On tour in support of his 11th studio effort “Sweet Southern Sugar” the self proclaimed “American Bad Ass” Kid Rock played before a near capacity crowd last Friday night at the Prudential Center. Opening up with the title track “Greatest Show on Earth,” it was an over the top show stopper that a show would usually end with. This included fire, confetti and explosions. Rock even said “Good Night” as the entire band left the stage. It was something I never seen before and it was nice twist to actually open a show with a tune that they could close the set with.

The show then followed with playful take on Rock running for senate. Rock isn’t officially running for office but the rumors were persistent and swirling right up until his album and current tour were announced. There was a podium and 2 lovely ladies holding up American flags on each side of Rock as he stood and freely gave his opinion on a variety of topics which included welfare and gun control. I’m not going to expand on his views here as you can look them on YouTube. After his speech was completed, he segued maybe into the most appropriate song that would describe Rock to most of his fans. That song would be “You Never met a Motherf*cker Quite Like Me.” The song which Rock jumped the most to, encompassed a lot of boom, pyro and flames to it.

As Rock donned an acoustic guitar, DJ Bobby Shazam started to rib on Rock about how he went from a punk ass kid smoking blunts to this hip hop flashy wanna be cowboy. As Rock got all flustered, he then proceeded to give Shazam the stage. Shazam then filled the crowd on what Rock’s roots truly were. “Welcome to the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)” kicked in as Rock returned to the stage and was able to showcase his variety of talents behind the turntables, drumkit and subsequently the guitar. Of course interjected into this stretch of Rock’s musical abilities was one of Detroit’s anthems in Ted Nugent’s “Catch Scratch Fever.” As the band played “Born Free” to end their set, the American flag dropped as Rock and his band went off stage to amidst of fireworks and pyro.

Rock attracts a certain type of audience that love to drink a few beers, hear his music and have a good time. Politics aside, he still puts on a quality show and to people like myself who care about being entertained, that’s all that matters!



Greatest Show on Earth

Senate Speech

You Never met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me

American Bad Ass

Slow my Roll

Wasting Time


All Summer Long



Welcome to the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)

DJ Bobby Shazam: What’s my Name is – Kid Rock

Catch Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent cover)

Rock N Roll Jesus

Only God Knows Why

Born Free




American Rock ‘n’ Roll



Photo Gallery


We would like to thank Jade Ludlow from Vector Management for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.