Rapper/country singer busts out Ba-wita-yee-haw to the Fillmore
Kid Rock mashed up Southern rock, country, and rap (and pretty awesomely) Thursday night at the Fillmore in Denver on his "Born Free" tour.
A white curtain hid Rock from the audience as "Don't Stop Believin'" played. If you didn't know Rock was proud to be from Detroit, you learned very, very fast. Once the curtains dropped, Rock rapped and jumped around the stage, not trying to look gangster but kind of doing it anyway. He spat "Devil Without a Cause" like it was 1998 and the crowd went crazy, nailing each word along with him.
"Wasting Time," "Cocky," "Rock Bottom Blues," and more obvious hits were covered with enough soul, Southern rock and rap to satisfy anyone from Alabama to Atlana. The crowd rapped along with the rap songs and calmed a little during the more subdued songs like "Care." While displaying a range of emotion and versatility, and throwing a Jim Beam-fueled wild show, Kid Rock definitely gave folks a show that was worth the freezing cold wait.
Opener Ty Stone kicked off the night with a worn out black guitar and gave a soulful southern rock performance— all by his lonesome. Despite being alone on stage, his fiery musicianship warmed up the audience quite well (okay, maybe with some help from PBR Tall Boys). His hit "American Style" sealed his credibility as an up-and-coming Southern rocker with a rabble-rouser attitude.—Taylor Coughlin, Metromix.