"The performer - whose real name is Robert Ritchie - said his record company Atlantic had asked him to 'stand up for illegal downloading' a few years ago because it told him 'people are stealing from us and stealing from you'.
'And I go: 'Wait a second, you've been stealing from the artists for years. Now you want me to stand up for you?'
'I was telling kids - download it illegally, I don't care. I want you to hear my music so I can play live.'"
You know, I used to think that Kid Rock was a douche of an absolutely colossal scale, but now my respect for him has been increased nearly 100% (even though I'm not going to start listening to his music).