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Grapevine: Kid Rock aims to do better with "First Kiss"

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Kid Rock: 'Rebel Soul' was a 'bad album'

Rolling Stone caught up with Kid Rock at his Nashville home to talk about his upcoming 10th studio album, "First Kiss," out Feb. 24. The cover of the album is an image by Detroit artist Niagara. (Rock won the original image when he donated $20,000 to a crowd-funding campaign to publish an Orbit Magazine anthology.) The "Born Free" singer revealed to Rolling Stone that with "First Kiss," his goal is to top 2012's "Rebel Soul." "That was a bad album. I didn't spend enough time on it at all. So this one is more pressure." He says the new self-produced album won't be politically correct (he sings about lawmakers who "talk about taking my guns away") and that it will highlight his country side with some old-school hip-hop. Rock also told the music mag that he's old and not trying to fit in with hipsters. "I don't (expletive) understand the Internet or Coachella or any (expletive). And I just can't (expletive) try to pretend like I know. I like good times, cheap wine and back-beat rock and roll." Incidentally, Rock has a track on "First Kiss" tentatively titled "Good Times and Cheap Wine."

'Carlton' Wins 'Dancing With the Stars'

Congratulations to actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who took home the Mirror Ball trophy at the end of season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars." He and his partner, Witney Carson, beat out other finalists Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" and her pro partner, Mark Ballas, and "Pretty Little Liars" actress Janel Parrish and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Ribeiro is best known for playing Carlton Banks on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Get discounts on concert tickets this Monday

Olympia Entertainment is offering a massive deal for "Cyber Monday" this Monday with buy one, get one tickets for many of their upcoming shows. The promotion, which runs 3 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., includes many upcoming Fox Theatre dates, including Karen Newman, Kenny Rogers, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Terry Fator, "Cirque Dreams Holidaze," Mike Epps, Sesame Street Live, "Memphis: The Musical" and "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles." Use the promo code GIFTS at to get the BOGO discount. The Royal Oak Music Theatre is also offering a deal by waiving service fees for all tickets purchased Monday. It excludes rentals and VIP packages.

Also ...

■HBO announced that Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly will star in the next season of "True Detective." Taylor Kitsch (best known as Tim Riggins on "Friday Night Lights") also has a big role.

■Former first couple President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were caught on the Jumbotron kiss cam at Sunday's Houston Texans hockey game.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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