Slate Belt man rockin' with Ted Nugent
by Express-Times staff
Bassist Greg Smith of Bangor, center, will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with "Motor City Madman" Ted Nugent, left, tonight at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Smith, right, rocking out on stage with Nugent, left.
Few people can say they make their living playing music. Even fewer can say that living includes touring the country alongside rock legends like Ritchie Blackmore, Alice Cooper and Ted Nugent.
Greg Smith of Bangor can lay claim to both.
The soft-spoken bassist -- a musical journeyman who has also performed with The Alan Parsons Project, Wendy O. Williams and Blue Oyster Cult -- is currently on the road with Nugent. Tonight Smith will join the "Motor City Madman" on for a performance at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
Smith chatted with staff writer Dustin Schoof about life on the road with one of rock music's most legendary -- and controversial -- acts.
"He has a ton of energy," Smith says of Nugent. "He's 60 years old but he's a ball of energy. It's amazing, sometimes it's hard for me to keep up with him. His playing is just so good."
Click on the arrow below to watch a vintage clip of Nugent performing "Wango Tango" live circa 1980.