Kid Rock: Yeah, I Know My Name Is Dumb

Plus, why he doesn't do hookers
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2011 9:50 AM CDT
In this Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, Kid Rock performs at Ford Field in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, file)
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(Newser) – Kid Rock has learned a lot over the course of his rock career. Perhaps most importantly, if you're going to beat someone up, at least do it in a Waffle House, as he did. "Could have been worse," he points out. "What if we were in a f***ing Ruth's Chris? That would have hurt my image." More from his "What I've Learned" column in Esquire:

  • His stage name: "It's the worst name in the world. The only person that had a dumber name than me was the Fresh Prince. Hey, it sounded like a cool rap name when I was 16. But it stuck, and now it's me. I'll be an 80-year-old man—'call me the Kid.'"

  • His image: Kenny Chesney was once surprised to get a text message from Kid Rock at 6am—sent then because Kid Rock was up early, not because he had stayed out all night. "He said, 'Holy s***, don't worry, I'm not going to tell anybody you were up this early, because it'll ruin your image.' I go, 'You can't ruin my image.' Make no mistake: Bob Ritchie's up early in the morning taking pictures of his son on the first day of his senior year. Kid Rock is passed out in a hotel room somewhere with four scantily clad women."
  • His alternate career path: "People ask all the time, 'What would you be doing if you weren't Kid Rock?' It's simple: I'd be broke Kid Rock."
  • His extracurricular activities: "I don't do hookers, man. I'm in a rock band."
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