Voodoo Music + Arts Experience celebrates 15th year

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013
City Park – New Orleans, LA

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Voodoo Experience 2013

The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience returned to City Park in New Orleans for the annual three-day music festival on Nov. 1 through 3. Celebrating 15 years of world class music, this years headliners included Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure to close out each of the three days. Fans of electronic music were also represented by headliners Calvin Harris, Afrojack and Bassnectar on the Le Plur Stage.

It marked the last major music festival of the 2013 season. Rain threatened the opening day but quickly vanished to sunshine that persisted for the remainder of Voodoo. Though temperatures dipped after sunset, the cool air gave fans more reason to stay active and “Worship the Music.”

Music began just after 11 a.m. each day, spread over four stages, and lasted well into the evening. The vast City Park allowed fans to experience carnival rides, New Orleans cuisine and offered enough space to relax for those needing a little separation from the crowd. There were also a number of merch tents selling locally produced art.

While the three headliners fell under an alternative rock slant, albeit from differing decades, Voodoo definitely drew a crowd appreciative of the big three this year. It was hard to pick a favorite going in and all three gave stellar performances. Pearl Jam was introduced by former Saints player Steve Gleason, prompting goosebumps and more than a few tears to be shed as he introduced the band from his wheelchair with the assistance of a voice synthesizer. He also chose their setlist–complete with a couple Mother Love Bone songs. Pearl Jam rocked the night away while Vedder also swung from one of their suspended stage lights midway through the show.

Seattle representation started well before Pearl Jam hit the stage. Hip-hop sensation Macklemore & Ryan Lewis likely gained the respect of Pearl Jam fans who packed around the main stage waiting for the grunge icons to hit the stage. Macklemore’s poignant lyrics and Lewis’ catchy jams have catapulted the duo into the hip-hop limelight. Mixing guest vocal appearances into their show added additional depth to their set.

If one man owned the festival it was Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails’ dynamic set was wrought with energy, massive light panels and a barrage of industrial sound that fronted their crushing set. Though fans didn’t appreciate their lengthy hiatus, it seems Reznor has returned with pent up angst and vigor. If another artist approached Reznor’s domination of the stage at Voodoo it was Jordan Cook performing as Reignwolf. His midafternoon set on the Carnival stage on Saturday was a blue-metal shredfest.

Hayley Williams looked striking with her orange hair and black latex pants. She easily had the most energy of any artist to perform at 2013 Voodoo. Performing in front of a legion of fans waiting to see NIN, there were definitely Paramore fans in the mix. Williams noted, “We’re honored to be playing on the same stage as Nine Inch Nails, and this is their headline show; but make no mistake, you’re at a Paramore concert right now.”

Other performances on Saturday included the melodic punk duo of Alkaline Trio and New Found Glory delivering on back-to-back sets; a vocal clinic by folk musicians Delta Rae on the main Ritual Stage; and Big Gigantic was the perfect moniker for the electronic duo who raged on the Le Plur Stage before Afrojack dropped heavy beats opposite Nine Inch Nails.

Sunday always closes a couple hours earlier than Friday and Saturday’s lineups. The Cure took the stage at 6:50 p.m. and the goth legends did not disappoint behind Robert Smith. Dense smoke and multicolored lighting cast various textures onto Smith’s pasty white complexion. His tangled and graying mop might be long overdue for a makeover but Smith’s vocals were rich with life and emotion. Their lengthy set was interspersed with classics that climaxed into a session of hits to close the night.

One of the true kings of the electronic dance craze, Bassnectar closed out 2013 Voodoo opposite The Cure with a thunderous exhibition of bass beats and lights. A huge crowd remained until the festival ended despite the coldest night of the festival.

Kid Rock always turns out an entertaining set, but his placement seemed a bit awkward–not for Kid Rock but for the abundance of goth-dressed fans who were forced to wait for The Cure. Kid Rock threw a party for everybody else, jumping about the stage while slinging catchy lyrics to whoever wanted to participate.

Credentials–both general admission and VIP–are already available for the 2014 Voodoo Experience. A three-day pass can be had for only $99 while VIP passes range between $300 and $1000. Though next year’s artists won’t be announced until next year, it’s hard to beat those prices relative to any of the other major U.S. music festivals. Live Nation acquired controlling interest in Voodoo last week as part of a larger focus on major music festivals but management should remain consistent.

Check out other Voodoo’s Highlights here.

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2012 Rock USA finishes strong with Kid Rock

Kid Rock – 2012 Rock USA
Ford Festival Field – Oshkosh, WI

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Kid Rock - 2012 Rock USA

Rock USA, the second-year event in Oshkosh, Wisc., brought in a wealth of musical talent for the three-day music festival that ran July 12 through 14, 2012. Shinedown and Motley Crue headlined Thursday and Friday, respectively, setting the stage for Saturday’s lineup of Filter, Hollywood Undead, Seether and Kid Rock.

Continue reading the rest of this review (and find more great photos) at The Examiner!

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Kid Rock and The Detroit Symphony Orchestra Team Up to Keep Music in Detroit

Detroit Symphony Orchestra logo

Kid Rock is joining forces with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to keep the DSO in Detroit.  It’s all set to take place on May 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. at the legendary Fox Theatre.  The one-night only show is set to raise a cool $1 million to help save the DSO.

Tickets start at $100, $150, $250, $250 and a limited number of “Rock the Symhony” VIP packages. The VIP package includes premium seating and access to the exclusive after party.

“As a musician, and of course a Detroiter, I am proud to be supporting this longstanding cultural institution,” said Kid Rock.  “And while I know these ticket prices are more than what my fans are used to paying, I am confident that whatever happens when we put the Twisted Brown Trucker Band, a 80 piece orchestra, and ‘Bawitdaba’ together will be well worth the price of admission.”

Kid Rock, The Fox Theatre, and Leonard Slatkin “America’s Music Director” are all all volunteering their services for the night.  This means everything made from the show is going directly to the Detroit Symphony, which also funds outreach, engagment, and community service work in schools, hospitals, retirement centers, places of worshiop, and community centers across Southeastern Michigan.

The sponors for the night include Made in Detroit, The Kid ROck Foundation, Tock Venutres/Quicken Loans, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., The Fox Theatre, and Olympia Entertainment and the DSO.

Tickets go on sale March 3rd at 10 a.m. through OlympiaEntertainment.com and Ticketmaster.comAll tickets will be sold exclusively through paperless ticket delivery to ensure fans secure and convenient access to event tickets at the original sale price.  There will not be physical tickets for entry into the event.  Concert-goers will be required to bring the credit card used for purchase along with government-issued photo ID for entry. Ticket purchaser must be present with all guests at time of pick up and entry into the venue.  Ticket usher will swipe the purchaser’s credit card upon entry and present each person in the party with a seat locator slip for quick access into the show.

Kid Rock to Perform Two Shows at the Intimate House of Blues Las Vegas



Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, 9 p.m.


Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, 9 p.m. 

Tickets On Sale – Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

Tickets start at $104, plus any additional facility and/or service fees 

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LAS VEGAS – December 14, 2011 – Kid Rock returns with two special, intimate shows at House of Blues Las Vegas on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 and Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Both shows are at 9 p.m. House of Blues Las Vegas is located inside Mandalay Bar Resort & Casino and these are 21 years of age and older shows. Doors are at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $104, plus any additional fees, and go on sale this Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

Kid Rock released his 8th studio album, Born Free, in November 2010 which included an eclectic mix of guest appearances, including Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Bob Seger, T.I., James Hetfield and more. The album, produced by legendary Rick Rubin, featured a mix of superstar musicians in addition to the artist collaborations.

Rick Rubin and Kid Rock, as friends, have spent many hours talking about their respective histories – starting in hip-hop, crossing into and creating new territories – as well as the need for a great new American classic rock record that challenges the field. Born Free is in part the result of those conversations – an album that is meant to be played from start to finish.

Kid Rock’s previous release, Rock ‘N Roll Jesus (2007), debuted at #1 and stayed on the charts for 100 weeks, becoming the biggest selling Rock album of 2008. His hit single “All Summer Long” reached #1 in eight countries and provided Kid Rock the opportunity to expand his huge touring base outside of America. He hosted the CMT Awards and has performed at events ranging from the Grammy awards, VMAs and EMAs to Hip Hop Honors and the CMAs. He has performed for and visited troops overseas numerous times, and remains one of entertainment’s most vocal supporters of our soldiers abroad. At the same time he has been expanding his philanthropic efforts through his own Kid Rock Foundation.

To purchase tickets, please visit: House of Blues Box Office inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; any Ticketmaster Retail location (located in select Smith’s Food and Drug locations, Macy’s stores and Ritmo Latino); online at www.hob.comwww.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com; or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster). For information regarding VIP concert seating or for more information on this show, future concerts, late night events and the world-famous Sunday Gospel Brunch, please call the HOB Box Office at 702-632-7600 or visit www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas. For VIP Seating Packages at House of Blues featuring priority seating with VIP amenities, call 1-888-MY-LN-TIX or emailvipla@livenation.com. Follow us on Twitter @hoblasvegas.

Jim Beam’s Red Stag

Red Stag DrinksI ended up at the Tilted Kilt the other night to grab a drink and midway through my 4 hour stay with a friend a couple of the Tilted Kilt girls came up to us and asked if we wanted to try Red Stag.  The first thing that popped into my friend’s head was, “That’s Kid Rock‘s drink!” I just  looked at her like she was crazy.   Yet she was right,  Jim Beam partnered with several musicians such as Kid Rock and Montgomery Gentry to help spread the word about the new Bourbon.

(Quick Fact: Bourbon is the same as whiskey!  What makes Bourbon is the location in which it’s made and that is only in one place…the southern United States.)

For those who don’t like the straight up flavor and bite that whiskey has may enjoy this cherry infused bourbon from Jim Beam.   I had my first taste of the whiskey mixed with Coke.  It was a very smooth drink without the harsh edge that whiskey can have.  It also wasn’t overwhelmingly sweet for it being combined with a mixer like Coke.   I don’t mind a good whiskey and this one could top my list.

Jim Beam’s Red Stag Stats:
80 proof
40% Alc./Vol.

Recommended Serving Suggestion (recipe via JimBeam.com):

Red Stag by Jim BeamIngredients:

3 parts Red Stag by Jim Beam® Infused Bourbon
4 parts Cola

Pour Red Stag by Jim Beam® into 16 oz. glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with cola, stir lightly and serve.


In Photos: Kid Rock in Chicago

Kid Rock
First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Tinley Park, IL

Kid Rock First Midwest Bank Amphitheater

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In Photos: Kid Rock at Rockfest

Kid Rock
Rockfest 2011
Cadott, WI

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Kid Rock on Tour: (Don’t Miss him with Sheryl Crow on The Born Free Tour!)

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
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Cheyenne Frontier Days
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North Dakota State Fair
with Sheryl Crow
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Sleep Train Amphitheatre
with Sheryl Crow

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles,CA
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Shoreline Amphitheater
San Jose,CA
with Sheryl Crow

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
with Sheryl Crow

Cricket Wireless AmphitheatreSan Diego,CA
with Sheryl Crow

Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion
with Sheryl Crow

Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque
with Sheryl Crow

Comerica Park
with Sammy Hagar and The Wabos
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Comerica Park
with Sammy Hagar and The Wabos
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Blossom Amphitheater
with Sheryl Crow

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
with Sheryl Crow

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
with Sheryl Crow

Jiffy Lube Live
with Sheryl Crow

Farm Bureau Live at VA BeachVirginia Beach,VA
with Sheryl Crow

Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
with Sheryl Crow

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
with Sheryl Crow

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
with Sheryl Crow

Gexa Energy Pavilion
with Sheryl Crow

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
with Sheryl Crow

The Amphitheater at the Wharf
Orange Beach,AL





Detroit, MI – Kid Rock announces today the first 3 months of his “BORN FREE” tour that comes in support of his new album that hits stores today. The kickoff of the tour comes in the form of a 40th birthday party Kid Rock is throwing for himself with 60,000 of his closest friends, at Detroit’s Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions football team. The stadium will be renamed “40 Field” in honor of the occasion. The special show will include surprise guests and plenty of surprises. Tickets for the Detroit celebration will go on sale November 26th, tickets for the tour will go on sale December 3rd and 4th depending on the market through all the usual outlets. [Read more…]

Working with Kid Rock and Atlantic Records is Like…

Kid Rock and Atlantic Records are assholes! I think our work with Atlantic Records will soon be coming to an end because they have no professionalism and treat us like bottom feeders.  Working with Atlantic Records is like ripping your teeth out one by one.  It’s aggravating to say the least.

Someday, I am going to publish a list of every “professional” in the music industry that musicians need to stay away from.


Kenny Chesney’s Carnival hits Stagecoach!

Kenny Chesney
Stagecoach Mane Stage – Indo, CA

Kenny Chesney Stagecoach Mane Stage - Indo, CA 4/26/2009I believe last night was the 5th time I have been blessed to see Kenny Chesney. Most of the time he was the opening act for Tim Mcgraw, but the last 2 times he was headlining. His buddy Kid Rock was on right before him trying to get the crowd ready. Unfortunately not all of Kid’s songs translated with this crowd. You could see the expression in the faces of many up front that didn’t understand Kid Rock.

I will tell you by the time Kenny Hit the stage the 40,000 plus fans were ready and eager to get the party started. Not to far into the set Kenny started belting out his hits, which many of the acts didn’t do. The second song was “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy” and even though it is one of my favorites it was very apparent that Kenny was still warming up his vocal cords. I thought it was going to be an off night for this man but he really turned it around. Now that I think about it I never had a bad experience at his concerts. He’s always “On”, but I guess that’s why he was Entertainer of the Year for so many years.

Kenny Chesney Stagecoach Mane Stage - Indo, CA 4/26/2009The best part of the night is the fact we caught his entire set and still made it out of the hellish parking lot with no problems or waiting. I saw floods of people leave early to try and beat traffic but even leaving at the end of the set didn’t make for any problems. We even were able to use the good port-a-potties that were in a trailer and flushed with no waiting. It’s the little things in life that can really make or break a night and using clean bathrooms is one of them.

Songs of the night in no particular order:(just to name a few)
Tractor Sexy
How Forever Feels
When the Sun Goes Down
Beer In Mexico
I go Back
Where I Come From
Don’t Happen Twice
Jack and Diane

Photos of Kenny Chesney at Stagecoach:

Tour Dates:

Date Venue City State
05.01.2009 AT&T Center San Antonio TX
05.02.2009 Pizza Hut Park Frisco TX
05.03.2009 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands TX
05.07.2009 Iowa Events Center – Wells Fargo Arena Des Moines IA
05.08.2009 Qwest Center Omaha Omaha NE
05.09.2009 Sprint Center Kansas City MO
05.14.2009 Verizon Wireless Music Center Pelham AL
05.15.2009 CenturyTel Center Bossier City LA
05.16.2009 ALLTEL Arena North Little Rock AR
05.21.2009 Bi-Lo Center – Arena Greenville SC
05.22.2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia MD
05.23.2009 Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus OH
05.28.2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Alpharetta GA
05.30.2009 Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Louisville KY
06.04.2009 Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center NY
06.06.2009 Heinz Field Pittsburgh PA
06.11.2009 i Wireless Center Moline IL
06.13.2009 Soldier Field Chicago IL
06.19.2009 Float-Rite Park Amphitheatre Somerset WI
06.20.2009 Fargodome Fargo ND
06.24.2009 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Wantagh NY
06.25.2009 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Virginia Beach Virginia Beach VA
06.27.2009 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia PA
07.02.2009 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Fort Wayne IN
07.03.2009 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee WI
07.03.2009 Milwaukee Summerfest Milwaukee WI
07.09.2009 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton Al
07.10.2009 Calgary Stampede Calgary
07.11.2009 Merritt Mountain Music Festival Merritt
07.14.2009 Taco Bell Arena Boise ID
07.18.2009 AT & T Park San Francisco CA
07.23.2009 Rio Tinto Stadium Salt Lake City UT
07.24.2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne WY
07.25.2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne WY
07.29.2009 Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe NV
08.01.2009 Qwest Field Seattle WA
08.06.2009 The Amphitheater at the Wharf Orange Beach AL
08.07.2009 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville FL
08.08.2009 Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds Tampa FL
08.13.2009 Comcast Theatre Hartford CT
08.15.2009 Gillette Stadium / New England Patriots Foxboro MA
08.19.2009 Scotiabank Place Ottawa On
08.20.2009 The Molson Amphitheatre Toronto On
08.22.2009 Ford Field Detroit MI
08.28.2009 New York State Fair Syracuse NY
08.29.2009 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow VA
08.30.2009 Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek Raleigh NC
09.19.2009 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis IN

April Fools!

Here are some pranks floating around the web today:

Trent Reznor has made it clear he loathes ex-Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s latest solo album, the Timbaland-produced disco-rock amalgamation Scream. This morning, Reznor Tweeted saying “I’ve been busy. Brand new FULL LENGTH NIN record available now.” A click on the accompanying link redirected fans to nin.com/strobelight — a Casio-saturated site promising a free download of Nine Inch Nails‘ Timbaland-helmed new studio effort Strobe Light. The faux record, the site claims, includes “Everybody’s Doing It” (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bono and Jay-Z), “Coffin On the Dancefloor,” “Even Closer” (featuring guest spots by Justin Timberlake and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan), “Laid, Paid and Played” (with Fergie and Ministry’s Al Jourgensen) and “Still Hurts,” which boasts a duet with Alicia Keys.

A post on Kid Rock’s official Website claimed the he had “acquired the naming rights to the home of the Detroit Lions.” The release was also distributed via e-mail to members of the media, revealed Rock had purchased the naming rights for “an undisclosed sum,” and that Comerica Park would be renamed Kid Rock Park. “This has been a dream of mine for a long time, and with the banks in trouble it seemed like the right time for me to reach out to the fine people at Comerica Bank,” Rock is quoted as saying. Really, Kid Rock Park? Couldn’t he come up with something better than that?

A news post claiming that, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine would be joining Metallica — the band he was booted from back in 1983 — this weekend in Cleveland for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “The announcement comes as a surprise just days after [former bassist] Jason Newsted confirm[ed] that he will be playing back with the band as well.” If the poor grammar didn’t give it away, the next line in the news item does: “In a recent interview to Us Magazine, Mustaine confirm[ed] what everyone has hoped for to be the big surprise of the ceremony.”

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Kid Rock Goes Digital

Kid Rock has signed a deal with Rhapsody to have his entire discography available for downloading & streaming. Kid, along with a few others, has not jumped on the iTunes bandwagon. So why Rhapsody? Unlike iTunes and Amazon, who offer a la carte options, Rhapsody will only sell Kid’s album in its entirety. Kid believes iTunes is an old system: monies are given to the record companies and not the artist. Kid has always endorsed illegal downloads as long as fans buy tickets to his shows. He wants his music to be heard, but more importantly, he wants to play live. Speaking of Kid Rock playing live, we have a review of his May show in Chicago over here.

Kid Rock’s Rock and Roll Revival Tour

Kid Rock
Sears Centre-Hoffman Estates, IL

kid rock photoThe crowd was chill, everyone was socializing with drinks in hand. Then the lights went out & everyone went nuts. Kid Rock hit the stage playing Rock and Roll Jesus. I never realized how diverse Kid Rock’s following was. The crowd was a melting pot of baby boomer’s, metal heads, rockers, and hipsters.

The stage was the most elaborate set up I have ever seen. The band was center stage with a runway, ramp platforms on both side of the stage, and an upper deck with two back up singers & a DJ. A shiny gold disco ball lit up the entire arena as if glitter was raining down on us. The show was entertaining & comical with oodles of instrumental solos. While singing “Half Your Age”, Stefanie Eulinberg, Kid Rock’s drummer, chimed in with her own version changing up the lyrics “She’s half your age and twice as hot” to “He’s half your age and twice the cock.” Kid Rock put on a great performance, standing on the DJ’s turn tables while spinning and running around the stage playing a little of everyone’s instruments.

Kid Rock’s music is heavily influenced by Rap, Rock, Honky Tonk, Gospel, & Motown. The show featured the Twisted Brown Trucker band, Peter Wolf, & Rev Run. A variety of wardrobe changes included a white suit & tie with a black button down to a black jump suit with gold trim to jeans & a t-shirt to eventually no shirt at all. (Thank You Jebus!) Overall the show was amazing & I can’t wait to see Kid Rock again.

Here is a listing of songs I remember off the top of my head in no specific order:

Kid Rock
Rock N Roll Jesus
Welcome To The Party

Peter Wolf-J. Geils Band “Love Stinks” while throwing flowers into the crowd
Duo of Kid Rock & Peter Wolf-The Temptations “Aint Too Proud To Beg”,
J.Geils Band “Must Have Got Lost”, & “Centerfold”.

Kid Rock
American Badass
Sweet Home Alabama
Only God Knows Why
Devil Without A Cause
Low Life-off new album
Half Your Age

Kid Rock & Rev Run-“Tricky” & “Walk This Way”

Thanks for the tix Gayle!