UPDATE: Kid Rock to perform at Lions game on Thanksgiving Day
Kid Rock fans have a reason to be thankful this year, as Rock — who releases his new album, “Born Free,” on Tuesday — will perform his new album’s title track at halftime of the Detroit Lions game on Thanksgiving Day.
‘Born Free’ brings Kid Rock persona closer to Bob Ritchie
There’s a key lyric towards the end of , “Born Free,” when the erstwhile, self-proclaimed Early Morning Stoned Pimp and Devil Without a Cause sings that “For the first time in a long time/I’m done paying my dues/For the first time in a long time/I don’t feel used.”
“That couldn’t be more honest,” a T-shirted Rock says, reclining on a couch in the building on his Clarkston compound that houses his recording studio while a video crew sets up outside to begin shooting the clip for the title track and first single of “Born Free.”
“They don’t give you a playbook of how to operate when you gain a little fame and get success. It’s like learning how to walk. You’ve got to figure it out on your own.
“And like everybody else who’s been through it, I’ve surrounded myself with some bad people at times, went through some situations … And I really feel like now all the bull*** and drama’s out of my life, from girls to friends to anything. And I’m not gonna let it back in.”
There’s no question that as he prepares for the Tuesday, Nov. 16, release of his eighth studio album — the follow-up to 2007’s triple-platinum “Rock N Roll Jesus” — Rock, 39, (real name Bob Ritchie) is a guy who’s navigated the perils and pitfalls of his chosen profession well. The occasional high-profile romance and odd Waffle House assault incident rear their heads from time to time, but they’re eclipsed by his hit-making track record, ambitious business interests that include the Made In Detroit clothing line and his American Badass beer brand, and Rock’s community involvements both public and private.
What he’s actually created, not unlike rock veterans such as Alice Cooper and even Ozzy Osbourne, is a duality — a side of himself that lives an image, and a side that lives a life.
“Kenny Chesney texted — it was really early” in the morning, Rock recalls. “After I texted him back, he’s like, ‘Holy s***, I’m not gonna tell anybody Kid Rock is up this early.’ And I texted him back, ‘Kid Rock is not up this early. Bob Ritchie’s up this early. It’s his son’s first day of school … ’
“Then I said, ‘Kid Rock, make no mistake, is passed out in a … hotel room with some scantily clad (women) right now. That’s what he’s doing, but Bob Ritchie is taking pictures of his son going to school.’ ”