Pop-punk group Lit will take a brief detour from its headlining tour to reunite with Kid Rock for three arena shows this coming weekend, beginning Thursday (May 9) at Philadelphia’s First Union Spectrum. The Orange County band, touring in support of its latest album, Atomic, will also appear as Rock’s opening act at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday (May 10) and Fairfax, Virginia’s Patriot Center the following night (May 11).
Lit has served as Rock’s support act for several shows in recent months, so the group knows what to expect. As to how to approach it, bassist Kevin Baldes said that they simply try to offer “a really good rock show.”
“It’s funny because all A.J. (Popoff) has to do is say, ‘Give me a Jagermeister, give me the whole bottle!’ and the audience just goes nuts, ’cause they just want to see him drink from the bottle. It’s just little things like that. You can kind of feel them out, you know? You’ve got to kind of come down to their level or up to their level. And you can see them-they got cowboy hats on, they got Lynyrd Skynyrd shirts on, and on top of that it’s a harder audience than what we’re used to. But by the end of the show they’re always standing and they’re totally cheering and totally getting into it.”
Baldes said that Rock treats them “really well” and that they’ve all partied together on occasion. “I’m sure it’s gonna be ugly,” he says.