Kool & The Gang Are Touring with Kid Rock; Here's the Obvious Reason Why

I admit it: When I got the chance to talk to Robert Bell -- that's Kool -- of Kool & the Gang ahead of tonight's show at Ak-Chin Pavilion, I couldn't resist asking the obvious question, much as I usually try to avoid them: Hey, how and why are you touring with Kid Rock?

The answer I got: Because touring with Van Halen went so well.

As it turns out, that's completely accurate, but it didn't quite get to the root of their presence on Kid Rock's $20 Best Night Ever Tour. To his eternal credit, Kool powered through, continuing to explain the very simple bonds tying them together until I finally figured it out.

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Dan Moore