You may not agree with Ted Nugent’s political views (I certainly do not) but you do have to agree that the 66 year-old guitarist sure does ROCK! Last night “Uncle Ted” took the stage in front of a sold out Canyon Club crowd and proved that reaching retirement age has not slowed him down one bit.
Joined by original “Ted Nugent Band” singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes plus rhythm section Greg Smith (Alice Cooper) on bass and Mick Brown (Dokken) on drums Nugent barreled through a 14 song set list that included classics such as “Free For All,” “Just What The Doctor Ordered,” “Wango Tango” and “Cat Scratch Fever.”
The band was firing on all cylinders last night with most of the crowd on their feet throughout. Derek St. Holmes’ singing and playing sounded as good as it did in the 70’s and Ted Nugent is still an amazing guitar player who’s fingers move as quickly as his fast talking lips.
The tour coincides with the release of Nugent’s 14th studio album “Shutup&Jam!” and if I had one critique it would be that Ted should do a little less talking on stage and a lot more playing. Had he actually just “shut up and jammed” he could have easily played a 20 song set!
Drumroll please… 8 out of 10 venison steaks!!!
– Set List –
Just What The Doctor Ordered
Free For All
Turn It Up
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
Queen Of The Forest
Shut Up & Jam
Cat Scratch Fever
Great White Buffalo
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.