Kid Rock treats his recent 40th birthday like it was a milestone for everybody.
The rapper/singer's show Tuesday night at Sleep Train Amphitheatre included a ditty called "(Expletive) 40," and a video montage detailing four decades' worth of important world events, highlighted by Kid Rock selling millions of albums.
The Kid-centrism also encompassed photos of Rock standing beside Jay Leno, Hank Williams Jr, high-ranking U.S. officials and several strippers whose names the audience didn't catch.
Among Rock's many fine qualities is an ability to turn over-the-top bragadoccio into charm. For instance, he did not appear to be showing off his celebrity buddies to inspire envy, but to let fans in on the thrill.
The surfeit of photos told the regular Joes, Jeffs and Ashleys who came to Wheatland that without them, the Kid would not be where he is now: hobnobbing with stars and still racking up platinum album sales.
The latest to go platinum is "Born Free," a heartland-rock album from which Rock and his nine-piece band (when counting backup singers but not exotic dancers) drew freely during Rock's two-hour show.
But they drew just as freely from older material, since Rock would never shortchange longtime fans by focusing too heavily on new songs.
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Source: Carla Meyer / The Sacramento Bee