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Concert Reviews:
Kid Rock closes Little Caesars run on a winning note

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017

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DETROIT -- Kid Rock closed his six-show run at Little Caesars on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, much like he started it eight nights before, bringing the first batch of events at the new venue to a successful conclusion.

The Romeo native and his Twisted Brown Trucker band delivered the same exuberant two-hour and 10-minute concert they’d performed the other five nights, from the opening spectacle of “Greatest Show On Earth” -- complete with carnival performers, lasers, pyrotechnics and streamers -- to the lively jaunt of the show-closing Big Joe Turner’s “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The new twists were rare -- though they included a sharp red sequined suit Rock sported towards the beginning of the night -- but there were still plenty of dependable highlights, including guest appearances by Uncle Kracker during “All Summer Long” and “Drift Away” and a charged “Born Free” with the arena’s ceiling lights creating an American flag high above the crowd.

And Rock’s early show political spiel hasn’t changed, either; We still don’t know whether or not he’s running for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat next year, but after six shows we know where he stands on a variety of issues.

Rock, who resides part-time in Clarkston, did tell Wednesday’s crowd that “it’s been an honor to be here opening up this place...especially (with) all you crazy-ass (expletives).” And he left the stage declaring, “Thank you again, Detroit. You’ve been (expletive) great. We love you.”

After Wednesday’s show, Rock -- along with Robert Randolph, who opened all six of the concerts -- were spotted hanging out in his Made In Detroit restaurant on the arena concourse, checking out a performance by the stand’s other opening act, Sweet Tea Trio, which also joined rock at each show during “Good Time Waiting.”

An official attendance for Rock’s shows has not yet been announced, though not all sold out. And on Wednesday there were a significant number of empty seats throughout the arena -- although those in the house certainly made plenty of noise during the show. Over the six nights Rock hosted several special guests backstage, ranging from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Saturday, Sept. 16, Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and his wife, minister Paula White, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and, on Wednesday, members of the hot Frankenmuth band Greta Van Fleet and Jim “Moose” Brown from Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band.

Little Caesars next hosts hockey -- Detroit Red Wings exhibition games starting Saturday, Sept. 23 -- while British pop star Ed Sheeran rolls in for the next concert on Sept. 27. For ticket information visit olympiaentertainment.com.

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