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    Can You Feel The Spirit? Ted Nugent Concert Review

    Many people may not even read this post, but here it goes:

    I know this person is polarizing and controversial to many, but regardless of that (and I don’t disagree with those words I just said), I am a fan of Ted Nugent’s music and have been for many years.

    He has made many albums.  In the 1960s, he was guitarist of The Amboy Dukes and ultimately transitioned into being their leader/singer in the 1970s (they released quite a few albums and even had a hit with “Journey To The Center of the Mind).

    He then transitioned into being a solo artist in the mid 1970s, making several albums to this day.  He became known for such songs as Stranglehold, Hey Baby, Free For All, Cat Scratch Fever, and many more.  Many of these are still radio staples today. 

    During this time, he also was the lead guitarist of the band Damn Yankees, who made two very good albums in the 1980s and 1990s, scoring hits with the songs “High Enough”, “Coming of Age”, and “Where You Goin’ Now”.

    And let me preface what else I’m going to say with this:  I’ve always been a music fan.  However, when I became a teenager, I became a bigger music fan, and got into so many bands/artists and their discographies.  Even started going to see them, which I never thought of doing before.

    During this time, Ted Nugent was one of the artists I became aware of and I really liked his music and his over the top personality.

    Now was I aware that some of the things he said/says and believed/believes were/are controversial and offensive to some or even many?  Yes.

    But did that stop me from liking his music?  No.

    I may not agree with everything he says, but you know what?  I don’t agree with everything anyone says.  No one agrees with everyone on everything.  That’s just life.

    So having said all of that, I saw Ted Nugent in concert last night for the first time in many years (I’d seen him in 2000 and 2001) with opening band Hillbilly Vegas in support.

    Hillbilly Vegas are a rock and roll band from Oklahoma that I honestly had never heard of until recently.  But, they were pretty good.  Just fun rock and roll, which I love.  They played for 30 minutes.

    Then, 30 minutes after they were done, Uncle Ted (his nickname by fans) arrived and really rocked the house for about an hour and 35 or 40 minutes.

    Ted I believe has always been a great performer, always has a great band, and for me, the music is what always counts.  

    Again, I don’t agree with everything he says, but it doesn’t stop me from buying his albums and liking his music.

    Yes, I did not go see him for many years, but it was mainly because I was seeing sooooo many other bands/artists that I didn’t have the time.  It wasn’t because I didn’t want to see him on other tours.

    OK this is definitely one of my longest posts and I feel as if people are going to hate me because I like this man’s music or say something negative.

    I’m sorry if I offend anyone by saying that I love Ted’s music, but that’s the way it is.

    I don’t want this blog to be negative, political, or anything bad in general.

    I want this to be fun, and I’m just reporting my experiences about the things I love.

    But in short, I had a great time at the show.

    Ted always rocks and I’ll always be a fan.

    No apologies for that.

    Ted Nugent Band Members:

    Ted Nugent Set List:

    1. Star Spangled Banner (played on guitar)
    2. Gonzo
    3. Stormtroopin’
    4. Paralyzed
    5. Motor City Madhouse
    6. Free-For-All
    7. Snakeskin Cowboys
    8. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
    9. Hey Baby
    10. I Can’t Take It
    11. Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine (featuring snippets of his instrumentals Homebound, Free Flight, Sunrize, Earthtones, Winterspring Summerfall)
    12. Fred Bear
    13. Cat Scratch Fever
    14. Stranglehold
    15. Encore:  Great White Buffalo (with some of Spirit of the Wild)

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