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article imageReview: Ted Nugent puts on high-energy rock concert at Westbury, New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Westbury - On August 9, rock music sensation Ted Nugent performed at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island, New York. Australian-born rock songstress Laura Wilde served as his opening act and she got the crowd warmed up for him.
“Here we go boys,” Ted shouted as he took the stage. “It’s going to be all right. ‘Uncle Ted’ is back in town.”
His three-piece band is made up of “Wild” Mick Brown on drums, Greg Smith on bass and Derek St. Holmes on vocals and rhythm guitar.
Ted commenced his set with “Gonzo” as green, blue and red lights were alternating on his stage.
“Hell yeah,” he screamed, prior to performing “Just What the Doctor Ordered,” which featured an exceptional drum solo at the end by Mick.
“I love this,” Ted said. “Let’s keep it going,” he added prior to singing the catchy “Wango Tango.”
Following the song’s great reception from fans, Ted noted that his music is the “soundtrack for freedom.”
“Are you getting warmed up? Let keep it going. Let’s do another Motown classic,” he said and immediately broke into “Turn It Up.”
“I love you baby, ‘turn it up,’” he stated. “I’m on a mission of mercy. Can you feel the love? I didn’t invent love but tonight I’m going to perfect it.”
The veteran rock-star went on to sing “Free For All,” which was well-received by the New York audience.
“Although I didn’t invent love, I did invent the ‘Free For All,’” he said.
Ted noted that his song “Stormtroopin’” was from 1976 and that “it’s important to celebrate the American Revolution with another love song.”
“Thank you very much,” Ted said. “Don’t you love Motown classics?”
“Wang Dan Sweet Poontang” was dedicated to all of the pretty girls in the audience and “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” where Derek sang lead, had a bluesy vibe to it.
“Do you feel the soul and spirit? Am I cleansing your souls tonight?” he asked the Long Island crowd.
“Uncle Ted” shared that he has been performing live since 1955 and that every night and every audience is of utmost importance to him; moreover, he enjoys playing every night throughout the summer, meanwhile the rest of the year he enjoys “killing stuff” as part of his hunting endeavors, where he is world renowned for his top-rated hunting show on “The Outdoor Channel.”
“Let’s hear it for the boys,” he said, praising his three-piece band and it was followed by “Need You Bad.”
After switching guitars, he performed “Live It Up,” which was another crowd-favorite tune and “Cat Scratch Fever” was a fun sing along.
Ted dedicated his song “Fred Bear” to his major influence and good friend, “Fred Bear.” This tune had some killer guitar riffs.
His closing song “Strangehold,” garnered him and his band a lengthy yet deserving standing ovation.
The Verdict
In summation, Ted Nugent’s concert at the NYCB Theatre at Wesbury was “just what the doctor ordered” for a Friday night. Aside from a few outspoken political moments and vituperative sayings, he really put on a high-energy rock show, where the New York crowd could not get enough of “Uncle Ted.” Although I have had the chance to see him perform at the same venue last year, this was his best show yet. Greg Smith rocked the bass, Derek nailed the vocals and Mick brought the drums to life.
For more information on Ted Nugent, his music and tour dates, visit his official website.
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