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Three For Thursday: Rush, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin

Three For Thursday - Rush, Kid Rock, Led Zeppelin

Three For Thursday featuring:  Rush, Kid Rock and Led Zeppelin.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.


This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:               Rush

SONG:                “Dreamline”

ALBUM:               Roll The Bones

RELEASED:          September 3, 1991




ARTIST:                Kid Rock

SONG:                 “Times Like These”

ALBUM:                Born Free

RELEASED:           November 16, 2010




ARTIST:                Led Zeppelin

SONG:                 “Stairway To Heaven”

ALBUM:                IV (Zoso)

RELEASED:           November 8, 1971


This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…


RUSH – “Dreamline”… “like lovers and heroes, birds in the last days of spring”

KID ROCK – “Times Like These”… “the ice and snow give way to a new spring bloom”

LED ZEPPELIN – “Stairway To Heaven”… “it’s just a spring clean for the May queen”


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Three For Thursday: Kid Rock, Van Halen, New Years Day

Three For Thursday - Kid Rock, Van Halen, New Years Day

Three For Thursday featuring:  Kid Rock, Van Halen and New Years Day.  The theme of the week is revealed below the last video.


This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Kid Rock

SONG:               “Happy New Year”

ALBUM:              Rebel Soul

RELEASED:         November 19, 2012




ARTIST:               Van Halen

SONG:                 “Jump”

ALBUM:                1984

RELEASED:           January 9, 1984




ARTIST:               New Years Day

SONG:                 “Angel Eyes”

ALBUM:                Victim To Villian

RELEASED:           June 11, 2013


This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“NEW YEARS” – While two of the three connections are obvious, Van Halen’s “Jump” may seem like it doesn’t belong.  However, the video for “Jump” debuted on MTV as the clock struck midnight on January 1, 1984.  Thirty years have passed, but the moment has not lost any clarity over time.


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Kid Rock – $20 Best Night Ever Tour: Hard Rock Daddy Concert Review

Kid Rock $20 Best Night Ever Tour - Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

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Kid Rock – $20 Best Night Ever Tour – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

Kid Rock calling his tour the “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” may seem incredibly “Cocky,” but as the man says…“It ain’t braggin’ motherfucker if you back it up!”  There are very few artists in any genre that can back up a claim like that, but Kid Rock is absolutely one of them.  One of the things that you have to love about Kid Rock is that there is no pretense; what you see is what you get.  Nowadays, there is a lot of lip service paid by politicians who claim to be “a man of the people,” but those words ring hollow because they lack sincerity.  Kid Rock is a man of the people, and if he wasn’t so busy entertaining the masses, he would be ideally suited to hold public office and effect real change.

The “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” shows just how connected Kid Rock truly is to the people, the real people who are still struggling to make ends meet, not the ones who judge America’s fiscal recovery by a stock market rebound.

A $20 bill featuring a skull with Kid Rock’s likeness covered the entire stage as the lights went down and the whole crowd sang along to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” as it blared through the speakers into the unseasonably cool night air to begin the show.  As the crowd sang…“just a small town boy, born and raised in south Detroit,” the music stopped.  Kid Rock’s silhouette appeared in the center of the dollar bill as he recited a prayer that was more spiritual than religious, and expressed his sincere gratitude to everyone in the crowd for spending their hard-earned money to attend the concert.

The man who creatively found a way to turn back the clock to 1980’s concert pricing was thanking people for spending their money to see him perform, when the ones who should have been truly grateful were the fans lucky enough to experience the “best night ever” at a tremendous discount.

After Kid Rock got done thanking the crowd and promising them a great show, he and his incredible band launched into the highly energetic “Devil Without A Cause.”  If anyone had any doubt that they would be getting the full Kid Rock experience for a mere $20, they quickly found out that Kid Rock doesn’t do anything half-assed.  He is, quite simply, one of the greatest live performers in music today; although even he acknowledges that his “colorful” lyrics may not be for everyone.

When the band finished playing “Celebrate” (the only track of the evening off of his most recent album – Rebel Soul), he explained to the crowd that those who were fans of some of his radio hits, and decided to attend the concert because it was only $20, might be in for a surprise.  A well-timed disclaimer if ever there was one, as he immediately launched into “You’ve Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me.”  It may sound crazy to anyone who hasn’t seen Kid Rock live, but because he is so likeable, no one ever seems to be offended by anything he says or does on stage, regardless of their personal moral compass.

The majority of the set list (see below) featured songs from Devil Without A Cause, Cocky and Rock N Roll Jesus.

Kid Rock is in a class by himself when it comes to breaking down music genre barriers, which is why it is virtually impossible to categorize the fans in attendance.  There was no demographic; ages ranged from elementary school kids to grandparents.  His music appeals to rock, punk, rap, hip hop and country fans alike, a sentiment that he drove home with authority during his performance of “Forever.”  If you love great songs performed to perfection in an electrified atmosphere, there simply is no better place to spend $20 for entertainment than Kid Rock’s $20 Best Night Ever Tour.

This concert was about more than just great music.  Kid Rock took the time to show his true appreciation for everyone who made the night possible – the fans and the sponsors (Harley Davidson, Jim Beam) who helped subsidize the price of tickets, merchandise and concessions.  In doing so, he showed that change can happen in an industry that has become much too comfortable with the status quo.  And if that means having commercial messages embedded into the concert experience, then so be it.  Not surprisingly, Kid Rock found a way to make these messages inspirational, so they didn’t feel like advertising.  When you leave a Kid Rock concert, you do so with a sense of empowerment that you can do anything in life that you desire if you set your mind to it.

The $20 Best Night Ever Tour may sound like hyperbole to some, but those that experienced it firsthand would agree that the tour is aptly named.


  1. Devil Without A Cause
  2. Celebrate
  3. You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me
  4. American Badass
  5. Wasting Time
  6. Cowboy
  7. So Hott
  8. Forever
  9. Cocky
  10. Rock Bottom Blues
  11. Picture
  12. Rock N Roll Jesus
  13. Only God Knows Why
  14. Born Free
  15. Blue Jeans And A Rosary (encore)
  16. All Summer Long (encore)
  17. Bawitdaba (encore)

Patriotic Hard Rock Songs

Patriotic Hard Rock Songs

In celebration of Independence Day, Hard Rock Daddy presents a list of patriotic hard rock songs.

There are many hard rock songs that feature patriotic titles, but the song lyrics actually have little to nothing to do with patriotism. The patriotic songs on this list were chosen because of their relevant lyrical content, many of which involve the freedom that we all enjoy because of the American military.

As we make preparations for Fourth of July celebrations, the focus is on food, family, friends and fireworks for the most part.  However, without our military, none of these things would be possible.

The video playlist below can also be found on To scroll through the videos, click on the “playlist” button on the YouTube player.

Hard Rock Daddy – Three For Thursday: Kid Rock, Hinder, Ozzy Osbourne

Three For Thursday Whiskey

Every Thursday, Hard Rock Daddy features three hard rock songs/artists/albums with a common theme. This week’s “Three For Thursday” lineup consists of Kid Rock, Hinder and Ozzy Osbourne. The theme is revealed at the bottom of the page.


This week’s “Three for Thursday” songs:

ARTIST:             Kid Rock

SONG:               “All Summer Long”

ALBUM:             Rock N Roll Jesus

RELEASED:         October 9, 2007




ARTIST:              Hinder

SONG:                “What Ya Gonna Do”

ALBUM:               All American Nightmare

RELEASED:          December 7, 2010




ARTIST:               Ozzy Osbourne

SONG:                 “Suicide Solution”

ALBUM:                Blizzard Of Ozz

RELEASED:           September 18, 1980


Scroll down to see this week’s Three For Thursday theme…





This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

WHISKEY - Each of this week’s Three For Thursday songs feature whiskey in the lyrics.  “All Summer Long” (sippin’ whiskey out the bottle, not thinkin’ ’bout tomorrow).  “What Ya Gonna Do” (what ya gonna do, when the whiskey ain’t workin’ no more).  “Suicide Solution” (wine is fine, but whiskey’s quicker).  

Top 10 Hard Rock Summer Songs

Hard Rock Summer Songs

Now that Memorial Day Weekend has passed, the summer months are upon us.  To celebrate the beginning of summer, Hard Rock Daddy presents the Top 10 Hard Rock Summer Songs.


[1]  KID ROCK“All Summer Long”




[3]  VAN HALEN“Summer Nights”


[4]  Y&T“Summertime Girls”


[5]  THE ATARIS“Boys Of Summer”


[6]  ALICE COOPER“Hard Rock Summer”


[7]  TYPE O NEGATIVE“Summer Breeze”


[8]  AEROSMITH“Girls Of Summer”


[9]  BON JOVI“Summertime”


[10]  ZEBRA“Wait Until The Summer’s Gone”


Kid Rock: “$20 Best Night Ever” Summer Tour 2013

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In spite of difficult economic times, most big name artists charge top dollar for concert tickets.  Although many shows still sell out, diehard fans are often priced out of the market and left disappointed.  Kid Rock had the opportunity to sell high-priced tickets on the summer leg of his tour supporting his Rebel Soul album, but he chose to give every fan the chance to see him live.  Calling it the “$20 Best Night Ever Tour” may sound a little “Cocky,” but as the song says…“it ain’t braggin’ motherf**ker if you back it up!”   If you’ve ever seen Kid Rock live, you know that he backs it up and then some.

The first time that I saw Kid Rock was on his Born Free tour in the summer of 2011.  It took place at Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, the site of the original Woodstock concert.  After seeing all of the great reviews of the show, my expectations were set at a very high level.  Having attended several hundred concerts through the years, the bar to be considered one of the best concerts ever was set extremely high, which is usually a recipe for disappointment.  However, the only disappointment of the night happened when the house lights came on and the concert had finally ended.

Kid Rock concerts are not short.  He played every song that I was hoping to hear, and yet I didn’t want the concert to end.  The concert could have gone on for several more hours, and the crowd would have loved every minute of it because Kid Rock makes you feel like you’re attending one of the coolest parties ever with the most badass host on earth.

Although he has achieved incredible success, Kid Rock carries himself like a struggling artist on the rise, totally grounded and truly appreciative of anyone who spends their hard-earned money to see him perform.  As he sat in his folding lawn chair on stage drinking a beer and talking to the crowd on that hot summer night in 2011, those lucky enough to be in the crowd felt like they were hanging out with a friend, not one of the biggest rock stars in the world.

At double the price, Kid Rock concert tickets would be a tremendous bargain considering what you get for your money.  Seeing Kid Rock for only $20 feels like stealing.  Those who don’t scrape together the money to see him will have to live with the regret of missing out on a golden opportunity.  Those who take advantage of this generous offer will undoubtedly have the “$20 Best Night Ever!”

Click on the link below to see when the tour is coming to your area…

Kid Rock March Music Madness

Kid Rock

It’s that time of year again.  March Madness is upon us.  College basketball, which is largely ignored during the regular season, is top of mind across the country as people fill out their brackets to try and win their respective office pools.  Even the experts have trouble predicting the winners, so office pool participants are basically shooting in the dark when it comes to their picks.  This March, Kid Rock has made things interesting for his fans with Kid Rock March Music Madness, a brilliant interactive marketing contest that allows participants to vote for their favorite Kid Rock songs.

One Grand Prize winner will be awarded a Kid Rock prize pack that includes:  a signed vinyl copy of his latest album – Rebel Soul, a shirt, a koozie and more (according the website).  Round 1 of the contest takes place on March 19, 2013 from 10:00am – 11:59pm.  Fans receive one contest entry whenever they vote in a particular round.  There is no cost to enter the contest, but all participants must provide their e-mail address and zip code once they are done voting.

You have to applaud Kid Rock’s ingenuity.  This contest is engaging fans in a unique way by allowing them to help choose the best Kid Rock song of all-time.  Each time you listen to a song, you are given the option to purchase it via download.

There’s still time to vote in the first round, so don’t delay if you want to participate!


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