Sam Riddle, an activist with the National Action Network who served prison time in the City Hall corruption scandal, called Detroit a "bastion of White Supremacy" and said the choice of Kid Rock to open the arena was an absolute insult to Detroiters.
The Bawitdaba singer, 46, angered civil rights activists by delivering a fiery political speech onstage at a concert in Grand Rapids, Mich. last Wednesday.
According to the paper, Kid's Rock took exception to this article that they published titled "Kid Rock Opener At Little Caesars Arena Is Middle Finger To Detroiters".
The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock's past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem a year ago.
In a post on his website the musician, a Detroit native, slammed those calling for the shows to be stopped. No one had a word to say when we sold out the 6 shows at LCA (Little Caesars Arena) back in January (17)! Yesterday, the singer released a statement that read in part: "My track record in Detroit and MI speaks for itself, and I would dare anyone talking trash to put theirs up against mine".
He added, "I am the bonified (sic) KING OF DETROIT LOVE and it makes me smile down deep that you haters know that!"
While he continues to play the "Will He?" or "Won't He" dance with the great people of the state of MI over the upcoming race for U.S. Senate, Kid Rock remains pretty busy handling the duties of his day job, performing in arenas across the country.
The action came as a response to the column published September 3 by Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson who wrote that Kid Rock is not the proper performer to open the stadium, built with taxpayer funding.
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