Kid Rock should be fresh, his Harley well-oiled and his American flag still sparkly clean when he arrives Sunday night at Intrust Bank Arena.
The star, known for his long hair and American-rock anthems, will arrive only eight days and five stops into his “Rebel Soul” tour, which launched Saturday at Kansas City’s Sprint Center and will be on the road through early April.
If the Detroit-bred rocker’s Wichita show follows the pattern it established on opening night, it will include nearly two and a half hours of songs spanning his career, which caught fire in the late 1990s with the release of his 1998 album “Devil With a Cause.” That album spawned his first big radio hits, with hip-hop-laced songs such as “Bawitdaba” and “Cowboy” — both of which were included on Kansas City’s 22-song set list.
Also on the Kansas City set list: several songs off of Rock’s ninth studio album, “Rebel Soul,” which was released in November. Wichita fans can look for the title track, as well as songs including “Chickens in the Pen,” “The Mirror” and “Happy New Year.”
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Through the years, Kid Rock — born Robert James Ritchie — has evolved from a hip-hop rapping country rocker to mainstream rocker. Now 42, he is said to have mellowed and matured from his days of bar brawls and tabloid tumult with onetime wife Pamela Anderson.
His Kansas City concert featured a giant American flag during “Born Free,” the title track from his 2010 album, and an on-stage motorcycle ride onto the stage during an encore performance of “Bawitdaba.” It also included lasers, confetti cannons, a balloon drop and his band in gold lame jackets.
The show’s opening acts are Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory, who play an hour and 30 minutes, respectively, before Kid Rock comes on stage.
The show will mark Kid Rock’s fourth visit to Wichita. He last performed here in February 2011 when Wichita was experiencing blizzard conditions. The show went on even though Kid Rock’s band didn’t arrive by bus until after his set had begun. He ad libbed cover songs with opening act Jamey Johnson’s band until his arrived.
Kid Rock also performed at the Kansas Coliseum in April 2008 and May 2004.
Contributing: Kansas City Star