Photos by Al Powers
Kid Rock aka Bob Ritchie celebrated his 39th birthday in true Vegas style Sunday night at LAVO Nightclub. The rocker gathered a crew of friends and flew in Sunday evening, with only one request upon landing… In n Out Burger, please! After getting the snacks delivered to his room (only a rock star can pull that off), he washed it down with some beverages and listened to some music in his Palazzo Penthouse suite. After a few hours of pre-partying he made his way down to the red carpet… people all through the casino were screaming happy birthday and he bashfully waved and said thank you to all. He stopped on the carpet and posed with his trusty bottle of Jim Beam that he had stashed in his back pocket.
After red carpet duties complete he made his way to LAVO private dining room where he and his friends feasted on LAVO’s Italian fare. A gold birthday cake emblazoned with an Old English style “D” across the front to represent his home town of Detroit was presented and everyone had a bit before making their way to the club. DJ VICE started up a rock set upon Kid Rock’s arrival at his VIP table on the dance floor in front of the DJ booth, then VICE led the room in wishing the rocker a happy birthday as a giant cake – a 2 foot tall exact replica of a Jim Beam bottle was delivered to his table.
In awe and shock, he grinned like a child. He got on the mic to thank everyone and though he felt a little awkward, he thanked the crowd saying, “For everyone who came here because they know me and everyone who doesn’t… thank you all. God bless you and God bless America.”
VICE killed it with an hour long rock set he put together just for the birthday boy. While the ladies swarmed, Kid Rock took time to make someone’s day. A paralyzed Iraq war veteran had come early and waited in hopes to meet his icon and it paid off. Kid Rock invited him in to his table, and he and the man spent twenty minutes deep in conversation, even exchanging emails. The rocker was overheard saying he much he wants to help him. He spent a couple of hours in the club and at 3am took the party back upstairs to the penthouse. He was gracious and generous, even tipping the bathroom attendant $100.