the crap review, you undoubtedly simply have nothing worth anything useful to say or offer.  Unfortunate you have a job you clearly are not qualified to have - you fester in negativity and your opinion I will dismiss as useless garbage *****

BTW: ****Happy New Year to all the Kid Rock fans out there*** Veto this jerk and what he/she has to say about anything. Peace. I am sure the shows were great. They always are.  Sorry I missed them/alternative plans were already in place. 

See you on the boat in March '13, if not at a KidR show before. I'm done reading this newspaper/blog. Good riddens/its trash- I'll continue to buy tickets to see KidR play, I won't be revisiting anything this critic has to say ever again.  MJ 

christmas
christmas

Hey, I have an idea...next time you look around a room and see everyone having fun and enjoying themselves (while you're not) think about all that must be wrong with you.  I'm just saying...

Signed,

A sober, liberal, America loving, Kid Rock fan (can you wrap your little brain around that possibility?)

kkim2
kkim2

So exactly how many arenas have you sold out in this or any other lifetime?????  Maybe you have to have talent to recognize talent.  CASE CLOSED!!!!!!  Von who???

martijjon1225
martijjon1225

Really too bad no one knew who you were, Mr. David Van Bladder, until you tried to trash Kid, his band and us... tomorrow we'll all still love Kid and won't even remember your name just that Bladder guy who got some media pissing Kid Rock off!  Never blogged in my life but have to this time to tell you Mr. Bladder, you and your opinion suck!!  Isn't free speech wonderful!!  HA!!!

scottmeadows1
scottmeadows1

Bobby Rock- keep on Rocking my friend. I'd rather be a conservative Nut job than a liberal Nut with NO job and No nuts!!!

dbear04
dbear04

While everyone is entitled to their opinion, perhaps you need to keep your negative opinions to yourself.  Kid Rock is one of the most talented and generous artist around. I have been to several of his concerts and he never disappoints! Maybe you just can't relate to his music; something honest and real...His devotion to the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit is amazing, not to mention his outstanding work with the US Military Troops.  I live in Romeo, Michigan and we are incredibly proud of our hometown boy!

heyu812
heyu812

Stick to these types of headlines, " No Talent Kim Kardashian expecting 1st child"

sarohling
sarohling

Clearly this guy is an idiot!

Mike_Savage
Mike_Savage

I bet anyone a beer this writer is a liberal as only a liberal would try to tell people what to like at the end of his crappy critique.  Did you really whine that no one goes and see your local crappy bands? What Bob didnt work like a man  and have dump truck loads of talent? Someone gave him a handout? He didnt play crappy little shows at the start?  The dude has major skills and people feel his work. You cant buy that you're born with it.  

Next time try starting your review this way, ya know honestly- I hate this guy becuase he friggen rocks and people love him. I dont like his music so dont think others should either. How can he fill an arena when my buddys cant give tickets away?

darrenstevens55
darrenstevens55

i bet you can't carry a tune in a bucket, glad you are only a half assed writer, wordsmith, good grief you suck.

ever seen as tight a band in your life ?

CDUBYA
CDUBYA

Can you take time to mention his dedication to our military? His dedication to his home town of Detroit? His true American Patriotism? Naaa, Didn't think so.  Kid Rock Rocks............. American and American Bad AZZ as are his FANS.............

CDUBYA
CDUBYA

Ahhhh, S'cuse me?  Kid Rock is what a show is all about.  He is a pure talent - and that just irks you, doesn't it?  I drove 90 miles one way and back home to see THE last great showman/artist of our time.  Like many of his MILLIONS of fans, we were with him in the 90's and have matured as he has.

He has a broad appeal and your right about the crowd - DIVERSE.  That must burn your liberal toes.  My crowd in section 209 was not drunk!!  We were having a BLAST - biker types, middle aged women (me) and thirty somethings. Even African Americans... Ohh gasp on your end.......... AMERICANS!!

I know why the women are there, we love him and I was surprised by the seemingly normal men who wore his KID ROCK 1 and 40 tanks and other T's, as well as the amount of hats like his worn by both men and women - OF ALL AGES.

Can you take time to mention his dedication to our military?  His dedication to his home town of Detroit? His true American Patriotism?   Naaa, Didn't think so.

Hard for you liberal type medial zombies to acknowledge a true, selfless American Patriot.  Heck, you have a hard time with what most Americans are really all about.

Kid Rock was AWESOME and like a "Jeep thing"  .... It's a Kid Rock, Bobby Ritchie THING, and thankfully, WE GET IT!

Keep up the great work and shows Bobby!!  We got your back.........LET's GET SH!! FACED  XOXOX

freakerdude
freakerdude

What's all the fuss about an honest review about some not so original ripoff artist who has very little original talent but rides the coat tails of others? All of the rap artist do this and so has Kid Rock

Go cry to your mothers!

rvergez
rvergez

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kellypersonalassist
kellypersonalassist

First : Hip Hop. Second Rock. Third: Southern Fried Rock/Country. Kid rock can play all music genres very well. He is really very talented. He does what he wants too. He played to the audience the hits they wanted to hear. He did his job as a professional artist/ performer. If this was a regular job that requires the talent to full fill their obligation to the ticket purchaser that invested in a concert. Id say he did his job well and alot of people obviously like him. So your opinion of him sounds like you want people to dislike something you tell them they should dislike and maybe you just want attention or want them to respect your opinion no matter what that opinion is about. You write what you want to write and want people to recognize you. If it means slamming someone else because you don't get out much and listen to music. or maybe you dont even listen to music much. Maybe you dont know how to enjoy musical experiences. 

heyu812
heyu812

Kid Rock 3,488,683 likes on Facebook.

musicfan2112
musicfan2112

This seems like less of a review of the concert and more of a chance for you to insult Kid Rock and his fans. I'm not the biggest Kid Rock fan, but if he puts on a good show and his audience goes home happy, what does your personal view of his music(or politics)matter. If this is your idea of music "journalism", maybe you should go write for the tabloids or script reality shows........

rvergez
rvergez

69 Kid Rock fans can't be wrong.

kidrock24
kidrock24

Worst review ever.  Just because your band sucks and never made it doesn't mean you need to bash someboday else who has.  Pathetic excuse for a writer.  Jealous pathetic writer hiding behind a keyboard.  Not only do bring up politics ( even though you said he didn't at the show ) but you insist on insukts.  Very biased.  FROM A GUY WHO IS HAPPY TO PAY $60 FOR A TICKET TO THE GREATEST STAGE PERFORMER OF THE LAST 20 YEARS, GO F*C& yourself.  And for the record, it's 27 million albums sold.

ShellyLyn
ShellyLyn

The way I read this, you've addressed more positive issues about Kid Rock and TBT than you have negative - which is how it should be.  For some reason or other you simply don't like Kid Rock (I'm guessing political given your pithy remarks) and just had to instill your personal opinion.

Real fans know why he sells out his shows, and we'll keep on Kid Rockin' to Bobby Shazam regardless of your worthless review.

By the way - did you know that you are personally mentioned in KR's music?  Haters/Bigots/Wannabes

Go listen to some Yani while the rest of us crank up KR's "Happy New Year"!

scottmeadows1
scottmeadows1

There's not a better showman on the friggin PLANET. REAL music for REAL people.... That's what Kid Rock is all about... Music, Fun, Family, Friends, Good times... All rolled into one...

Dude you've lost touch with reality...

scottmeadows1
scottmeadows1

Dude. If you are going to keep writing you need to wake the fuck up. Cuz- You suck.

kellyann2kool
kellyann2kool

Hopefully you are not getting paid to do this blog............ it sucks....  I suggest taking a few classes to tidy up your writing skills.  Everyone has an opinion, and skilled writers can express theirs appropriately.  Kid Rock is not only an entertainer he is a humanitarian.  What have you done lately, you piece of shit?

krocker316
krocker316

If an artist can bring in an audience, entertain them for 2+ hours, and send them all home with smiles on their faces, the show is a success. Your review is your opinion and not that of the thousands that were in attendance last night, nor the thousands more that will be there tonight.

heyu812
heyu812

Well excuse me I poorly used the pronunciation of your/you're etc.  I
have had the pleasure of seeing Kid Rock live the man is simply a
incredible showman.  I received my money's worth from a man who can
write music, play drums, guitar, piano etc.   I guess this makes me a
redneck from the Northeast.

Kosshan
Kosshan

@revergez... It's "site", not "sight". If you're going to criticize, you may want to spell check yourself first. And @amber2stu, you're right. I shouldn't have stated it was a liberal agenda, I misspoke. I do believe his comments about Kids political sway, has no bearing on the show, and I agree with your comment.

amber2stu
amber2stu

Wow. The problem with this review -- and it's a common one -- is that it's silly to send someone who hates an artist to critique their show. And to diss the fans -- man, that's cold. I doubt this has anything to do with a "liberal agenda" -- I'm a card-carrying Democrat bleeding heart liberal who loves Harleys, football, NASCAR, beer and Kid Rock -- in addition to the more "alternative" bands I see. The sad part is this reviewer let his "hipness" get in the way of a good time. No one believes Kid Rock will cure cancer, but as an antidote to the daily grind, he's hard to beat. I'm thrilled I have tickets to see him tonight at the Hard Rock, and you can bet I won't be too "cool" to enjoy what, if you read between the lines, sounds like a top-notch show.

rvergez
rvergez

Great read!

All of you who insist that Bader should lose his job should probably stop leaving comments, since the sight only benefits from these hits.

I've learned one important thing from the comment section at least, Kid Rock fans' total disregard for the proper usage of you're/your.

rocknroll9999
rocknroll9999

@cactusbojo Don't be grouping all the libs in with this guy. I happen to like Kid Rock and think this critique had some kind of vendetta to spread hatefulness behind it. That's not a lib thing--it's a David Bon Vader thing. 

mjarbutine
mjarbutine

And yes, my typos are noted ....  

I'm not the critic, I don't work for the paper, wouldn't want to if they hire people like the critic that wrote the subject review.  And, honestly, I can't recall EVER responding or posting to something like this.  BUT, I used to be an editor, I am well educated and I aside from that - my qualifications to comment on a KidR show far exceed this idiots range of knowledge. I know my music, concerts are my thing and have been since I was 5yrs old (!!). I now awesome stage performances, talent, artistic abilities, and what I like - it is NOT this critic and the slap writeup - FANS KNOW: KidR puts on an AWESOME show.  Its not about my typo errors, its about this critic and the review that was written by this person. 

I can assure you, trash write up was unjustified and the person who wrote it did not even deserve to have an admission ticket in the first place, as it should have gone to a fan.  Likewise, this critic should not have a job THEY CLEARLY SUCK AT DOING WITH ANY LEVEL OF RELIABILITY WHATSOEVER! HORRIBLE AND USELESS!!!!

Again. I don't know the critic and frankly, I don't care to, especially after reading such a crap review. Again, forgive any of my typos, I'm not on the clock, the payroll, and I am not kissing anyones as*(!!!!). 

I am KidR fan - and have been for years. Dismiss this critic's crap review - its as good as used toilet paper - Good for SEWAGE!!!!, and that is it.  

:) Peace. MJ

heyu812
heyu812

@rvergez  Well excuse me I poorly used the pronunciation of your/you're.

The word is site!  hehe 

kittybe62
kittybe62

@Maggie @rvergez you're/your ... HAHAHAHA  Site as in Website...HAHAHAHA

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