Chris Loomis

Ted Nugent @ The Coach House – 07/23/2019

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Making his yearly rounds as he does every summer, The Motor City Madman Ted Nugent is out on his The Music Made Me Do It AGAIN Tour 2019. Following the footprint of the last few years, he is playing TWO nights at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano with the first night on Tuesday July 23 to a SOLD OUT crowd. Nugent along with bass player Greg Smith and drummer Jason Hartless played a two hour show of Ted Nugent classics that had The Coach House mesmerized the entire time.

Nugent changed things up a bit on this years tour regarding the setlist as he usually ends the show with “Stranglehold”, but on this night he started the show with that same sexy slab of rock n roll – no better way to start a show as you immediately got to see Nugent’s fingers in action and hear the nasty results. At almost 71 years young, Uncle Ted has not lost a step. Yes he no longer swings on vines or shoots arrows on stage but his vocal talent remains (both when singing and speaking) and he continues to add to his legacy as one of the greatest guitar players on the planet.

Early in the show Nugent stated, “Everyday my kids tell me how great I am, shit if I wasn’t up here playing, I’d be down with you guys watching me play”. He also commented, “How did you ugly guys get right up here in front?, Let’s get some pussy up here to make this a real rock n roll show”. Always a way with words, Nugent had most laughing and cheering in between songs as he cleverly kept any political topics out of the show. The band dusted off a few rarely played songs such as “A Thousand Knives” and “Street Rats”. When introducing “A Thousand Knives” Nugent stated, this is a song about stabbing pussy (obviously not with a knife) and then for “Street Rats”, he commented the song is appropriate in CA and could possibly be the CA theme song.

Nugent gave Smith and Hartless the spotlight for a time to showcase their talents with Nugent stating they are the tightest band in the world. Some 50 years into his career, Nugent declared that this night was his 6,723rd live performance and that this night – July 23 in San Juan Capistrano was the MOST important show of his career – certainly an impressive number. Smith took the spotlight again as he sang lead vocals on “Need You Bad” followed by “Hey Baby” and then the band played the title track of the 2018 album The Music Made Me Do It.

With the entire room on their feet, Nugent kicked into “The Great White Buffalo” to end this epic night of funky rock n roll classics. Nugent repeatedly stated he was “stoned on freedom” and it does not get more American and Patriotic than a Ted Nugent show – badass riffs, edgy lyrics and a whole lotta fun!

Ted Nugent is on tour through the summer 2019. For all tour dates click here.

Ted Nugent Set List:

Stranglehold | Gonzo | Wango Tango | Paralyzed | Wang Dang Sweet Poontang | A Thousand Knives | Street Rats | Death by Misadventure | Free-For-All | Painkiller | Motor City Madhouse | Need You Bad | Hey Baby | The Music Made Me Do It | Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine | Fred Bear | Cat Scratch Fever | The Great White Buffalo

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