Rap-rocker has changed his tour name as a result
Kid Rock has been forced to change the name of his upcoming tour after legal action from a circus company.
Feld Entertainment, owners of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, filed a lawsuit in December after Rock named his US stint The Greatest Show On Earth Tour, a trademarked tagline owned by Feld.
Rock has now changed his tour to be called the The American Rock N Roll Tour. His tour had previously been named after the opening track on his latest album, ‘Sweet Southern Sugar’.
In a court declaration, Kid Rock said: “While I firmly believe that I am entitled under the First Amendment to name my tour after my song, I have changed the tour name because I do not want this lawsuit to distract me or my fans from focusing on what is important in my upcoming tour — my music.”
In a rebuttal filed on Friday (January 12), the company stated that Rock is still infringing on the copyright by intending to sell merchandise using the phrase.
Feld is seeking damages and legal fees. A preliminary injunction hearing will take place on Tuesday (January 16) in a Tampa, Florida, federal court.
Last year saw Kid Rock toy with the idea of a run for Senate in the US, although he later downplayed the idea.