Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO
May 10th 2013
Ted Nugent is pushing 50 years in the music industry, starting with the Amboy Dukes back in the mid 1960’s. He has carved his distinctive guitar style in stone over those decades and built a huge fan base in the process. With over 30 million records sold and thousands of live shows, it’s hard to say that Ted Nugent has not placed himself in the rock and roll history books for future generations to read as well as listen to.
Political tirades are nothing new to rock shows (left or right) and after seeing Nugent more than a handful of times I knew to expect some politics from the Motor City Madman and they came in a big way. As loud as his guitar is, his voice is just as loud! Agree with Ted or not, America is founded upon freedom of speech and I think that freedom must continue to be protected however I was there for the rock and not the talk.
I was so excited to see Derek St. Holmes was touring once again with Nugent! Derek was the voice behind Stranglehold, Hey Baby, Just What the Doctor Ordered as well as many other hit songs. Derek sounded great and brought back some great memories associated with Nugent’s classic hits. Ted didn’t miss a note and came out thundering on his signature Gibson guitar, his big stacks of Marshal amps were cranked up to his signature series number ten! I enjoyed the show; however, I did miss his flaming arrows and swinging vines that used to be a staple at any Nugent show. Bottom line, I will see him again!
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