The Motor City Madman rolled in to the DTE Energy Music Theatre (aka Pine Knob) Saturday night ready to rock and roll Detroit style.
Celebrating his 6500th show, Ted Nugent chose his hometown of Detroit to party in style with the fans that gave rise to his success. The day long event kicked off at noon in the parking lot with the 101.1 WRIF Biker Bash with a bikini contest and featuring the music of Citizen Zero, Pistol Day Parade, and Chit! By the time the parking lot bash ended around 6pm, the rest of the lot was quickly filling up as throngs of Nugent fans filled the asphalt to tailgate, a Pine Knob tradition.
Local Detroit rock legends The Rockets, formed in 1972 by a group of local musicians, kicked off the show with a rousing set of motor city rock and roll. No strangers to this venue they played their last two shows here in 1983 before disbanding for some time. Reunited again for this show they proved that their music stood the test of time as evidenced by the crowds that showed up early and eagerly to see them play.
Brownsville Station originated in Ann Arbor in the late Sixties and is perhaps most well-known for their hit Smokin’ in the Boys Room. An immensely popular band throughout the decades, they showed no signs of age as they ripped through an energetic set. The pavilion and lawn were nearly full as they concluded their set to roaring applause and wild cheers.
Tonight’s grand occasion was of course the marking of Ted Nugent’s 65th birthday with his 6500th live performance. The iconic Motor City Madman, love him or hate him, always delivers a 110% ass kicking show of fiery rock and roll. The show tonight was exceptionally more over-the-top than most I’ve seen in the past. No stage effects here, no pyro, no gimmicks. Just a blistering display of powerful rock and roll that spanned decades of his hits. By the time the opening notes of Fred Bear emanated forth from the stage the audience was in full Nuge fever.
The show would have gone on all night if Ted had his way as he squeezed in an extra song past the normal setlist of prior shows. The backing chorus of thousand of fans were certainly not ready to leave as Motor City Madhouse fired up to close out the night. Politics and statements aside, The Nuge is an entertainer at heart and he crushed the show with one of the most solid concerts of the year. His latest CD, also titled SHUTUP & JAM! is also available now on Frontier Records.
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