When 2014 is all over, Memphis’ Beale Street music festival may well stand alone as the festival with the strangest and most eclectic lineup.
This year’s shindig is set to be headlined by Foster the People, Motörhead, Alabama Shakes, Pretty Lights, Avenged Sevenfold, and Kid Rock. From there, things just get weirder as Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Jerry Lee Lewis, Grouplove, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, 311, Juicy J, and Wolfmother are also on the bill.
Other notable acts set to show up (and presumably, play shows) include Dropkick Murphys, Third Eye Blind, Bootsy Collins, Patti Labelle, Chick Corea & The Vigil, Dandy Warhols, Jason Isbell, Seether, Blues Traveler, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dicky Betts, North Mississippi Allstars, MS MR, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Twenty One Pilots.
“We are bringing the best of the best of touring music talent this year,” says Jim Holt, President & CEO of Memphis in May in a statement announcing the lineup. “We pride ourselves on presenting a diverse line-up designed to appeal to musical enthusiasts from all segments of the population across the country and around the world. The Beale Street Music Festival offers something for virtually every musical taste.” Diverse is one word, Jim.
The festival has also expanded its late night festivities featuring Big Gigantic and Beats Antique on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
Festival organizers must have had a riot putting together a lineup that also boasts numerous Memphis locals, including rock-n-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who is returning for his 11th performance at Beale Street Music Festival, as well as Juicy J, along with North Mississippi Allstars, Lord T & Eloise, Surrender the Fall, Project Pat, Reba Russell, Memphis Dawls, Freeworld, Will Tucker, Eric Gales, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Herman Green, Ghost Town Blues Band, Blind Mississippi Morris, Daddy Mack Blues Band, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour, Fuzzy Jefferies, David Evans, Brandon Bailey, Leo Bud Welch and Kenny Brown, all of whom will be representing their city with pride.
The festival is set to take place from May 2nd-4th in Tom Lee Park, Memphis.
Five Finger Death Punch, Kid Rock, Staind, Twisted Sister, Deftones and Motorhead are set to lead the three-day music weekend lineup for this year’s Rocklahoma.
The hardest (and punniest) rock festival, which is due to take place at the Catch the Fever” festival grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma (obviously), will also feature Seether, Jackyl, Filter, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Skid Row, All That Remains, Tom Keifer, Hellyeah, Down, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, Redlight King, Skindred, Eve to Adam, Texas Hippie Coalition and many more.
Among the smaller acts making appearances are The Pretty Reckless, We as Human, Devour the Day, Kyng, Heaven’s Basement, Gemini Syndrome and Truckfighters and others.
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider says, “I view this festival as sort of a ‘Royal Rumble’ of rock. It’s every band for itself, each trying to claim the belt. When Twisted Sister is done that night, promoters are going to need to change the name of the event to ‘I Wanna Rocklahoma’!”
Staind guitarist Mike Mushok added, “Totally stoked to play Rocklahoma again! I’m looking forward to a great day of music shared with some amazing fans.”
“I initially questioned whether or not we would be able to top last year’s Rocklahoma lineup this time around,” says Joe Litvag, Rocklahoma’s co-executive producer for AEG Live and apparent pun-master. “But with some of the biggest names in the rock world today like Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, Seether and Deftones playing alongside Rocklahoma legends like Twisted Sister, Jackyl, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and Kix, there is not a doubt in my mind that we just raised the bar! Memorial Day Weekend will never be the same!”
Rocklahoma is due to take place during the weekend of May 23rd-25th 2014. Oklahoma, prepare to get Rocklahoma-ed.
Any notion that the chart-topping success of 2007’s Rock N Roll Jesus may have finally transformed Kid Rock into a model of respectability were quashed four years later when the rock-rap redneck found himself in the midst of a civil rights controversy.
Handed the National Association for Advancement of Colored People’s Great Expectation Award due to his charitable donations in the Detroit area, the self-confessed bad boy appeared to have made the headlines for all the right reasons. However, his insistence on waving the Confederate Flag in his music videos and live shows, an image widely associated with the Ku Klux Klan and the Aryan Nation, because ‘it just looks cool,’ unsurprisingly enraged many activists who felt that he wasn’t exactly the most appropriate person to be given such an accolade.
The surrounding furor was typical of Kid Rock’s knack for creating controversy. Almost a full decade before he became a household name, his profanity-laden ode to oral sex, “Yo Da-Lin In The Valley,” landed WSUC-FM a whopping $23,000 fine from the FCC when the New York radio station played it in full during the promotion for 1990’s Beastie Boys-inspired debut Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast.
Throughout the decade, he was arrested on several occasions for various alcohol-related incidents, while The Polyfuze Method, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp and breakthrough LP, Devil Without A Cause, continued to unashamedly glamorize misogyny, homophobia and teenage sex.
But it was in the 00s when his rebellious nature understandably courted more publicity. In 2001, his choice of David Allan Coe as supporting act for his American Bad Ass tour was criticized by the likes of author/journalist Neil Strauss due to question marks over the outlaw country singer’s allegedly racist material.
Three years later, he was accused by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of desecrating the American Flag when he tore it up to wear as a poncho during his half-time performance at the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. While in 2006, he was forced to sue Red Light District after the company threatened to release a sex-tape, recorded seven years earlier, featuring Rock, Creed’s Scott Stapp and several groupies.
While such acts might be regarded by some as a storm in a teacup, then Rock has also found himself on the wrong side of the law on various occasions too. In 2005, he was sued for $575,000 and arrested for assault after punching DJ Jay Campos at Christies Cabaret strip club. In 2007, he was forced to undergo 80 hours of community service and an anger management course after pleading no contest to a charge of simple battery at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. While in the same year, he also pleaded guilty to assaulting former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Of course, the latter incident garnered the most attention due to the fact that both parties were former husbands of Pamela Anderson, although Lee’s three-year marriage was slightly more enduring than the five months Rock and the “Baywatch” icon managed to spend together in 2006.
Signs that Rock’s anger management therapy might not have been completely successful emerged in 2008 when he cancelled his headlining set at Download at the last-minute and admitted to urinating on the sofa of the festival’s manager following a dispute over the treatment he and his entourage received while waiting to perform.
Other than the NAACP uproar, Rock has largely managed to keep himself out of trouble over the last few years. However, having performed alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd and Trace Adkins at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, allowing Mitt Romney to use the track “Born Free” during his unsuccessful Presidential campaign and introducing Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, at a Michigan rally, there has been some debate over how the party can ally themselves with a man previously responsible for songs such as “Wax The Booty,” “Balls In Your Mouth” and “You Never Met A Motherf****r Quite Like Me.”
But the fact that 2012’s recent Rebel Soul provided him with a sixth consecutive US Top 10 album suggests that such controversy certainly hasn’t done Kid Rock’s career any harm.
Alan Jackson and Kid Rock will kick off SeaWorld’s “Bands, Brew & BBQ” this weekend, transgressing against the recent trend of artists dropping the show to avoid controversy over how the Orlando theme park treats its orca whales.
The concert event runs Saturdays and Sundays February 1st to March 9th.
Country star Trace Adkins pulled out this month. Other acts that have canceled include Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Cheap Trick, Heart, Barenaked Ladies, Martina McBride and 38 Special.
The mass exodus of artists from the SeaWorld event calendar came after CNN broadcast the documentary “Blackfish” in October. The film told the story of the killing of a SeaWorld trainer by an orca in 2010 and raised questions about the ethics of keeping killer whales in captivity.
In fact, the only acts who remain from the original lineup are Justin Moore and Scotty McCreery.
Online petitions and social media correspondence targeted the acts who had signed on to play at the park.
“We’re disappointed a small group of misinformed individuals was able to deny fans what would have been great concerts at SeaWorld,” SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck has said.
“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals.”
SeaWorld says the documentary neglects to touch upon the work of the park to undertake research and implement conservation efforts.
“More than 11 million people a year visit SeaWorld parks, and most will see a killer whale presentation during their visit,” said Gollattscheck.
“Over the course of our 50-year history hundreds of millions of people have experienced killer whales in our parks. There is tremendous appeal in that kind of inspirational and educational experience, and we anticipate that killer whale display will continue for generations to come.”
The 2014 lineup for the three day hard rock festival Rock on the Range has just been released, and plenty of important music journalists are calling this year’s lineup the festival’s strongest yet.
With Guns ‘N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock occupying the three headlining slots, they may well be right.
Rock on the Range is due to take place across May 16th, 17th and 18th at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. As well as the trio of headlining heavyweights, the festival’s stages will feature performances from Slayer, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Motorhead, Seether, Chevelle, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, Killswitch Engage, Bring Me the Horizon and more.
“We are so honored to be headlining Rock on the Range, says Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows. “We take pride in our show and always try to outdo ourselves from the time before. Rock on the Range will be the perfect place to celebrate with our fans from all over the world and put on the killer show that they have come to expect from us. We are pulling out all the stops.”
Also set to feature at the festival are Theory of a Deadman, Down, Black Stone Cherry, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Pop Evil, Of Mice & Men, Adelitas Way, Trivium, Gojira, Suicidal Tendencies, The Pretty Reckless, We Came as Romans, Fuel, Redlight King, Miss May I, Reignwolf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, Rev Theory, Skindred, Kyng, Fozzy, Heaven’s Basement, Butcher Babies, Nothing More, Exodus, King 810, Devour the Day, We As Human, We Are Harlot, Kvelertak, Jim Breuer Band, One OK Rock, Twelve Foot Ninja, Avatar, WERM, Monster Truck, Wilson, Crobot, Truckfighters and strangely comedian Jim Florentine.
With their mouths frequently in close proximity to a microphone, musicians often use their star power to voice a wide array of beliefs – from religious to political. The latter category is often seen safer from a PR perspective, at least insofar as one is critiquing a topic that is to the ire of most, as satirists like Stephen Colbert do. If musicians were to heed the advice of their PR team, they would all be somewhere in the middle, praising freedom and their country without touching specifically on what they believe to be the superior political party. Both Republicans and Democrats have their share of outspoken musicians, but here are some prominent ones that are strongly on the right:
Ted Nugent, who found solo fame after serving as lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, is one of the most outspoken musicians who sides with the Republican Party. One of Nugent’s largest efforts is his belief that Americans have the right to bear arms. Nugent serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a position that furthered surrounding controversy when he was fined in 2010 by California for killing a young buck and using commercial bait. Apart from his views on arms, Nugent is highly vocal in his efforts against drugs and alcohol. In addition to his strong support for Republican presidential candidates the past several elections, Nugent has considered running for office. Calling Americans “soulless fools” on Twitter for voting Obama in 2012 is not a good way to start a campaign, however.
One of the most visible supporters of John McCain during his 2008 presidential bid was country music singer-songwriter John Rich, who even released a track – “Raisin’ McCain” – showing support. He stayed strong, stayed extra long, ‘til they let all the other boys out,” he sings. “Now we’ve got a real man with an American plan, we’re going to put him in the big White House.” On September 3rd in front of many hopeful supporters, Rich performed “Raisin’ McCain” at the closing ceremony of the Republican National Convention. Apart from endorsing Zach Wamp for Governor of Tennessee in 2010, Rich hasn’t been as politically active – but his songs continue to tout the views and ideologies he consistently sticks to.
As one of the Republican Party’s highest-profile musical supporters, Kid Rock has long been outspoken regarding views that typically align with the right on fiscal and some social issues. Early in his career he seemed to vehemently oppose abortion, as outlined by the despair of his 2000 track “Abortion”, which showed suicidal depression after his unborn child was aborted. Still, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone he expressed his support for both gay marriage and abortion rights, saying it wasn’t his role to judge the preferences of others. “Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don’t like the hardcore views on either side and I’m not in bed with anybody,” he explained. “I’d probably be more Libertarian, but I’m a firm believer you have to pick a side.” So Republican it is, and his support for Mitt Romney showed that, but it seems Kid Rock is leaning toward the left on social issues as he grows older.
Although the younger audience may not recognize Boone like some of the names above, the veteran singer has been a longtime supporter of the Republican Party. As the second best-selling artist of the ’50s, behind only Elvis, Boone always made his conservative views known. He became more prominent in the political scene starting in the late ’60s and into the ’70s, when he campaigned for Ronald Reagan to become Governor of California. In the past decade, Boone has become a popular conservative columnist for sites like WorldNetDaily. In one of his columns, Boone compared liberalism to cancer, and in another questioned the patriotism of Democrats and other non-Republicans, saying that criticism of past presidents was not respectful of elders.
It may come as a surprise to many Guthrie fans that the legendary folk singer often associated with the hippie scenes of the ‘60s and ‘70s registered as a Republican for the 2004 election. Still, the reasons for his decision seem as rooted in peace and cooperation as any hippie icon. “I became a registered Republican because, to have a successful democracy, you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably,” Guthrie told the New York Times in 2009. “We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition.” The folk legend seems to have never lost his touch for twangy pacifism.
Purveyor and pioneer of what can only be described as “country metal”, Kid Rock, just smashed attendance records at the DTE Energy Music Theater in his hometown of Detroit with previous record holder Bob Seger helping out. Seger, who rather than being all bitter and angry, seemed happy to celebrate with the rockstar.
Kid Rock played eight sold out shows at the iconic venue. Thanks to increased capacity and presumably, more enthusiastic attendees, Bob Seger’s 1977 shows at the then-Pine Knob (what a weird name for a venue?) couldn’t compete, making Kid Rock the new record-holder.
Fellow Detroit native Seger wasn’t feeling sad, though, or if he was he hid it well, performing with the Kid for an encore on the final date, August 20th.
This isn’t the first time the pair have collaborated, but it was the first time they collaborated in celebration of a record-breaking achievement, which in itself, is a record. They performed Seger’s classic “Old Time Rock n Roll” and Kid Rock’s summer mega-hit “All Summer Long.”
Apparently, Kid Rock’s mom was also there (not on stage) because she was celebrating her birthday and hadn’t ever seen the pair onstage together, which must have been nice and emotional for her. It seems the night was emotional for the whole Rock family, as throughout the show, Kid Rock kept saying things like this:
“I’m kind of speechless, I can’t believe this is the last night.”
Still it ended on a high, with The Detroit News reporting plenty of “WOO”s.
Kid Rock can add his latest achievement to a long list of the things, including being a five time Grammy nominee, selling 27.5 million albums worldwide and being Soundscan’s 17th best-selling male solo musician for the nineties.
The million dollar question now is: who’s gonna top it next?
Well, here is a list of good candidates who are also from the Detroit area:
Begin placing your bets, ladies and gentlemen.
November 22 was on the schedule at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to be the farewell concert for country legend George Jones. And though Jones’ April 26 passing prevents that farewell show, it will remain on the schedule at the aforementioned arena, now transformed into a tribute concert, likely featuring Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Charlie Daniels and many more.
Billboard appropriately points out that going on with the show may be fitting for the artist that missed so many shows while he was alive due to his lifestyle that he was dubbed “No Show Jones.” Considering that later in his career the Possum wrote a song poking fun at himself called “No Show Jones,” I think it’s likely he’d see the humor in this.
“Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show,” said Nancy Jones, his widow and manager, in a statement. “I have asked Garth [Brooks], Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others, and they all said ‘yes, I am still going to do it,’ so with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honor George one final time.”
Additionally, the original concert was scheduled to include appearances by Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Patty Loveless and Randy Travis, among others. Though none of these names (nor the ones Nancy Jones has spoken to) have been officially confirmed, it would be near sacrilege for any of the artists to turn down the opportunity to honor the man that was one of the last remaining living legends of Country music before his passing. That legend name will certainly stick with him from now on, however.
Of all the above names, it would be easy to think of Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks as veterans of Country music today. It is strange, then, to think that Jackson was four-months-old when Jones had his first number one single with “White Lightning” Brooks wasn’t born yet.
Kid Rock is heading out on tour this summer with ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker and Kool & the Gang. And he wants you to know the show is only going to cost you 20 bucks.
First off are the tour details, and then we’ll get to that $20 thing. The trek will kick off at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia on June 28, and will run through a Tampa show September 15 at the Live Nation Amphitheatre. Other cities on the schedule include Camden, New Jersey; Albuquerque; Mountain View, California; Indianapolis; Saratoga Springs, New York; Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
Uncle Kracker will provide support for almost all shows, with Kool & the Gang joining for the first half of the tour and ZZ Top joining for the second half. However, during a three night stand at the DTE Music Theater in Detroit August 9-11, only ZZ Top will appear with the Michigan native.
Now for the $20 tickets: almost all tickets at all the venues will be at the low price, though there are some stipulations. Though each section will have $20 tickets, around 1,000 shows each night will be released through Platinum Tickets via Ticketmaster, which uses a “dynamic pricing” system modeled after airlines and hotels. Rock says this is his version of scalping his own tickets to fight traditional scalpers.
When buying the ticket directly through Ticketmaster, fans will still be charged a $5 service charge fee and a $3 fee for parking. However, if buyers are able to get a limited number of tickets released to Walmart, they will pay a total of $20.
Rock spoke extensively about his plan to Billboard, and the idea is to essentially lower the prices in expectation of selling more tickets. He also plans to make money with lower beer prices and merchandise sales, but says if the numbers don’t add up at the end of the tour, he’ll eat the loss himself.
To me, the most novel idea is trying to do all of this in conjunction with Live Nation and Ticketmaster, while many artists are trying to achieve similar feats by going around the huge company. But Rock is taking an interesting “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach in hopes to making things easier on his fans in a strapped economy. Kudos to the Kid.
George Jones has just announced the final dates of his farewell tour, which will culminate with a star-studded event in Nashville.
On November 22, Jones will appear at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, along with Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Oak Ridge Boys, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, Shelby Lynne, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, Charlie Daniels, Gene Watson, Josh Turner and Dierks Bentley. More stars will be announced before the concert.
“Being joined by so many incredible singers while doing what I love will be truly heartwarming,” Jones said in a press release. “It’s shaping up to be more than I expected or could have ever imagined.”
But first, Jones will undertake his final tour, “The Grand Tour.” Kicking off March 15 at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Illinois, Jones will hit many areas of the U.S. before that last Nashville show. Other cities he will visit including Fairfax, Virginia; Charlottesville, Virginia; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Midland, Texas; Rome, Georgia; Bossier City, Louisiana; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Biloxi, Mississippi; Branson, Missouri and Bowling Green, Kentucky.
According to the statement announcing the tour, Jones also intends to release one more studio album, which he is currently working on with Dolly Parton. Though no official release date has yet been released, he did recently speak to Billboard about the album.
“I love Dolly, always have and I am so honored to be doing a project with her,” he said in the interview. “She is writing most of the songs and we all know what a great songwriter she is. I am just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!”
He also calls his retirement “bittersweet.”
“It is a little bittersweet,” he said. “I have been blessed to do what I love for all these years and when I return to places that I know I will be performing for the last time it makes me a little nostalgic and sad. I will surely miss my fans and the good people I have met along this journey.”