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HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/25/15

HRD Radio Report - Kid Rock

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/25/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1992
2 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 1827
3 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 1769
4 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1687
5 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1518
6 7 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1309
7 8 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 1251
8 6 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1074
9 11 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 998
10 12 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 881
11 13 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 870
12 21 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 837
13 14 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 823
14 15 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 807
15 18 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 759
16 16 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 758
17 17 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 656
18 20 STARSET “Carnivore” 623
19 23 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 553
20 19 CHEVELLE “An Island” 521
21 24 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 479
22 26 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 441
23 25 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 433
24 29 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 421
25 22 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 375
26 36 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 361
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 338
28 43 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 290
29 31 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 261
30 30 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 260
31 28 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 241
32 41 ISLANDER “New Wave” 239
33 32 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 236
34 33 LINKIN PARK “Final Masquerade” 227
35 34 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 213
36 46 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 197
37 40 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 188
38 38 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 176
39 42 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 174
40 37 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 159
41 48 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 157
42 45 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 154
43 0 MOTLEY CRUE “All Bad Things” 112
44 0 FOO FIGHTERS “Congregation” 108
45 44 SAVING ABEL “Blood Stained Revolution” 107
46 56 THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH “Unraveled Road” 95
47 50 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 79
48 52 XFACTOR1 “I Blame You” 67
49 49 FOZZY “Do You Wanna Start A War” 67
50 52 LENNY KRAVITZ “Dirty White Boots” 66

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

 KID ROCK – “First Kiss”

When it comes to radio play, Kid Rock poses something of a dilemma because of his ability to straddle a variety of genres and appeal to fans of each.  His latest single, “First Kiss,” is not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Active Rock radio, and yet, the song is steadily climbing the charts (#26 this week).  With the Mainstream Rock charts carrying virtually no clout due to the lack of overall spins, it stands to reason that artists whose music fits the format would start to cross over to Active Rock.  After all, a good portion of Active Rock fans are also fans of the music that is played on the limited amount of Mainstream Rock stations that exist.  The same cannot be said for the Alternative Rock songs that regularly appear in the “I CALL B#LL$HIT!” section of the HRD Radio Report.  If you follow the Active Rock charts, you are well aware of how stagnant they can be. so adding songs like “First Kiss” into Active Rock rotations helps to keep things fresh and interesting.  As a good portion of the U.S. is being pummeled by a record-breaking snowstorm today, one listen to the nostalgic, feelgood “First Kiss” allows you to escape the cold and get into a summer frame of mind, much like another Kid Rock classic, “All Summer Long.”

 
 
 


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

Now we know what it takes to dislodge the Five Finger Death Punch / Foo Fighters stranglehold on the number one spot on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart: the all-time kings of the active rock hill, Three Days Grace.  “I Am Machine” becomes the 13th song from the band to ascend to the top spot, extending their lead for most #1 Active Rock songs (Linkin Park has hit the top spot 11 times).

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Asking Alexandria suffered no loss of momentum at radio with the news of Danny Worsnop’s departure, but how the lineup change will affect them is the future is the much larger question…

More spins this week for Halestorm as new stations come on board for “Apocalyptic” giving it a nice jump and putting the Top 10 well within reach for them next week …

Motley Crue leads five songs debuting in the Top 50 this week with “All Bad Things” (which is very likely their final single) …

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP
Asking Alexandria – “Moving On”

Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”

Kid Rock – “First Kiss”

 

DROPPING DOWN
Foo Fighters – “Something From Nothing” 

Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”

Godsmack – “Something Different”

 

 

 JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

FOZZY – “Do You Wanna Start A War”

More than 15 years ago, when pro wrestler Chris Jericho teamed up with guitar hero Rich Ward (Stuck Mojo), I don’t know if anyone really thought we’d be where we are today:  enjoying a third straight Active Rock charting single from Fozzy.   The transformation from novelty act recording NWOBHM covers to an honest-to-goodness band with its own voice took a while to make it out of developmental territory, but more evidence that the transition is complete comes from the title track from their latest album.  Not quite as infectious as the lead single from the album (“Lights Go Out”), I think it’s a confirmation of the band’s growth that they’re having success with songs that aren’t the strongest on the album.  This is a sign of depth as well as the musical diversity that the band has grown into.  Maybe they’ll never win the World Heavyweight Title, but they’re at least getting into contender status for the Intercontinental belt, and that’s not shabby at all.

 

 

 I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Sometimes it seems that you just can’t win for losing.   Only three songs clearly qualifying for I.C.B. this week – Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Cage The Elephant – as Fall Out Boy drops off the chart (a step in the right direction).   The downside is that those who insist on pushing these faux-rock songs to Active Rock audiences decided to simply push the ones that remained even harder.  The compost pile trio received over 1,000 spins in the past week, an increase of more than 15%, and that’s a step in the wrong direction.

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

Next week, we’ll watch to see if Three Days Grace can solidify their hold on the top chart position, learn more about which songs (if any) already entrenched in the Top 10 can maintain their momentum to possibly succeed them, and see just how quickly some fast-rising songs can get themselves into the discussion as well.

 

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

HRD Radio Report – Week Ending 1/18/15

HRD Radio Report - Halestorm

HRD RADIO REPORT 

The HRD Radio Report showcases the weekly Active Rock Mediabase Charts (compiled by AllAccess.com), and appears every Tuesday on HardRockDaddy.com.  The HRD Radio Report digs deeper into the weekly Active Rock charts, providing commentary, reviews, recommendations and predictions.  It also features opinion pieces on chart action and the music business in general.

Many of the artists featured on the Active Rock charts have already been reviewed on HardRockDaddy.com.

Click on the hyperlinked song titles to read song reviews, and the hyperlinked artist names to read album reviews.

The following is the Active Rock Mediabase Chart for the week ending 1/18/15.  All exclusive HRD content is featured below the chart:

CHART POSITION THIS WEEK CHART POSITION LAST WEEK ARTIST SONG TITLE RADIO SPINS THIS WEEK
1 1 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Wrong Side Of Heaven” 2057
2 2 FOO FIGHTERS “Something From Nothing” 2022
3 3 ROYAL BLOOD “Figure It Out” 1828
4 4 THREE DAYS GRACE “I Am Machine” 1781
5 5 SEETHER “Same Damn Life” 1617
6 6 GODSMACK “Something Different” 1322
7 8 PAPA ROACH “Face Everything And Rise” 1221
8 9 ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Moving On” 1082
9 7 POP EVIL “Beautiful” 947
10 10 HELLYEAH “Moth” 945
11 12 PRETTY RECKLESS “Follow Me Down” 931
12 11 IN THIS MOMENT “Sick Like Me” 920
13 13 NOTHING MORE “Mr. MTV” 875
14 14 NICKELBACK “Million Miles An Hour” 783
15 18 AC/DC “Rock Or Bust” 722
16 16 SIXX A.M. “Stars” 722
17 17 YOUNG GUNS “I Want Out” 667
18 22 MARILYN MANSON “Deep Six” 651
19 19 CHEVELLE “An Island” 581
20 20 STARSET “Carnivore” 570
21 0 HALESTORM “Apocalyptic” 545
22 21 LINKIN PARK “Rebellion” 465
23 31 ARCTIC MONKEYS “R U Mine?” 429
24 25 BRING ME THE HORIZON “Drown” 427
25 23 MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Reincarnate” 418
26 26 SLASH “Bent To Fly” 394
27 27 OF MICE & MEN “Feels Like Forever” 349
28 24 THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Savages” 343
29 30 LIKE A STORM “Wish You Hell” 310
30 39 ALL THAT REMAINS “This Probably Won’t End Well” 308
31 28 RISE AGAINST “Tragedy + Time” 261
32 34 3 YEARS HOLLOW “For Life” 240
33 36 WE AS HUMAN “Bring To Life” 238
34 35 LINKIN PARK “Final Masquerade” 227
35 33 AC/DC “Play Ball” 221
36 54 KID ROCK “First Kiss” 217
37 29 SHAMAN’S HARVEST “Dangerous” 208
38 38 NICKELBACK “Edge Of A Revolution” 206
39 44 ISLANDER “New Wave” 197
40 32 FALL OUT BOY “Centuries” 196
41 41 BEARTOOTH “Beaten In Lips” 190
42 48 AMARANTHE “Drop Dead Cynical” 154
43 83 BLACK KEYS “Weight Of Love” 148
44 45 SAVING ABEL “Blood Stained Revolution” 134
45 49 HINDER “Hit The Ground” 131
46 50 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Cigarette Daydreams 121
47 47 LENNY KRAVITZ “Dirty White Boots” 101
48 51 CHARM CITY DEVILS “Karma” 91
49 53 YOU ME AT SIX “Forgive And Forget” 86
50 58 SLIPKNOT “Custer” 78

 

 

PUBLISHER’S PICK OF THE WEEK by Adam Waldman

 HALESTORM – “Apocalyptic”

Although there are certainly some real head-scratchers appearing on this week’s chart, Active Rock programmers deserve credit for jumping right on board with the “Apocalyptic,” the first single off of Halestorm’s upcoming album, Into The Wild Life (dropping the first week of April).  Given the tremendous radio success of the singles from the band’s previous album, The Strange Case Of…, it stands to reason that Active Rock radio would be chomping at the bit to add the first new Halestorm song in three years into heavy rotation.  The song rockets all the way up to the #21 position in its debut week, and it won’t be long before it provides a welcome challenge to the stagnant top of the chart.  Lzzy Hale and the boys pick up right where they left off with “Apocalyptic,” a heavy, melodic rocker with lyrics that show why Lzzy is considered a rock goddess by the masses.

 

 


THE BREAKDOWN by Jon Loveless

KING OF THE HILL

It looked iffy in the middle of the week, but Five Finger Death Punch had a strong airplay weekend to remain atop the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart for a third straight week (and fifth week overall) with “Wrong Side Of Heaven.”  The stability is highlighted even more with the song recording exactly the same number of spins as the week before.  Not really surprising to see Foo Fighters’ “Something From Nothing” stay at #2 with a fractional gain, while Royal Blood’s “Figure It Out” remains at #3 with a fairly slight decline.   Hard to be surprised at this point, as this is the ninth consecutive week for that trio of songs to hold down the top three spots.

 

 

NOTABLE CHART MOVEMENT

Halestorm returns with a bang as “Apocalyptic” narrowly misses debuting in the top 20 …

All That Remains continues their strong start with “This Probably Won’t End Well”

Kid Rock picks up more believers for “First Kiss”increasing spins over 200% …

Nearly two months after it began receiving airplay, “Forgive & Forget” by You Me At Six finally cracks the Top 50.  Whether that’s the tipping point for a song that would have been expected to fare better as the follow-up to a single (“Room To Breathe”) that spent three months in the Top 10 remains to be seen.

 

 

THREE UP & THREE DOWN

MOVING UP
Marilyn Manson – “Deep Six”
Halestorm – “Apocalyptic”
All That Remains – “This Probably Won’t End Well”

 

DROPPING DOWN
Godsmack – “Something Different”
Pop Evil – “Beautiful”
Shaman’s Harvest – “Dangerous”

 

 

JL’s PICK OF THE WEEK

MARILYN MANSON – “Deep Six”

Not being particularly a fan of one of rock’s more polarizing artists, this isn’t something I would have expected to name as one of the catchier songs at a given moment, but I suppose it goes to show that you just never know.  Brooding & lively at the same time, Manson has cited both post-punk and classic blues as influencing his more recent work, but for me in this case, it’s the guitar work that sells the song.

 

 

I CALL B#LL$HIT!

Good news/bad news again this week.   I’d be far more excited to see “Gotta Get Away” exit the Active Rock chart if it weren’t replaced immediately by another song by The Black Keys.  It’s amazing how anyone can call this song, or Arctic Monkeys or Cage The Elephant song “active rock” with a straight face.   By comparison, Fall Out Boy seems downright legitimate … but only by comparison.  Around 900 spins were thrown away by the format this week on those four songs alone.

 

 

JON’s THREE CENTS

Sometimes a rant can be good for the soul…cathartic.  I sure hope that’s the case, because it’s increasingly difficult to avoid becoming angry at the deep funk that Active Rock radio, and by extension as well as by design the Active Rock chart, has fallen in to.  I’m sure that it’s been hard to miss in my comments, but it’s hard to hide when I’m ready to pound my keyboard in sheer frustration.  Maybe if I just let a few things out I’ll feel better, so here goes…

There’s no excuse for lazily pounding listeners over the head with the same songs week after week after week…there just isn’t.  There’s no shortage of airplay-worthy material right now.  If anything, there’s a significant glut of it. At any given moment over the past year or so, there are roughly 2x-3x the number of current (less than 90 days old) singles available than any station could reasonably and effectively play.  That’s just the number that I can identify from my vantage point in the cheap seats; the true total is certainly even higher.  There may, however, be some reasons that playing the same songs over and over, week after week is becoming increasingly common.

 

1) Too few radio decision-makers seem to have a clue as to what “Active Rock” means.  To paraphrase the famous quote about obscenity, when trying to identify songs from the ill-defined genre…“I know it when I hear it.”  More important though, is an ability to know what it isn’t when you hear it.  This is the basis for the “I Call B#ll$hit!” segment of the HRD Radio Report, an idea that predates my presence, but one that I wholeheartedly endorse.

Programmers who are intent on playing “alternapop” artists like Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys and the like ad nauseam, should just get the hell away from Active Rock and take those artists and songs with them.

 

2) Too few decision-makers seem to have an interest in actually being Active Rock.  It feels as though many are simply frustrated that they aren’t working for an Alternative station somewhere, and take their frustrations out on the listeners by shoveling pile after steaming pile at them to satisfy their own tastes instead of living up to the format.  The business desperately needs to find, and then empower, people who WANT to program the format, instead of sticking square pegs into round holes.

 

3) And finally…consolidation.  The two problems that I mentioned first are then multiplied and magnified by a consolidation of ownership.  This leaves stations under the same ownership playing largely the same songs at the direction of “consultants” or “vice-president in charge of programming” or whatever lofty title was handed off to whatever power players that were able to position themselves into a high-paid job.

Quite literally, one person / one chain / one group acting with a single mind can almost instantly create a “hit” today, at least in terms of chart position.  From a business standpoint, the joint ownership makes sense and really isn’t the issue I’m raving about; it’s the internal decision to treat every market and every audience as generically as possible that creates the problem.

All things in music seem to be cyclical, so maybe this is simply another cycle.  The problem that I have with this particular cycle, and the concern that it creates, is that it could be the sort of cycle that leads to the death of a format/genre.  It’s eerily similar to what is seen on the Mainstream Rock chart, where songs move at a glacial pace, with little semblance of rhyme or reason as to what hits or doesn’t hit.

The Mainstream Rock format is at such a low point that it probably shouldn’t even continue to exist in its current state.  Of course, if you are amongst those who believe that five nationwide spins per week is worthy of being referred to as a Top 50 song, and you like hearing the same songs played repeatedly in heavy rotation for six to nine months at a time, then you probably still believe in the format.

There!  Rant over….for now…

 

 

FUTURES REPORT

In the next HRD Radio Report, we’ll likely see how long radio can beat the same dead horses.   At this point anything else might be cause for celebration with supersized fonts.

 

 

WRAP-UP

That’s all for this week.  Tune in to HardRockDaddy.com every Tuesday for the HRD Radio Report. \m/

Kid Rock “First Kiss” – A Nostalgic Musical Journey

Kid Rock First Kiss

On a brutally cold winter day, it’s natural to start longing for the summer, but it takes a certain kind of magic to actually put you in a summer frame of mind.  Enter Kid Rock with the title track from his upcoming album, First Kiss.  The single, released yesterday, is the kind of song that you crank up with the top down as you bask in the glory of a summer wind hitting you in the face.

One of the most fascinating things about Kid Rock is his ability to transcend genres, and yet, still hold the same appeal to fans with polar-opposite musical tastes.  “First Kiss” is good, ole fashioned rock and roll with a country flavor that will have the same mass appeal as the classic, “All Summer Long.”  Like “All Summer Long,” “First Kiss” takes you on a nostalgic journey, perfectly highlighted by Kid Rock’s soulful, raspy vocals.

For those who long for the simpler times of a bygone era, “First Kiss” is especially poignant.  The song is as much about reveling in a carefree youth as it is about reminiscing about an actual first kiss.  It also perfectly exemplifies how life has a way of changing your perspective as time goes by.

It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of hard rock or country, from the same generation as Kid Rock or not; “First Kiss” is an instant classic that will hook you in with its infectious melody and leave you feeling uplifted and ready for summer.

Click here to pre-order some very cool First Kiss packages!

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

WEBSITE:            www.Rush.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Kid Rock

SONG:                 “Times Like These”

ALBUM:                Born Free

RELEASED:           November 16, 2010

WEBSITE:             www.KidRock.com

 

 

ARTIST:                Led Zeppelin

SONG:                 “Stairway To Heaven”

ALBUM:                IV (Zoso)

RELEASED:           November 8, 1971

WEBSITE:             www.LedZeppelin.com

This week’s Three For Thursday theme is…

“THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING”

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

WEBSITE:           www.KidRock.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Van Halen

SONG:                 “Jump”

ALBUM:                1984

RELEASED:           January 9, 1984

WEBSITE:             www.VanHalen.com

 

 

ARTIST:               New Years Day

SONG:                 “Angel Eyes”

ALBUM:                Victim To Villian

RELEASED:           June 11, 2013

WEBSITE:             www.facebook.com/NYDrock

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.

SET LIST

  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 HardRockDaddyNetwork.com. 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

WEBSITE:           www.KidRock.com

 

 

ARTIST:              Hinder

SONG:                “What Ya Gonna Do”

ALBUM:               All American Nightmare

RELEASED:          December 7, 2010

WEBSITE:            www.HinderMusic.com

 

 

ARTIST:               Ozzy Osbourne

SONG:                 “Suicide Solution”

ALBUM:                Blizzard Of Ozz

RELEASED:           September 18, 1980

WEBSITE:             www.Ozzy.com

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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”

 

[2]  NUCLEAR VALDEZ“Summer”

 

[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…

http://kidrockrebelsoul.com/tickets/

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