Kid Rock was a relatively minor scab on our backs for much of this year, dangling a possible Senate run in Michigan and releasing new music. It was really all bullshit, a ruse to trigger libs, gaslight the media, and promote his new album Sweet Southern Sugar. Unfortunately for Kiiiiiiid, the endless loop of provocation might come back to bite him from a legal standpoint, but probably not for reasons he expected.
One of the songs on Sweet Southern Sugar, and his first new single after teasing a Senate run, was called “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which also became the name of his upcoming tour across North America. This caught the attention of the recently defunct Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which also dubs their events as “The Greatest Show on Earth,” but unlike Kid, has an official trademark to back it up. As Rolling Stone reports, the circus is suing. Here’s a statement from Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the Barnum and Bailey circus and all of its respective trademarks:
“This historic trademark has been an important part of Ringling Bros. for the past century, and it is recognized as a trusted and iconic brand of family-friendly entertainment. The Greatest Show On Earth continues to live on and will do so well into the future. We have no intention of surrendering the trademark or allowing it to be tarnished.”
Feld Entertainment general counsel Lisa Joiner was even more cutting in her statement, telling Rolling Stone: “We have authorized licensees for ‘Ringling Bros.’ and ‘The Greatest Show on Earth,’ but Kid Rock is not one of them.” The former potential Senate candidate has one show in the very near future—New Year’s Eve in Kansas City—and then The Greatest Show on Earth kicks into high gear on January 20. That should be enough time for a multi-platinum recording artist to pull any merchandise or signage with an unauthorized trademark. But fear not, he should have enough Dumbfuckistan tees or 00 Fucks Given jerseys to cover the losses.
Happy holidays, Kid!