Kid Rock has revealed to Billboard that he plans to re-record his breakthrough 1998 album Devil Without A Cause and release it in time to commemorate the disc's 15th anniversary in August 2013. Rock admitted that part of the reason he's doing it is to have ownership over the new master recordings of the songs from the record -- which has sold more than 11 million copies -- but added that he's also launching the project for other reasons.
Rock says that the songs have changed a lot in concert over the years and those are the versions he wants to record: "I'm not gonna say they're gonna be better than the originals. That's gonna be tough to top. But I think there's something special about them that people will dig. They're kind of gonna be the way a lot of people have seen us play these versions live, whether it's 'Bawitdaba,' 'Cowboy,' 'Only God Knows Why.' We've twisted them up so much to where I think they're very interesting, very cool. I think 'Wasting Time' could be a single. It just seems like it'd be fun, I think people will dig it, and yeah, it's incentive because I own the masters"
SIDE NOTES: Rock also told Billboard that he plans to make his next studio album -- his last for Atlantic -- as a half-country, half-rap affair. He plans to recruit artists from both genres of music to write and produce the songs for him. Rock said about the potential project, "I don't know what it would be like. It would be interesting, that's for sure. It would kind of go out on the weird side and then I could focus on the next Kid Rock record after that."