Title - 'Motor City Mayhem: 6,000th Concert' (Eagle Rock)
Artist - Ted Nugent
July 4, 2008 was a landmark night at the DTE Energy Music Centre in the 41-year touring career of Detroit's own Ted Nugent, as he performed his 6,000th show to a raucous hometown crowd. For the 23,000 that attended, this show was an affirmation that a Ted Nugent show is not just a show ...it is a celebration!
With backing from Derek St. Holmes (the vocalist behind "Dog Eat Dog”), Johnny Bee Bdanjek (drummer for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels), and even former guitar teacher Joe Podorsik, Nugent had his all-star team backing his every move.
This CD (and the subsequent DVD, of course) is one long, and totally engaging, nostalgic trip. With 2 discs and 23 tracks (21 actual songs, an intro, and an outro), the live release features all his big hits and more.
On display and on deck we got “Motor City Madhouse,” “Wango Tango,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Stranglehold,” to name just, well, four! Nugent and his band were on fire this night and knew it. Sure Nugent’s tendency to waffle on about topics like hunting and being in love with Mother America can get a little yawny, but hey, it's Ted, ya'll!
This was a celebration of life, a celebration of Motor City rock n' roll and, on this night, a celebration of over 40 years of touring to all corners of the earth.