Nugent, Ted – Motor City Mayhem

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Ted Nugent is an unstoppable force – on stage, on the guitar, he is the Motor City Madman, second to none as rock and roll’s true powerhouse. Celebrating his 6,000th concert, His latest DVD and companion CD release, Motor City Mayhem captures the moment in Detroit on July 4th 2008 in front of a bunch of hellraising fans for a night of Full Bluntal Nugity.

Filmed at the outdoor DTE Energy Amphitheater, it’s still daylight outside as Nugent takes the stage and unleashes the beast (and a hottie on top of a cake) alongside drummer Mick Brown (Dokken) and bassist Greg Smith (Alice Cooper, Joe Lynn Turner), playing through his own classics such as “Free For All, ” “Wango Tango,” “Dog Eat Dog,” to early rootsy tunes such as “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “Bo Didley/Lay With Me” to the more recent “Love Grenade” – it’s a big setlist. His childhood guitar teacher, Joe Podorsek joins him on “Honky Tonk,” Detroit Wheels drummer Johnny “Bee” Badanjek gets behind the kit on “Jenny Take a Ride” while longtime collaborator Derek St. Holmes gets in on a few songs (“Cat Scratch Fever,” Stranglehold,” & “Hey Baby”) making this a special event.

The DVD itself is fitted with Stereo and 5.1 surround for both Dolby & DTS formats, and the show is shot in multiple angles. The companion 2 CD set, when listed to alone, makes you realize what a tight group this is onstage, played as a power trio – the songs are heavier, more metalized than the original studio versions – no complaints. Motor City Mayhem stands as a testament to one of the true hard rock performers – over 6,000 shows strong and there is no end in sight.

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