Kid Rock Kid Rocked a crowd of 7,500 fans at Intrust Bank Arena on Sunday, reminding concertgoers not only of his name (repeatedly) but also of the reasons he’s been a star since his 1998 album “Devil With a Cause.”
Kid Rock, born Robert James Ritchie, may not have drawn the largest crowd the 15,000-seat arena has seen of late, but it was among the most enthusiastic. The audience was filled with clearly devoted fans who responded to every whiskey reference, every order to throw its hands in the air like it just didn’t care.
The stop in Wichita was only the fifth on Kid Rock’s new “Rebel Soul” tour, which kicked off in Kansas City on Feb. 2.
When the lights went down at the show’s start, the sound of Journey’s hit “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” begin to play, cutting off abruptly after the lyric “Born and Raised in South Detroit.”
The Detroit-bred rocker then literally exploded onto the stage, popping up from below to a burst of fireworks.
Wearing custom embroidered black athletic pants, a coordinating jacket and his signature black hat, Kid Rock began his show with two songs from his current album, “Rebel Soul,” starting with the upbeat “Celebrate” and then moving on to the title track.
Backed by his 13-piece back-up band, Twisted Brown Truckers, Kid Rock continued through an energetic set that included most of his best-known hits, including “Cowboy,” “Wasting Time” and “Bawitaba” from “Devil With A Cause,” plus “All Summer Long” from “Rock n Roll Jesus.”
The set also included a couple of recognizable covers, including Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever.”
Kid Rock performed the radio hit “Picture,” subbing in band member and respected-in-her-own-right blues star Shannon Curfman.
He didn’t change clothes, but he did change hats, often, trading his first hat for a bedazzled cowboy hat for a baseball cap, worn backwards.
He thanked Jim Beam and Harley-Davidson from the stage, and showed off his DJ skills while simultaneously smoking a cigarette and pouring a glass of whiskey.
He also pulled several fans from the crowd on to the stage, including one woman who said it was her birthday. This was the ninth Kid Rock concert she’d attended, she told the singer – the third this week. He rewarded her fandom by giving her a guitar.
Kid Rock also referred to the last time he was in Wichita – in February 2011, when blizzard conditions kept his band from making it to the concert on time. He was left to perform covers for the first part of the show with his opening act’s band.
“It’s nice to be back in Wichita with no snowstorm, you know what I mean?” he said.
Kid Rock’s opening acts were Buckcherry, known for hits such as “Lit Up,” and Reno-based Hellbound Glory.