Kid Rock, Jason Aldean didn't cancel shows in New York; claim started as satire | Fact check

The claim: Kid Rock, Jason Aldean canceled shows in New York to support Trump

A Feb. 20 Facebook post (direct link, archive link) shows side-by-side photos of musicians Kid Rock and Jason Aldean above what appears to be the headline of a news story.

"Kid Rock and Jason Aldean Remove New York from the 'You Can't Cancel America' Tour: 'We Support 45,'" reads the headline.

It was shared more than 100 times in three days. Similar versions of the claim accumulated hundreds of additional shares on Facebook and on X, formerly Twitter.

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Our rating: False

No tour by that name exists. The musicians were never scheduled to perform together in New York. Aldean's three shows in the state without Kid Rock remain scheduled. The claim originated on a website that posts satirical content, but that is not indicated in the post.

'You Can't Cancel America' tour does not exist

Both musicians have been vocal supporters of Republican candidates and the 45th president, Donald Trump.

But they did not express that support by calling off their “You Can’t Cancel America” tour shows in New York – where Trump was ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars in legal penalties during a three-week span.

No tour by that name exists. It's a fabrication from a website that posts satirical content.

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The claim originated in a Feb. 19 article published by the Dunning-Kruger Times, which is part of the America’s Last Line of Defense network of satirical websites. Its “About Us” page states that “everything on this website is fiction.” Christopher Blair, who operates the site, previously told USA TODAY “I don’t publish the truth on any of the websites you’ll find on ALLOD.”

The images in the post include the ALLOD logo on Aldean's hat and in the lower left corner of the photo of Kid Rock.

The Facebook post is an example of what could be called "stolen satire," where stories originally written and presented as satire are captured and reposted in a way that makes them appear to be legitimate news. As a result, readers of the second-generation post are misled, which is what happened here.

The two artists announced in November 2023 that they would headline a seven-city tour with a different name. But New York has never been on the "Rock the Country" tour schedule. The three shows Aldean booked in the state without Kid Rock remain on his schedule.

The fabricated article was published three days after a New York judge ordered Trump and the company that bears his name to pay more than $450 million, imposed additional penalties against two of his sons, and barred them from conducting business in the state after finding he fraudulently overvalued his real estate empire. That came after a jury on Jan. 26 ordered him to pay writer E. Jean Carroll more than $83 million for defaming her when he denied her allegations of sexual assault.

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post but did not immediately receive a response.

The Associated Press also debunked the claim.

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