Last Night: Ted Nugent At The Pasadena Fairgrounds
Photos by Marc Brubaker/ Click here for a slideshow
July 11, 2010
It was one of the most offensive shows that Aftermath has probably been to, but that didn't stop us from buying a T-shirt. It was a show that would have made the cast of liberal pundits on CNBC shake their fists in self-righteous anger, and warm the heart and soul of Fox News Nation.
Welcome to Nugent Country, where freedom of speech and the right to bear arms are exercised to their fullest while your eardrums get pummeled with pure American rock and roll raunch, and clips of animals going back to the holy manufacturer in a hail of bowfire glaze over your eyeballs.
Nugent's headlining gig Sunday night at the Pasadena Fairgrounds was a fundraiser to help benefit the Bay Area Home Builders Association's "Operation Finally Home," which helps vets get mortgages on housing. On hand were current and former members of almost every military branch to lend support to the cause.
For nearly two hours, the Motor City Madman gave everyone under the pavilion on the fairgrounds their money's worth, playing every hit you could imagine at eardrum-fucking volumes and spouting off on all manner of political matters in between. It was all Aftermath hoped it would be and then some, with a light dusting of the right-wing vitriol and saber-rattling that we were hoping to see.
Nugent is a performer of the highest degree; the only difference being is that his message is only tolerable or popular for a small group. But these people are active and they do vote, making him. Call him the Lady Gaga of NASCAR nation, willing to lay bare everything he feels, knowing that he has a gaggle behind him waving the same middle finger to polite society.
Here's our play-by-play of last night's show from beginning to end from @hprocksoff. You had to have been there to get the breadth of the situation and this is the closest we can get you.
Stage backdrop has every Democratic politico being run down by Nuge in a tank. It's like the Animal House poster.
We aren't sure if you can have a painting of yourself running over the President and most of his cabinet as your stage backdrop, but manners didn't stop Gwar from eating a Dick Cheney effigy on stage for the better of four years in the Bush reign. The best part was the looks on Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton whilst being run down by a tank. Sort of reminded us of that Genesis video for "Land Of Confusion" but covered in chaw spit.
Street Fighting Man playing while a Marine Honor Guard is on stage. Bitchin'.
The Nuge opens with Star Spangled Banner. Sleeveless black pearl snap.