It's not surprising since Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, started out as a rapper, turned into a rock musician and occasionally makes a foray into country.
In its November cover story, Billboard magazine says the 14-song “Rebel Soul” album “has the punk rock, the Southern rock, the hip-hop he sings about in his 2001 hit 'Forever,' as well as the metal, blues, soul, country and even gospel that he likes to stir into one of the most diverse musical blends that's been consistently going for the past 20 years.”
A Rolling Stone review of the album says: “A sprawling disc of storytelling, pop history and partying, Kid Rock's ninth studio album seeks the grooves and reach of classic soul — with a Detroit bull-god spin, of course. Self-produced in Michigan with his colorful Twisted Brown Trucker Band, this ruggedly consistent and robustly sung music jumps genres and makes statements.”
According to reviews from earlier concerts on this tour, his set will be a mix of old and new songs, including several off “Rebel Soul.” Concert-goers also can expect pyrotechnics, smoke, confetti, streamers and balloons, not to mention a showy entrance.
Expect a showy performance as well. This is what reviewer Mary Colurso said on www.AL.com after attending a Kid Rock concert in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 23: “Rock's personal showmanship was the primary focus, the overwhelming factor — and the real reason fans bought tickets, anyway.”
ConcertWhat: Kid Rock brings his “Rebel Soul Tour 2013” to town, backed by his Twisted Brown Trucker band. Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory also will perform.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave.
Cost: Tickets are $39, $49 or $59 plus applicable service fees. Tickets are available at the coliseum box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000. Parking is $4, main lot, and $8, preferred lot. Note: According to Ticketmaster, paperless tickets will be in use for some select reserved seats at this show. These restricted tickets require fans to present the credit card used to purchase the ticket and a valid photo ID at the venue in order to gain admittance and are non-transferable.