So I was trying to debate do I just post the link or copy and paste it so I will do both. I had a KILLER time last night at the show in Columbus. I have no idea why the first part stayed blue and the rest didn't. LOL
The work week could not go fast enough and even with a sore ankle I was ecstatic when Friday rolled around. For those of you that know me, you understand that life has not always been kind. You also know that I have had to put a lot of my dreams on hold to take care of my family. I have one simple love in life, music, it's what makes me happy and keeps me grounded. When I heard that Kid Rock tickets were going on sale I agonized over the decision to go or not. I have been a huge fan since 1998. I also had my second child that year and all the subsequent years were hard years. Money was tight and I wondered if I would ever be able to do even a few of the things I longed to do.
Well here I sit getting ready to tell you about my night and my first ever Kid Rock concert. Dreams do indeed come true sometimes, maybe not always but sometimes they do. It's those sometimes that you have to be grateful for. Those simple things like doing something you love that make the struggles of life so much easier.
We dropped the kids off to my Mom and headed for theSchottenstein center. Of course we were early, there was no way I wanted to miss any of the opening acts. I love live music wholeheartedly so as i sit watching the opening acts the anticipation is building. Ty Stone and the Truth by the way were flat out amazing. If you have never heard them then you really need to as they are wonderful. Jamey Johnson put on a fantastic show as well, he brought the house down with In Color.
So there I am in my seat about ready to scream I am so excited. Finally I am about to see a man who's music I have loved forever live in concert. Smoke pours out of the steers head on the stage and out comes Kid Rock. In his trademark black hat, shades and white fur coat, the song is American Badass and from the first note I was on my feet yelling, clapping and singing along. AmericanBadass has this irresistible energy and he gives it his all.
Forever was a fun one to watch because if you have ever seen Kid Rock dance you know it can be a fun thing to watch. He's throwing \m/ up every two seconds along with quite a few middle fingers. But he's smiling and intense and just all out fun. For God Bless Saturday he of course mentioned out beloved Buckeye's. He belted that one out with style and a guitar in hand. Somewhere along came When It Rains and if you know the story then cool. If not it's a little to personal for this place. Lets just say that it mirrors to closely what I felt many years ago and the intense raw emotion from Kid did indeed bring tears to my eyes. It was sweet, Christian just wrapped his arms around me as tears fell silently like a river. Then he broke into Lay it on me, one of my all time favorite songs. Which of course led straight into Cowboy another song that just makes you pump your hands and cheer.
I can't remember the exact order but each song was delivered with a voracious energy that was beyond infectious. He also included much beloved favorites like Early mornin' Stoned Pimp. Also you never met a mf'er, Part of picture, Rock on, Slow My Roll,Part of Amen , Part of Some body's gotta feel this, Part of Fist of rage, Flyin' High ,Only God knows why (with Jamey Johnson), All Summer long. He also did this instrument medley where he starts scratching on the turn tables then plays guitar and drums. Now that was pretty freaking awesome because you get a glimpse into how good he really is. He's an amazing singer but very skilled on other instruments as well.
He threw fuckin' 40 in there somewhere as well. I laughed so hard when he sang fucking prostate exam. If you haven't heard the song you really should. The song is actually titled frickin 40 but hey this is Kid Rock we are talking about. Then we had Sugar, which if you haven't heard the song it has some very cool lyrics. Then came So Hott, oh the way he dances to that one hehehe, trust me it's a don't miss kinda thing. Finally the lights go down and off comes his shirt as the laser lights start. Let me just say this, Kid Rock has a body to drool over! He should never wear a shirt ;-) he just has that kind of body. Bawitdaba was SUPER high intensity and totally kicked ass. That is a song that was made to be performed live. That boy can jump like I have never seen before, never did his energy fade, it's hard to believe he is 40 years old. He ended with an encore of Born Free which just blew you away. Even the crowd was sweating from the pyro which was flames shooting out of the stage in like 8 or more places. It was breath taking and amazing, completely.
The pyro was amazing, timed to perfection and Kid Rock gave 110% every single second he was on stage. He sang, jumped, growled and just hand delivered the most amazing show I have ever seen. He is extremely intense anyway you can just see the passion that pumps though him. Let me tell you it was amazing to see him come charging out jumping and just running everywhere as he belted out song after song. He seems to love to have the lights turned up so he can see the crowd.
My throat hurts and I am still grinning and it's almost 11 am. For the 2 plus hours he was on stage nothing existed but the music and for me that was something I really needed. Of course we walked away wanting more simply because he is so amazing. Kid Rock is a born performer and one I feel fortunate to have been able to see live. It was a fantastic night and I will remember it for a long time! If you haven't seen him live you should total go see him.