What better place for [artist id=”10551″]Kid Rock[/artist] to pull the curtain back on a six-pack of new songs than Detroit? The budding suds entrepreneur — who just launched the official website for his American Badass Beer — treated fans at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, to a hits-packed series of three sold-out shows that featured the live debut of songs from his long-in-the-works next album, Born Free.
In addition to the new hometown anthem “Times Like These,” which he unveiled last summer during a similar set of shows at Comerica Park, The Detroit News reported that the new tunes include the album’s title track and first single. The song was described as a patriotic, “chugging, Springsteen-like rocker” that showed serious promise thanks to Americana-dripping lyrics referencing rivers, canyons, the sun and the moon that he said was inspired by his trips overseas to visit U.S. troops.
Rock also played the midtempo “Slow My Roll,” which is about, well, slowing down and taking it all in, and the somber “Rock On,” which he described as a tune about a “dark” relationship that chronicled a rough breakup. “Feels Good to Me” came off like a 1970s FM-radio rock shuffle and featured a sax solo.
The rapping rocker also reportedly mentioned several times that the Detroit-area shows would be his “last hurrah” before he puts the finishing touches on the album and hits the road in earnest next year. Rock has been laying low over the past year as he worked on the follow-up to 2007’s slow-burn hit album, Rock n Roll Jesus.
Billboard reported that the disc, originally slated for September 7, will not come out until November 16, according to a message flashed on the onstage video screen at the end of Saturday night’s show. A spokesperson for Rock could not be reached for comment at press time.
Among the other new songs Rock played were the snaky, Rolling Stones-like lunch-pail rocker “God Bless Saturday,” according to Billboard, which also noted that the uptempo “Feels Good to Me” will feature country singer Trace Adkins on the album.
In addition to playing covers of songs by Sly & the Family Stone and country rebel Jamey Johnson, Rock was joined by “Scream 4″ actor David Arquette, who danced onstage during “Three Sheets to the Wind” on Saturday night. Johnson opened Sunday’s show, and one of Rock’s idols, Detroit rock legend Bob Seger, dueted with Rock and Johnson on his hit “Turn the Page.”
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