This is as sad as it is funny – semi-talented musician Kid Rock appeared in court this week to defend himself against claims that he was seen taking a beating up and attacking a customer in an Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta. Â While Kid Rock does not deny these allegations, he claims that the fight was actually between two other people, and that he became part of it only when he stepped in to break it up, at which point one of the brawlers attacked him, forcing him to defend himself.
Kid Rock has a history of public fighting, so there’s no reason for a judge to believe his story of self-defense, but for some reason this time his version of events rings true for me. Â The man on the other side of the battle, Harlen Akins, is suing for an unspecified amount of money, and I think that says a lot. Â Kid Rock is not the richest man in show business, but he’s certainly better off than most of us, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some opportunistic lawsuit action going on here.
Kid Rock was rushed to the hospital just before he was set to perform at the Download Festival in England. The 37-year-old party harder was supposed to head on stage Friday around 3:30pm, but he suffered from stomach cramps and dehydration right before he was due. Somebody’s been hittin’ it a bit too hard!
Everyone’s blaming the fact that the star attended a late-night event at Whisky Mist nightclub in Central London that went on until the early hours of Friday. Where he got snogged. What they DIDN’T know (or disclose) was that Kid played the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Friday (US) where he got his party on quite effectively! An announcement was made before he was due on stage in England saying, “We’ve had the curse of Download. Kid Rock is not very well, we’ve had to rush him to hospital in Notthingham. He apologizes to fans.” Kid, you can only cram so much into a weekend, man! Slow it down a tad, you’re not a Kid anymore!
Whew, we just got all of the tourists out of town from the annual CMA Music Festival, and now Nashville is the last civilized stop on the way to Bonnaroo- the Woodstock of today, held just south of here in Manchester. TN. Bonnaroo, which began in 2002, has become one of the most successful music fests in the world. There are approximately 80,000 people camping and grooving all weekend long. This year, there are again some FAB performers including Kid Rock, Jack White, Metallica, My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend and a rare appearance by M.I.A. to name a VERY few.- you can read all about it here! Also, Concert from Stereogum is blogging about the Bonnaroo moments you wish you’d seen live! UPDATE: Pearl Jam performed an unprecedented 3 hour set last night. Ben Folds and BB King also gave the masses a treat along with many more awesome acts. Tonight will wrap up with Death Cab for Cutie, Robert Plant and Allison Kraus among others. And you thought Nashville was all about the country. Pshaw.