My former band mate Greg Smith is now the bass player for Ted Nugent. They came to town and played a fantastic gig last night at the Green Valley Ranch Station Resort. I’m gonna tell you something, whether you’re a fan of Uncle Ted’s music and/or all of his political and world views or not, no one can deny that Ted Nugent is a patriot and Ted Nugent is pure in his beliefs. Those were the two things that I took away from his performance last night.
Nugent played to a packed house of believers in Ted, and Ted, as he always has, whipped his believers into frenzy after frenzy of true red, white & blue patriotism and pride in our country and the men and women that protect it. Nugent always has members of the military in his audiences and this show was no different – he’s always been loyal to them and in return, they show their loyalty to him by coming to his shows and shouting their support.
Though I was a guitarist in a heavy metal band for a few years and have listened to Ted’s music, I wouldn’t say I was ever a die-hard fan, at least not back then, but now, I’ll say this …I’m a fan of Ted Nugent, the man, the patriot, the Motor City Madman. Can you believe, I learned something at the show last night? That’s right, I learned something, as if I had gone to see a lecture by some PhD. Ted told us that he’s 61 years old and has been rockin’ with the same energy and enthusiasm has he did when he first started in 1960. That tells me that he really loves what he does and believes in his message. As I launch my writing career, I find myself constantly questioning my message, “what is it that I’m trying to say?” I sometimes find myself getting bogged down with second-guessing myself and then not projecting 100% confidence in my beliefs, my message. Ted taught me, to hell with second-guessing! Once I examine my beliefs and find them righteous, I should be backing them up with my talk and my swagger, like he does! I learned that from Nugent’s show last night.
I also learned that when you do what you love and believe in – you are not only blessed but you convey sincerity to those around you. The people punching their fists in the air and shouting their support for Ted last night, buy into him because he’s totally pure – what you see is what you get with Ted Nugent.
Ted talks a lot about spirit during his show – the spirit of the buffalo – the spirit of freedom – the spirit of independent thinking. I can tell y’all this; Ted Nugent’s spirit is alive and well. I pray that stays that way for a long time to come!
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