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UPDATE: 10:43am 11/22/2014

Kid Rock was on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night where he showed the world what his forthcoming album cover looks like.

Check out Kid Rock’s new song “Jesus and Bocephus” from “First Kiss”.

For me, it’s fascinating how this thing has flowed from Niagara’s hand in the early 1990s to the original owner to my purchase in 2011. When I bought it that brought the piece back to Niagara’s radar since she didn’t have a photo of it. That opened the door for her to start making prints (get one NOW before they are GONE). I loved having the original on my wall, over my bed for about 3 years. Finally, it’s a great honor to get Kid Rock’s support of the book campaign, sending him my original, and now seeing this piece that was on my wall for years as his new album cover!

When I put the original up for $20,000 to help fund the campaign I never thought ANYONE would pony up the cash to get it, let alone someone like Bob who would find an amazing way to use such an iconic image. It is an image my friend Rick Manore (former owner of CPOP) says is Niagara’s “soup can”, a reference to Andy Warhol’s iconic piece.

It’s been an amazing to see how all this happened in just about a month!

UPDATE: 9:40pm 11/21/2014

Well, not only is Bob using the Niagara he was gifted in the book campaign for his bass drum cover, but it’s also the art for his new album called “First Kiss” coming February 24th from Warner Brothers Records.

Someday, I’ll tell the tale of how I found this painting, loved it for many years, and gave it up as a donation to make this book happen. The book has always been the thing to me, although, as I said before, I do miss having Niagara hanging on my wall.

ORIGINAL POST: 9:45am 11/21/2014

So, you now know Bob Ritchie aka Kid Rock gave the book campaign $20,000 and got himself that really cool Niagara “Hot Box” painting.

Well, the Detroit Metro Times reports… he’s already put it to good use.


You can read the full story here: “Check out Kid Rock’s new Niagara-inspired bass drum”