Kid Rock is hitting the road for what might be his last tour, but he says he won't perform at venues requiring the COVID-19 vaccination or face masks.
The politically active musician slammed facilities for policing the pandemic in a video message posted Thursday on his social media accounts, telling fans that he eliminated Buffalo, New York; Toronto and several other cities from his upcoming Bad Reputation tour, which kicks off April 6 in Evansville, Indiana, because of their pandemic precautions.
"There's been a lot of talk about vaccine mandates and venues, people saying, 'I'm not going to that venue because there's a vaccine mandate' and this, that and the other," the "Don't Tell Me How to Live" and "We the People" singer said. "Trust me. We've done all our research on this ... If there are any of these venues – I'm not aware of any, but if there are any – they're going to be gone by the time we get to your city.
"If they're not, trust me, you don't have to worry. You'll be getting your money back because I won't be showing up, either. If you think I'm going to sit out there and sing, 'Don't Tell Me How to Live' and 'We the People' while people are holding up their (expletive) vaccine cards and wearing masks, that (expletive) ain't happening."
His vow came days after the release of "We the People," a fiery political anthem littered with criticisms of today’s sociopolitical climate. In the song, Kid Rock voices his disdain for President Joe Biden, his chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, media outlets CNN and TMZ, social media platforms Facebook and Twitter, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Wear your mask, take your pills, now a whole generation's mentally ill," Kid Rock sings, referencing public health mandates of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Grammy-nominated singer also references border security in the lyrics, slamming the media for "embracing" Biden's approach to "shut our borders down," whereas when "Big Don does it, they call him racist," alluding to former President Donald Trump. Kid Rock has previously been vocal in his support of Trump.
"We the People" features numerous chants of the political slogan "Let’s Go Brandon," which has been used as a code among conservative Republicans to express a more vulgar sentiment toward Biden.
Despite the song’s abrasive tone, Kid Rock sings "it's time for love and unity."
"If you down with love and wanna make things better, all we gotta do is just come together," he sings. "Weather the storm and take my hand, then follow my lead to the promised land."
The rap-rock tune even contains an excerpt of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution: "In order to form a more perfect union, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America."
In a Facebook video, Kid Rock said "We the People" is "about, well, all the craziness going on in our world in the last few years and the politics and the polarization and social justice."
"You know, constantly for just being a Trump fan attacked in the media day in day out," he said.
Along with "We the People," Kid Rock released two more songs las: “Rockin’ ” and “The Last Dance.” Kid Rock’s 12th album, "Bad Reputation" is expected to be released later this year, according to Billboard.
To mark the album’s release, Kid Rock is heading out on a 25-date tour that he says could be his last. "I want to be at my peak for this tour because I really don’t know for the unforeseen future if we’ll do a big tour again," he said in the video.
Contributing: Colleen Long, The Associated Press
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