Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam rocks Dallas
Fans braved the weather Thursday night to head out to the Verizon Theater for the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam – one of many concerts and parties going on this week for the Super Bowl. The show aired live – sort of – on VH1 and on TV the line up started out with Jason Derulo, then Duran Duran and then Kid Rock. That’s not quite how it went live and since you can see the televised part for yourself I’ll do my review on what we saw live.
Duran Duran actually kicked things off and had a nice mix of classics like “Hungry Like a Wolf”, “Notorious,” and “Girls On Film” to go along with some of their new songs which they were playing for the very first time in front of a live audience, like “Girl Panic”, “All You Need Is Now”. The band that defined the 80’s proved they’ve still got it and the crowd was singing along and ready to rock – despite the breaks for commercials from time to time.
Jason Derulo – who the TV audience saw as the first act – came on next and only played a three song set, doing a couple songs for the fans before the cameras rolled then repeating them for TV. Despite the short set time he had a full band and dancers and the crowd definitely enjoyed the show.
But Kid Rock is who everyone wanted to see and when the rocker came out we could barely hear our hosts intro over the screams. Kid Rock went straight into “God Bless Saturday” then brought out the one of the hot names in country right now, Jamey Johnson for a fantastic duet of “Only God Knows Why”. The last song the TV audience saw was “All Summer Long” but the real party started once the cameras quit rolling. Kid turned to side stage, asked if the cameras were off, then jumped into “You Never Met A Motherf**ker Quite Like Me” and the crowd erupted.
The rest of the night was a no holes bared real Kid Rock show with “Born Free” dedicated to the troops in the house complete with the American flag on the big screen and sparks falling from the top of the stage, a song Kid said he wrote for his recent birthday that started out with “Well I’m f**cking forty”. One of my favorites, “So Hot”, had the crowd dancing and Kid even took a little break to show off his DJing skills and his talent at scratching the record while drinking whiskey, smoking a cigar, and even doing it behind his back. He wrapped the show up with “Bawitdaba” and the crowd was roaring and throwing horns in the air and not wanting the night to end.