Kid Rock Giving City Of Nashville A Big Middle Finger
Kid Rock is installing a large sculpture of a hand extending the middle finger in front of his home in Nashville, according to Taste Of Country. Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, was apparently inspired to erect the statue after seeing a similar sculpture in Vermont.
The Vermont finger, which measures seven feet tall, was erected by Ted Pelkey, who actually got a voicemail from Rock. The singer said, "I like your style. Thanks for getting us the info on that middle finger. I gotta have one of those somewhere on my property here in Nashville."
Pelkey had originally put up his sculpture to protest town leaders' refusal to let him develop his land. After hearing from Rock, Pelkey contacted the artist who made it and had a second sculpture constructed for the musician. Pelkey and his wife are headed to Nashville to deliver it to Rock themselves, according to reports.
This is the second time in less than a year that Rock has planned a provocative display on a property of his. Last January it was revealed that he intended to decorate the outside of his Nashville eatery, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, with a 20-foot neon guitar shaped like a woman's buttocks. The city council approved the sign despite the disapproval of some locals and council members.
Rock told us a while back that he's used to being a target for scandal: "It's tough in this day and age, because I am somebody who's out there and has fun and, you know, don't really hide or...you know, what you see is what you get, obviously. And in this day and age, everybody's got a camera phone and this, that and the other, so with information, how it can be channeled and given and received, whenever you do something that's even minimally, like, you know, news...I don't know, it's just crazy to me."