Kid Rock will release his 10th studio album First Kiss on February 24th, and in the lead-up to the new LP, the rocker is not holding back in interviews, providing his earnest opinion on a variety of subjects regardless of who it might offend.
After bad-mouthing Coldplay and his own 2012 album Rebel Soul in a recent Rolling Stone interview, Rock has penned a piece for The Guardian where the "All Summer Long" rocker shares his outspoken views on the war on drugs ("Legalize and tax everything: pot, cocaine, heroin"), abortion, same-sex marriages and technology.
"I don't FaceTweet or whatever people do," Rock admits. "I understand that I'm the old guy now. I turn on my computer and look at porn a little bit, see what’s going on in the news, but that’s about it. I'm comfortable with that." Further cementing Rock as a young "old guy" at the age of 43: He's about to become a grandfather. "It keeps my redneck street cred up," Rock jokes. "I could be a great-great-great-grandfather by the time I’m 80."
On the issue of politics, Kid Rock definitely leans right, although he does seem more accepting of some controversial issues like abortion and same-sex marriages than his fellow Republicans. "I am definitely a Republican on fiscal issues and the military, but I lean to the middle on social issues," Rock writes in The Guardian. "I am no fan of abortion, but it's not up to a man to tell a woman what to do. As an ordained minister I don't look forward to marrying gay people, but I'm not opposed to it."
Rock later says that rap-rock "turned out to be pretty gay… If someone says you can't say 'gay' like that you tell them to go fuck themselves. You're not going to get anything politically correct out of me." Rock also discusses performing at Barack Obama's inauguration and that while "there was an exciting sense of change in the air. That promise hasn't been fulfilled."