Kid Rock thanked his fans for giving him a life beyond his “wildest dreams” during a recent concert (Sept. 16). The singer’s move is sparking rumors that he’s considering retiring from touring.
“You never know what the future holds,” he reportedly told fans in attendance. “But if we do a few events a year, it’d be a pretty safe bet that something will be in Michigan.”
“Maybe we’ll get bored in a few years and go at it again. But I tell ‘em every night [on the tour]: If this was my last time here… It’s been great. I thank all of you especially, here in my hometown, for an unbelievable life beyond my wildest dreams. You’ve been such a huge part of that. And I will forever love you so much,” he added.
Kid Rock first mentioned his retirement plans in a four-minute Facebook video announcing his latest tour back in January.
“I’m not trying to sell tickets,” the singer explained in the video. “‘Oh, this is the last tour, you better come out and see me.’ But it very well could be for the unforeseen future.”
“At 51 years old, it’s not getting any easier to do jumps and carry on on-stage. But I’m really keeping myself together, I’m getting prepared mentally, physically, working out every day, trying to eat healthy, all that sh-t. 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 admitted.
Despite being unsure of his future plans, Kid Rock didn’t rule out playing some “select shows” in upcoming years.
“Will we play some select shows in the future in the years to come? Possibly, maybe bring back the crews, just do a few key things,” he said. “But being in tip-top shape, still being in what I would call the tail end of my prime, I want to make this one big, and if it is the last one, I want to do right. So this is a very special tour to me.”
Kid Rock kicked off his 24-date Bad Reputation Tour on Apr. 6 in Evansville, Indiana. The tour wrapped on Sept. 17 following back-to-back shows in the singer’s home state of Michigan.
Included in the tour set list was the singer’s controversial rock-rap tune, “We The People,” which takes aim at NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden, and more. A video of former President Donald J. Trump addressing the singer’s fans played before the performance each night.