Kid Rock is an unrepentant, old-school arena rock pig who rode to fame on the now widely discredited rap-metal wave of the late 1990s.
He's a proud redneck who fused the crudest aspects of southern rock, metal, rap and country music.
Kicking off his his set with "Rock N Roll Jesus," in which he preaches the virtues of sex, drugs and, you guessed it, rock, the Detroit boy proceeded to deliver a fast-paced, high energy sermon that focused on those very touchstones.
Flanked by two giant, blow-up whiskey bottles on either side of the stage, Rock followed up with the dirty southern rock of "Son of Detroit", which highlighted the considerable talents of his 10-piece Twisted Brown Trucker Band.
The band also shined as Rock took a respectable run at the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice," greasy horn section and all.
Rock also vented his rap roots periodically, as with the hick-hop chest beater "You Never Met A Motherf**ker Quite Like Me" and the high octane rap-metal of "American Bad Ass" and "Cocky".
Aside from the aforementioned Stones song, Rock and his Twisted Truckers also fired up a tasty version of Sly and the Family Stone's R&B hit "Everyday People."
As well, they incorporated the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands" To Yourself into the belligerent country rocker "Lowlife" (Living the High Life) while Waylon Jennings' Good Ol' Boys (The Dukes of Hazzard theme song) fit like a glove with Rock's hit Cowboy.
After hitting the turntables for a bit of record scratching, harkening back to his DJ days, Rock then got behind the drum kit for one more cover Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever."
The show ended in a shower of fireworks with the band stomping through the stupidly catchy rap-metal anthem, "Bawitdaba," which was Kid Rock's breakout tune back in 1998.
As flame throwers blasted away to the beat, a giant flag, half American and half Canadian, dropped down behind the band, with a smaller Confederate flag also flying with the concert's final notes.
SOURCE: Calgary Herald