Despite outspoken public support for presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, Kid Rock says that at this point, he’s “f***ing embarrassed” to be a Republican.
Right now, Kid Rock is in the middle of planning a tour, and trying as hard as he can to keep ticket prices at $20. The difficulty stems from ticketing fees and states that have outlawed paperless ticketing, which Kid Rock says is his own party’s fault.
“That’s one of the times I’m f***ing embarrassed to be a Republican,” Kid Rock said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It’s f***ing Republican lawmakers passing those laws, you dumbasses. They already did it in New York and they’re trying to do it in Michigan. I’ve even called some of those guys to try and stop it.”
Though it’s not just Republicans, says Kid Rock. Ticketmaster, the always controversial concert retailer, has also been charging huge service charges.
“They’re taking a f***ing five-dollar service charge,” Kid Rock said. “It’s 25 percent of the f***ing ticket! That’s f***ed up, but I’ve beaten them up as much as I can. Then Walmart stepped in and agreed to charge just $20, and it includes parking.”
He also criticized artists like The Rolling Stones for overcharging concertgoers, saying that artists and groups with “huge f***ing egos” are a big problem in the music industry. “The Rolling Stones are charging $650 per ticket! That just makes me speechless. I love the Stones, but I won’t be attending.”
These days, Kid Rock considers himself more Libertarian, and says he “isn’t in bed with anybody.”
Mitt Romney’s celebrity support during the 2012 election amounted to a pretty short list, and Kid Rock was mocked in the music industry for his outspoken support of the fallen candidate. Still, he has frequently proven that he can be a pretty stand-up guy when it comes to politics.
He made a PSA with uber-liberal actor Sean Penn during election season that encouraged bipartisanship and understanding between the parties, and told President Obama “no hard feelings” when he ran into him at a post-election event.
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