Ted Nugent
Motor City Mayhem

Release Date: June 30, 2009
Directed by: David Rhoades
Format: BD



Matt Rowe


'70s top-drawer guitar concert draw, Ted Nugent, has performed his 6000th concert in front of an enthusiastic crowd (and when isn't a Nugent crowd enthusiastic?  If you have ever attended one of those 6000 shows, you'd know that there is never a dull moment in the Motor City Madman's repertoire).  For this occasion, the Nuge has filmed his performance of 20 performance songs including an energetic Star Spangled Banner played on his Gibson amidst war vets, who were standing on the stage.  The venue was the outdoor DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit on July 4, 2008. 

From there on, it's a party of classic Nugent songs that include “Stormtroopin',” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Free For All,” “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Weekend Warrior,” “Stranglehold,” and other familiar songs.  Surprises continue to mount as Ted Nugent is joined by his guitar teacher (Joe Podorsek) on  “Honky Tonk,” assisted by Mitch Ryder drummer (Johnny “Bee” Badanjek), and a fantastic appearance by former bandmate, Derek St Holmes (who worked with Nugent from start of Nugent's solo career through Cat Scratch Fever).  St Holmes joined on “Hey Baby,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” and “Stranglehold.”  And Nugent delivers some rousing versions of other classics like “Soul Man,” and “Bo Diddley.”

The concert is fun, and Nugent is still as wild and crazy as his past suggests that he might be.  Make no mistake, this isn't the kind of concert you'd have attended back then in the '70s; that's a bygone era.  But his recognizable ace guitar playing hasn't suffered as his playing speed is still intact at 61 years of age.  Quite simply, Ted Nugent can still put on a show as this newly released BD will reveal.

The clarity that comes with new digital video recordings is evident in this 1080i Widescreen 16X9 (1.78:1) show.  Audio is excellent in the disc's three selections (LCPM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS HD Master Audio).  There are no extras, but who needs them.  If you're a Nugent fan, you'll be pleased to know that he can still pump out a show.

Note: This show is also available on standard DVD as well as a 2CD audio set.









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