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Kid Rock Scores Successful Second Night At Comerica Park

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2009

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DETROIT -- Kid Rock's second night at Comerica Park was much the same as the first. And that's not a bad thing.

If anything, Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band's show on Saturday (July 18) at the baseball stadium was a touch better than the previous night (July 17). Before another crowd of 40,000 ebullient (mostly) Michiganders), the group was noticeably more confident with the large-scale setting, whipping through the 21-song set with the same kind of energy and bravado which it's brought to venues such as the Palace of Auburn Hills and Joe Louis Arena in the past.

Rock did offer a bit of an explanation for any difference between the two nights. Noting that in the week leading up to the show he didn't drink, took vitamins, went going to bed early -- "You couldn't live healthier," he said -- Rock revealed that he did not feel particularly well (his description was more colorful) on Friday. "So last night I stayed up and drank 'til six in the morning, and I feel great!" he announced.

At Saturday's show Rock and company were also able to stage the opening that was scuttled by high winds at Friday's show, with Rock singing the start of "Rock N Roll Jesus" kabuki-style, silhouetted on a white sheet that dropped to reveal the full band rocking during the first chorus. Some lighting tweaks and other staging, including a giant Michigan flag that unfurled behind the band during "All Summer Long," also helped give the show a bit more visual punch.

Musically it was the same save for "I Am the Bullgod" in place of "Roll On," and for a duet partner on "Picture" Rock solicited the crowd and found a waitress from Roseville who told him "I sing ('Picture') all the time. It's my favorite song. I love you so much!' before delivering a confident run through the track.

Saturday's show also offered a pair of different opening acts. The rap group Cypress Hill, whose members have spent much of the past year focusing on solo projects, got things off to a thumping 45-minute start with renditions of favorites such as "Insane in the Brain," "How I Could Just Kill a Man," "Dr. Greenhouse," "(Rock) Superstar" and "Hits From the Bong." Grunge rockers Alice in Chains also focused on hits in its 50-minute set -- including "Man in the Box," "Them Bones," "No Excuses," "Wood" and "Rooster" -- but also played "A Looking In View," a song from the group's first new album in 14 years, "Black Gives Way to Blue," which is due out Sept. 29.

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