Kid Rock Upset U.S.O. Tour Can't Count as Community Service
"I really take it as a slap in the face, and really have trouble thinking of a better way to 'serve the community,'" Rock (real name: Robert J. Ritchie) writes on his Web site.
"Apparently he thinks it's more important that I do something else rather than sing, shake hands, take pictures and spend time with the men and women who put themselves in harm's way to protect the very freedom he and all of us live by," he adds.
Rock was arrested last October for being involved in a fight at a Waffle House in suburban Atlanta after a concert. He pleaded not guilty to one count of battery and other charges were dropped.
In March, he raised $20,000 at a charity concert in the same fast food joint – something else he laments not getting credit for.
Georgia State Court Judge Alvin T. Wong, who denied the request Sept. 30, writes that Rock, has performed for the troops before and "giving him credit for something he would otherwise love to do in front of a camera completely defeats the punitive purpose of performing community service."
The singer is currently on tour in Europe, and plans to participate in U.S.O. concerts scheduled for mid-December in the Middle East.