Kid Rock: 'Thank you, Michigan'

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Kid Rock closed out his venue record 10th consecutive concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre Saturday night with an acknowledgement of the hometown fans who sold out every night during the run.

"There's nothing else to say, except thank you, Michigan," Rock said at the opening of show-closer "Bawitdaba."

At the end of the song, he fell to the floor of the stage face first, the way one might after wrapping a 10-concert run that played to 150,000 fans. He thanked the crowd for the "best, craziest three weeks of my life" before exiting the stage.

And so it was. Saturday's concert was the exclamation point at the end of Rock's historic 10-night stand, a focused, tight 105-minute show that mirrored the other nights almost exactly. Rock acknowledged the concerts' similarity early in the set, saying the show is the show and there wasn't any wiggle room for improvisations or audibles. "I haven't had any complaints, and no one's asked for a refund yet," Rock said.

As he did during three other concerts -- the first two nights and on Friday -- Ted Nugent joined Rock on stage for a late-show rendition of "Cat Scratch Fever." "Uncle Ted's in the house again!" Rock exclaimed as the Nuge strapped on a guitar and laid into his signature hit.

Other guests were wishful thinking, and Bob Seger -- whose record eight show run at the then-Pine Knob fell to Rock on Friday and was topped again on Saturday -- was never mentioned and was nowhere to be seen. Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke did a brief walk-on during "All Summer Long," which borrows heavily from Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama."

Kid Rock jumps on stage Saturday night  at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Rock hit the stage wearing a pink jumpsuit while he and his Twisted Brown Trucker bandmates rolled into "First Kiss," the title track from Rock's February album. "We're gonna give you all we've got to give tonight Detroit," Rock said, transitioning into "Good TIme, Cheap Wine," another "First Kiss" track.

From there it was Rock's brand of Detroit muscle, as he weaved through hits and album cuts from "Devil Without a Cause" through the present. He took fans through his "bi-polar rocker" segment, where he highlighted tracks that show off his hip-hop, hard rock and country ballad sides, mashing them together with brief tales of how they were written and the times they reflected in his life. Prior to "Jesus and Bocephus," Rock said his years have taught him the most important things in life are "good friends and good family," and the familial vibe in the crowd reflected that sentiment.

For repeat customers -- and there were many over the course of the 10 nights -- some variety in the set list or among the special guests would have been nice. And with 10 studio albums to pull from, Rock has no shortage of material to mine. But the show is the show, and this one is already in the history books. Rock wasn't about to go fixing something that wasn't broken.