Photo essay: Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow @ Cheyenne Frontier DaysBy Jennifer Cohen | July 25th, 2011 | 4 comments
Cheyenne Frontier Days, held annually in Cheyenne, Wyo. since 1897, is known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration.” According to a local volunteer, the small town of 50,000 grows to 500,000 for this 10-day stretch of carnival, rodeo, and concert series event.
Crow began the evening with a one-hour set of what could be categorizd as her greatest hits, including “A Change,” “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Soak up the Sun.”
Kid Rock headlined with a two-hour set on a stage adorned with the skull of a long-horn bull stretched across the third level of the three-tiered stage. Beginning with a slideshow entitled “A History of Rock,” which scrolled through pictures of Rock as a young kid through his current age of 40, he came to the stage with pyrotechnics to either side.
Through five hat and shirt changes, Rock led the crowd through high-energy and introspective songs covering his career. In addition to fan favorites, “Bawitdaba,” “Cowboy,” “Only God Knows Why” and “All Summer Long,” Rock threw in a song in honor of his turning 40 this year, called “F**king Forty,” making fun of all having to get prostate exams, and not having to use Viagra … yet.
Crow joined Rock for a duet on “Picture,” as well as the Crosby, Stills and Nash cover of “Love the One You’re With.”
Rock ended his two-hour set asking the crowd, “I wanna know, do you still believe that the United States of America is the greatest place to live?” The fans screamed and stomped their feet in the stadium stands. He said, “So do I, so do I,” and concluded his set with “Born Free.”
Jennifer Cohen is a Lakewood-based freelance photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. Check out her website.