When you think of Michigan’s greatest musical acts, one name stands far above all others. It’s not any of the many great acts that came from Motown. It’s not Eminem, Jack White or the MC5. It’s not even the Insane Clown Posse. No, the best musician in the history of Michigan music is none other than Bob Ritchie, who you might know as Kid Rock.

Rock — or Kid, I do not know how to address him, really — is a legend like none other. After all, how many of those other big names have a banner hanging at the Palace of Auburn Hills? I’ll save you the trouble and let you know that the answer is zero. But Kid does, following a ceremony in 2009 to honor his 18 sellouts in the Pistons’ arena. However, since it’s been almost two years since that well-deserved banner was raised, the Pistons need to do some updating because Detroiters are still Kid crazy.

Don’t worry — they are. From the Associated Press:

Kid Rock will be honored tonight with an updated banner that recognizes his 21 combined sellout performances at the basketball arena and the nearby DTE Energy Music Theatre. The first banner honoring the singer-songwriter went up in 2009.

Kid Rock is to be recognized at the end of the first quarter of Detroit’s home opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Get excited, Pistons fans. Not only is tonight the Pistons’ home opener against everyone’s second favorite team, they’ll also be treated to a ceremony for the man affectionately known as “The Bullgod.” As a massive fan of both mediocre basketball and the song “Cowboy,” I must say that this is truly a treat.

I think I speak for us all when I say, “Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy, diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy.”

Comments (10)

  1. As a Piston fan and Metro Detroiter, I have long hated that this piece of garbage is seen as Detroit’s ambassador. Kid Rock is awful, and the fact that my favorite team honors him is just another shot to the family jewels.

  2. Haha i dnt really like him but i respect the fact he always reps detroit. He does some good for the city.

    Anyways i’ll be there tonight hope its not a blow out and that monroe actually plays

  3. It could be worse, guys. The Pistons could be honoring Uncle Kracker.

  4. Or Justin Bieber.

    But he’s not from Detroit!?

    Exactly.

    Actually, Justin Bieber would bring back sell out crowds to the Palace, but it’d sound like an All-Star Weekend rookies/sophs game.

  5. Sufjan Stevens is from Detroit!… Anyone…?

  6. Detroit’s finest musician? Hardly. Ever here of a guy named Eminem…only one of the highest selling rappers of all time?

  7. +1 for Sufjan Stevens.

  8. How can Kid Rock be Detroit’s finest musician when Detroit is the birthplace of Motown? C’mon. The Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Contours, Martha and the Vandellas, Parliament-Funkadelic and well not Motown but one of the greatest American’s alive Bob Seger.

  9. It’s a joke, guys. Of course Kid Rock isn’t Detroit’s finest musician. He is Kid Rock.

  10. We were there. I feel ripped off as the Cavs opening video had Eminem, and our highlights opener had a Kid Rock song that sounded as if he was channeling John Mellencamp. We’re a river running strong?

    Is this what it has come to? The Cavs get our better musical stars and we have to suffer inexplicable banner ceremonies and interviews with the cast of Detroit 1-8-7?

    Super.

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