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Kid Rock with Uncle Kracker

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Jul 12, 2013

Fri 8:00 PM

Performers:

  • Kid Rock
  • Uncle Kracker

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20.00

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Kid Rock: With his hit singles and musical style encompassing rap, metal, country, and rock, Kid Rock has proven himself to be one of the most versatile musicians of our generation. Kid Rock has collaborated with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Too $hort, and Willie Nelson to Run DMC. He has several multi-platinum selling albums and he has toured virtually non-stop since he hit the scene twenty years ago. The Kid Rock concert schedule 2011 has been released with Kid Rock tour dates scheduled across the United States this spring and summer.

Kid Rock scored a record contract with Jive records while he was still a teenager; however, his debut album Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast, stalled on the charts in 1990 and he was quickly let go from the label. He spent the better part of the decade releasing EPs and LPs on underground indie labels, waiting for the chance to breakout big. During this time, Kid Rock's sound evolved and he incorporated rock and metal into his raps and hip-hop beats. Kid Rock's live shows were generating recognition for him in his home state of Michigan and in 1997, an A&R exec from Lava/Atlantic Records noticed Kid Rock at a show in Cleveland. Kid Rock signed a deal and production began on his breakout hit album Devil Without A Cause. In true Kid Rock fashion, he butted heads with label execs and sought full creative control over the album's content. The album established Kid Rock's long-stay on the Billboard charts and in the entertainment industry. The album was certified diamond status for selling in excess of ten million copies in the United States and earned Kid Rock a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2000. To capitalize on his new found success, Kid Rock re-released tracks from his earlier work and released the complication album, The History of Rock, in 2000. The album was certified double platinum and Kid Rock toured in support of both albums. Kid Rock tour dates were booked at the Summer Sanatarium Tour with Metallica and Korn in 2000.

Kid Rock continued to evolve his musical stylings and released his follow-up, Cocky, in 2001. This album featured country and southern rock singles alongside the rap-rock style that made him famous. The album was a sleeper success and sales picked up when he released the single, "Picture," his country duet with pop-rock star Sheryl Crow. The record startled his label who thought it ran contrary to his bad boy image. However, Kid Rock proved them wrong as the single remains his highest charting Billboard Hot 100 release to date. The 2001 Kid Rock concert schedule featured a headlining stint on the "Cocky Tour," with Lit and Tenacious D. In that same year, Kid Rock tour dates were booked as the opening act for Aerosmith on their "Girls of Summer" Tour.

Kid Rock returned to the studio and released a new self-titled album in 2003. The album abandoned Rock's signature rap-metal sound and focused primarily on country and southern rock elements. Kid Rock continued to play live shows but made limited appearances until he released his 2007 hit album, Rock and Roll Jesus. The album featured his first international hit, "All Summer Long," and marked his transition into a southern rocker. The album was his first #1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified three times platinum. Kid Rock tour dates were scheduled and he embarked on the 2007-2008 "Rock'n Roll Revival Tour" featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and the 2008 "Rock n Roll Revival European Tour".

Kid Rock is back on tour in support of 2010's "Born Free," album. The Kid Rock concert schedule has the rocker touring the US throughout the spring and summer. Whether you like to jam to his metal rap material that brought him fame, or you prefer his southern rock hits and country ballads, make sure you don't miss out on Kid Rock tour dates in your area: use Eventful as your source for Kid Rock tour dates and concert schedule updates!

Uncle Kracker: Is there anyone better to tell it like it is than one's kid? In January 2008, when Uncle Kracker began to write the songs that appear on his new album Happy Hour, it was his eight year-old daughter who suggested that he try writing something a little less downbeat than usual. "She said to me, 'I can't really dance to any of your songs,'" the father of three says with a laugh. "Not that I needed to make a dance record, but it dawned on me that I tend to write a lot of acoustic ballads and mid-tempo type tunes. And I thought, 'It's pretty bad when your own kids won't listen to your records. Your own kids!' At the end of the day, people want to have fun more than they want to cry. I realized that it was time for something a little more upbeat and positive and that's what I ended up with on Happy Hour."

Produced by multiple Grammy-Award winner Rob Cavallo, Happy Hour is a breezy blend of country-flavored pop and rock and roll that showcases not only the Detroit native's natural appeal as a likeable Everyman, but also his considerable gifts as a songwriter. Though many know him from his early years as the DJ in Kid Rock's Twisted Brown Trucker Band, Uncle Kracker (whose real name is Matt Shafer) has had impressive success as a songwriter, racking up co-writing credits on Kid Rock's blockbuster hits "Bawitdaba," "Cowboy," "Forever," "Only God Knows Why," and 2008's No. 1 "All Summer Long," as well as his own Adult Top 40 No. 1 "Follow Me" (from his 2001 double-platinum debut Double Wide). "Uncle Kracker has zero musical talent," says Kid Rock. "No musician skills at all, but he's a phenomenal songwriter--very talented with words and melodies."

On Happy Hour, Uncle Kracker's soulful drawl unspools over massively hooky choruses on feel-good songs like the buoyant first single "Smile," the hilarious SoCal-skewering "I Hate California," and the freewheeling "Good To Be Me," in which he sings about riding with the T-Top down in his Cutlass Supreme. Three songs about whom we shall call complicated women -- "California," "Hot Mess," and "My Girlfriend" -- highlight Uncle Kracker's playful humor and dead-on sense of satire, while "Corner Bar" takes a more thoughtful tone by addressing the current economic downturn ("A funny little thing we all call greed / Brought my hometown down to its knees"). Other standouts include a stirring cover of Bob Seger's classic "Main Street" and the lone acoustic ballad "Me Again."

The songs may go down easy, but that doesn't mean they were easy to write. Happy Hour is Uncle Kracker's first album in five years because after he finished two years of touring behind his previous release, 2004's Seventy Two & Sunny, he wrote and recorded an entire album that he wound up scrapping. "I just decided it wasn't the right record," Uncle Kracker says. "It didn't feel relevant. So I shitcanned all the songs."

Uncle Kracker was forced to raise his game when Rob Cavallo was brought in to produce the album. Known for his work with Green Day, Kid Rock, and Dave Matthews Band, Cavallo "wouldn't let me just give him schlep," Uncle Kracker says. "Basically, he wouldn't put his hand on anything that wasn't up to snuff. So I started writing new songs and there was one in a batch of 10 that he said, 'Well, we can do this one.' I co-produced my last couple of records, so it was nice to write something and take it to a producer and let him bring out what worked. Sometimes you can be too attached to a song to be open-minded about taking suggestions from anybody."

"I think Matt really stepped it up by bringing in someone like Rob to help him with the production end of things," says Kid Rock. "Happy Hour is his best record sonically. I also think it's his best-written record. It should be--he's had like five fuckin' years to write it!"

Uncle Kracker chuckles when he hears Kid Rock's comments. The two have been best friends since meeting in 1987 at a club in Clawson, MI, where Rock was spinning in an all-ages DJ contest. With similar taste in hip-hop and classic rock, the two became fast friends. What's little known is that Uncle Kracker actually signed his first record deal at age 15 with a Detroit indie label. "I started writing rap songs when I was 11, after the first Fat Boys record came out in the mid 80s," Uncle Kracker says. "I met Kid Rock when I was 13 and got my deal a couple of years later. I was still legally too young to sign a contract for myself. But people always think it was just like Kid Rock spit me out of his womb and that was it," he says with a laugh.

Uncle Kracker wound up contributing to Rock's 1996 independent release Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp and 1998's multi-platinum Devil Without A Cause before busting out on his own with Double Wide in 2000. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200, spawned the smash single "Follow Me" (undoubtedly paving the way for the chart success of acoustic troubadours Jason Mraz and John Mayer), and went on double-platinum success the following year. Uncle Kracker's gold-selling second album, No Stranger To Shame, followed in 2002, spawning a hit cover version of Dobie Gray's classic "Drift Away." That track reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 and set a record for most weeks at No. 1 on the AC chart, remaining there for 22 straight weeks.

In 2004, Uncle Kracker released Seventy Two and Sunny, which showcased his melodic songwriting and unique stylistic synthesis of pop, rock, country, soul, blues, and even doo-wop. Country superstar Kenny Chesney was featured on one of the album's tracks, "Last Night Again," so that same year, Uncle Kracker returned the favor by singing on Chesney's "When The Sun Goes Down," which topped Billboard's "Hot Country Songs" chart for five consecutive weeks. It also marked the first time in more than 20 years that an artist without a previous country history, like Uncle Kracker, was featured on a No. 1 country single. Uncle Kracker hit the road with Chesney for an arena tour that found Chesney's fans singing along with "Follow Me" and "Drift Away."

"I've learned a lot from Kenny Chesney, like how to have a more positive outlook on things," Uncle Kracker says. "He taught me how to care a little less and not sweat the small stuff." That influence can clearly be heard on Happy Hour--Uncle Kracker's most upbeat record yet. "It's definitely a departure from what I was doing," he says. "I'm just looking forward to people hearing it."

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