Keith John Correa–“The Original Kid Rock”–has died

If you’ve been to any concert in Toronto over the last thirty years, it was inevitable that you would have run into a guy known around the city as Kid Rock. No, not the redneck wannabe from Detroit. Our Kid Rock–Keith John Correa–was calling himself that long before the other guy. We knew him as “The Original Kid Rock.”

Keith was somehow at almost every show and always somehow managed to end up backstage or someplace close to it. I have no idea how he managed (or afforded!) to do this. But if there was a gig, Keith was there.

And he was easy to spot with blonde beard the wild wardrobe that often featured a lot of things in gold. He was a true larger-than-life character on the Toronto music scene.

Sadly, Keith died a couple of days ago. I’m not sure what happened, but he apparently told some people he was going in for some minor surgery.

Condolences to his partner Carol and his many, many friends. He will be missed.

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.

5 thoughts on “Keith John Correa–“The Original Kid Rock”–has died

  • August 10, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Truly one in a billion. ❤️

  • August 11, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you for posting this Alan.

  • August 12, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    It was near impossible to not have a photo of Keith when you were covering a concert, party or event in Toronto… He was always smiling, always mixing it up, and always filled a room with love. Rip Kid, you were for sure, one of a kind.

  • August 14, 2022 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for the info. I did see him all the time, always wondered who he was. That’s too bad.


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