My first DangerZone experience? It was June 23, 2010 on Long Island, NY. Ahh… I remember it like it was yesterday…
Throughout the years, I have been fortunate enough to meet many of the musicians I have grown up listening to (i.e. Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, KISS, etc.). For some unknown reason, though, coming into contact with Ted Nugent had somehow eluded me for way too long. Being an avid fan of the Motor City Madman for over 30 years, I knew I had to quickly rectify this. So, after learning about the DangerZone VIP package, I knew my long-standing problem would finally be solved.
Unlike other meet-and-greet sessions I have attended which I describe as “cattle call-like” (“Hello, here’s your autographed photo, take a picture, goodbye now”), the DangerZone VIP experience actually gives you the opportunity to spend some quality time with The Nuge! There is a much more relaxed atmosphere as opposed to most other bands’ backstage settings.
If you are considering entering the DangerZone (and I highly recommend it), you will see that Uncle Ted is always ready for any topic you throw at him. Whether it’s music, hunting, politics, or whatever. Despite 40 years of high volume, ear bleeding rock and roll, Ted remains a great listener as well. He is very accommodating with autographs, photos, and most importantly, his time. Hey, you can even tell your friends that you met the guy who wrote “Stranglehold” (after all, not everyone can say they met the author of the greatest song in the history of planet Earth!).
Needless to say, following the backstage fun, the night concluded with a high-energy set of intense, bone-crushing rock ‘n roll from one of the all-time great Guitar Gods. We were treated to many of Ted’s greatest hits such as “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Wango Tango,” “Great White Buffalo,” as well as a few obscure rarities thrown in for good measure. It was all delivered tenfold..
Yep, my DangerZone memories are nothing but 110 percent positive. For those of you who have already taken part in the DangerZone experience, you know exactly what I’ve been talking about. As for the rest of you, well, what the hell are you waiting for??
Still Raising Hell (as well)