Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow Concert Review

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Born Free Tour in St. Louis

I am now and always have been a fanatic about going to rock concerts. I especially love the outdoor concerts in the summer at The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri. The venue is only about 15 minutes from my home and it has convenient access to and from the theater.

Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow were hot like fire and burned it down at Verizon last Saturday night. The concert started at 7p.m. It was ninety degrees and the humidity was tangent and heavy in the air. I had the pleasure of seeing Kid Rock in concert at the same venue last year but I had never seen Sheryl Crow perform so I was elated to get good tickets.

Entering the parking lot were thick, double lanes of Harley Motorcycles, pick ‘em up trucks, pimp mobiles, party busses, taxis and foot traffic. People were patient – laughing, base heavy music was thumping, shouting and hooting St. Louis style. The crowd was energized in anticipation of a good show.

People from all walks of life gathered in clusters across the lawn and several lines to enter the grounds spilled out onto the parking lot. The "in" fashion for the young ladies was short cowgirl style boots and even shorter shorts with an occasional cowboy hat added to the ensemble. A few of the ladies chucked it all and wore bikinis. I couldn’t help noticing that these are gentlewomen that usually should not be wearing a bikini in public. I will give extra points to the elderly female who wore the star spangled bikini – she did have the decency to wear matching terry cloth shorts.

I was frisked and molested and allowed to enter the park. I have seriously had dates with less contact and this guy didn’t even ask for my number. This show better be good, I thought. Two paved roads leading off to each side encompass the outdoor theater. It is set up very similar to a baseball diamond with the Stage at home plate. The floor area is covered with awnings and a small paved walkway divides the lawn section which spreads out – painted green grass from 2nd and 3rd bases back to the wall of chain link fence. There are several large screens that display the live show for a better view to the lawn sections.

I prefer to sit as close to the stage as possible. I know people that say they wouldn’t go to a concert unless they can sit in the front section. I am not that picky, I guess I’d rather have a ticket than no ticket. I have seen many concerts from the lawn but if it rains it’s a mess so I try to at least sit under the awnings.

Mandy and I headed to a beer stand for a ten-dollar beer and hurried to our seats. Since we were on the floor level we had to go through two more checkpoints. Our seats were 17 rows from center stage. It sounds like it is far from the stage but in this particular design it is very close and I had an awesome view of the entire stage.

Sheryl Crow was spectacular, glittering in a silver and gold spaghetti strapped shirt and belled blue jeans. She looked gorgeous and she delivered. Crow sang several of her greats such as, A Change Will Do You Good; There goes the neighborhood and Favorite Mistake in stereo quality. Everyone in the audience was a singer! It is one of the best things ever – to be in the center of a crowd – my favorite celebrity musicians singing my favorite songs while everyone loses their inhibitions for a little while.

Crow, a native of Missouri joked about having been a teacher here. She was born in Kennett, Missouri on February 11, 1962. Crow, singer and songwriter, has won 9 Grammy awards and her music style is a mix of rock, folk, hip hop, country and pop. She dazzled the crowd with her charisma, talent and beauty. Despite the heat she didn’t disappoint and she definitely set the mood and boosted the crowds excitement for Kid Rock’s opener.

Crow ended her set and there was a short intermission while the stage was set up for Kid Rock. The sun was setting; the crowd was intoxicated and gearing up for the rest of the show. Mandy and I got another beer and met up with a group of friends who were enjoying the concert on a blanket on the lawn. They had the Presidential Suite at Ameristar Casino for the weekend and had decided to jump in a taxi and come to see the show. "The Plan" was to meet up with them at the casino after the show.

We hung out there for a while, laughing and trading stories about the sights we had seen thus far. One of the cool things about Verizon is that there are always plenty of interesting things going on with such eclectic groups of people. There was the gent who was leading his girlfriend around by her long and apparently strong ponytail, people in all styles and stages of dress and alcohol. Now if that doesn’t spell good times, I don’t know what does!

Suddenly, the crowd hissed so we knew that Kid Rock was about to make good on our tickets. Mandy and I headed to our chairs and decided we’d like to be a little closer. We starting moving up a couple of rows at a time - we probably couldn’t have been more inconspicuous if we had used fallen brush for cover. I admit it, we looked for cute guys with empty chairs knowing in advance they would let us sit next to them if we asked real nice. Shameless? Yes, indeed, but we ended up in the 3rd row, cameras in hand.

Kid Rock was born Robert James Ritchie on January 17, 1971 in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He started his career break dancing and spinning records. Rock is multi-talented. He is a singer, songwriter, dancer and actor with music from several genres. He has done hip-hop, rap, country rock, southern rock and rap metal. He was well known for his marriage to Pamela Anderson and bad boy reputation but his talent keeps him in the public eye.

The curtain was raised as the cloak of darkness fell and Kid Rock was center stage. He dressed in his usual good ‘ole boy blue jeans and T-shirt. The crowd grew and it was static! The scent of peace and love rose in plume clouds. The theater was packed with standing room only on the lawn. Lighters and cell phones flickered and blinked like the Milky Way – evidence of the massive gathering.

Kid Rock has had 5 Grammy Award nominations and "Picture" a duet with Sheryl Crow went Gold as a single. Kid Rock was a powerhouse and used the stage as his playground while he impressed the masses with his combination of dance and great songs. His energy was unbelievable considering the heat. He sang favorites like Cowboy, Sweet Home Alabama and Bawitadaba.

The light show was spectacular and it was no surprise that Rock used some pyrotechnics to send flame torches shooting from the floor of the stage intermittently. The flames also sent shock waves of intense heat that felt like flash burn. It felt like my eyebrows and lashes had been singed so another ten dollar beer was a must!

Sheryl Crow returned to the stage to much applause and they sang "Picture," while images flashed on the big screen behind them. The chemistry between them incited the fans and the atmosphere sparked as they performed a perfect duet. Rock also performed Born Free as an encore.

Mandy and I left as the stage went dark, empty beers and shoes in hand. The masses, encouraged by security, disbursed onto the parking lots. Groups climbed into their cars or back onto their bikes – everyone making their plans on where to meet next while we sat on a concrete block. Too drunk to gamble we called Dave to ask him to pick us up. We both agreed that it was an awesome concert and well worth the price of the ticket. If you get a chance to see the show - don't miss it! It was unforgettable.

It was an excellent night and we laughed and joked with people as they walked past while we planned the next great concert.

"If it looks good, you'll see it. If it sounds good, you'll hear it. If it's marketed right, you'll buy it. But....if it's real, you'll feel it." Kid Rock

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kmackey32 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I was right. It was kid rock. Great hub. He is the only person i have ever seen in concert, only because I won the tickets...:)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So wish I would have been there as Kid Rock and Sheryl are fantastic artists. I so enjoyed reading about how you so obviously snuck up closer to the stage :) Third row how great is that! And the pictures you got are fantastic.

Another great hub RH.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi kmackey - Yes you were right. Thanks so much for your help and your comments! I hope you enjoyed the concert as much as I did!

Hi Susan - thank you so much! I wish you could have been there too! I bet I coulde have talked you into sneaking up closer too:) Next year you should come!


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

Great pics and great review!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey thank you so much pedrn44. I had such a blast - am glad to share!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hey Kelly- really dig Sheryl Crow. Ha gentlewomen that shouldn't be wearing bikini tops- this was their chance to through convention to the wind huh- funny. Who gave u the frisk down, the cops, security. Yeah, the centers the best for sure at concerts. Great article on the show, glad you had fun & rocked! pics are really good too.


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

RH, excellent hub!

From the super tight security checkpoints LOL, to the excellent play-by-play of the awesome performances by Sheryl and Kid Rock!

As KR said, THE *REAL* HOUSWIFE'S REVIEW definitely made us *FEEL* the great time had by all!

Thanks for sharing :-)

Cheers!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Alastar - I LOVE Sheryl Crow - and she's from here:) It was so fun - and thank you so much for the great comments. I got really lucky with the pictures - I was standing on my chair and security was pretty tight.

StayPos - thank you so much! I was really trying to give everyone the feel of it and tried to stay in order with the pictures too. A great time was had by all - I think it is one of the only concerts I have ever attended where at least one drunken fight didn't break out. It was super cool!


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greatlove 5 years ago from Beaufort, NC

I love Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. Great review and pictures. I would have enjoyed this concert, maybe next time. Thanks for sharing.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

greatlove - thank you very much. I hope you do get to attend one of their concerts - really good show!


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

I saw a Cheryl Crow concert when she was getting strated and it was great. Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Renold Jay - I would have loved to have seen her earlier! She can really put on a heck of a performance. Thank you so much for the link and the votes! I'll have to check out your hubs too!


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I knew you would put those photos to good use! Excellent hub. I love it.

Sheryl Crow used to hang around Austin a lot when she was dating Lance Armstrong. I didn't follow up on why they broke up, but I suspect it was Lance's wandering eyes.

Kid and Sheryl make a cool combo. Are they an "item"?


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Great hub layed out well start to end, concerts as I remember were a great bit of fun, thanks, 50


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin - thank you! What a compliment coming from a REAL photographer like you!

I don't think Kid & Sheryl are an item though they have great chemistry. I don't think anyone gave any reasons why she and Lance broke up but I do think it happened right around the time she found out she had breast cancer.

She was a teacher in Fenton which is in same city where I lived - now that would have been a cool teacher to have!

50 Cal - thank you so much! I love going to concerts - I have two more coming up - I'm taking my daughters to see Taylor Swift and I have 10th row for that event and I just got 5th row tickets to see Steely Dan! I'm so excited! Some girls like to get their nails done - some girls like to go shopping - I spend all my pin money on music and concerts. Thank you so much for the read and votes!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am soooooooooo jealous. I would have done anything to go to that show. I love Sheryl Crow and the duet with Kid Rock is one of my favorite songs. I used to play it over and over and over again while I was driving. And of course, I would sing it at the top of my lungs. OMG - I am so envious... can you tell I really wanted to go to that concert! :) Sounds like you had a great time!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh BBG - now that would have been so fun! I didn't know youmwere a mutual fan:) I do love that song! I played it a bunch while I was working on this:). Do you have a concert venue very near you? I would go see this show if you get the chance. I saw him last year too and I can't tell you who the opening act was so this year trumped it!

Thank you so much! I can't believe how good my pictures turned out! Of course I took a couple hundred! Lol


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I should have been there, next time you going take me with you!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..I am a rock concert virgin - so I don't go to rock concerts, I stay home and follow another rock star -

THE SURREAL HOUSEWIFE !!!!!! And man oh man, that 'sister' rocks my worlddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd!!!!

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Another great piece, so well written that I could feel the atmosphere. Sounds like you had a great time and I love the way you described how you were frisked going in LOL! The photos are also excellent. Thank you for sharing.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Great Review! Pictures are fantastic.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cardisa! - oh I would love to take you with me! It was so fun! I do have upcoming ticket to Taylor Swift (10th row) and Steely Dan (5th row - orchestra pit!) come on down to St. Louis! I know it's a long way but it so much fun it would be worth it!

Eip - oh I love concerts like I love your poetry! I do see why it wouldn't be everyone's thing to do - but I love the outdoor concerts the most! Being with friends - favorite songs - beer! Good times!

SW - the security is tight! It's a good thing I had a thin dress on on I'm afraid they may have made me take it off! I can't help wondering how much those guys love that job;)!! Too funny! It's such tight security - and security guards are everywhere there but thank goodness - it keeps it safe and the grounds always look beautiful.

Hi Katrinasui - thank you so much! I am so glad I got good pix - I can't see well while I'm taking them so it's just a big surprise when I get good ones. I take at least two of everything in case the first one doesn't work out! Lol

Thank you so much everyone! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Hey Real - I got everything around me.... ha ha.... concert venue I can come up with... now getting them to do another concert together... I can't make promises. But maybe in Hollywood! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Why not? Everything else goes down in Hollywood! I wasn't sure how close you were to LA? I so wish I could live there! It was like 80 degrees but it felt like it was only 70. In the evenings and early mornings it was cold there! In June! If I was a bachelor (lol) I'd move there in a heart beat!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kelly,

Very entertaining hub! Love your humor too! It's been many years since I was at an outdoor concert - got me thinking about it ;) One of the last times I was at Blossom Music Center in Ohio, I had 10th row seats to see the Michael Stanley Band. Mixing all kinds of alcohol ahead of time caused me to never actually SEE the band. How embarrassing. I don't normally drink and certainly don't now :) One of the best outdoor concerts I ever saw was Elton John. Thanks for the fun read!

Sharyn


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn - thank you! It's one of those it isn't funny but it is situations:) I've had a few hazy ones myself;) then I learned not to really drink too much because what a waste of a show! Lol. I would love to see Elton John! He is one of the musicians I consider a musical genius. I bet that was awesome!


fashion 5 years ago

Really interesting hub.Full of recreation.

Thanks for sharing.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi fashion - thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Great song, they are great together. When was this, could swear I saw this lotta years ago. Maybe something else they did together that was really good. My husband use to really like her but don't think he listens to her anymore.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Pollyannalana! thank you - I do think they compliment each other. The concert I went to was July 16, 2011 in St. Louis. It was perfect! I have been a Crow fan forever, but she's from Missouri and I always root for the home team:) Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


Mark Stapleton 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing the review. I just scored tickets for Sheryl/Kid at Verizon Amphitheater in Charlotte and I'm looking forward to it, but I really bought the tickets to see Sheryl -- don't much care about seeing the Kid. What proportion of the show was Sheryl, or how long was her initial set?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mark - oh that's awesome! To be honest I'd seen Kid last year so I was really going to see Sheryl Crow as well. She played for at least an hour - then Kid Rock came out for about an hour - then they both sang together for about 30 minutes. They played a great screen show the entire way though - and I have to admit once Crow got the crowd psyched - I really enjoyed Kid a lot! It's one of the better concerts I've seen in a long time! Let me know please, how the show is!! Thanks!


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myawn 3 years ago from Florida

sounds wonderful I love Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. "Picture"

is my favorite song.I wish I could have seen this concert it sounds so amazing great Hub.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi myawn - never fear there may be another concert coming up this summer! I hope to catch it if there is in my area. I love Picture too - probably my fav!

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