Kid Rock on Senate Run: 'F--k No'

Musician admits campaign stunt was ploy to promote new album, 'Sweet Southern Sugar'

Kid Rock said he would not be running for Senate and admitted the stunt was a ploy to promote his new album, 'Sweet Southern Sugar.' Credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images

Kid Rock said he will not run for Senate during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show Tuesday, according to The Detroit Free Press. After playing coy about his political ambitions for months, Kid Rock admitted that it was all a ploy to build hype for his new album, Sweet Southern Sugar, out November 3rd.

"Fuck no, I'm not running for senate, are you kidding me?" Kid Rock said. "Who couldn't figure that out? I'm releasing a new album. I'm going on tour, too. Are you fucking shitting me?"

Sweet Southern Sugar marks Kid Rock's first album since 2015's First Kiss. The record features several tracks released this summer, including "Tennessee Mountain Top," "Greatest Show on Earth" and "Po-Dunk."

Kid Rock will embark on a North American tour in support of the LP January 19th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The trek wraps March 24th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. As Kid Rock also told Stern, he will only be performing Friday and Saturday nights due to his growing frustration with the music industry.

As for his now officially squashed Senate campaign, Kid Rock called it "the worst advice that I ever gave myself, but it's been the most creative thing I've ever done. And I got to see everybody's true colors." 

Elsewhere, Kid Rock took a few off-color shots at the media after Stern praised the reporting in The New York Times. While Kid Rock agreed with the importance of a free press, he quipped that the Times was "a little bit gay." When Stern asked him what he meant, Kid Rock replied, "Like, they have a narrative of a left-wing agenda." 

An outspoken Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump, Kid Rock began teasing a potential Senate run on social media this summer. The stunt snowballed to the point where he bought the domain KidRockForSenate.com and started taking campaign-style shots at his would-be opponent, Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow

Sweet Southern Sugar Track List

1. "Greatest Show on Earth"
2. "Po-Dunk"
3. "Tennessee Mountain Top"
4. "I Wonder"
5. "American Rock N' Roll"
6. "Back to the Otherside"
7. "Raining Whiskey"
8. "Stand the Pain"
9. "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch"
10. "Grandpa's Jam"

Kid Rock Tour Dates

January 19 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
January 20 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
January 25 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Grand Theatre
January 26 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Grand Theatre
January 27 – Durant, OK @ Choctaw Grand Theatre
February 2 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
February 3 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
February 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
February 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
February 16 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
February 17 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
February 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
February 24 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
March 2 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
March 3 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
March 9 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 10 – Nassau, NY @ NYCB Live
March 16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
March 17 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
March 20 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
March 23 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center