The rock fan's mental picture of musicians coming up with set lists usually includes their favorite singers with guitars in hand, maybe a few drinks on the table — artists in action late at night in a smoke-filled room.
But the song selections for the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow shows this summer were born in a bunch of e-mails.
"We're e-mailing back and forth — 'Let's do this jam! Let's rock this jam!' " says Kid Rock.
On Tuesday night, the two will be at the PNC Bank Arts Center for one of their 27 shows together on Kid Rock's "Born Free" tour. And while the Arts Center is a great place for a relaxing summer night of music under the stars, don't be confused about what this show will be.
"I want to be clear," Kid Rock says. "If people think it's going to be me and Sheryl Crow sitting up there slow dancing and singing [the duo's hit ballad] 'Picture,' that's not the case.
"That's not the case," he reiterates. "It's summertime, and people want to party and rock-and-roll, and that's what we're going to deliver."
The Detroit musician may have mellowed from the wild-boy legend of his youth, but he's 40, not dead.
"I've got a song on my record called 'Slow My Roll,' " he says, talking about his most recent release, "Born Free." "It kind of pertains to slowing down the partying and looking at life and things like that. But once again, I want to be clear, I didn't sing 'Stop My Roll.' I still can have a good time. I just pick and choose a little bit wiser than when I was young and completely out of my [expletive] mind. I'm still out of my [expletive] mind, but I'm a little bit smarter."
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