OFFSTAGE: Kid Rock Finds “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” at Travis Tritt Show

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So, as you may have heard, Kid Rock was in the news this past weekend for lighting up a cigar when he shouldn’t have. But I think there’s a bigger story here. And that’s that he was doing it at a Travis Tritt show. I guess Kid Rock and pal Uncle Kracker wanted to see the show, so they joined the roughly 1,000 people there. I love that Kid Rock loves Tritt enough to go to a show when he comes to his hometown. Tritt has always had kind of a Southern rock sound and had some of the same lyrical themes as the Detroit rocker. So I can see why Kid Rock wanted to take in this acoustic show. It was on Friday night (Jan. 13) at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, Mich. Now, Michigan has a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. And Kid Rock has since apologized, saying,”My most sincere apologies to the patrons I may have offended and a big middle finger in advance to all the haters and attorneys who will try somehow to find an easy paycheck in this.” So maybe he had the best of intentions.

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