Photo Credit: Jarrad Henderson / Detroit Free Press
It was as if everything conspired to make it a perfect rock ‘n’ roll night in Detroit.
With Kid Rock supplying the energy and the music supplying the sizzle, even the visuals did their part: Framed by a full moon over one side of Comerica Park and the Detroit skyline over the other, Rock and more than 40,000 fans were right in the middle throwing a Friday night party to remember.
The Detroit rocker, playing the first of a two-night hometown stand, was in notably fine form as he drove through a 2-hour, 20-minute show for a high-charged sellout crowd. This was Kid Rock the way Detroit knows and adores him – a blue-jeaned, star-spangled, firework-crackling spectacle of a working-class show.
Rock’s onstage arrival had been preceded by a new intro video, produced by Detroiter Anthony Garth: a montage of Michigan scenes with Rock’s taped voice reciting a prayer. “Let’s not forget this is not just another concert in another city,” his voice intoned. “This is Detroit.”
There certainly was no missing that: On a night when roars greeted every onstage reference to Detroit or Michigan – and they were countless -- the boosterish bond was the defining trait. Rock wasn’t just playing for fans Friday. He was connecting with hometown friends.
Rock is no stranger to Detroit concertgoers, and Friday night they were happy to relive this ritual once again, with its familiar barrage of lasers, pyro, patriotic salutes, rap-rock chestnuts and twang-touched hits.
Read the full review and view a slide show of photos from the show at Freep.com.