Written by Eddie Ferranti
May 01, 2003 at 08:00 PM
ImageAfter all these years, Ted Nugent never lets anyone down. Whether you agree with his politics or not, you have to respect Nugent for his honesty and his ability to rock.In a concert he dedicated for the troops in Iraq, Nugent decorated the stage with sandbags, turrets and various field weapons. Nugent brought a little bit of the war on the road with him for all to see.

Opening the show with the Pledge of Allegiance, Nugent set the patriotic theme right off the bat. As soon as the last words of the Pledge were spoken, Nugent went into the Hendrix-inspired rock version of The Star-Spangled Banner. Nugent scorched through his rendition and set the mood for the evening.

Though he partook in a few of his standard rants throughout the night, Nugent avoided his ability to stall a show and kept the talk short and hits flowing. Killer renditions of classics like Dog Eat Dog and Stranglehold showed that Nugent still had the chops of yesteryear.

However, like all aging rockers, Nugent’s voice is no longer able to hit the highs it once did. Due to this, some of his classics were reworked to compensate for the lost high. The reworkings fit Nugent well and added a new twist to old classics, which for some is a welcome addition.

Though he didn’t talk a lot, Nugent did make his opinion known, whether it be dedicating Kiss My Ass to the Dixie Chicks, Jesse Jackson and Ted Kennedy, declaring he’s an extremist who loves war, or taking up his bow and sending an arrow into the crotch of a Saddam Hussein stand-up. No matter what he was doing, Nugent displayed showmanship and kept everyone rocking along all the way until he closed the set with White Buffalo.