Kid Rock's $20 Best Night Ever Tour - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 7/24/2013
All photos by Maria Vassett
July 24, 2013 (View the full slideshow.)
Robert Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, is no longer a kid, but last night at Ak-Chin Pavilion he proved that he could still rock with the best of them with an energetic performance.
As the lights went out, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" blasted until -- of course -- it reached, "Just a city boy / born and raised in South Detroit." Then Rock's silhouette appeared in the middle of a huge $20 bill banner covering the stage, and the show was on.
The band wasted no time revisiting their back catalog with a rocking version of the title track from 1998's Devil Without a Cause where Rock sang "Too old to kid but too soft to rock." During the song, Rock paid tribute to Joe C., as his old pal appeared on the big screen.
"Celebrate" wasn't quite the "Celebration" that openers Kool & the Gang brought, but the Vegas-esque track got people out of their seats.
"But it's a dry heat . . . Whatever, it's hot as shit," Rock said, before "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me." From the looks of the crowd, he made them feel like they were all as unique and special as he was.
The Metallica-infused "American Badass" featured a motivational quote from a real American badass, Evel Knievel, about taking chances in life.