So how do we feel about Kid Rock playing the NHL All-Star Game?

It’s become de rigeur for any major sporting event to include some kind of superstar musical entertainment. In the case of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, the league has chosen Kid Rock to perform.

Let’s unpack this choice:


  • He’s sold 35 million records, so he’s a genuine superstar get. That might help TV ratings.
  • Kid Rock is from Detroit. He grew up watching the Red Wings.
  • The game is set for Tampa on January 28. Kid Rock plays well to Florida crowds. (Insert your own analysis of Florida being the home to a lot of rednecks and as America’s vestigial penis-shaped pus organ.)
  • He used to be married to Pamela Anderson, a Vancouver native who was discovered when she appeared on the Jumbotron at a BC Lions game wearing a beer t-shirt. If she was a fan of the Lions, she had to be a fan of the Canucks. That has to count for something. Sort of.
  • He…uh… That’s all I got.



  • He’s a hardcore Trump supporter (not necessarily a bad thing in Florida.)
  • He proudly displays the Confederate flag when he plays live (again, not a bad thing for a lot of Floridians).
  • He likes to drop plenty of f-bombs onstage (a potential trainwreck situation that might help TV ratings).
  • There’s a risk he may bring these people with him.

Twitter doesn’t like the idea for a number of very valid reasons.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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