On Thursday March 29th, the ‘Rebel Soul Tour’ made a stop at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois. On the first day that felt like spring, the crowds were lined up outside the venue to see a lineup of Hellbound Glory, Buckcherry, and Kid Rock. The crowd of young teens through late middle-agers seemed anxious to get inside for what promised to be an exciting night.
Hellbound Glory took the stage at 7:00 p.m. kicking it off with their song “Small Town Shit”. Hellbound Glory’s sound is true to old style country music, while still being modern enough to draw fans from the younger generation. Frontman, Leroy Virgil, crooned the band’s songs to the crowd that was still trickling in during the set. Hellbound Glory has a unique sound that mixes country, bluegrass and rockabilly. The bands enthusiasm resonated with the crowd as they finished off their set with the song “Repo Man”.
The Los Angeles based rock band Buckcherry took the stage next, starting off their set with the song “Ridin’”. Josh Todd’s vocals and energy on stage had the crowd singing along as the band played the popular ballad “Sorry” from 2005’s album 15. The heavy riffs of the guitar increased the reaction of concert goers as the band launched in to songs such as “Porno Star” and “Cocaine”. Buckcherry ended their set with “Crazy Bitch” also from the album 15, which had the crowd on its feet and belting out the lyrics along with frontman, Josh Todd.
Between sets the crowd had the opportunity to purchase Kid Rock’s album Rebel Soul for only $10.00 with 100% of the proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital’s. There was a raffle for an autographed guitar which was given away at the end of the show.
The crowd’s excitement ramped up as the countdown for Kid Rock to take the stage approached. Silence fell over the crowd as an American eagle came on the screen at the back of the stage; Kid Rock began with a prayer with the Twisted Brown Trucker Band playing in the background. The stage went black as the prayer ended and moments later Kid Rock took to the air from center stage amid pyrotechnics on either side of him. Opening his set with the song “Celebrate” from 2012’s album Rebel Soul, the crowd rose to its feet and remained on their feet for the duration of the 2 hour set. Kid Rock commanded the stage, dancing, jumping and keeping the crowd engaged playing an assortment of both his new songs and older songs, such as “Redneck Paradise”, “Cowboy”, and “American Badass”.
Taking a break midway through his set, Kid Rock showed off his scratching skills to the delighted crowd, before launching in to “All Summer Long”. He followed it up with “Best Night Ever” a song that pays tribute to Bob Seger. After the song he signed his guitar and handed it out to someone in the crowd saying to security “hand this to the guy in the wheelchair” then to the man he was giving the guitar to “you’ve been rockin’ and rollin’ your ass off all night.” Kid Rock and the Twisted Brown Trucker Band ended the show with the song “Happy New Year” dressing up in gold sequin jackets and party hats, thanking the crowd for spending their hard earned money to come out and see them.
As we left the coliseum Buckcherry was in the lobby doing a meet and greet with concert attendees. The crowd’s excitement spilled out on to the street as we left the venue. Hellbound Glory, Buckcherry and Kid Rock treated the crowd to a great concert with an assortment of music spanning many different music genres. Next stops for the Rebel Soul Tour are April 1 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, April 3 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan followed by shows April 5 and April 6 at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Michigan.