Guess who’s coming back to the VMAs? Kid Rock. And this time, we hope, the only fists flying in the audience will be pumping in the air when he plays his titanic beach-weather anthem, “All Summer Long.”
After making headlines at last year’s awards for a fight with fellow Pamela Anderson ex Tommy Lee in the audience during Alicia Keys’ performance, Rock joins a roster of live performers on the September 7 show that already includes the Jonas Brothers and Lil Wayne .
Nearly a year after his Rock N Roll Jesus album debuted at #1 , Rock has been making headlines for the record’s slow rise back into the Billboard top 10 thanks to the kick-back jam “Summer,” which mashes up samples of the classic rock staples “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” The tune has charted on top 40, rock, country and adult contemporary radio, despite not being available on iTunes as a download, as Rock is one of the few remaining major holdouts on iTunes. (Rock discusses the risks he took in promoting “Summer” the old-fashioned way here .)