Kid Rock won’t be running for U.S. Senate next year, but he will be coming to Philadelphia for a stop on an upcoming tour.
The “All Summer Long” singer told Howard Stern today that he won’t actually run for Senate in 2018, calling the proposed run “the worst advice I ever gave myself” as well as “the most creative thing I’ve ever done.” Rock, real name Bob Richie, also explained the run as a joke, saying “who [expletive] couldn’t figure that out?”
“[Expletive] no, I’m not running for Senate,” Rock told Stern. “Are you kidding me?”
Instead, Rock will launch his “Greatest Show On Earth” tour, which brings the “Bawitdaba” hitmaker to the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 2018. The tour will be in support of Rock’s upcoming album, Sweet Southern Sugar, which is slated for release on Nov. 3.
Rock’s 11th album, Sweet Southern Sugar includes singles “Greatest Show Oon Earth,” “Po-Dunk,” and “Tennessee Mountain Top.” A heavily country influenced album, the release continues Rock’s move away from rap and hard rock, which he initially became known for in the 1990s.
Aborted Senate run aside the “I am the Bullgod” singer has become more political as of late, planting himself firmly in President Donald Trump’s camp of supporters. Earlier this year, in fact, Rock mugged with Trump and Sarah Palin in the Oval Office alongside fellow rocker Ted Nugent. The singer has also released a line of Trump-themed merchandise, including a shirt read “God, Guns & Trump.”
In addition to his support from Trump, Rock has also weighed in on some of the most controversial issues of the day, such as Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests in the NFL. In a performance in Iowa this past August, Rock let his feelings be known, saying “[Expletive] Colin Kaepernick.”
Following that incident, Rock issued a statement on his Facebook page encouraging fans to “pay no attention to the garbage the extreme left is trying to create.” In particular, Rock was referring to a Detroit Free Press piece that labeled him a racist who is “exploitative and resentful of [Detroit’s] population.”
“I am the bona fide king of Detroit love and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that,” Rock wrote, later adding “I love black people.”
Tickets for Rock’s upcoming Wells Fargo date go on sale to the general public on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. A presale for fan club members starts Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.