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334 K id Rock may not have been born to perform, but he was certainly bred for it. Growing up in Romeo, Michigan—closer to apple orchards than the trailer park of his early image—a young Bob Ritchie would often be called upon by his parents to entertain their friends at parties with a pantomime of Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.”That planted a seed that later grew into hot DJ sets at basement parties in Mount Clemens and Detroit, club shows at the Ritz and the Palladium, and ultimately to festivals such as Woodstock ’99 and headlining arenas and stadiums around the country. Even after ten studio albums—six of which are certified platinum or better—Rock maintains that he and his longtime Twisted Brown Trucker (TBT) outfit are “a live band, first and foremost.That’s how we’ve gotten everything.We’ve gone out and proven ourselves, whether it’s been television, live onstage. . . . Everything’s grown from there. We went from the bottom to the top of the touring circuit, and playing (live) is what defines us.” And playing live at home has been even more crucial for Rock and company. “Detroit’s been everything to me, from the lean years to the biggest and the good years. It’s where I came from,” says Rock, whose 2006 Live Trucker album featured thirteen tracks recorded at various metro-area venues between 2000 and 2004. It can be argued that no one, perhaps not even Rock’sfriendandforebearBobSeger,hasplayedmore special-event shows than the self-proclaimed “rock ’n’roll son of Detroit.”The history of Rock is dotted with guest appearances, stadium dates, oversized birthday parties, special club appearances, and even a head-scratching but galvanizing collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. To prove that point, here’s a trip through nearly two dozen of the key shows on Rock’s lengthy live résumé: May 30, 1997, State Theatre: The show that secured Rock’s major-label deal with Lava/Atlantic, a blowout that lived up to all the hometown hype he poured into it and showed the rock-rap-funk fusion of the Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp album was just the tip of his creative iceberg. October 23,1999,The Palace of Auburn Hills: A year after its release,Devil Without a Cause was exploding with multiplatinum force,allowing Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band to pimp out the Palace in their biggest headline show to date.A triumph despite a few production and technical snafus. December 31, 1999, Pontiac Silverdome: A millennium blowout with Metallica,Ted Nugent, and Sevendust. Rock was the opener but joined everyone else to usher in the twenty-first century with “Detroit Rock City.” August 31, 2000, DTE Energy Music Theatre: Rock took the party outdoors for the first time at the venue that became known as “Pine Bob” for his many guest appearances over the years—from Kid Rock From Apple Orchards to the World Gary Graff 335 Gary Graff jamming with Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Zac Brown Band to presenting Lionel Richie with a sixty-fifth birthday cake in 2014. October 27, 2001, Michigan State Fairgrounds: While the overriding purpose was to film the video for “Forever,” Rock and TBT kept five thousand shivering but energetic fans entertained when the cameras were off with performances of Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Marshall Tucker songs, along with a few of his own. March 17, 2002,The Palace: A night for hometown heroes. With Bob Seger watching from the soundboard,Ted Nugent joined Rock and company for an encore medley of Michigan rock that included the gonzo god’s own “Cat Scratch Fever.” June 17, 2002,The Beach Grill: After 1.2 million fans feted the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup championship, Rock and TBT entertained at a private party in St. Clair Shores, laying down a covers-heavy set and joined by Silver Bullet Band saxophonist Alto Reed and several of the more musically inclined Red Wings. July 1,2002,Fifth Avenue Billiards,Royal Oak: Rock gave then-fiancée Pamela Anderson a birthday gift of music,joining the Brothers Groove for renditions of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,”ZZ Top’s “La Grange,”and both the traditional and the Beatles’ versions of “Happy Birthday.” September 13, 2002, DTE Energy Music Theatre: On a night off from a tour with Aerosmith, the Rock posse and Run-D.M.C. played their own show...

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ISBN
9780814341230
MARC Record
OCLC
967523967
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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