Ted Nugent brought his Motor City Madness at Hoosier Park
Ted Nugent is one of those few people that people either hold in reverence or look down on in disdain (personally I love the guy). The undeniable facts are that Ted, or Uncle Ted as many of us like to call him, is not only a patriot, but also one hell of an entertainer. But hey, we aren’t here to talk politics. I want to talk about the kick-ass, ball-busting rock n’ roll show that Ted put on at the Hoosier Park Casino.
Prior to Ted coming out, one could find the flags for Indiana and Don’t Tread On Me, a giant cow skull with glowing red eyes, and what looked like a Native American headdress. Various other items were overshadowed by a giant United States flag serving as a backdrop. Heavier security checks for this show caused a back up of fans getting in so the start time was pushed back by about a half an hour. As smoke filled the stage, and probably the first 10 rows, Ted and crew made their way out and began laying their mojo down.
Ted ripped through classics like “Free For All”, “Good Friends And A Bottle Of Wine” and others before apologizing for the fact that no one in the audience was armed. He went on to state that his instructions had been that everyone was to be frisked and if they were not carrying a gun he had some they could borrow. This was met with thunderous applause.
Audience member perspective of Ted Nugent and “Cat Scratch Fever
Ted did bring out his more sensitive side on a song that he described as a love song—”Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”. For some reason, when I hear the word poontang I can only think of Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket as he recites that if he is going to die for a word, that would be it. Following this, Ted told everyone that he had been coming to Indiana since 1965. He talked about his childhood and being made to work to raise money to buy his first guitar. He then thanked his father for making him practice every day. He finished by thanking the men and women of the armed forces and law enforcement, citing them as his inspiration and asked all 6,617 in attendance to give thanks to them.
There was a moment when someone in the audience caught Ted’s eye, apparently not having a good time. He received a vicious verbal beat down from Ted before getting back to the music. The night finished up with more Nugent standards: “Fred Bear”, “Hey Baby”, “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold.” Ted described the latter as the sexiest guitar riff ever written. He has a point and it would be hard to argue it. “Great White Buffalo” with a finisher of the “Star Spangled Banner” brought the show to a close.
Leaving the venue, one thing was very clear. Love him or hate him, Ted Nugent is making America rock again!