Aug. 19--Eight sold out shows in your hometown. That's a local musician's dream.
On Saturday, Kid Rock took the stage at DTE Energy Music Theatre for the sixth of eight sold-out hometown concerts, where the Detroit star delivered a high-energy summertime party for people on a budget.
But before Kid Rock became a multiplatinum recording artist with legions of fans around the world, he was just another local musician with a dream, hammering it out on the local scene.
It wasn't unusual to drive around in the mid-'90s and see telephone poles and streets littered with Kid Rock flyers. He's always had an incredible work ethic.
Saturday's show was a reminder of just how far the boy from Romeo has come. Flanked by his name in lights and an elaborate 11-piece band, he effortlessly weaved through a string of hits, tapping into his earlier days to display his rap skills on the show's opener, "Devil without a Cause," and digging into his Southern-rock roots on one of the show's closing numbers "All Summer Long."
He's come a long way from being an aspiring rapper on the local scene -- a one-man operation, playing clubs that many of us local musicians are still sweating it out in.
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He's been groundbreaking in the way that he's been able to transform himself and embrace a multitude of genres in his music. He's reaching an audience far bigger than I think he ever imagined.
As a local musician, that's been inspiring to see. Watching a local guy rise to the top gives hope to the rest of us struggling to make it.
It was incredibly cool to stand among the crowd of more than 15,000 people, at one of my favorite hometown venues, and soak in every aspect of what he's become.
I couldn't help but look around and think to myself ... what if.
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