Kid Rock, again, keeps fans in suspense about political aspirations

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Kid Rock made political pronouncements during his concert in Detroit Tuesday, but still made no

It was the hometown, adoring crowd ready to ratify anything Kid Rock had to say as he opened up Little Caesars Arena with a rollicking concert Tuesday night.

But once again, a supposed "announcement" of political significance — say an official throwing of the proverbial hat into the ring for the U.S. Senate seat held by Debbie Stabenow — didn't happen.

A week before Tuesday's concert, the publicists for Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert Ritchie — sent political reporters another tease.

"On this historic opening night, Kid Rock will not only give patrons a performance to remember, but following the first song, he will be giving his fans exclusive insight on his political views and aspirations for Michigan while on stage."

But there was no candidacy announcement, despite Kid Rock hinting for the last seven weeks that he was headed in that direction.

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concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 5Buy Photo Hundreds of bikers ride on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 6Buy Photo Hundreds of bikers walk on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 7Buy Photo People protest the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 8Buy Photo Hundreds of bikers walk on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little 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2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 13Buy Photo Hundreds of bikers walk on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 14Buy Photo People protest the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 15Buy Photo National Action Network members and community members protest against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 16Buy Photo National Action Network members and community members protest against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 17Buy Photo National Action Network members and community members protest against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 18Buy Photo National Action Network members and community members protest against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 19Buy Photo A group of protesters acknowledge Colin Kaepernick as they play the national anthem during a protest against Kid Rock’s performance outside of the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 20Buy Photo A group of motorcyclists ride past National Action Network members and community members protesting against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 21Buy Photo National Action Network members and community members protest against the Kid Rock performance at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit along Woodward Ave. in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 22Buy Photo People yell toward protesters from Hockeytown Cafe marching on Woodward Ave. before Kid Rock's performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 23Buy Photo Sam Riddle of the National Action Network speaks to protesters gathered at Grand Circus Park in Detroit before a protest against Kid Rock's performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 24Buy Photo National Action Network Michigan Chapter President Charles Williams II speaks to protesters gathered at Grand Circus Park in Detroit before a protest against Kid Rock's performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 25Buy Photo A group of motorcyclists take a photo in front of Kid Rock's restaurant before his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 26Buy Photo A lone counterprotester holds an American flag and a Kid Rock 4-Senate sign before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 27Buy Photo A lone counterprotester faces a Kid Rock protest before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 28Buy Photo Protesters march on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 29Buy Photo Protesters march on Woodward Avenue before the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 30Buy Photo People protest the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 31Buy Photo A group of protesters take a moment to acknowledge Colin Kaepernick as they play national anthem outside of the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit during a protest against Kid Rock’s performance on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 32Buy Photo Counterprotester Sam Lipari of Warren gives the middle fingers to a group of protesters of Kid Rock walking along Woodward Ave. before Kid Rock's performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 33Buy Photo National Action Network Detroit chapter president William Davis speaks to protesters gathered at Grand Circus Park in Detroit before a protest against Kid Rock’s performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 34Buy Photo A counterprotester waves a free speech sign to a group of Kid Rock protestoes walking along Woodward Ave. before his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 35Buy Photo Detroit Police officers talk with counter protester Sam Lipari of South Warren asking his intentions while standing amid protesters of Kid Rock gathered at Grand Circus Park before his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 36Buy Photo Katrina Kennedy of Southfield holds a sign while waiting a group of protesters gather at Grand Circus Park to protest Kid Rock performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 37Buy Photo Counterprotester Sam Lipari of South Warren stands amongst protesters of Kid Rock gathered at Grand Circus Park before his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 38Buy Photo National Action Network Detroit chapter member Tyrone Allen, 69, of Detroit speaks while waiting for the start of a protest against Kid Rock’s performance outside of the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press

Instead, he gave another profane and blistering speech Tuesday night, similar to the one he delivered in Grand Rapids last week where he, with a healthy dose of F-bombs and other prime curse words, decried single mothers on welfare, deadbeat dads and people who sit or "take a knee" during the playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

He also criticized Nazis, bigots and the Ku Klux Klan.

On Tuesday, the same targets came in for his blistering rhetoric.

 He added a bit about gays and transgenders, saying that gays should be able to marry if they want.

But as for transgenders, “You can’t pick and choose whatever you have between your legs should be turned into the bathroom that you use.”

He also obliquely addressed the controversy surrounding black activists critical of his act. 

“I do believe we are all created equal. I’ll say it once and say it again, I love black people. And I love white people, too,” he said. “But neither as much as I love red white and blue.”

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Kid Rock denies Detroit Free Press credentials for Little Caesars Arena concert

 

 

He started teasing a run for office in mid-July, creating a website — Kid Rock for US Senate — and has been slamming the media, critics and Common Cause, which has filed a complaint against the rock star for not filing campaign finance reports ever since.

If he did actually get into the race, he would face a slew of Republican candidates who have entered the race, including Bloomfield Hills businesswoman Lena Epstein, former Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young, Grosse Pointe businessman Sandy Pensler and John James, a Detroit businessman and Iraq War veteran. The winner of the GOP primary would face incumbent U.S. Sen. Stabenow, D-Mich. 

Sprinkled throughout the crowd Tuesday were fans wearing the "Kid Rock for Senate 2018" T-shirts.

Chris Huyck of Riverview chose this particular fashion statement because he wants the star to run "because i'm a f---ing American," he said.

Huyck's friend Kelsey Smith of Riverview, was a little more judicious. She has the T-shirt, but chose to leave it at home because she didn't want any trouble with protesters.

"We just want someone newer in office," she said. "Someone who is hip to what people want."

Kid Rock did keep at least one of his political promises. Two voter registration tables were set up and staffed inside the arena, but no one was waiting to register.

His latest political screed on Monday morning took on critics, including the Detroit Free Press editorial page, for saying that it was an insult to Detroiters for the owners of Little Caesars Arena to open the new venue with such a controversial figure.

Contact Kathleen Gray: 313-223-4430 or kgray99@freepress.com 

kid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 39Buy Photo Ron Machus of Cold Water, right and Tyler John Malone of Carbondale take a photograph in front of Little Caesars Arena before attending the Kid Rock concert in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 40Buy Photo Amy Blake of Livonia proudly shows her Kid Rock T-shirt on Woodward Ave. before his performance at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 41Buy Photo A woman wears her airbrushed Kid Rock jacket while walking toward Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2017.  Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 42Buy Photo People arrive for the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Presskid-rock-again-keeps-fans-in-suspense-about-political-aspirations photo 43Buy Photo Security to enter the Kid Rock concert at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  Romain Blanquart, Detroit Free Press

 

 

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