Every year there is a trip to see Ted Nugent. His tickets are cheaper than what KISS charges, and the music is just as important to me. The closest show to me this year was in Roanoke, Virginia, so this show required some extra travel time. Fortunately, the weather was nice for a hot summer day.
The opener was Mark Mackay, a country singer. He sounded good, and he was entertaining when he spoke to the audience.
Ted Nugent went on stage a little before 9:00 PM. This year he is touring as a three piece band again. Since 2016 his drummer has been Jason Hartless who was around 21 or so when he first toured with Ted. (Ted took Tommy Clufetos on tour when he was about the same age, and now he plays with Ozzy Osbourne.) Greg Smith is playing bass again.
The setlist is close to what was played last year. The song Crave was requested by a bunch of people on Facebook, so Ted played it. His new song, The Music Made Me Do It, was dropped.
As for Ted's playing, he was on fire as much as he ever was. He has been reworking arrangements of some of his songs. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang now includes part of Hibernation. He has mixed the licks and melodies of some of his other songs, too. The signature licks are still in his solos to help you keep up with a song while being totally reworked. More than in the past, the solos are about as free form as can be except for those parts that have to be there. Even then Ted is playing in the same range of notes with the same tone settings, but he is playing off the top of his head. That is the magic of Ted Nugent's playing. He really can play. Age is not stopping him.
Ted has a habit of stating his age a year ahead of where it is. He said last night that he is 70. To be more correct, this is his 70th year which does not actually make him 70 yet. You would think the writer of Wang Dang Sweet Poontang would want to get in as many "69" references as possible. He played games with the chorus of Cat Scratch Fever, singing "scratch that beaver, gonna eat that beaver."
There were Magnatone amps across the stage in addition to the Kustom amps Ted has been using for the past few years.
Someone has posted video from last night's show. Be forewarned that some of the language is not safe for work.
I have a FREE single ticket for tonight's show in Nashville. Contact me if you want it. Derek St. Holmes will be there.