Preview: TED NUGENT
Tuesday August 16th
Artpark: Lewiston, NY
HANDS ON DECK
."Spirit of the
Wild" is not only the name of TED NUGENT'S
Top Rated Cable show on the Outdoor Channel; it's also
the title of the last studio album featuring Vocalist/Guitarist
DEREK ST. HOLMES in 1995.
The Detroit born Blood Brothers
shared in the success of the "Motor City Madman's"
most flourishing era commercially beginning with the release
of NUGENT'S 1975 self-titled solo debut;that would be
followed by the Multi-Platinum Hard Rock epics "Free
For All" & "Cat Scratch Fever"culminating
with the 1978 "Double Live Gonzo"
As a Guitarist St. HOLMES
is to NUGE what MIKE CAMPBELL is to the
HEARTBREAKERS; beyond his rhythmic guitar contributionsSt.
HOLMES also delivers the throaty soul to numerous NUGENT
classics including "Stranglehold",
"Hey Baby" & "Dog Eat
Dog" to name just a few.
got a sneak peak of the "I Still Believe"
summer tour in Cleveland and the return of St. HOLMES
to NUGENT'S touring troupe seems to be "Just
what the Dr. Ordered" as NUGE &
his Funk Brothers put on a performance worthy of a red
carpet ride to the doors of the Hall of Fame on1100 Rock
& Roll Blvd.
NUGENT ever the outspoken
Patriot has always been a Rocker by the People for the
People. Hisstage is set with a daunting American Flag
hanging loud & proud as a backdrop; scattered across
the stage are upwards of twenty guitars, NUGENT'S
weapon of choice during the summer months. There are only
two seasons in the NUGENT household, summer were
he sings for his super, while the rest of the year is
spent hunting his supper.
The tightest American R
& B Rock Band in the land with the crunching Guitar
slingers are flanked by the unbridled rhythm section that
features Drummer "Wild" MICK
BROWN a co-founding member of DOKKEN; delivering
the Booming Bass Lines for theMotor City Madman since
2007 is GREG SMITH whose numerous touring credits
include ALICE COOPER & RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S
The packed HOB crowd
amped with anticipationerupted as the Band appeared through
a cloud with the STONES "Street Fightin' Man"
blaring over the house PA; UNCLE TED appeared
donning his camouflage cowboy hat with St. HOLMES
sporting his patented "Hats in theBelfry"
The Band opened the hit laden set with "Free
For All", theold school Detroit Rockers
commenced fire with their synergetic double barrel attack.While
a TED NUGENT show has always been a celebration
of Kick Ass Rock & Roll Spirit never lacking in power
or passion; the return of St. HOLMES has brought
a new found vibrancy & enthusiasm to the classic catalog.
between licks & riffs the opinionated showman fired
off expletives to the delight of the crowd, the spirited
rocker is passionate about his Freedom and what this country
should standfor; NUGE also sets his sights with
unmitigated disdain for anyone who tries to stand in its
way both Foreign & domestically.During the set NUGENT
& company dedicated "Dog Eat Dog"
to the brave troops who proudly protect us and the families
who make sacrifices to secure our Freedom.
UNCLE TED & the
"I Still Believe" tour has Buffalo
in its crosshairs as they make a stop this Tuesday August
16 that the splendorous Niagara Gorge in Art Park which
serves as the perfect backdrop for the outdoor enthusiast.
The scorching summer tour which began in June has been
tearing through the States to rave reviews. These Veteran
performers show no signs of slowing down; the new generation
of Rock bandsshould take heed (Kings of Leon), at 63 NUGENT
and his Band are firing off eight grueling gigs in row
on this tour with only on day off, each show as rambunctious
as the next.
Note to all you fair-weather
soft-ticket concert-goers who enjoy the Freedoms of such
an event, it's your duty to sit tight after St. HOLMES
& NUGENT belt out "Stranglehold".
The Band returns to the stage for an electrifying encore
of "Great White Buffalo" which
culminates with a spine tingling tribute replicating a
moment in this Great Nations history that should be shared
by all in attendance. Not to mention you may not want
to turn your back on the stage & head for the exits
just yet as NUGE breaks out his cross-bow.
who can't make this celebration of the American Spirit
of Rock & Soul can tune into HD Net this month as
the "I Still Believe" HD Concert
will air beginning Sunday August 14th.
DEREK St. HOLMES
will be back in the WNY area this fall performing with
DEREK St. HOLMES & The QUEEN CITY ALL-STARS
with Buffalo Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Michael Hund
& his son Dylan who welcome very Special Guest HEADSTONES
Drummer DALE HARRISON.
St. HOLMES will be
part of a Classic Rock Extravaganza that features FRAN
& ANTHONY COSMO formerly of BOSTON & GARY
CHERONE of EXTREME and formerly of VAN HALEN
Fame with his latest solo project HURTSMILE on
Saturday October 15th at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara
Falls. Tickets are available at www.rapidstheatre.com&
St. HOLMES &
THE Queen City All-Stars will also make a stop
in Jamestown, NY on Friday October 14th at the Jamestown
Savings Bank Arena Club. Ticket information can be found
Rapport would like to Thank Linda Peterson
from the TED NUGENT Camp.
Special Thanks to Gus Griesinger
from Backstage Axxess for the superlative show photos.
For more great interviews & reviews visit them @ www.backstageaxxess.com.