Kid Rock

House of Blues, Jan. 27

At the ripe old age of 41, Kid Rock is leaving his hard-rock roots in favor of a Southern rock/county sound. And on this night, it worked: The sometimes-rapper had the audience singing and dancing to hit after hit. Hinting that he has no plans of slowing down, Rock covered the John Eddie song “Forty” and emphasized these lyrics: Well, I guess I’m fucking 40/but Bruce Springsteen is 62/and The Stones are almost dead.

Dressed in a white pimp jumpsuit and a badass belt buckle, Rock showed off his many talents: He hopped on the turntables, did some scratching, smoking and shot-drinking, played the opening guitar riffs of “Cat Scratch Fever” and then appeared behind the drum kit singing. Rock continued the party with “All Summer Long,” “So Hot” and “Picture,” which featured an extended sax solo and a beautiful duet with Shannon Curfman, one of the backup singers from his 10-piece band. Overall, Rock rocked it to the treetops, and he closed the set with his latest album title track, “Born Free.” The Great American Badass is here to stay and will be for a long, long time. ★★★☆☆

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