On Saturday August 31, 2013 Ted Nugent made his way to Reno to rock the Grande Exposition Hall inside the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino. Attendance was very good as it was close to being sold-out with over 1450 tickets sold, the venue holds about 1600.
The place was packed with Uncle Ted fans of all ages.
Ted Nugent is an American rock musician from Detroit, Michigan.
Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as "Stranglehold", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Wango Tango", and "Great White Buffalo", as well as his 1960s Amboy Dukes hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind", remain popular today, and are played on classic rock radio stations thoughout the US.
He is also noted for his staunch conservative political views and his strong advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights, which some have described as controversial.
Current members include, Ted Nugent-(guitar, lead vocals), "Wild" Mick Brown-(drums, backing vocals), Greg Smith-(bass, backing vocals) and Derek St. Holmes-(guitar, lead & backing vocals).
Nugent's set lasted over 90 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on stage)
"Gonzo", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Wango Tango", "Turn It Up", "Free For All", "Stormtroopin'", "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang", "Live It Up", "Queen Of The Forest", "Hey Baby", "Fred Bear", "Cat Scratch Fever", "Stranglehold" and one encore song, "Great White Buffalo".
With the addition of guitarist Derek St. Holmes, the band has a new fresh energy to it. Nugent discovered St. Holmes in 1974 when his band, Scott, opened for the Amboy Dukes show at the Lincoln Park Theatre. A short time later, Ted called upon Derek to audition as his lead singer. In the last three years Derek has been making guest appearances with Ted Nugent and his band in major cities throughout the US. These appearances were received with such insane energy and success that Ted invited Derek to rejoin his band in April 2011.
Nugent never disappoints his fans, people were singing and dancing to just about every song. He had a lot to say about Obama, the government, gun control and of coarse hunting, as he always does. You may not agree with his views, but as he's always said, "It's a free f*ckin' country".
This was a very exciting show through and through. You don't ever want to miss Uncle Ted live, if you do, you'll be sorry you did.
A good time was had by all.
The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino as always, is one of the best places to see a show in Reno. The staff and security are top notch and very friendly. To see what's coming up next, (click here)
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