It takes a lot to be America's No. 1 badass. "Rock puts all of his energy into his performances, and he had command of the audience from the first note," says SPIN.com contributing photog Ian Witlen, who took all the pics in this gallery. "It's a killer shot -- that expression on his face says it all."
Artists dependent on tradition as muse and subject gamble on fate. Eventually the marketplace will deal — so they think. Well, Dwight Yoakam has won twice. After a hell of an '80s run, he spent the '90s in Hollywood and released distracted albums before 2003’s superb Population Me marked his return. The revelation was 2012’… More »