OFFSTAGE: Hey Scalpers? Watch Your Back When Kid Rock’s Around

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You know how infuriating it is to try to buy tickets for a big concert? How after hours of hitting refresh on your computer, you have nothing and then see that ticket resellers (the classy name scalpers give themselves) have nearly all the tickets? Like the ones right up against the tip of the catwalk at Detroit’s Ford Field, which they now have available, the last I checked, for as much as $932 . Well, guess who else is as ticked off as you? Kid Rock, especially since it’s his show. He took to his website to rant about the nightmare of ticket selling . I was fascinated by what he had to say because it shows how emotional he is, as opposed to other artists who might release a short statement saying, “This is out of my hands. I’m sorry.” I’ve deleted the expletives, but here’s the mostly unedited version of what he wrote in its entirety:

“I am a musician. I did not attend college and barley made it out of high school. I try my hardest to keep my ticket prices low, THIS I HAVE CONTROL OF.!! I can not control nor do i understand how the (expletive) the scalpers and all the secondary websites and (expletive) get them. IF I COULD CONFRONT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM FACE TO FACE I WOULD AND IT WOULD NOT WORK OUT TO WELL FOR THEM I GAURANTEE ALL OF YOU. I hate them, i feel like someone is beating up a close friend or family member while im chained to a chair. I try to understand it, i try to ask my managers and people in the buisness i know to help me understand it, but it seems they dont either. The only way i know right now to stop it is to not buy from these people or wait till the last minute when there scared they cant sell em and have to sell them cheap. I am not gonna apologize for something i cant control and [if] you wanna hate or blame me for it, go for it. But if your really pissed about it, research it and try to find out why its going on and let me know. alot of us are trying to figure out a better way, trust me, the last thing i want is some bottom of the barrel lazy (expletive) who wont get a real job ripping off my fans to get rich. And no, this post was not consulted w my mangers or publicist, they would probly say not to post it, but thats not how i do things. This is right from my computer to yours. I hope it helps to understand at least how i feel about people trying to get tickets in my fan club or any other way that turns out to be a let down, THAT IS NOT MY INTENTION OR WHY I GOT INTO MUSIC AT ALL. Maybe i should shut down the fan club, because i dont want anyone to think im screwing them and i cant keep the “bottom feeders” from joining it, YET! I try to think of better ways to do things all the time, especially for the fans … . I will keep my mind spinning trying to figure out a better way to get good tickets to my true fans, and it brings to mind a new song on the new cd “the least that i can do is care” unfortunatley thats not gonna be enuff in this case. trust me im on top of this and doing what i can. Thx”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.