Motor City Mayhem
July 4, 2008 was a landmark night at the DTE Energy Music Centre in the 41-year touring career of Detroit’s own Ted Nugent, as he performed his 6,000th show to a raucous hometown crowd. For the 20,000+ that attended, this show was an affirmation that a Ted Nugent show is not just a show…it is a celebration. A celebration of life, a celebration of Motor City rock n’ roll and, on this night, a celebration of over 40 years of touring to all corners of the earth.
The multi-platinum guitar icon, author, outspoken activist, television personality and avid outdoorsman celebrated this landmark event in true ultra Nuge style. Flanked by troops from the Selfridge Air National Guard, Ted kicked off the celebration with his electrifying version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Meanwhile, the Nuge crew wheeled out a 7 foot-tall red, white and blue cake, from which WRIF-FM Rock Girl Cristy Lee emerged to surprise the rocker.
Commenting on his performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" with troops from the Selfridge Air National Guard standing around him, Ted called the experience "very emotional and very inspiring. I have been blessed to hang with these hero warriors a lot and they always move me."
One of the highlights of the night came when Tedreunited with childhood guitar teach Joe Podorsek for a heartfelt rendition of "Honky Tonk," for which the two received a standing ovation. "Joe taught me so much way back when, and keeping in touch with him over the years has been very empowering," TED explains. "‘Honky Tonk' never sounded so cool." TED's first public performance--when he wasn't quite 10 years old--was with Podorsek and the Capitol School of Music Revue in 1958 at the Polish Arts Festival at the Michigan State Fairgrounds.
"The whole night was a barrage of wonderful, powerfully stimulating outrages. From the gorgeous girl coming out of the cake, to the presence of my family and friends, being surrounded by U.S. Military heroes during the National Anthem, to the power of my band, the glow of the incredible audience, the spectacular performances by Derek St. Holmes, amazing Mitch Ryder drummer Johnny Bee, my original guitar teacher Joe Podorsek on ‘Honky Tonk,' to the earth moving as everyone sang every word to my BloodBrother song ‘Fred Bear.' It was nonstop mind dazzling intensity." - Ted Nugent
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