Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Hanging with Kid Rock

Rick Coates - July 25th, 2002
(Editor‘s note: Music researcher and Northern Express contributor Rick Coates was given an impromptu interview with the American Bad Ass Kid Rock in the basement of Union Street Station, Sunday July 14. Below is an excerpt of the interview.)

Bob Ritchie known to millions as Kid Rock, flew into Traverse City via Bob Seger’s private jet for bandmate Kenny Olson’s wedding in mid July. Seger was not in need of his plane as he was busy winning his second consecutive Port Huron to Mackinac sailing race. Kid Rock did need the plane as he was recording a special for VH-1 the night before, but attending his friends wedding was a priority. Friends and family are at the top of the list for this rap/rocker, despite an image that would say otherwise.
Kid Rock and his band have sold over 15 million CDs in the past four years and just came off a sold-out tour of North America. The group is taking a break to tend to personal business and spend time with family before going on tour with Run DMC & Aerosmith. Despite a recent Rolling Stone poll where readers voted Kid Rock as the person most likely at the end of his 15 minutes of fame, he remains one of the top selling artists in the stores, on the stage, and in the tabloids.
His relationship with model, actress and “Jane“ magazine columnist Pamela Anderson has been fodder for late night TV shows, music magazines and the tabloids. It all borders on the extreme; often what is written is untrue and in reality has helped to unfairly depict Kid Rock personally and musically
During an interview at Union Street Station, Kid Rock displayed his intelligence and musical genius. He discussed what is important to him, talked about the media, his upcoming tour with Aerosmith, being a single father, the challenges of the industry and local guitar phenomenon Brian Schram. His sidekick DJ Uncle Kracker joined him, as did Rock’s bodyguard T.A., a member of the Outlaws motorcycle club who was featured a few weeks ago in the Express.

NE: You said earlier in the summer you would like to do a southern rock tour with maybe Lynyrd Skynyrd and possibly some other multi act tours. What is up?
Kid Rock: We just came of a headlining tour in support of my current release Cocky. I wanted to do this southern rock tour but we couldn’t come to terms. It is no secret that the industry is down right now but people are going to shows. I want to give the people what they want and my friends from Aerosmith, Run DMC and myself have put this tour together starting in August.

NE: Why did you decide to do a tour without being the headliner?
Kid Rock: It isn’t about me, it is about giving the fans what they want and Aerosmith, well those guys are my friends and they are legends. Sure we give up some money and headlining status but we are going to have a lot of fun and the fans are going to see a great show. That is what it is all about.

NE: Your CD Cocky shows a new musical direction and a real gamble on your part. Why?
Kid Rock: People don’t get it. I am here to stay and you have to be willing to take a step back sometimes to move forward and that’s what I did. There are a lot of guys dropping off the musical stage because they limit their music. I have a lot a lot of music in my head and I am willing to take a step back, change direction and in the end it will all work out.
(While Cocky hasn’t come close to Kick Rock’s Devil Without A Cause, which has sold over 10 million copies, the CD is platinum and is nearing 2 million in sales.)

NE: In a recent Rolling Stone Poll reader survey you were voted the person most likely to be at the end of your 15 minutes of fame. Thoughts on that?
Kid Rock: Well first of all I am not doing Behind the Music, Cribs and other programs to get attention. I won’t do those shows and I have cut back my interviews. So that might lead people to think that I am not happening. Yet I just taped a VH-1 show about my music, not all that other crap, and MTV is getting ready to run a concert special. The media likes to create controversy, and write a lot of crap that that is not related to my music. I am about my music and performing and I am certainly not done.

NE: How is your relationship with the media?
Kid Rock: At times good, but my biggest problem is getting burned. I am very trusting and some people in the media have not been honest in what they have written about me. So I have become very protective of my family, my girl friend’s family and myself. We are both single parents in the spotlight and it is hurtful when you trust someone from the media and then they write things that are not true or exaggerate the situation. So I have to be guarded and protective, it sucks but it is the way it has become.

TA: (Kid Rock’s bodyguard) Bob is a very giving and trusting person. He is very honest, honest at all times, so it is frustrating when others around him are not honest and betray his trust. I‘m with him a lot and wonder where they get some of this stuff from.

NE: You mentioned being a single father, and that is challenging for anyone; how about for you?
Kid Rock: I have sole custody of my son. He is nine now and like any child what he needs is time with me. That is what all parents need to give to their kids; things will never replace time, and quality time spent with your kids is what they want. When you tour you normally do five to seven shows a week. I don’t and I tell my fans that I won’t we do two to three shows a week. It means giving up a lot of money but I need to be there for my son and I want the band to be there for their families. I have parent-teacher conferences, soccer games to attend just like everyone else. It is about choices and my choice is to be involved in my son’s life, so that means being a full-time dad and everything else comes second.

NE: Earlier you said that you have a lot of music still. Is there another CD in the works?
Kid Rock: I can’t discuss it, but we are going into the studio after the tour later this fall. So yeah something is in the works.

NE: You said on stage earlier tonight that there seems to be a lot of good guitar players in Northern Michigan.
Kid Rock: Yeah, I like what I heard and saw tonight, in fact we are looking at hiring Brian Schram, probably put him on the road with Kracker. This kid can play. It is my understanding that Mario Ciccone from Maverick is having Brian out to L.A. so we will talk to Brian after that. I liked what I saw, especially the fact that he got up tonight and showed some originality.

Uncle Kracker: Yeah, we see a lot of guitar players and they all try to copy others. Yet Brian showed originality, proficiency and creativity, he is definitely someone we want in our camp.

Kid Rock: Well enough talking about music, it is time to get upstairs and start making some.

That is exactly what he did. Kid Rock returned to the stage and led and all-star line up local and legendary rockers until 2 am. He signed a few autographs and headed to the airport and returned home.

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