When three classic powerhouse rock acts get together for an evening of music and fun, there’s bound to be plenty of both.
Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx thoroughly rocked a full house at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Center Tuesday night, and the fans, some of them as far away as Wichita Falls, aren’t likely to forget it anytime soon.
Ted Nugent opened the show with the brash, fun-loving attitude and all-out energy that has made him a worldwide rock star for more than four decades. With just three musicians backing up his blister-hot guitar licks and over-the-top hit songs, “Uncle Ted” filled the massive room with a presence that could be felt as well as heard all the way up to the rafter seats, and if any concert-goers minded his trademark salty language, or when he played fifteen minutes over his allotted time, they didn’t say so.
Of course, “Stranglehold,” “Wango Tango” and “Cat Scratch Fever” were crowd favorites, but he could have played an insurance brief set to music and he would still have rocked.
Ted Nugent. The very name of this famous son of the Motor City conjures up different images to different people – hunting enthusiast, NRA spokesperson, TV host, author, American patriot, environmentalist, ultra-conservative, humanitarian, family man – and all of them are accurate.
Like all of us, Ted Nugent is a complex man with many sides, many moods and many opinions. Opinions he is famous for sharing whether one wants to hear them or not, because as Nugent puts it, “I’m all about good health, keeping fit and exercise. That includes exercising my First Amendment Right of Free Speech to help keep this country fit and healthy.”
But first and foremost, Ted Nugent is a rock ‘n’ roller known for his wholly unique stage entrances — swinging on stage from a rope wearing a loin cloth, riding in atop a live buffalo, or in the earliest days jumping to the floor from a 25-foot stack of Marshall amplifiers – and for such high decibel hits as “Stranglehold,” “Motorcity Madhouse,” “Great White Buffalo,” “Free-For-All,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Wango Tango,” which made him one of the most popular rock stars of the 1970s.
Nugent is spending much of this summer as he had last year, chugging across America as part of the triple-threat Midwest Rock ‘N’ Roll Express Tour with fellow Great Lakes-rooted rockers STYX and REO Speedwagon. In between those split-bill performances Nugent grants his own group no rest, opting to fill open dates with solo concerts like the one on May 16 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.
“I love playing the Michiana area because it takes me back to all those Amboy Dukes years when we were playing the Wild Goose shows,” said Nugent, adding how Star Plaza has become one of his favorite in the world to perform. “It’s not just that it’s a great venue, but it’s the great people there. We have a lot of good friends that we love to see when we play in Merrillville. A lot of my blood brothers are there.”
It’s All Aboard!! The Midwest Rock N Roll Express has pulled into Glens Falls!
It was a triple header, Rock n’ Roll night as Ted Nugent, STYX and REO Speedwagon led this musical train straight into the Glens Falls Civic Center in downtown Glens Falls, NY. This trio has got to be one of the best “blast from the past” kind of tours, as the night is packed full of the hits from the 70s and 80s rock that we know all too well and love! Memories are tied to songs, and those songs performed on this tour bring your straight back to, what some fans say, another lifetime.
It was great to see such a packed arena on a Wednesday night and I just love to look around and see all the generations in the crowd, coming together for one purpose, to rocked out!
From “Cat Stratch Fever” to “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”, Ted Nugent was “Just What The Doctor Ordered” to get the blood pumping! There is no doubt that Ted Nugent is a great musician and an amazing showman to boot!
Kicking off his set with “Wango Tango,” he had the arena’s attention from the start! He’s loud, American Proud and everything you can imagine his live performance to be. He even threw in his rendition mix of the Temptation’s song, “My Girl” leading into Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B Goode” which was really wild to hear. Ted Nugent knows how to get a crowd to their feet, this show was no exception. He is always alot of fun to watch perform!
The tour is winding down, so if you’re in the path of this rock n roll train, be sure to stop in for a great night you will remember!! The tour ends in May, and all three bands will continue on separate tours. So be on the look out as you will not want to miss any of the bands on this bill!!!
For over four decades Ted Nugent has been unstoppable, a dynamic musical force not to be reckoned with.
Like a rock ‘n’ roll freight train that never falters or gets unhinged, Ted has continued to slay the wild hearts of fans and musicians throughout the world.
Along the way he never stopped taking his amazing stable of hits on the road to play for the new and faithful.
In turn, his dedicated fan base has never lost sight of Uncle Ted being a rock legend first and foremost despite the lack of accolades and awards from the main stream music publications and organizations.
His reputation as a great American musician is forged in his ability to blend well-crafted vocals and guitar melodies with sheer primal instinct, from “Cat Scratch Fever” to “Wango Tango” to “Fred Bear”.
Ted is currently on tour with Styx and REO Speedwagon for a second trip on the Midwest Rock ‘n Roll Express tour! Rejoining him are Mick Brown [drums], Greg Smith [bass] and Derek St. Holmes – the real voice!
Between stops I was able to catch up with the charismatic braveman caveman to talk about the tour, making records, the music industry and being snubbed by the main stream music organizations.
Common sense conservative Joe Pagliarulo welcomes Ted Nugent to the airwaves April 30 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm Central on the Joe Pags Show. Ted reports live from the road during the Midwest Rock-N-Roll Express Tour.
Tune in to WOAI 1200am on the dial, or listen live here.
The squeaky clean and nearly brand-new Huntington Center in downtown Toledo, Ohio hosted a stop on one of the best classic rock tours that will be criss-crossing America for the rest of the spring and summer. Dubbed “The Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express,” three of the best rock n’ roll bands of the 1970s and 80s have teamed to bring some of the best rock n’ roll of all times to the masses.
Opening the show in Toledo was REO Speedwagon, one of the originators of the “power ballad.” Kevin Cronin and company featured a clean, sophisticated stage look, with illuminated light towers and full length LED board acting as a backdrop. To say the show was a “greatest hits” presentation would be an understatement and REO certainly delivered the goods, performing 10 tunes in all, including “Don’t Let Him Go,” “Keep Pushin’,” “Roll With The Changes” and an encore of Ridin’ The Storm Out.”
Next up was 70s/80s radio icons Styx with the nearly ageless and seriously underrated guitarist Tommy Shaw looking dapper in a white shirt with dark vest. Like REO, the Styx stage was spacious, with stairs and platforms above and behind the drummer platform in front of the massive LED backdrop. Relaxed and interacting often with the nearly sold-out arena, Styx had the crowd singing along with hits like “Lady,” “Miss America” and “Too Much Time On My Hands.” After a brief pause, the band returned to the stage for an encore, a rousing rendition of “Renegade.”
Closing the gig was “The Motorcity Madman” Ted Nugent, sporting a full beard yet exploding onto the stage with what seems like boundless energy. Unlike Ted’s last few tours, tonight’s stage setup was rudimentary, stripped down and bare-bones rock n’ roll. A drum set on an elevated platform, a few stacks of amps on either side and that’s about it. Ted and the “funk brothers” blew the doors of the Huntington center ripping into a blazing hot, in your face dose of “Wang-Dang, Sweet Poontang” to open his set. Intense, high-energy and just fun, Nugent really is a stellar axeman who can control and manipulate feedback like no other guitarist. From “Storm Troopin” to his closing number, “Fred Bear,” Nugent coaxed high-volumes of great licks out of his Byrdland.
The tour continues throughout the summer, check the individual band websites for off-dates.
The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express tour, featuring STYX, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent, is raising funds to support the victims impacted by the Boston marathon bombings. At each of the upcoming shows a guitar autographed by all three bands will be raffled off, with 25% of the funding supporting a local charity and 75% supporting the Boston victims fund. At the end of the tour, a check will then be delivered to Boston on behalf of the entire Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express team by Rock to the Rescue, STYX’s non-profit organization.
Rock to the Rescue is committed to joining together with the community to offer a helping hand in times of tragedy. Hannah, daughter of STYX lead singer Tommy Shaw, runs the charity and says they were delighted to help out — WATCH THE VIDEO.
To support the cause, donate here or visit Rock to the Rescue’s booth at any of the upcoming shows on the Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express 2013 tour.
Lauded Detroit broadcaster, Frank Beckmann, welcomes Nuge back to the Detroit Airwaves.
Tune in to WJR, 760am on the dial on Monday, April 22 at 11:30am Eastern.
The Michiganders will be talking about the launch of Ted’s 2013 tour, allthings gun and more!
Beckmann has been honored with “Top Michigan Sportscaster” awards by the Associated Press and United Press International and “Michigan Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for his accomplishments in sports broadcasting.
Tune into Erin Burnett OutFront, with special guest Ted Nugent for in-depth & informative segment. Ted provides a thought provoking perspective on the gun debate, background checks, and other late breaking news.
It’s happening Thursday, April 11 at 7pm Eastern on CNN.
Nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE, hosted by Bob Coburn, will host Ted April 10 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Ted at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
Tireless advocate for second amendment rights, legendary musician and performer, prolific writer and now Survival Quarterly Magazine Contributor! Sharing his love for allthings outdoors with like-minded enthusiasts, Ted Nugent will grace the pages of SQ with his thought-provoking, entertaining and enlightening writing style.
Ted Nugent will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with Ted Nugent at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com. The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.