I couldn’t believe what I learned about Kid Rock. Being one of the most succesful country, hip hop, and rock artists, hasn’t gone to his head like his stage persona would lead you to believe.
Here are the top 10 things you didn’t know about Kid Rock.
1. His real name is Robert James Ritchie.
2. Kid Rock grew up in a lake front home, feeding horses, doing chores, picking apples, and mowing the lawn. This is far from the “trailer park” life style he glorifies in his songs.
3. His father, an entrepreneur and workaholic, was not supportive of his music career, until he became somewhat successful.
4. His house is a colonial style southern American farm house, built on over 50 acres of land.
5. Kid Rock treats all of his roadies and assistants with the utmost respect.
“I always told my band, ‘You see how Limp Bizkit treats their roadies and s***? We don’t do that.’ I was like, ‘These people are helping us. They’re not trying to harm us. We’re all working together’ Then we saw Metallica, and they treat their people great. We want to be like them. We want to treat everybody good. Don’t spit on people. Don’t throw microphones at them. Don’t get pissed off. We want to go a long way, and that’s not how you treat people… I was like, ‘Let’s not f*** this up by being brats. I’ll be a brat on the stage. When we get the f*** off we treat them like they’re part of our f****** family.” – Kid Rock
6. Rock is extremely defensive of Hank Williams Jr., one of his all time favorites.
“There was some guy, he did one (music festival) here in South Alabama and he said, ‘Hey, I’ll give Hank, so-and-so figure just to walk out there and introduce you?” Rock said,’Let me tell you something, motherfucker. Hank Williams Jr. don’t come down here to introduce me.’ Oh, he got hot. He got really hot. He said, ’Nah, and this will be the last time I do your thing too.’ He said if that happened it would be because we’re doing it for fun. He got hot on that deal.” – Hank Williams Jr.
7. Kid Rock is adored by David Letterman.
“He sent me a letter after I went to Afghanistan once saying, ‘I’d be proud to have an American badass son like you.’ People like that, you grow up watching, then you get to a point, like, ‘Are we friends? Sounds like it? That’s weird.’”
Here’s a performance from 1999 on the Late Show with David Letterman
8. Kid Rock hates Oprah Winfrey.
“Oprah Winfrey, she rubs me up the wrong way. I just don’t believe her. Maybe it’s because I’m not one of the 150 million brainwashed women who heed her every word.” – Kid Rock on his “Real-Life” Villain
9. Bobbie (as he’s frequently known) is a bit of a softie.
When asked about what inspires him the most he said,
“My son, in every way. He inspires me to get up in the morning, and in some regards he has made me more careful. Children can balance you out sometimes, which is something I was seriously in need of.”
10. Kid Rock is one of the most generous artists this world has even seen. He’s given more than $500,000 to charity through his own established Kid Rock Foundation. He refuses to brag about it.
A longtime friend, named Jamey Johnson, had this to say about him.
“He’s the kind of guy that does the right thing even when no one’s looking. You’re more likely to go and find out some of the charitable things he’s done in his life from other people that from him because he won’t talk about it. S***, I’ve been driving with him, and he picks up the phone and hear a conversation go down and I know damn well he just sent a huge check to somebody. I’ll say, ‘Well what was that all about?’ and he’ll say ‘Just a friend of mine.’”
So you see, there’s plenty more to Kid Rock than meets the eye. Beneath his tough guy rebellious image, he’s a benevolant and loving father and giver. Kudos, Kid Rock.