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Kid Rock puts himself on the wrong side of most conservative thinking these days in a new Rolling Stone interview, despite calling himself a Republican and campaigning forMitt Romney last year. For one thing, Rock seems to advocate redistribution of wealth, saying, "Athletes and musicians make astronomical amounts of money. People get paid $100 million to throw a baseball! Shouldn't we all take less and pass some of that money onto others? Think about firefighters, teachers and policemen. We should celebrate people that are intellectually smart and trying to make this world a better place."
Setting his own example, Rock is going on tour this summer and charging $20 for most of the tickets, saying, "We're all so overpaid. It's ridiculous. People stopped going to concerts because they can't afford them. The Rolling Stones are charging $650 per ticket! That just makes me speechless."
Rock said he is going in as an equal partner with Live Nation on the tour, saying that he told the company, "'Don't guarantee me a dime; if nobody shows up, I'll lose money' . . . Even if it sells out, I'll take a pay cut."
The first two rows at each show will be kept empty, with crew members sent out to find people at the back of the venue and bring them to the front.
Rock will also set aside 1,000 seats to sell at a premium price -- essentially scalping his own tickets while keeping them out of the hands of real scalpers.
Rock isn't sure if the plan will succeed, saying, "This one is a little nerve-racking. It could be a really rough summer if it doesn't work out. If it doesn't work out, I may have to go hide in a hole for a couple of years."
Some of his fellow musicians think he should hide for endorsing Romney last year, but Rock stood firm, saying, "People in this country just hate each other for voicing an opinion . . . Look, I tend to vote Republican, but I don't like the hardcore views on either side and I'm not in bed with anybody."
In addition to his economic views, Rock supports gay marriage and abortion rights -- which could put him at odds with his preferred party in 2016.
Rock's summer U.S. tour begins on June 28th in Bristow, Virginia and winds down on September 15th in Tampa, Florida. Tickets go on sale to the public in selected markets beginning Friday (April 12th) onLiveNation.com.