Kid Rock gives Little Caesars Arena a rowdy, defiant initiation

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 02:36:12 PM. The Michigan star opened Detroit's new $863 million arena with a politically tinged performance as fans poured in and protesters marched outside
It's no longer just a concept, no longer a mere construction site: Little Caesars Arena has been officially inaugurated as a concert venue. In a reliably rambunctious, sometimes defiant show Tuesday night for a sellout crowd, Kid Rock gave the arena is first extended roof-rattling in a two-hour performance tinged with politics. The concert — first of six for the Michigan-born star — launched a new chapter for concertgoing in metro Detroit as the downtown pizzarena inherits the role long held by venues such as the Palace of Auburn Hills. LCA's first real test seemed to go smoothly, as thousands streamed in with few delays and the pristine $863 million facility got its first spilled beers and wafts of weed. Fans had overwhelmingly positive reviews for a venue that is an experience unto itself, applauding the quick entry, handsome aesthetics, roomy concourses and relatively short lines distributed among seemingly countless concessions areas. By the time the big day arrived, Kid Rock's show had become more than a mere kickoff event. With Rock thrust into the national political conversation by teasing a U.S. Senate run (which got no new clarity Tuesday night), the celebratory spirit inside was preceded by heated but peaceful demonstrations on nearby streets. Up to 200 protesters marched and decried Rock's support of President Donald Trump, his previous association with the Confederate flag and his selection as LCA's first act — some characterizing the Romeo-raised star as an...Read more
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