Kid Rock has courted more controversy recently with Nashville’s Metro Council, after it was revealed that the singer planned to decorate the outside of his new bar with a 20-foot neon sign shaped like a guitar — a guitar with a base shaped like a woman’s buttocks.
The bar, called Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse, is already open. But the sign had to be approved by the Council, which recently voted 27 to 3 to allow it to be built and installed. Nashville mayor David Briley signed the council resolution permitting the sign on Friday (January 4th).
Councilwoman Kathleen Murphy, who voted against the sign, said, “We’ve worked very hard as a city to become somewhere that is a tourist destination, an ‘It City,’ somewhere that is family friendly . . . This one I feel crosses the line between good taste, family-friendliness, and I think what we would like Nashville to portray to people who come to visit us.”
Other council members admitted that they didn’t care for the sign, but voted to let it pass on the basis of Rock’s First Amendment rights.
Rock is a native of Michigan and still has property there, but has also lived in Nashville for several years and told us a while back he has a special place in his heart for Music City: [“It’s so much better in Nashville. People are nicer, best food, better barbecue, you know? Better people, you know? Just being in Music City like that, you go to any bar, and really see people jamming and getting down on any type of music you can think of — blues, rock-and-roll, country, bluegrass. I really dig it down there a lot. I love Nashville.”] SOUNDCUE(:17 OC: . . . I love Nashville.)
Rock was supposed to be the Grand Marshall of Nashville’s Christmas parade last month, but he was forced out after calling The View host Joy Behar a bitch during a live broadcast on Fox & Friends.
Story source: The Tennessean
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