In a new interview with Rolling Stone that came out yesterday, Kid Rock talks about his upcoming summer tour, in which all seats are $20. (The tour has no Northwest dates scheduled currently). For someone who can draw like Kid Rock can—right or wrong, there is no accounting for taste—keeping every ticket at this price is almost unheard of. Kid Rock then goes on to say amazing, intelligent things, like this:
"I've been meeting with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for years, trying to figure out how to fix the concert industry," he says. "We're all so overpaid. It's ridiculous. People stopped going to concerts because they can't afford them."And this:
"I said to them, 'Look, I'll go in as your partner. Don't guarantee me a dime; if nobody shows up, I'll lose money.' It costs us $125,000 to show up with our crew and whatnot," he explains. "I also said, 'But I want to share beer, parking, hot dogs. Let's put the money in a pot at the end of the night and figure out, based on the numbers, what I'll get paid.' Even if it sells out, I'll take a pay cut. Fortunately, I'm able to do that."And this!
"Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money. People get paid $100 million to throw a baseball! Shouldn't we all take less and pass some of that money onto others? Think about firefighters, teachers and policemen. We should celebrate people that are intellectually smart and trying to make this world a better place."The Romney supporter then goes on to trash certain "dumbass" Republicans, mention that he supports abortion and gay rights, and more or less admit that his songs are so crappy that he'll instead be playing Bob Seger and CCR covers at his show.
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? Who is this guy and what has he done with Kid Rock? Am I... a... fan? What is happening?