Kid Rock is still going on the road with a brand-new tour this year, but the name has been changed due to a recent lawsuit.
The trek was to be named “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which is the trademarked tagline of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As we previously reported in December, the company that owns the circus, Feld Entertainment, filed suit against Kid Rock to stop him from using that tagline as the name of his tour. They’re also seeking a part of the money Kid Rock made selling tickets and merchandise using “The Greatest Show on Earth” slogan.
As a result of the suit, Kid Rock has now changed the name of his 2018 road show to the “American Rock ‘n Roll Tour.” “American Rock ‘n Roll” and “Greatest Show on Earth” are both songs on Kid’s new album, “Sweet Southern Sugar.” He still believes that gives him the right to also name his tour after the circus slogan.
According to “Amplify,” Kid Rock responded to the suit in a sworn declaration. It says, “While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the First Amendment to name my tour after my song. I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour—my music.”
Kid Rock’s lawyer, Kennth G. Turkel, also said the singer was in the process of removing “The Greatest Show on Earth” tagline from all of his promotional materials and websites. However, Kid still believes he was covered to use that title under fair use grounds.
A spokesperson for Feld Entertainment tells Amplify they are not dropping their case against Kid Rock just because he changed the name of his tour. It looks like they could still go after the musician for financial damages stemming from his past use of their slogan.
Kid Rock’s newly-renamed “American Rock ‘n Roll Tour” kicks off Jan. 19 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Country group A Thousand Horses is supporting Kid Rock on the tour, which runs through a March 24 date at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
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Go to KidRock.com for tour dates. You can also find out more there about his 9th annual Kid Rock cruise, setting sail from Miami starting April 10 and sailing through April 14.