Kid Rock Teams With Run-D.M.C., Aerosmith For VMA Performance

Most rock critics have already made their minds up about Kid Rock, but he changed a least one cynic's mind with his leadoff performance at the VMAs.

VMA host Chris Rock introduced the artist by telling the audience to "Take off your thinking caps and lower your standards," but by the end of the guest-star-studded performance, he was singing a different tune.

Rock, along with the blue-mohawked Joe C. and the rest of his crew, took the stage with his own spin on the Run-DMC classic, "King Of Rock," and after one verse the legendary rap team bounded onto the stage (where DJ Jam Master Jay was already situated) to perform their own "Rock Box" before the one-off supergroup kicked into Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba."

As if the union of Kid Rock and Run-DMC didn't give the audience enough to digest, Run-DMC's one time duet partners, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, appeared from behind the audience (a beat or two off-cue, perhaps) to lead everyone through "Walk This Way."

After the band(s) left the stage, a seemingly impressed Chris Rock remarked, "I guess DMX can't take Kid Rock's woman."

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