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article imageReview: Ted Nugent rocks The Paramount, pays tribute to Johnny Winter Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 22, 2014 in Music
Huntington - On July 21, veteran rock star Ted Nugent played a show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Rock group Pistol Day Parade served as the opening act that warmed up the stage for him.
His stage was graced by a large American flag backdrop. Nugent was accompanied by his three-piece band that included "Wild" Mick Brown on drums, Greg Smith on bass, as well as Derek St. Holmes on vocals and rhythm guitar.
He commenced his set with "Gonzo," as the stage was graced in red and yellow lights, and he was greeted to a standing ovation.
"New York, you ready?" Nugent asked, prior to breaking into "Just What the Doctor Ordered."
It was followed by "Free For All" and "Turn It Up." He went on to introduce his band and encouraged the Long Island crowd to "make some noise." "Do you feel the love?" Nugent asked.
He continued with "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" and Derek sang lead on the bluesy "I Can't Quit You Baby," which Nugent dedicated in memory of the late blues musician Johnny Winter, whom he dubbed as his "brother."
"Never forget where you came from," Nugent said. "Johnny never did. Rest in peace Johnny."
Nugent went on to praise the founding fathers of R&B and soul music such as Little Richard and Chuck Berry. "When's the last time you heard a good song in France? I didn't think so," he told the crowd.
"We're the only band that operated under spiritual fuel," he said, prior to singing the anthem "Live It Up."
"I am the only person in the world that sends one ton of organic and renewable protein to the troops," he said, referring to the extensive hunting that he does throughout the year. He noted that his band, country and the woods cleanse his soul. Nugent is world renowned for his top-rated hunting show on The Outdoor Channel.
They continued with "Queen of the Forest," with Derek on lead vocals.
"Isn't this great music?" Nugent asked. "Let's hear it for the spirit of the music," prior to rocking with "Need You Bad," featuring bassist Greg Smith on lead vocals, which Nugent dubbed as an "R&B masterpiece."
"Uncle Ted," as he is affectionately known to his fans, noted that he has been coming to New York and playing consistently since 1967, and he asked the audience as to whether or not there are any guitar players out there. "You better practice," he said.
"Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard" was a collaboration between Nugent and Smith, as the stage was graced in red, white and blue lights, meanwhile "Shutup&Jam!" was the title track of his latest studio album that was upbeat and energetic and a great deal of fun.
"Are you feeling the love? Can you handle all this love? I know it's too much," he said.
He performed a Motor City love song, "Hey Baby," that he dedicated to all the pretty girls in New York, as he had the crowd clapping along to him.
"We love playing music for people that love the music," Nugent admitted, and dedicated the moving "Fred Bear" to a "great man" with a "great spirit" who "inspired him to be the best he can be." It was certainly one of the highlight vocals of the evening, with impressive guitar riffs.
He thanked the audience for making his hunting show the No.1 hunting show in the history of television, and sang "Stranglehold," which was well-received.
The Verdict
Overall, Ted Nugent put on a solid rock show at The Paramount, as he dusted off his hits and made them sound fresh again. Despite his outspoken political views, he is an extraordinary entertainer with prowess on the electric guitar and his songs are Motown classics. This marked my third consecutive concert seeing "Uncle Ted" in New York, and he does not disappoint live. Derek was delightful on vocals and guitar, and his bassist Greg and drummer Mick were equally gifted instrumentalists. His show garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on Ted Nugent and his upcoming tour dates, visit his official website.
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