Photo Credit: Tom Rudzki
The thing I’ve always liked about Uncle Ted is he delivers a club-sized set that feels like an arena show. Every time I’ve seen Nugent his set list has been short by comparisons to other bands. Don’t be fooled, keep in mind he delivers precise, guitar heavy songs with length in the delivery. The average band will give you a sixteen song set but the songs are two and a half to three minutes long. Ted averages five to six minute songs mixed with killer solos that can make them close to ten minutes in length.
Nugent opened up with a guitar solo “Star-Spangled Banner” followed by “Gonzo.” Heading into “Free-For-All,” gave Ted had chance to show off with the first of his many classics. Following up were “Snakeskin Cowboys” and “Yank Me, Crank Me” both sounding clean, tight, and serving as the perfect foreplay for every man’s anthem “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.”
Noticeably absent from the show was original Nugent singer Derek St. Holmes. While it is common knowledge that Derek left the band in 1978, he had been back with Ted in recent years including Ted’s last visit to Baltimore in 2013. However, Ted handled all the lead vocals perfectly except “Hey Baby” which was sung by long time bassist Greg Smith whose singing was quite stellar.
Closing out the main set was “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold.” Of course, those tunes have two of the most iconic riffs ever written. After a short break Ted closed out the show with a medley of “Great White Buffalo” and “Spirit Of The Wild.”
Ted Nugent is currently taking time off from tour but stay tuned for more life lessons from your Uncle Ted!