Kid Rock can no longer say he has the “Greatest Show on Earth.”
The controversial alt-country rocker was forced to rename his 2018 tour after being sued by the owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. They’ve used the catchphrase “The Greatest Show on Earth” for decades to promote their traveling circus.
Feld Entertainment Group, owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, sued Rock for copyright infringement after he named his set of 2018 concert dates The Greatest Show on Earth Tour. According to Pollstar, Rock has officially renamed the tour as the American Rock ‘n’ Roll Tour. But that may not be the end of the story.
Feld Entertainment Group’s lawsuit is still pending, which means Rock may still face legal action for using the name without permission. The company has stated that they regularly allow licensing of the tagline to outside companies and entities. However, they claim that Rock began using the tagline without ever requesting permission.
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No matter what happens with the suit, Kid Rock is still planning on hitting the road this year, with dates set across the country over the next three months.