• The Buffalo News: "Kid Rock treats fans to a high-energy show"

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    Kid Rock fans know how to party … hard.

    Despite a torrential downpour that left many of the early tailgaters waterlogged, fans of renegade rocker Kid Rock weren’t fazed as the cigar-chomping, beer-chugging bad boy from Michigan took to the stage at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center for the latest stop on his “First Kiss Cheap Date” tour.

    Before the sun set, Foreigner opened the night with a 60-minute set of classic hits, including “Feels Like the First Time,” “Dirty White Boys,” and an encore that included arguably their biggest ballad, “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Though faithful fans of the Lou Gramm-led Foreigner may consider the current line-up little more than a cover band, after a decade at the helm, frontman Kelly Hansen has earned his stripes and does justice to one of rock’s best catalogues.

    But as the sky darkened and the lights went down, the capacity crowd packed into the performing arts center rose and Bob Ritchie strode out onto the stage and wasted no time in proving why he is the best ticket in music today.

    Kid got the crowd to its feet and kept it there for the rest of the night with his blue-collar everyman’s mix of hip-hop, Southern rock and country.

    Kid bounded around the stage with the energy of a man half his age and treated his fans to a set list that covered all of the many genres he has explored in a chart-topping career that has earned him five Grammy nominations and album sales of more than 25 million in the U.S.

    When he broke into 2008’s “All Summer Long,” his first song to reach the top ten on the country charts, if there had been a roof on Darien Lake, his fans very well might have blown it off.

    Music aside for a moment, a tip of the trucker cap to Kid Rock for his $20-ticket policy, a throwback to the days of rock and roll when a pair of tickets and a night out weren’t on par with a mortgage payment. But beyond affordability, kudos for delivering the best live show you’ll ever see. His passion for his craft and energy are both obvious and contagious.

    He may not have the strongest voice, or a genre he can call his own, and with ten studio albums he has never landed a No. 1 single, but Kid Rock has more than all of that – he has an understanding of what it means to be a performer, and he knows how to deliver a night of entertainment that leaves his fans clamoring for more.

    • no fair y'all, I have to stay where it's hot as hades. crazyassmoma
    • SEE ya cant keep a good man down!!! MY NAME IS KKKKIIIIDDDDD,,"BOOM"----Told ya he would be back stronger then ever!!! uberfan
    • Saw him in Texas. One great performer. Will see him again. He was awesome barbaradickerson
    • I just wanted you to know that you were my first sober concert at hard rock park in Myrtle Beach in 2009 it was over the top awesome. I grew up in Taylor Michigan and f live in SC my sister and I are coming to see tonight I Clarkston we have lawn seats, it will be my second sober concert and we are so excited. You've been such an inspiration to me. God bless, we're gonna chill the most tonight. Thanks tonamanns
    • I loved seeing you again at Darien Lake! You and the band were once again awesome! Glad you're back "home" kicking butt to your Michigan fans. Hope to see you at the Fish Fry in October ! chrissyday
  • This Weekend...

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    Had a f@*#$ing blast in the Midwest!!! Thank you Cleveland and Indy!!!

    • Always a good time to "get down" at a Kid Rock show. The show never disappoints. Peace, Luv & Rock n' Roll SherZ sherylzoufaly
    • I know alot of cincinnati peeps pissed becuz kidrock didnt mention the concert in Cincy hell there were more KY people there Thats why Lmao !!! Hell Yeah ! Otis310
    • Does anyone know where I can get the thank you for making the cheap date possible video they played during the concert?! It was awesome and I want to show it to everyone! mdibartolomeo
    • Hey RocK!!...we are disappointed your not coming to idaho...Bubba and I would have loved to seen you, for me its foreigner Cuz haven't seen them since mountain aire in Cali, in the 80's...but you Rock!!!!...PS, I have an album collection from the 70's and 80's, including foreigner...if you would like them give me a call.....the Limo co you used in Idaho!!... mzplayful63
    • What about Cincy put on one hell of a show I had a blast its took almost 2 weeks to get my voice completely back lol I really love it when u called it or bipolar moment howu told or or but told it in reverse from the end to the beginning I would love to have so I could listen to it whenever I wanted puzzandhappy
  • Back to work!

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    See you guys tonight in Cuyahoga Falls...

    • KID is KICKING ROCK AZZ uberfan
    • I was in Indy last night for your concert. I was simply amazed. Got high and did not even smoke. Foreigner was also off the charts. Thanks Kid. akscfs
    • Hey Bobby I met you on the last cruise. I told you my name is Suzanne and you should come to Sioux City, IA! you are skipping us here in the midwest. I have traveled to see you and when you played at the Ameritrade ball field and we want you to come back! Sioux City, Omaha, Council Bluffs or Sioux Falls. PLEASE! So Bummed I can't make the cruise. Ain't enough money. and with no presales for us Rebel's can't get good seats first. sjacob44
    • I love this pic MR KR, BUT....it gives one the optical illusion of boobies :). Nice firm ones though. u ain't right.. crazyassmoma
    • I have MS and I'm seeing u for the first time Friday and my b-day is the 16th of August. I have been looking forward to seeing you to I talked to dte and they didn'tsend handicapped tickets but sent general admission. They're telling me I have to take my chances on whether I get hurt or not. That is just plan scares. But I don't know what to do any suggestions ? littledale03
  • Get Ready for Lucky #7

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    We’ve had six wild rides together, get ready for lucky #7 motherf*@$&ers. We’re sailing to Jamaica! Get the lowdown and join the pre-sale for Kid Rock’s 7th Annual Chillin’ the Most Cruise here: www.kidrockcruise.com

    • I Just wanna work for you!!! wannabelazy
    • I just want to be a veteran cruiser! lindakelly
    • 30 more..... omg lol happy happy happy crazyassmoma
    • Only ?!? MrA
    • Just wanted to shout an Amen! Just got signed up, this will be my virgin cruise. Cannot wait!!!!!!!! There are still some cabins available if you were lucky enough to sign up for pre-sale. Look forward to seeing all you crazy mofo's! meegs