Ted Nugent Orlando Concert Review
Attended the Ted Nugent concert last night at House of Blues for the 2nd time in 2 years and was pleasantly surprise. Last year, Ted was more of a politician, constantly complaining about the White House, freedom, liberty, etc., focusing more on politics than the music itself. This year was definitely more about the music.
Nugent is surrounded with a strong band. The group was tight, the music on cue, and the moves well choreographed. You can tell that Mick Brown (drummer), Greg Smith (bass) and Derek St. Holmes (guitar) have been together for a while. St. Holmes has been back with the band for a few years now, and does a fantastic job on vocals on many of the tracks, leaving Nugent to focus on his superb guitar-playing.
Sitting back and watching the packed crowd at HOB rocking to Uncle Ted was also an experience. Ted was a perfectionist in his sound and actions. During the show, he realized that his guitar was not sounding just the way it should so he asked for the crew to change the equipment immediately just to get it right. At 65, Ted still has what it takes to make his guitar sing. This is what I wondered when listening to Ted. Who developed their chops first, Ted Nugent or Eddie Van Halen? Both extremely talented guitarists, both professional and entertaining. With Ted, what you see is what you get. True hard core rock and roll.
Laura Wylde again opened the show and was a demon on stage, entertaining the crowd with excellent guitar and vocals. The main set from Nugent lasted a little under 2 hours and the music was loud. Yes, Ted is a proud American and loves his roots and like he said, “this whole world sucks, but here in the US, it sucks a little less!” And, on this night with Uncle Ted, it was a nice escape for all in attendance.
- Out of Control
- Just What the Doctor Ordered
- Wango Tango
- Turn It Up
- Free for All
- Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
- Red House
- (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)
- Live It Up
- Queen of the Forest
- Need You Bad (Greg Smith on lead vocals)
- Hey Baby
- Fred Bear
- Cat Scratch Fever
- Great White Buffalo
- The Star-Spangled Banner