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As It Should Be

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The National Hockey League said Thursday that it's aware of the backlash over Kid Rock performing at the 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa, saying that the decision to hire him was "purely based" on his entertainment value and history as a hockey fan.

The 47-year-old singer has drawn attention in the last year for endorsing President Donald Trump, his history of displaying confederate flags at concerts, criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protests during the national anthem and anti-transgender comments made during a concert....

Steve Mayer, NHL executive vice president and executive producer for programming and creative development, acknowledged the All-Star Game backlash. While the NHL did consider Kid Rock's recent controversies, "our sole objective is to choose musical acts to perform at our events and entertain our fans," Mayer told ESPN in an interview Thursday.

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‘Rocking’ The All-Star Game

from Des Bieler of yesterday's Washington Post,

The NHL proudly announced Tuesday its headlining entertainer for the league’s All-Star Game, to be played in Tampa on Jan. 28. Apparently, more than a few fans felt that “Only God Knows Why” the league went with Kid Rock.

In other words, plenty of folks were willing to give the NHL “All Summer Long” to come up with a more relevant, less polarizing act. Those have been references to Kid Rock’s hit songs, by the way. “Bawitdaba,” anyone?...

Nevertheless, the NHL is likely to forge ahead with Kid Rock, even though he was booed at another recent sporting event, the Pistons’ first game at their new arena. It’s worth noting that the Pistons play in Detroit, where the locally produced, five-time Grammy Award nominee might reasonably have been expected to get a warmer welcome than in, say, Tampa.

Then again, given Tampa’s location, it may fit better with an artist whose most recent album was titled “Sweet Southern Sugar” and spawned singles such as “Po-Dunk” and “Tennessee Mountain Top.” That said, many NHL fans are wondering why the league thought Kid Rock was a good fit for its 2018 All-Star Game.

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Kid Rock: NHL “Artist of the Month”

imageFrom the NHL comes this news today.  Not only does the “Kid” have his own replica Stanley Cup ring, he also has the love of the NHL:

Singer and songwriter Kid Rock is NHL.com’s “Artist of the Month” for November. NHL.com, the official web site of the National Hockey League and the leading online community for hockey fans, will feature a Q&A, photos, articles and give fans the opportunity to stream tracks and videos from the Detroit native’s latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, which recently debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

In addition, NHL.com fans will be able to post comments and interact with the three-time Grammy nominee here.


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Kid Rock Gets Exact Replica Stanley Cup Ring

From David Shoalts blog post at the Globe & Mail,

News that Kid Rock was given a Stanley Cup ring by Carolina Hurricanes owner Pete Karmanos, a fellow Detroit native, set off some discussion in the hockey world today.

On The Fan 590 in Toronto, John Garrett was appalled and rightly so that some pop star would get an exact replica of the ring given to the players when they won the 2006 Cup just because he’s a buddy of the owner. The Sportsnet commentator said his daughter got a ring when she was a staffer for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they won in 2004, but it was a much simpler model than the one given to the players.

“You think of all the former players and the sweat they put in trying to win a ring,” Garrett said. “The ring has to stand for something.”

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