Kid Rock / Tim Montana and the Shrednecks @ Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
“They say I'm cocky and I say 'What?', it ain't braggin' motherfucker, if ya back it up.” ~ Kid Rock

If you make a statement in a song, like the above lyrics,in a song titled, “Cocky”, you surely should deliver the goods every time you play.  This being the third time I’ve seen Kid Rock live, I can, without a doubt, say he backs it up every time!  And backs it up with a bigger and better performance every time!

Opening a New Year’s Eve show in St. Louis for Kid Rock is a tall order to fill for any band, but Tim Montana and the Shrednecks appeared to be up for the task.  With a busload of party tunes in tow, Tim Montana set the mood of this NYE night in St. Louis!  An original song, “Weed and Whiskey”, a cover of The Charlie Daniels Band, “Long Haired Country Boy” along with a nod to Led Zeppelin through a cover of, “Rock and Roll”, all proved to be the correct formula to bring a dreadful 2016 to an end!

Usually a couple of drinks and a trip to the casino bring in my new year.  But when I saw Kid Rock was bringing in 2017 at the Scottrade Center, in St. Louis, I knew where I wanted be!

As Journey’s, “Don’t Stop Believing” fades from the massive sound system, a familiar shadow appears on a white curtain covering the stage. The shadow of a man wearing a fedora and white fur coat, is instantly recognizable, as that of tonight’s MC, Kid Rock!

A screaming crowd goes bonkers as the curtain drops and from there, Kid Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band keep a party going for the next two hours!  A mix of all the things that have made Kid Rock a household name over the past 20-plus years, were inserted into the night’s setlist.  The setlist also included some deeper tracks from Rock’s career such as “Chickens in the Pen”, “Somebody’s Gotta Feel This”, and "Tennessee Mountain Top”.  Kid Rock’s alter ego, DJ Bobby Shazam, made a guest appearance, as he often does, showing off Rock’s skills on the turntables, guitar, and drums.  Snippets of Ted Nugent’s "Cat Scratch Fever” and ZZ Top’s “LaGrange” were played by Kid during this showcase of his instrumental talents.

Leaving the stage briefly, Rock returned solo to perform his hit, “Picture”, only to have it interrupted by Bevis and Butthead telling him how lame his slow songs are.  This was his cue to amp up the encore and a rousing version of “Bawitdaba” took the capacity crowd up to the magical midnight hour.  A countdown by Rock, followed by an oversized balloon and confetti drop, guided everyone in attendance into the new year.  A “Let’s Get Shitfaced” banner hung from the back of the stage as the evening was closed out with, “Happy New Year”, a John Eddie cover, followed by another cover of the Spencer Davis Group’s, “Gimme Some Lovin” sent everyone home with a smile on their face!  Happy New Year MTC MAG reader’s!  Thanks to Scottrade Center, Live Nation, and Kid Rock’s PR personnel for kicking 2017 off with a bang!  Photos of the show are below:

Tim Montana and the Shrednecks
Kid Rock
Contributed by Duane Clawson
Kid Rock / Tim Montana and the Shrednecks @ Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO Kid Rock / Tim Montana and the Shrednecks @ Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:30:00 PM Rating: 5

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