Kid Rock will be scrapping shows if the venues require the Covid vaccine (Picture: Getty Images)
Kid Rock has vowed he will not perform in venues where it is mandatory for guests to have the Covid vaccine, stating he ‘won’t be showing up’ if they do.
The 51-year-old musician released tickets for his Bad Reputation tour on Thursday, with dates taking place in cities such as Atlanta, Tampa and Dallas.
However, Kid Rock – real name Robert James Ritchie – has made it clear that he is against mandating vaccines or enforcing the use of face masks.
In an Instagram video, he said: ‘There’s been a lot of talk about vaccine mandates and venues. People saying, “I’m not going to that venue because of the vaccine mandate” and this, that, and the other.
‘Trust me, we’ve done all our research on this and the consensus says that all this is going to be done, if there are any at these venues, I’m not aware of any, but if there are any, they’re going to be gone by the time we get to your city. If they’re not, trust me, you don’t have to worry. You’ll be getting your money back because I won’t be showing up either.’
It’s believed the rocker has already scrapped shows in Toronto, Canada and Buffalo due to venues requiring concert-goers are fully vaccinated.
He continued: ‘If you think I’m going to be sit out there and sing Don’t Tell Me How To live and We The People while people are holding up their f***ing vaccine cards and wearing masks. That s**t ain’t happening.’
‘I don’t want to deal with that s**t either, and I know that you don’t,’ he added.
Kid Rock’s upcoming tour will kick off on April 6 in Evansville, Indiana and will stretch across the summer until the grand finale on September 17 in Clarkston, Michigan.
The singer went on to thank fans for supporting his recent singles, highlighting that The Last Dance was number one on the rock chart while Rockin’ reached number three.
‘So that another big “f**k you” to the critics; I kind of like that,’ he stated.
On the other end of the spectrum, part of the music industry is rallying in support of Neil Young after the musician removed his entire catalogue from Spotify after accusing the streaming service of ‘spreading misinformation’ about the Covid vaccine via Joe Rogan’s podcast.