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Bad boy singer Kid Rock drew a crowd of 7,000 to the Kansas Coliseum in 2004.

Four years later, in 2008, 6,000 showed up to hear him get his "Bawitdaba" on at the same venue.

Those two crowds combined would just about fill the new Intrust Bank Arena, where Kid Rock will perform Tuesday as part of an early stop on his new "Born Free" tour.

The singer, born Robert James Ritchie, kicked off the tour on Jan. 15 with a sold-out concert/birthday bash at Detroit's Ford Field. (His 40th birthday was Jan. 17.)

The 27-song setlist spanned his 20-year career and included onstage guests such as Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride, Uncle Kracker and a round of "Happy Birthday" led by model Cindy Crawford.

Wichita's concert is the seventh stop on the 27-city tour, which concludes in Memphis in March.

In Saginaw, Mich., a few days after his big Detroit show, Rock debuted a shortened, two-hour-and-15-minute setlist that will more likely resemble Tuesday's Wichita show.

It was a smoky, laser-laden concert staged on a set made to look like a country western bar. Rock opened with his 2000 hit "American Bad Ass" followed by "God Bless Saturday," a track from "Born Free."

The concert also included a version of "Rock On" and his current radio hit, "Born Free," during which Rock sat at a rotating piano that rose 10 feet into the air.

Rock is touring in support of "Born Free," his 10th studio album. He first made a Southern-rock/rap name for himself with the 1998 album "Devil Without a Cause," which produced hits such as "Bawitdaba" and "Cowboy."

His last album before "Born Free" was 2007's "Rock N Roll Jesus," which produced the hit "All Summer Long" and sold 5 million copies worldwide.

Rock has been nominated for five Grammy Awards during his career.

His opening act on Tuesday will be Jamey Johnson, a country singer known for hits such as "The Dollar" and "In Color."

If you go

Kid Rock

What: Kid Rock in concert with opening act Jamey Johnson

Where: Intrust Bank Arena

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

How much: Tickets are $25, $39.50 and $49.50 at selectaseat.com or by calling 316-755-SEAT

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