Kid Rock has revealed to Billboard that he plans to re-record his breakthrough 1998 album Devil Without A Cause and release it in time to commemorate the disc's 15th anniversary in August 2013. Rock admitted that part of the reason he's doing it is to have ownership over the new master recordings of the songs from the record -- which has sold more than 11 million copies -- but added that he's also launching the project for other reasons.
Rock says that the songs have changed a lot in concert over the years and those are the versions he wants to record: "I'm not gonna say they're gonna be better than the originals. That's gonna be tough to top. But I think there's something special about them that people will dig. They're kind of gonna be the way a lot of people have seen us play these versions live, whether it's 'Bawitdaba,' 'Cowboy,' 'Only God Knows Why.' We've twisted them up so much to where I think they're very interesting, very cool. I think 'Wasting Time' could be a single. It just seems like it'd be fun, I think people will dig it, and yeah, it's incentive because I own the masters"
- Rock added that a live show based around the entire Devil Without A Cause album could be in the works as well.
- Rock's ninth studio effort, Rebel Soul, arrived in stores last Tuesday (November 20th).
- One of the last holdouts against putting his music on iTunes, Rock has made Rebel Soul available via the digital retailer -- with the rest of his catalog to show up there sometime in early 2013.
- Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band are currently rehearsing for shows in Hollywood, Florida on December 30th and 31st, with a full tour behind Rebel Soul to begin in February.
SIDE NOTES: Rock also told Billboard that he plans to make his next studio album -- his last for Atlantic -- as a half-country, half-rap affair. He plans to recruit artists from both genres of music to write and produce the songs for him. Rock said about the potential project, "I don't know what it would be like. It would be interesting, that's for sure. It would kind of go out on the weird side and then I could focus on the next Kid Rock record after that."
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- How do you feel about Rock re-recording Devil Without A Cause?
- Should he leave well enough alone or would you be interested in hearing how the songs sound today?
- Do you think this is a trend we might see other artists take up so that they can retake ownership of their old songs by making new recordings of them?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Billboard -- agree or not?
Michael Mercer wrote: "I'd LOVE to hear that record interpreted all these years later! I was workin' my ass off at Atlantic when Devil got released!!"
Mysterwright wrote: "I can't wait! Bring it on."
Ryan Wojcik wrote: "Devil Without A Cause is always gonna be his best album and really i dont see a reason to re-record that."
Alan Stober wrote: "kid rock devil without a cause was the only album of kid rock if you ask me. then he started country and sold out. i hope he dosent ruin a great album."
Kid Rock On Re-Recording 'Devil Without A Cause'
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