Oh man. Just got home from the K.Rok (that’s his nickname) show down at the arena and boy howdy, it was fan-freakng-tastic. Before the show everyone was chilling out in the parking lot cooking on the bbq’s they brought and cranking some Skynrd and just having lots of fun. I met my old friend Gumbo down there and he showed me the new truck he bought (I was sitting on the fence about whether or not trucks are cool and I can now firmly say that…THEY ARE!) At about 7:00 we all started pouring into the Target Entertainment Arena to catch the opening act, Uncle Kracker (sic).
If Uncle Kracker (sic) was my real uncle I’d surely invite him to all my family reunions lol! His Southern rock went down well with the crowd and everyone cheered and laughed at his entertaining banter between songs, especially when he said “So this is the Target Entertainment Arena eh? I’m more of a Wal-Mart man myself.” lol Who could argue with that? The answer is no one.
And then, at 11:50 PM, the man of the hour strolled onto the stage to the opening riffs of ‘American Bada*s’. The place exploded with cheers as K.Rok strutted across the stage as if he owned it (he doesn’t it, it’s the arena’s property). When the song ended he got even more cheers when he screamed “That song was for all the American Bada*ses fighting over in Iraq!” as he impaled a guitar made to look like the American flag through a large map of Iraq. Political satire at a rock concert? Me likey.
After a few more hardcore rap rock songs K.Rok eyed his guitar in the corner of the stage and asked the crowd “Ya’ll mind if I shred a little bit now?” Judging by all the devil horns and beer bottles that went up in the air, I think I can assume the answer was EFF NO! After jokingly strumming the opening riff from Freebird (Much to the amusement of EVERYONE IN THE WOLRD) he quickly jumped into playing ‘Cowboy’, a song made famous by being featured in the film Shanghai Noon. Once again after that song ended Kid Rock dedicated it to “All the Cowboys fighting over in Iraq!!”
After stepping off stage for 25 minutes, Kid Rock returned again at 2:00 for an encore we would not soon be forgetting. As American Flags appeared on the video screens behind the stage, Kid stepped back out wearing a soldier’s uniform and carrying a large realistic looking machine gun. A roadie dressed comically as Osama Bin Laden ran around the stage as the crowd laughed and threw lighters at him as he playfully pulled on his fake beard. “Excuse me a sec,” Kid Rock chuckled as he raised his fake machine gun and fired it at the roadie who shot off his carefully placed squibs that made it look like he had been shot in the head. “R.I.P Muchacho” Kid Rock said as he tore off the uniform and grabbed the mic to perform the final song of the night ‘Bawitdaba’ as videos of Saddam Hussein’s hanging played on the screen behind him.