Kid Rock comes through
On an unrelated note, my hat’s off to Kid Rock, who not only acknowledged Vietnam veterans about whom I wrote in last Sunday’s column, he spent several minutes reprising their story from the stage, then leading cheers for them during his concert Tuesday at Van Andel Arena.
“I guess we touched him,” veteran Rick Falls told me shortly after the concert.
Falls, who lives in Grand Rapids, hadn’t seen some of his Army buddies in 43 years and used the Kid Rock fete as a springboard to finally get together. They scored VIP tickets thanks to the folks at Jim Beam, who have a close working relationship with the artist.
What they hadn’t counted on was a lengthy audience with Kid Rock backstage while the first act performed.
“I’ll bet we were with him a half-hour,” said Falls, marveling at how the singer signed autographs, handed out shirts and kept reminding the veterans that the night was on him.
“He told us ‘The bill’s on me,’” Falls said.
“You know, we didn’t get much recognition when we came back from ’Nam,” he added. “But this made up for it. Talk about the royal treatment.”