Don’t tell Bob Ritchie how to live.
Tickets for Kid Rock’s recently-announced Bad Reputation Tour went on sale yesterday. And as fans hopped online to buy tickets for what he says may be the last large arena tour of his career, Kid Rock took to social media to assure fans that they don’t have to worry about venues implementing vaccine or mask requirements after they buy tickets.
Because if they do, he’s cancelling the show.
Kid Rock said his team has done their research to make sure that none of the venues on the schedule will be requiring masks or proof of vaccination when his tour rolls into town.
“We’ve done all our research on this and the consensus says that all this is going to be done, if there are any of these venues. I’m not aware of any, but if there are any [the requirements] are going to be gone by the time we get to your city.
If they’re not, trust me, you don’t have to worry, you’ll be getting your money back cause I won’t be showing up either.”
This obviously shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who knows anything about Kid Rock, who took aim at masks in his most recent release.
“We The People” begins with a fiery rant, taking shots at President Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Facebook and Twitter, the mainstream media and more, but by the end, he calls for love and unity.
“We the people in all we do
Reserve the right to scream “Fuck you”
Wear your mask, take your pills
Now a whole generation’s mentally ill
(Hey-yeah) man, fuck Fauci…”
Rock also recently tweeted that “We The People” has the approval of former President Donald Trump.
In fact, Kid Rock even referenced the song when explaining his decision not to allow vaccine or mask requirements at his concerts:
“If you think I’m going to sit out there and sing ‘Don’t Tell Me How to Live’ or ‘We the People’ while people are holding up their fucking vaccine cards and wearing masks, that shit ain’t happening.”
He also said that he scrapped potential tour stops in Buffalo, New York, Toronto, Canada and several other cities because of laws requiring proof of vaccination, adding:
“I don’t want to deal with that shit either, I know that you don’t.”
And he also had a message for those in the media who have a problem with his stance:
“And by the way, there you go liberal media, there’s your clickbait for tomorrow to fuck with me. ‘Kid Rock said this about mandates and he’s not showing up.’
Kid Rock is just the latest artist to take a stance in the debate over vaccine or mask requirements at concerts, with Travis Tritt notably announcing that he would not play at any venue requiring proof of vaccination and even cancelling shows at venues that had requirements in place.
The Steel Woods have also said they won’t be playing any shows that require attendees be vaccinated, and cancelled a handful of dates with Whiskey Myers last year over the venues’ requirements.
And on the other side of the issue, Jason Isbell has said that he will only play shows at venues that require either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, and has cancelled shows at venues that are unwilling or unable to implement the requirements.