Ted Nugent at House of Blues, 8/22/2013

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Photos by Jim Bricker
Ted Nugent
House of Blues
August 22, 2013

Music and politics go hand in hand. Ever since the first person put lyrics to a beat, politics have been involved. Ted Nugent and politics also go hand in hand, which was obvious from the moment he hit the stage at House of Blues Thursday night.

Armed with a three-piece backing band, Nugent brought his politics and music to Houston last night, and for a good hour and 45 minutes the adoring crowd ate up every single minute of it. There were two different performances during the show -- the music side, which featured some of the best playing I've seen in a while, and the political side, which surely had a lot to say.

I'm fortunate enough to enjoy the beginning of most shows I attend in the photo pit, which gives me unprecedented viewing of every artist I see. While I'm usually busy taking pictures, sometimes a band just makes me stop what I'm doing, drop my camera and stare with a gaping jaw. Nugent and his band did just that. They played their hearts out with every note they dropped.

It was somewhat of a spectacle watching what these four guys were doing onstage. I haven't seen a band play with this much intent in such a long time that it was somewhat refreshing.

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I'm not sure what I expected walking into HOB last night, but it assuredly wasn't what I received from Nugent and company's performance. I guess I originally went for the humor of it all, but I didn't once laugh once I was there. Yeah, the crowd was just what you'd expect -- probably calling a ranch their home and Duck Dynasty tuned into their televisions on most days -- but they were there because they loved the music. And the music was there.

Of course they played "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," which closed out the set back to back, but the real magic came from the 15 or so songs they played beforehand. "Gonzo" opened up the curtains with the band illuminated in bright white light and clouded in smoke, while "Wango Tango" was a pulsating 15-minute rocker.

"Turn It Up" did just what its title asked, and the crowd, mostly being men in their mid-fifties with black bowling shirts and rubber-banded ponytails, were raising not only one but both arms in the air in appreciation.

"Free For All" and "Stormtroopin'" were killers, but it was "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," which Nugent described as "a song for the ladies," that was the hottest of the night. His love for hunting is something he's far from shy about, and that was evident in the tune "Fred Bear," a song about his old friend who was particularly influential in his love for the sport. The show finished with "Great White Buffalo," a fitting closer considering the beautiful white-buffalo guitar Nugent was rocking throughout the song.


Review continues on the next page.

Location Info

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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Anse
Anse

If you ever get a chance to interview him, ask him for tips on how to wash feces out of underpants. I know some folks who expect to use natural diapers when their kid comes along. Ted is no doubt an expert on this topic.

GlenW
GlenW

Almost every time Ted plays H-town the Press writes a review that makes me think that could enjoy his show, but then the writer is good enough to mention Ted's rants, and then I remember why I won't give that a-hole a freaking dime.

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Never mattered all that much, even less now. Agree with caricature characterization. Moving along...

Chad Hale
Chad Hale

Tony, #1 what happened to the Dixi chicks was their own undoing. They had the fans and great sales. They spoke out against Bush not long following 9/11 so of course America turned against them. #2 Nugent made NO death threats as confirmed by the Secret Service. Yes, he and many others attack Obamas job as president. He has broken constitutional law more than one can count. There is no fault voicing how bad of a job Obama is doing especially when it's true. Add this little excerpt to the Dixi Chicks I found in a news story: "It is being reported that the Dixie Chicks will split up after the Grammy awards and for most country music fans that will be a relief. Natalie Maines has been very vocal in her distaste not only for President Bush and the Iraq war but also for some icons in country music such as Reba McIntire and Toby Keith. Martie Maquire and Emily Robinson has claimed that they are leaving to focus on great mothers but the inside scuttle butt says they are just tired of being on the receiving end of the hate mail, death threats and career destroying backlash caused by Maines habit of sticking her foot in all of their mouths."

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

I'm just kidding. I don't like his politics or his music.

Lisa Hardgrove
Lisa Hardgrove

I can think of 100 better guitarists than Ted Nugent, all of whom are far less obnoxious as well.

Francisco Muñiz-Belmares
Francisco Muñiz-Belmares

>but you gotta admit No. No I do not. He's a forgettable musician and his recent vomiting of opinions helps in burying his musical "legacy". His talents get easily lost in his idiotic antics. He is a caricature of what one can consider an old & bitter musician.

T.j. Dubz
T.j. Dubz

What if I like his politics but think his music is shit?

Dan James
Dan James

Ah... Ted Nugent, The Motor City Motor Mouth. This guy is effen poster boy for the saying, "Shut up and play yer guitar!"

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Me too but not enough to labor through the Chron's website.

Anse
Anse

@Chad Hale Well, fans of songs with titles like "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" are surely the best intellectual minds the Right has to offer. I can't imagine why Ted doesn't just run for office.

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