Thousands of eager fans waited in anticipation of hearing some big news from Kid Rock during his show at the grand opening of Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Sept. 12.
But, they didn’t quite get what they expected.
On August 31, the artist’s Nashville-based publicist sent a note out to media about getting credentials to cover the Detroit show. It promised that “following the first song, he will be giving his fans exclusive insight on his political views and aspirations for Michigan.” It certainly sounded as if he was finally going to finally either confirm or deny that he planned to run for the U.S. Senate, speculation he started himself when he launched the website KidRockForSenate.com in mid-July, right?
The Detroit Free Press — which was denied press credentials to the show after that same publicist objected to a scathing editorial the newspaper published earlier this month — reports that despite the tease, Kid Rock gave no indication on whether he plans to run for Senate. According to the outlet, he, instead, ran his mouth on a range of controversial topics including the transgender bathroom issue, mothers on welfare, deadbeat dads, Nazis, bigots and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as those who choose to “take a knee” at sporting events during the national anthem.
Meanwhile, protesters gathered outside the arena with signs and chants to speak out against the outspoken rocker’s booking at the venue and his political views.
His performance at the arena at Little Caesars Arena was the first of six back-to-back concerts scheduled to take place in celebration of the new venue’s opening.
Perhaps, he’s just keeping us all on our toes.