Sunday, June 8, 2003 @ 2:17 PM
Nugent Live at the Tweeter Cen
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REVIEW BY: Debby Rao
It's been a long cold winter. Finally the summer outdoor concert season is upon us. The Tweeter Center in Mansield Mass kicked off its summer 2003 concert series with ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, and Kenny Wayne Shepard. Here is my review of the Ted Nugent concert.
It was a perfect night for a concert. This was my first time seeing Ted Nugent in concert. I was invited to the show by my friend Barry Sparks, who is now playing bass for Ted. The trio of Ted Nugent, Barry Sparks, and Tommy Clufetos, played a solid hour of loud and proud, in your face American rock and roll.
The band hit the stage around 8 pm. They started the evening with “Free For All.” The audience was on their feet and ready to rock. Then the band proceeded to play all their hits including, “Wango Tango,” “Storm Troopin’” and “Snakeskin Cowboys.”
The theme of the evening was centered on how proud Ted Nugent is to be an American. On the stage Nugent had a background of the American flag, plus other stage props as haystacks, buffalo heads, rifles, and bows and arrows. Barry Sparks and Tommy Clufetos are a solid rhythm section. Barry got to sing “Hey Baby,” one of my favorite Nugent songs.
During the evening Mr. Nugent made many references to the military. He said he was delighted over the United States victory of war in Iraq. The highlight of the evening came when the band played “Kiss My Ass.” Ted dedicated that song to the Dixie Chicks. An inflatable Saddam Hussein doll hung over the stage, and Ted shot it down with his bow and arrow.
The band then played “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold.” Sparks and Nugent got to jam on that song. It was great seeing the band having so much fun onstage. They ended the show with “Great White Buffalo.”
The Detroit Motor City rocker conquered Boston last night. Nugent's guitar licks were smokin’. The energy of this trio was exhilarating.
Don’t miss Nugent and the boys when they come to play in your city this summer.