At the release party for Kid Rock’s new album, Rock N Roll Jesus, last night, Tuesday, October 10, most guests mingled in Nikki Midtown’s front bar and in the center of its massive main room. The remaining, more special partygoers, who came and went from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., mixed themselves drinks from bottle services on three elevated, velvet-roped-off V.I.P. platforms that were lining the walls of the seemingly Miami Vice-inspired space.
Sitting on a banquette in one of Nikki’s fortified sections was Sopranos star and New York nightlife maven Drea de Matteo, 35, whose very visible pregnancy kept her sipping a steady stream water instead of Stoli. (Cindy Crawford’s hubby, the nightclub operator and former model Rande Gerber, also came out for Mr. Rock, a.k.a. Robert James Ritchie.) Ms. De Matteo and her husband, the country crooner Shooter Jennings, are expecting a baby girl, but they haven’t yet considered picking a name. “In Italian, it’s bad luck to name your kid first,” she explained, rubbing her baby-bump while Mr. Jennings, sitting to her right, flashed rocker-horns with his hands at the Transom.
Anonymity aside, the apparently happy couple is apparently very much in communication with their forthcoming daughter. Mr. Jennings, 28, who was wearing sunglasses in the dark room, often sings to the fetus through the ever-expanding walls of his wife’s stomach. Asked what Ms. De Matteo likes about her friend Kid Rock (who, over an hour into his own party had not yet arrived), she had only one thing to say:
“He’s a cocky mother fucker, and that’s cool!”
After arriving at the party some 30 minutes later, Mr. Rock, who reportedly swilled copious amounts of vodka all night, made sure to have his security team at his back at all times. According to one source involved with the event, the Twisted Brown Trucker even brought his bulky bodyguards with him into the bathroom.