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Kid Rock Exposed on Opening Night of Cheyenne Frontier Days

Kid Rock (Rick Diamond/Getty)

How much do you know about Bob Richie out of Romeo, Michigan?

The audience in the packed arena at Frontier Park Friday night got a peek at Kid Rocks entire life. A video called “The History of Rock,” Kid Rock, that is, opened his show. It showed his musical influences since he was born in 1971.

Throughout the setlist, the band played pieces of songs from some of his role models, like Ted Nugent, ZZ Top, the Georgia Satellites, the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and even Stephen Stills. Sheryl Crow joined Kid Rock to sing Love the One You’re With.”

When they sat down and performed “Picture,” Crow forgot some of the lyrics and purposely changed “sat down and cried today” to “sold it on eBay today.” The ‘picture’ from the online sale’s site then appeared on the big screens showing Kid Rock ‘dancing naked.’ Rock commented that “it only sold for three bucks?”

Kid Rock showed off the belt buckle given to him by “the guys who put this on,” (Cheyenne Frontier Days) and thanked everybody for coming out even though times are hard. He looked right at home later in the show when he sat down in a lawn chair on the stage and gazed out at the crowd. Rock started the concert wearing a red, white and blue shirt and finished with an encore of “Born Free,” the title track to his new album, as a giant American flag unfurled on the back wall of the stage.

Other highlights from Friday’s night show;

  • Encores of “All Summer Long” and “Only God Knows Why” (while playing a gold ‘sticker-covered’ piano that he later was standing on).
  • Kid Rock’s stage resembled a bar, complete with Longhorn cow skull and Go Go Girls.
  • During the show, photos from Kid Rock’s past and present changed on the screen behind the stage (even “Beavis and Butthead“), lazers beamed over the crowd and flames shot up from the sides.

Much of the crowd missed a lot of Sheryl Crow’s set due to confusion about the entrances to the ‘Party Zone.”

It’s a little different this year, if your tickets have Portal 11 or 12 printed on them, enter on the east side along ‘Wild Horse Gulch.’

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