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The World According to Kid Rock


. (Gibson) Kid Rock is getting ready to hit the road this summer with another installment of his $20 ticket tour. As the name suggests, tickets will be only $20, and better yet - the beer is only $4. Rock released his latest album First Kiss back in February, with the catchy title track receiving plenty of radio airplay. Let's take a look at what this rapper turned country rocker also known as Bob Ritchie has had to say about his music and fans over the years!

Rock spoke to the New York Times about the inspiration behind the title track from his new album First Kiss, a song romanticizing those adolescent years when the world was still at your feet:

"I'm always complaining about where rock music has gone, with this new metal feel. You can hear the kick and the snare and everything shaved perfectly. But that classic feel of good blues-based rock and roll - we dig for inspiration by listening to music, and then we go, 'Let's write one.' We know how to write songs. I've been doing this long enough."

Kid Rock is a huge fan of Hank Williams Jr., and over the years the two have become great friends. Here ' s what Williams had to say about Rock in an interview with MLive:

"Well, Bobby and I are really close. He and his family are just like family to me. It all started years ago when my manager Merle Kilgore got a call about Bobby coming to one of our shows. When we met on the bus, I was shocked at how many songs of mine that he knew. Then we ended up doing a 'CMT Crossroads' special and our friendship became stronger and stronger. We now both own several hundred acres across the road from each other in Alabama, and we both have places down in Florida."

With his $20 ticket tour Kid Rock has proved that you don ' t have to charge outrageous ticket prices in order to make a profit. In an interview with Fox News Rock explains how it is that he ' s still able to make money without charging the promoter up front:

"The first part is I don't take a guarantee… I said no, I'll set my own ticket prices, I won't take anything upfront. I said but I want to be rewarded for getting people in there. So when they do buy the beer and the popcorn and the hotdogs and the parking and my tickets and the T-shirts, we put that in a big pot and we'll split it up… All the fans have to do is know that they're getting a great deal." Read more here.

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