Alliant Energy Center
Feb. 1, 2001
Story and Photos by Terry MayerHis name is Kiiiid, and he blew into Madison's Alliant Energy Center with quite a bang. Rock, who hails from Rock City, Detroit, the home of the great Motown beat, has a unique sound that was formed by fusing white boy hip hop and hard hitting rap into something that ultimately failed its roots.
Opening act Buckcherry blasted the audience with their infectious hit "I Love the Cocaine" and other such fun, but ultimately it was all forgettable music. Second act Fuel, who a few nights ago appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, turned up the volume a notch with a heavy hitting bass driven thunder clap. Fuel's music got the faithful primed for the main act. As the darkness engulfed every recess of the huge sterile cavern called the Alliant Energy Center, a faint red glow, huge letters that spelled Kid Rock, started to pierce the darkness. Flames burst forth on both sides of the stage in harmonious unison. Ascending from its rotten core Kid Rock appeared wearing a white full length fur coat with matching hat and sunglasses. Detroit pimp from head to toe! With arms raised he greeted his fans as every other metal rapper does - with extended middle fingers. He shed his fur and started to bop up and down like a chicken avoiding the farmer's axe. This is Kid's style of rock/ rap. White boy hick meets urban cool. As two black curtains on both sides of the stage collapsed to reveal two cages with two very sexy girls in various degrees of fondling, Rock burst into the overplayed and tired "Cowboy." Kid sells sex like McDonalds sells Big Macs. As thousands of swarming and fragmented slivers of confetti encompassed Rock and most of the audience, the familiar strains of "Bawataba" crept into the bobbing heads of the entire audience. This is one of those songs that you absolutely love at first, but then suddenly something clicks and poof you hate it. Can't explain it but some songs have this special power!
Kid Rock kept the fevers dangerously high at the Alliant Energy Center last night, but it won't be long before the cold bath realization that this guy was nothing more than a forgettable novelty act sets in!
Kid Rock Fuel
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