Kid Rock has never been shy when it comes to sharing his viewpoints, which are often in line with conservative politics, including former President Donald J. Trump.
And that includes his disdain for mask and vaccine mandates amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of his upcoming Bad Reputation Tour, the Michigan native took to Instagram and promised he wouldn’t play any venues that require such regulations.
Doing it his way: Kid Rock, 51, had a heavy dose of attitude when he announced that he won’t play venues that require mask and vaccine mandates on his upcoming Bad Reputation Tour
In a four-plus minute video, the American Badass star, 51, told fans they would be refunded for tickets if the venues still had such COVID-19 mandates by the date of any of his scheduled concerts.
‘There’s been a lot of talk about vaccine mandates and venues. People saying, “I’m not going to that venue because of the vaccine mandate” and this, that, and the other,’ he began in the clip shot seemingly at his home studio.
‘Trust me, we’ve done all our research on this and the consensus says that all this is going to be done, if there are any at these venues, I’m not aware of any, but if there are any, they’re 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 because I won’t be showing up either.’
Making promises: The Michigan native promised fans will be refunded their money if venues still have mask and vaccine mandates by the time of the concert date
His reasoning: ‘If you think I’m going to be sit out there and sing Don’t Tell Me How To live and We The People while people are holding up their f***ing vaccine cards and wearing masks. That s**t ain’t happening,’ Rock said of his decision to avoid venues with COVID-19 mandates
Rock (born Robert James Ritchie) dished plenty of confident attitude, much of it directed toward people he called ‘haters’ and the ‘liberal media.’
‘If you think I’m going to be sit out there and sing Don’t Tell Me How To live and We The People while people are holding up their f***ing vaccine cards and wearing masks. That s**t ain’t happening,’ he explained.
The rocker and rapper revealed his team has already scratched Buffalo and Toronto off the list of possible cities for the tour: ‘I don’t want to deal with that s**t either, and I know that you don’t.’
He then took a moment to show off that attitude once again, saying, ‘And by the way, there you go liberal media: there’s your click bait for tomorrow; to f**k with me, “Kid Rock said this about mandates and he’s not showing up. F**k y’all.’
Man with a plan: Rock revealed that he spent most of his time during the pandemic in the recording studio working on his new album, also titled Bad Reputation, and that he had a plan to release three new songs in three different genres to kick the promotion off
Checking the list: The American Bada** star said he has already scratched Buffalo and Toronto off the list of possible cities to play due to COVID-19 mandates; The Last Dance is among the three song promotional kickoff to the new studio album
Rockin’ was the third song in the promotional push for Bad Reputation to see if he and his team could get the different genre tunes to chart on iTunes
Rock revealed that he spent most of his time during the pandemic in the recording studio working on his new album, also titled Bad Reputation.
“I’m glad you’re digging them [the new songs],’ he shared, before adding how the new songs ‘got all the haters’ pantie in a bunch too. Let’s see what they try to cancel me for now. I’m unf***ing cancellable. Suck on that.’
He shared how he has never given too much credence to awards and chart positions over his career, although he did confess he has ‘played the game a little bit through the years, but that is over, ‘I’m not beholden to anyone anymore.’
The singer-songwriter revealed he and his team had a plan to release three of the new songs in three different genres and see if they can get them on the iTunes charts.
Gratitude: Rock went on to thank the fans for their support of the new songs and the overwhelming response to tickets for the upcoming Bad Reputation Tour
Rock shared how he’s happy to see that the plan has kind of worked, and was especially ecstatic about the positive response to his tune, We The People, which he revealed was the ‘No. 1 rap song and No. 1 all genres song,’ a result that he found was ‘cool.’
‘We also have The Last Dance that was No. 1 on the rock chart and then Rockin’ got to number three. So that another big ‘f**k you to the critics; I kind of like that,’ he ranted.
Rock went on to thank the fans for their support of the new songs and the overwhelming response to tickets for the upcoming Bad Reputation Tour.
Ticker went on sale on Thursday, January 28.
The trek through parts of the U.S. kicks off on April 6 in Evansville, Indiana. There are shows scattered through until September 17 in Clarkston, Michigan.
There are still plenty of open dates, so fans might want to keep checking to see if Rock adds more dates to the tour.
He’s coming: The upcoming Bad Reputation Tour through parts of the U.S. kicks off on April 6 in Evansville, Indiana, and goes through until September 17 in Clarkston, Michigan