Get ready, ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK, a BRAND NEW 2CD+DVD release from Uncle Ted is set to be unleashed on October 22!
Captured and recorded by seven cameras in 5.1 audio mix on August 14, 2011, at Penn’s Peak during the unforgettable I Still Believe Tour, ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK will be made available in three amazing formats including 2CD+DVD deluxe edition, DVD, Blu-Ray and as a digital download!
The lineup on the album consists of the legendary-and-still-raging Nuge on guitar and vocals, Derek St. Holmes (rhythm guitarist and the voice on “Stranglehold”) on guitar and vocals, Greg Smith (Rainbow) on bass and Mick Brown (Dokken) on drums. The set list is killer and packed with the songs that forever changed the face of rock. The performances are razor-sharp and electrifying, adding up to a sonic and visual extravaganza that’s not to be missed.
Says Ted, “To be surrounded by such world-class passionate virtuosos is every musician’s dream and I live it every song, every concert, every night, every lick, every tsunami of soul sweat. You dogs deserve me!”
1. Free For All
3. Wango Tango
4. Just What the Doctor Ordered
5. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
6. Need You Bad
7. Turn It Up
8. Raw Dogs & War Hogs
9. Dog Eat Dog
10. Hey Baby
11. Fred Bear
12. I Still Believe*
13. Motorcity Madhouse
14. Cat Scratch Fever
16. Great White Buffalo
*First time available on an album (previously only available as a digital download)
DVD/Blu-Ray Bonus Footage includes Spirit of the Wild and The Making of ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK.
It had been 25 years since I last saw Ted Nugent in concert, and my how things have changed. In 1988, When I caught a show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Nugent was swinging on a vine and had the house in his clutches. Lita Ford opened. Tonight, Nugent wasn’t swinging on any vines but that didn’t stop him from taking charge of the proceedings the minute he stepped onstage. And he had another female guitar player opening the show named Laura Wilde.
Wilde, who hails from Australia, and her three-piece band came out for a randy little set filled with songs from the singer and guitarist’s debut release, Sold My Soul. This is her second summer tour with Uncle Ted, so basic balls-to-the-wall rockers like “For You” and “I Love This City” easily sank iin with the crowd (it probably helps that Wilde is very easy on the eyes, too). A stomping take on AC/DC’s “Jailbreak,” along with her own “Sold My Soul,” left the flock screaming for more.
Then it was Nugent’s turn. Emerging from a cloud of smoke just a little after 9, the Nuge sported his usual commando look with a matching Camo Cowboy hat propped firmly on his head, a wispy gray landing strip on his chin and a white hollowed-bodied Gibson Byrdland strapped on like a weapon — a rather appropriate metaphor for the man of the hour. What I realized immediately is that, even at 64, the self-proclaimed Motor City Madman still applies a take no-prisoner’s approach when he’s on stage. The wireless head-set gives him the opportunity to roam and ramble while he slices and dices up the chords (he always has Damn Yankees for the softer stuff).
Even better was the fact that Derek St. Holmes was there, because he wasn’t when I last saw Nugent. His voice and exemplary guitar work are as important to the mix as Nugent’s own zaniness. His vocals on “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” “Stormtroopin’,” “Turn It Up,” “Hey Baby” (introduced as a Motown classic), “Stranglehold,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” (where he also laid down a nice lead) really are such a big part of Nugent’s sound.
In between the visceral grunts and growls on “Wango Tango” and “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,” Nugent rapped it up about his patriotism (to match his American-flag Les Paul), hunting (some fans dressed the part), the Marines and veterans — topics near and dear to his heart and warmly welcomed by the audience. No stranger to controversy, Nugent’s also been making headlines in recent years with his outspoken views, and there was no holding back tonight, exclaiming at one point: “I feel so good tonight — George Zimmerman is not guilty.”
After Nugent pulled on another Gibson Byrdland, this one black, the band went into animal mode, jumping from “Dog Eat Dog” to ‘Cat Scratch Fever.” You couldn’t help but notice drummer “Wild” Mick Brown, an original member of Dokken, who’s been holding down the beat for Uncle Ted for a while now and has clearly grown into the role as a floor-to-the-board timekeeper. The whole band really locked in for “Stranglehold,” which Nugent called, “The soundtrack to take back America.” An encore of “Great White Buffalo” with a bit of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to finish it off, and the show was over in a flash.
Like so many of his rock contemporaries, Nugent is a true road warrior. An author, a radio show host, an opinionated “pundit” — Ted Nugent is still a madman who wields a mean guitar and calls the shots with bravado and charm.
“I’m an old motherfunker,” he snarled, running his fingers up and down the neck of his guitar.
“I got the spirit of wild inside of me,” he declared just before the end of the show.
“I’m 65 years clean and sober,” he proudly proclaimed while fans guzzled their beer.
Hate him or love him, there’s no denying Ted Nugent is the real deal.
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Last night, Ted Nugent sauntered on stage at the Grove of Anaheim to showcase another set of serious, six string firepower. Considering the amount of classic rock reverence we have in OC, it was clear from the outset that the entire venue had been placed under the control of the Motor City Madman. First off, this show had one of the most strict camera policies I’ve ever seen. Fans were not even allowed to have their phone out to take pictures and if security saw you, they were booting people out. But even though some may have considered the anti-phone policy a little over-the-top, it was a relief to not have to look over a sea of glowing, three-inch screens just to see the Nugent do his thing.
Though Detroit’s iconic guitar hero was obviously the star of the show, every single person on that stage seemed to put out as much work and energy as the bossman himself. In fact, rhythm guitarist Derek St. Holmes and bassist Greg Smith did a lot of the vocals as Uncle Ted rocked out on the guitar. Nugent used the vocal spot from his bandmates to wander off a bit and showcase his skill set in person as his fingers danced on the frets in between shouts from his headset mic which he still uses without fail.
As always, Nugent dug deep into the song book to pull out a respectable array of classics and deep tracks appreciated by a crowd that seemed overwhelmingly age 30-and-up. Of course at the end of the show, songs like “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Strangle Hold” were played. The band moved around on stage but it was not like they were running around, they were simply walking around but the energy that was coming from them was fantastic. It is not always about how much you do on stage, but how you do it, and the amount of zeal with which you play every note. In fact, compared to some recent shows with younger bands, it’s safe to say that most of those acts could still afford to take notes from the Nuge on how to play a loud over-the-top show.
In between some of the songs, Uncle Ted was giving out some of his one-of-a-kind words of wisdom. As we all know, Nugent is a huge hunter, fairly conservative, and a huge supporter of our American Troops. Whether you agree with his politics or not, he does care about America and sure as hell shows everyone what it is like to be a proud statesman. It is always nice to have someone who is a strong force supporting our troops because it is not something that is scene very often. In all honesty, Nugent is pretty funny on stage and he really gives zero fucks about whether or not you like what he has to say. This is something of course the rock legend has been known for through out the years but it is another thing to see it in person.
One of the high lights of the night came when his band started to play “Red House,” a classic track from The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Over the years, I have seen various countless Experience covers and this was by far the best attempt I have heard. It sounded fantastic. The band had kept it close to how it sounded originally but they had also made it their own song, which is rare in a cover. But then again, with Nugent at the helm, things always tend to turn out wild, raw and just right.
The Crowd: Late 30’s and older, mostly the good ol’ boy type, a.k.a. people who love America and you can tell they do. There was a handful of people in their 20’s. But like me, it looked like they’d come with their parents.
Advice From Uncle Ted: “I hunt my own venison and I make it into jerky. I send it out to our troops overseas. Did you know they send out tofu overseas? That stuff will rot out your insides!”
Personal Bias: This was one of those bucket list concerts I was definitely glad to attend. Not disappointed in the least.
Ted Nugent, Leigh Steinberg, Davey Lind and Mark Peacock Spoke in Support
On Tuesday, July 16 SafetyHeroes.org welcomed over 200 active and retired members of local law enforcement, fire and military personnel to the 5th Annual SafetyHeroes.org fundraiser at City National Grove of Anaheim. Notable attendees including Ted Nugent, Leigh Steinberg, and Davey Lind along with organization Founder and event producer, Mark Peacock, all delivered moving presentations and over $15,000 was raised in support of the cause.
The fundraiser attendees included members from various LA and Orange County Police Departments, Huntington Beach Fire, Orange County Deputy Sheriffs, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, Firearms Training Associates, Combat Ready U.S.A. and more. SafetyHeroes.org Founder, Mark J. Peacock of The Law Offices of Mark Peacock in Newport Beach opened the evening welcoming guests and introducing members of Semper Fi Fund with a touching video detailing the organizations efforts. Double leg amputee, MSgt Davey Lind, USMC (Ret), presented his touching person story and how Semper Fi Fund provided priceless assistance in his recovery process. Notable Sports Agent, Leigh Steinberg, also spoke about the importance of supporting those injured in the line of duty and their families. American guitar legend and activist, Ted Nugent, made a special appearance and presentation to Semper Fi Fund prior to his concert at the City National Grove later that evening.
Multiple Taylor guitars, original artwork and other collectible items signed by Ted Nugent were part of the silent auction that helped raise funds for the cause. Other bidding items included sports lessons and outdoors activities donated by various Olympic athletes that were in attendance at the event including two-time USA Olympic kayaking team member, Cathy Marino and Olympic track cyclist, Connie Paraskevin among others.
“Semper Fi Fund would not be able to provide the necessary resources and support to the injured service personnel and their families without the selfless assistance of individuals like Mark Peacock and SafetyHeroes.org,” commented Kerry-Ann Ellington, Community Outreach Representative at Semper Fi Fund. “Mark donates countless hours and efforts to make this fundraiser more successful every year and we cannot thank him and all of the donors enough.”
The Semper Fi Fund directs urgently needed resources to post 9 11 members of the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The non-profit provides relief for financial hardships that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. The programs provide support in a variety of ways including service member and family support, specialized and adaptive equipment, housing and transportation, education and career transition assistance, therapeutic arts and Team Semper Fi.
Those interested in becoming involved and learning more about SafetyHeroes.org contact [email protected].
WATCH: Check out this video recap of the 2013 SafetyHeroes.org fundraiser.
STYX announced that they and their tourmates REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent raised $108,000 for the victims of the Boston marathon bombings during their recent tour.
The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express tour raised money by offering fans a chance to purchase a silent raffle ticket to win a guitar signed by all three acts.
The fundraiser was setup by STYX’s non-profit charity Rock to the Rescue with 25% of the proceeds directed to local charities and 75% to the Boston One Fund, which benefits the victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
Ted Nugent offered these thoughts, “The Nugent band and family are surrounded by Americans who care deeply about each other and are dedicated to give all we got in times of need. We again face a tragedy that we can all help with, and are proud of this charitable heart and soul effort.”
The unstoppable Ted Nugent returns to the stage tonight (July 11) in Boise, ID, to kick off his 2013 tour!!
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A few days ago, GuitarWorld.com tracked down the Motor City Madman himself — Ted Nugent — who’s gearing up for a seven-week US tour that kicks off July 11 in Boise, Idaho.
We discussed the tour, his gear and a lot more in what — as is often the case — turned out to be a loose, candid exchange. Read our conversation below.
GUITAR WORLD: What can your fans expect from you on this tour?
Unrepentant brutality from a gang of murderous rhythm & blues maniacs. Mick Brown, Greg Smith and Derek St. Holmes create the most intense, ferocious and tightest R&B&R&R anywhere anytime. My guys are so good, it’s stupid. We are the last of James Brown’s illegitimate mongrels and damn proud of it. If I wasn’t me, I’d definitely go see me.
Although you released a single in 2011, you haven’t released a studio album in nearly six years. Have you had a chance to focus on writing new material lately?
I don’t necessarily “write” new music as much as I unleash it. I jam on any one of my amazing guitars every day, and wonderfully adventurous patterns come forth that are as fresh and raw and primal and fun as any from my youth. I am a very, very lucky guitar player. So yes! I have a wad of killer new songs we can’t wait to capture and record ASAP, we hope in early 2014.
You’ve been a guitarist for so long — there’s your solo career, the Amboy Dukes, Damn Yankees and more. Do you ever take a moment to assess your abilities? For instance, how does the 2013 version of guitarist Ted Nugent compare to the 1975 version?
A musician’s incremental growth factor projects musical moments with lives of their own, and I could not be more proud of all my guitar-driven music and songs. Only a punk-ass kid from Detroit could have possibly come up with the guitar solo on the classic masterpiece “Journey to the Center of the Mind” back in 1968. And the same goes for every lick, every song, every year right up to 2013, where my playing and improvisational jihads are intensely gratifying and musically inspiring beyond description.
I will never be a victim of “too many minds” [The Last Samurai] as I remain deliriously uninhibited and primal in my playing and creativity. I think it’s all the fresh venison I stalk and consume.
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While on tour April 29 in Roanoke, VA, Ted Nugent took time out to sign a Smith & Wesson AR-15 for a raffle benefitting the Forest, VA, fire department. On June 25 this one of a kind rifle was raffled off to a lucky winner, raising approximately $10,000 to help complete construction on a new firehouse!
To millions of music lovers, Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,400 high-octane concerts, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe.
To further millions, Nugent is the nation’s most outspoken proponent of our 1st and 2nd Amendment rights, conducting thousands of pro-gun, pro-freedom, pro-America interviews in major media worldwide. He has served continuously on the Board of Directors of the NRA since his initial election in 1995, where he consistently sets records for amassing the highest number of votes received by an individual board member.
“We are a proud supporter of our Second Amendment rights—rights that protect all other freedoms. We stand firmly with Ted Nugent and the Americans that continue to make their voices heard and who choose freedom, stated Mathews Inc. President Stephen McPherson. Nugent is dedicated to preserving our great outdoor heritage for future generations and we are proud to welcome him and wife Shemane, to Team Mathews!”
When asked about the new partnership Nugent said, “The mystical flight of the arrow has always been a guiding force for my quality of life and now Mathews has truly supercharged the hunt! I’m proud to be a part of a company who stands up for our God-given rights and makes equipment second to none. I just love my new Creed and don’t think I’ve ever shot this accurate in my entire bowhunting life!” Also joining the Mathews family is Ted’s wife, Shemane. “I’ve been shooting bows for twenty-four years but never had one that felt so good from the first moment I shot it. My Mathews Jewel is lightweight, yet powerful and accurate. Every woman needs a Jewel!” Shemane stated.
Catch the award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television show, seen exclusively on Outdoor Channel, where he proudly serves as ambassador for bowhunting and now, the largest bow manufacturer in the world—Mathews Inc! For more information, visit MathewsInc.com.
Join Uncle Ted in his new venture as a writer for Survival Quarterly Magazine, put out by Karen Hood of Survival.com.
The Nuge joins a cadre of some of the most well-known names in the wilderness/urban survival and self-defense industry like Karen Hood; Mykel Hawke of Man Woman Wild, One Man Army and Elite Tactical Unit; George Michaud of History Channel’s Mountain Men; David “Norseman” Williams USMC (Ret) Scout Sniper Instructor, International SERE Instructor, Mountain Survival Instructor; and in this issue Buck Knives, CRKT Knives, TOPS Knives, Trace Rinaldi and many more top names in the field. Join him for this and future issues as he shares his knowledge of survival and preparedness with you in the written word.
You can pre-order this coming issue, in which Uncle Ted shares with you what is in his personal Every Day Carry (EDC) Bag, right here; it will be shipping in mid-July.
Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids (TNKFK) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary near Omaha, Nebraska on June 8.
One hundred local young people participated in the TNKFK, which Nugent created to provide a positive alternative to drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
This was the sixteenth year TNKFK had been held in the Omaha area. Over 1,500 young people have been provided basic instruction in the outdoor lifestyle since TNKFK began in the Omaha area.
“Even with a cool rain, we adapted, improvised and overcame. We once again hit a grand slam homerun for the future of the great outdoors,” expressed Nugent, who provided personal instruction and inspiration to the youngsters, along with his wife Shemane.
Additional Ted Nugent Kamps will be held in Iowa, Colorado and South Dakota in 2013.
“I made a promise to the great Fred Bear in 1987 to promote the outdoors to our young people. I’m not even warmed up yet,” said Nugent, host of the award-winning Spirit of the Wild television program on Outdoor Channel.
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Both of these specials will run until June 30, 2013 — while supplies last.
Rocker. Hunter. And now…mentor! Ted Nugent is a man of many talents. And his latest effort is a role-modeling message that has proven to be enormously successful thus far.
On April 30, students at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School in Ontario received an email from the legendary guitarist and lifelong outdoorsman. It read, in part, “I salute you for zeroing in on my amazing disciplined quality of life. Sixty-five years clean and sober, not wasting a dime or one precious minute on poison or listening to brain dead peer pressure has brought me immeasurable joy, happiness and success…I wish you Godspeed & hope you rock like you mean it!”
The email message was followed with an inspirational video message, shot at Nugent’s Michigan ranch. The video further encouraged the kids to say no to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco while standing up for what they believe in.
Instructor Stephen Todoroff states that there has been a tremendous response from the interactions with Ted.
One of the students found the courage to perform in front of her classmates for the first time after getting the message from Ted’s video, which encourages the youngsters to live life to the fullest.
“I would have never gotten up in front of a group of people to sing before, but Ted convinced me that if I didn’t take that risk, I would regret it,” stated the 11th grader.
Todoroff expressed appreciation for Ted’s generosity, giving his time and energy—plus a collection of Nuge swag, which the students used to create a Tribute Wall in their classroom.
“In a celebrity fixated society where most of the messaging is negative, demeaning and glorifies unhealthy excesses, it’s refreshing to hear a positive, life affirming message,” said Todoroff. “You don’t have to be like the rest of the herd—you can take your own road and be happy.”
Students and teachers alike now celebrate Ted Tuesdays, starting the day with a song by Ted played school-wide over the PA system.
Nobody gets the crowds rocking harder than the Motor City Madman, and his appearance at the NRA Convention on Sunday was no exception. This experience, however, ended a little different than the others. Sure there was talk of guns and politics and the spirit of the hunt, but that soon gave way to a more somber moment. The moment when the Nuge revealed one of his darkest secrets.
“I’ve got to admit something right here. I feel guilty. You know it’s hard to find ammo. I’m sorry … I’ve got it all.
“I’m really sorry about that. I’ve got this hobby.”
Sauntering side to side, shaggy bearded with a rock star swagger, Mr. Ted Nugent of Redford, Michigan, had the crowd in his hands before the boots hit the stage. Smiling, laughing, sharing one Second Amendment story after another, Uncle Ted hit all the expect high points.
But there was a story, one story from Ted, that was probably missed by most. The story of Josh.
In town for a stop on the Midwest Express with REO Speedwagon and STYX, Ted accepted an invitation to stop by and shoot bows with the men of Exodus Place – many of whom are military veterans. Read more about the exciting events that took place in the two articles below.
MLive.com: Rock legend Ted Nugent shoots bow and arrows with veterans, talks technique before rock show
As soon as Ted Nugent’s trademark camouflage cowboy hat poked into the cafeteria at Exodus Place in Grand Rapids, Doug Largent’s eyes lit up.
Nugent, in town to play a three-pronged rock show at Van Andel Arena with fellow musical veterans REO Speedwagon and Styx, stopped by the facility to shoot bows with the men on their way back into society after struggling with homelessness or prison, many of whom are veterans.
Exodus Place implemented bow and arrow shooting in February sponsored by the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), which has brought the men together, providing them with something to focus on, Exodus pastor Ray Townsend said.
“These men finally have a target in life,” Townsend said. “They can focus on one thing, that bullseye. It’s been amazing the change it’s made in their lives.”
That rings true with Largent who was overjoyed when Nugent gave him some one-on-one bow instruction.
“I’ve been a Ted Nugent fan since I was 17 and my first concert was Nugent,” Largent said. “Ted Nugent is such a down-to-earth rock star and so friendly.”
Ted is gearing up for a new season of his award-winning show, Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild, which is set to premiere on July 2, only on Outdoor Channel. For more details, keep an eye on OutdoorChannel.com.