Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock at Xcel Energy Center, 3/15/13
Photo by Steve Cohen
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and Kid Rock
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Friday, March 15, 2013
Friday night wasn't just the start of another wild Saint Patrick's Day weekend in the Twin Cities. Leave it to Saint Paul to know how to kick it up a notch by bringing to town a heroic dose of Detroit Rock City to the Xcel Energy Center. The double headlining bill featured Kid Rock making history, and his own personal dream come true, by sharing a stage with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
The long-anticipated event did not disappoint as the working class heroes who've maintained a patriotic spirit of their city in their music and on stage for decades sold out the arena.
In a custom track suit that probably costs more than the average house, Kid Rock commanded the stage with his band, Twisted Brown Trucker, and revved up the audience with a complete set that featured his trademark volatile personality in a larger-than-life display that gave the insane crowd of Rock devotees exactly what they came for.
Photos by Steve Cohen
Like Seger, Kid Rock has capitalized on his ability of being down-home, and reflecting a part of Americana in the massive arena. Though he lives the dream as a rock star, he maintains a realness and ability to relate to the audience during the genre-hopping pinnacle of anthems, fist-raising and flag-waving he's perfected. Honing in on a very real nationalistically motivated presence while feeding his own power of pride for where he's from, his songs and consistent message tapped right into a mutual respect that his massive audience paid in return. There was ample evidence in the response of enjoyment the crowd really has for his music Friday night. In other words, people were going fucking bananas.
Busting out with a couple tracks from last year's Rebel Soul the Kid rocked the whole night away, eventually bringing out the massive hits that had hands waving, fists pumping and everybody digging the groove, singing along during "You Never Met a Motherfucker Like Me."
The "American Bad Ass" did not waste time, and backed by his killer band that included Fargo's own Shannon Curfman, taking a duet and cooling off the crowd for a minute to sing Sheryl Crow's part during "Picture."
Photos by Steve Cohen
With many accolades to the crowd Kid Rock also gave time and many salutes to those serving in the military, his devoted, passionate fans and finally, "I wanna say thank you to the American companies that are helping make this show happen and keeping the tickets cheap."
Giving props to Harley Davidson, Jimmie Dean and Jimmy John's, the crowd roared for "Rock N Roll Jesus." With a short video for Milwaukee Steel and a massive American flag backdrop Kid Rock stood atop his piano leading the crowd gospel revival style through the emotional "Born Free".
Showing genuine gratitude and very personally acknowledging the significance for the evening, Kid Rock saluted the crowd once again, "Tonight we raised the fucking bar. God bless you all. God bless America."
With closed eyes he then embraced the air around him before leaving the stage and returning for a quick and heavy "Bawitdaba" that predictably elicited the biggest burst of crowd insanity of the night so far.
As was evident from the extensive whiskey and beer lines the well lubed audience headed out for another round during the half-hour intermission. The lines were just as long for folks going out to take a smoke break, but once Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band hit the stage the fired-up crowd was well into rocking out beginning with a pair of covers, John Hiatt's "Detroit Made" and Otis Clay's "Trying to Live Life without You,"
Blazing on all cylinders, in black jeans and T-shirt, the head-banded Seger didn't just look like everyone's crazy Uncle who is the life of every party, he really was. He led the Silver Bullet Band, and the now ballistic audience, through a ferocious "The Fire Down Below."
Photos by Steve Cohen
With his endless line of hits, the set swung up and down like a steel pendulum of the heavy duty rockers "Old Time Rock 'n' Roll," "Travelin' Man" and "Her Strut" and mellow meditations that gave Seger a chance to have a seat, strum his guitar and highlight his , slow-cooked, smoky voice that continues to be a real icon of the classic rock sound. With the audience along for the ride the packed house chimed in with every word on "Mainstreet," "Like a Rock," "Against the Wind" and the romantic, "We've Got Tonight."
A super tight and solid organization, the Silver Bullet Band this time once again featured fellow Detroit rocker, the competent Don Brewer from Grand Funk Railroad providing a driving beat that gave things extra punch. Multi-instrumentalist and saxman, Alto Reed who's played the Clarence to Seger's Springsteen for decades dazzled the audience with his own flamboyance, signature solos, and unmistakable sound putting things over the top for the whole night.
Ultimately as the band finished up the set with a scorching "Hollywood Nights" the very nature of the event implied for a heartfelt wrap-up to the night that made the evening all the more special. As Seger returned to the stage with Kid Rock for the "Bob and Bob" encore the audience erupted and seriously got down for a spirited "Night Moves" that had the two trading verses and the entire Xcel singing along.
Photos by Steve Cohen
After the inevitable guitar line from Lynyrd Skynyrd it was Kid Rock's turn with the Silver Bullet Band keeping things going for "All Summer Long" and a big surprise that Seger admitted was his idea. Who'd have thunk Bob Seger had flow? With help from a teleprompter he had no problem delivering key rhymes and leaving everyone howling on Rock's theme song, "Forever" that along with a raucous "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets" put a huge exclamation point on the unforgettable evening.
Critic's Bias: Meh, call me square, but hearing tangos typically gets me out on the floor more so than Kid Rock's music usually does.
The Crowd: If they were drinking 2 Gingers at the beginning of the night, they were definitely seeing 4 by the end.
Overheard in the Crowd: "I hope he plays 'Bawitdaba'! Do you think they'll played 'Bawitdaba'!? When are they going to play 'Bawitdaba'?!! Holy shit they're playing 'Bawitdaba'!!!"
Random Notebook Dump: Whoa, Kid Rock got the Shriners to hawk his CD's!!
You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me
American Bad Ass
Cowboy / Lay It on Me
What I Learned Out on the Road
Chickens in the Pen
Picture(with Shannon Curfman)
3 Sheets to the Wind
Rock N Roll Jesus
Only God Knows Why
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Trying To Live My Life Without You
The Fire Down Below
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll
Like a Rock
Against the Wind
Roll Me Away
We've Got Tonight
Turn the Page
All Summer Long
Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets
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