Tag: Damn Yankees
With an over 50 year career in rock, media, television, film, and the political debate, Ted Nugent has more that firmly etched his way into American Pop culture. The Motor City Madman makes a return to the Chumash Casino Resort's Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Ted took the time to answer a few questions for MarshallofRock.com:
MOR: Thanks for the time Ted, we are looking forward to seeing you rock the roof off of the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez on July 18th! Any surprises that haven't been shared on past tours for the fans to expect?
Ted: The intensity and pure animal energy of my band is always a shock to unsuspecting civilians, even after all these years. It just keeps getting tighter & more fun all the time. I shock me nightly and nothing shocks me.
MOR: While many would say you would be the artist that they couldn't believe they met when they got into the music business, who was in for you that you just couldn't believe you have met in your many years since becoming a success in the biz, and can your share a story about how and where it happened?
Ted: Rockin nonstop for more than 50 years provides unlimited and unbelievable opportunities to meet the masters. The 1st time I met the mighty Motown Funkbrothers at Cobo Hall in Detroit in 1963 I figured I'd died and gone to heaven. But jamming with BB King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, and so many legends always inspires me to push myself and discover the unlimited musical adventure through those virtuoso's lives. I am a very, very lucky man.
MOR: You have been outspoken in your political views and an advocate for your causes over the years, where do you see this country going in say... the next 10 to 20 years?
Ted: Being the hopeless optimist and believer in the indefatigable American spirit, I hope, pray and believe that we will pull ourselves up out of this embarrassing suicidal lowest of lows where so many Americans live to take instead of give. I see guilt catching up with the bloodsuckers and America returning to being the best that we can be and outproducing the rest of the world again.
MOR: I see there is a new 'Ted For President' campaign underway started by the fans with its own Facebook page. Have you seen that and what do you think. The last I checked the Facebook page had close to 200,000 likes.
Ted: I so wreak of logic and commonsense that it is very refreshing in this world of otherwise soulless politically correct denial and dishonesty. God knows America would be the greatest again if she operated like the Nugent family. No takers, no whiners, no gangsters, no dopers, no drunks, no criminals, no bloodsuckers, no excuse makers, no crybabies, no punks, no Obama supporters.
MOR: What's on tap for you and your upcoming projects? We would all like to hear a new album, any chance of that in the future? And ever any chance of Damn Yankees reuniting for a few shows at any point?
Ted: God knows me and the band are dying to record a bunch of very exciting songs and musical adventures. Logistics, timing and scheduling coordinated availabilities is a Herculean task. With any luck we should hit the studio in early 2014 for a summer release of a killer CD. I know I speak for Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw and Michael Cartellone when I praise the killer music we made as Damn Yankees, and how all four of us would absolutely love to make music again and hit the road together. We all hope it happens someday. One never knows.
MOR: Thanks so much Ted! Can't wait to see you and the band on July 18th at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez!
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-and-older venue. Tickets for the show are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65, with tickets for all events available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash or get yours now at www.chumashcasino.com
Ted Nugent, who earned the nickname “Motor City Madman” when he erupted onto the rock scene in the 1970s, returns to the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Tickets for the show are $25, $35, $45, $55 and $65. Get yours now at www.chumashcasino.com
To millions of music lovers, Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock and roll history as the guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,400 (!) high-octane concerts, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe.
Born in Detroit on December 13, 1948, Nugent began playing guitar at the age of 6 and formed his own band, the Lourds, when he was 14. In 1964, the Lourds were such a big hit at the Michigan State Fair that they were asked to open for The Supremes.
In 1967, Nugent fronted the Amboy Dukes. The group’s second album, “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” would make it to the Billboard music charts and its single of the same name reached No. 8 on the pop charts.
By 1975, Nugent set out on a solo career and released his first solo album, “Ted Nugent,” featuring the hits “Stranglehold” and “Hey Baby.” In 1977, Nugent recorded his second solo album, “Free-For-All,” his first to go Platinum. That same year, he released his most successful album, “Cat Scratch Fever,” selling more than 3 million copies and featuring the now-classic rock anthems “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Workin’ Hard, Playin’ Hard,” and “Out of Control.”
Ted also was a featured member of Damn Yankees along with Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Tommy Shaw of Styx. Damn Yankees yielded chartbusters "High Enough," "Coming of Age," and "Come Again."
Don’t miss an opportunity to see Ted Nugent put on a guitar-fueled, high-energy show in the intimate 1,400-seat Samala Showroom.
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 18-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Chumash. You can also visit the website at www.chumashcasino.com or call StarTicketsPlus at 1-800-585-3737.
Republican party to reportedly pay Journey $500K for concert at convention in Florida, other rockers converge on Tampa
Even though Dee Snider and Tom Morello won't be representing at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week, there will still be some rockin' going on. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jack Blades of Night Ranger/Damn Yankees and 3 Doors Down are all part of the festivities but only one band will head to Florida to make some big, big bucks to take part in a private Mitt Romney fundraising event.
TMZ reports that the veteran rockers will receive an incredible $500K payout for appearing at the event this Thursday night (Aug. 30) in Tampa. The group will reportedly play a 90-minute set for those in attendance. The group don’t feel they are making a political statement either way by performing at the event, and plan on treating the show like it’s just another gig. Neal Schon‘s girlfriend, Michaele Salahi, who first came to fame for gatecrashing a White House shindig with her ex-husband, will also be in attendance.
Jack Blades, bassist, lead singer and front man of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is also participating in the 2012 Republican National Convention, performing “Back in the Game,” the lead track from his latest solo effort, Rock ‘n Roll Ride, and make appearances in support of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other GOP candidates today (Aug. 28).
"This country was built on the hard work of individual Americans who took a chance and pursued a dream," says Blades, who has sold more than 25 million albums throughout his remarkable career and performed in front of millions of fans worldwide. "Too often today I see that sort of initiative being discouraged and punished. We can do better. That's why I'm honored to have been asked to be involved in the convention."
Lynyrd Skynyrd is made their third appearance at a Republican Convention in their career with a performance at a private fundraiser on Sunday, followed by playing Monday as Ann Romney was introduced to convention attendees. The band members have some opinions on the state of the country with Gary Rossington telling BW&BK's “Everybody’s got a right to their own opinion, you know? I think the country is kind of on a back road now. I would like to see some changes about certain things, but you know, I don’t know what we can do. We’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. We’re more music and rock ‘n’ roll than politics.” Rossington says he considers himself more conservative than left wing, but he feels out of place talking about politics.
Instrumentalist Rickey Medlocke added, “I agree that America, first of all, is very deeply divided. One thing I don’t like is how everybody is making a racial thing out of this whole political arena that we are in. I’m Native American, so the racial thing kind of hits home with me. To be honest with you, man, I’m sick of politics here. I’ve been browbeaten by it until I’m sick of it. I’ve been slammed in my face about it, and honestly, I don’t perceive anything getting any better. I don’t know. I hope it does.”
Medlocke goes on to add, “I find that America is moving toward a certain type of government that everybody else is moving away from, and I find that very upsetting to me … I gotta tell you, Rickey Medlocke lived in some of the most magical years in this world’s history. I lived in the ’60s. I lived in the ’70s, right into the ’80s, and man it was bad to the bone.”
Medlocke says that politics is similar to rock in that everything has already been written and there’s nothing original anymore. He adds, “Politics are the same old thing. We elect people, we put them in office and guess what they do? They sell us out. They sell us down the river and we pay for it. So we try to tread lightly on the politics, although we can be very outspoken about it.”
3 Doors Down are in Tampa performing tonight at the convention. Here's a picture of voaclist Brad Arnold from the floor earlier today.
Legendary rockers STYX - Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman - have teamed up with jewelry designer Diana Warner to create the Diana Warner For Styx jewelry collection, which was made available exclusively on the band’s official website on November 11th, just in time for holiday shopping.
Each piece is hand-made in Diana Warner’s New York City studio, with prices ranging from $55-$200. The first items available are eight dog tag necklaces made of 30 inch chains of gunmetal, antique gold or antique silver plate over brass. The charms are made of pewter and rose gold, gunmetal, antique gold or antique silver. They’ll also be selling guitar pick earrings available in 4 finishes: gunmetal, rose gold, antique gold and antique silver, as well as antique gold and silver charms with one of the band’s well-recognized lyrics, “Come Sail Away With Me.”
This is only the first part of the Diana Warner For Styx collection. Multiple styles of limited edition charms will be created in 2012, which will be sold in a small number and will be considered collector’s items. A full line of Diana Warner For Styx jewelry will be made available in 2012. This is the first collection Diana has designed for a band and collaborated on this project with singer/guitarist Tommy Shaw’s wife, Jeanne Shaw.
“The second we saw Diana’s pieces, we knew we wanted to work with her,” says Jeanne. “We’re so thrilled to be able to offer something very special to Styx's fans that’s worlds different than anything we’ve done before. We hope they love the collection as much as we do.”
In touring news, STYX is continuing to criss-cross the U.S. in support of REGENERATION, VOLUME I & II, a double-disc collection of re-recorded classics that was released on October 4 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. In addition to thirteen STYX classics and a brand new song “Difference In The World REGENERATION, VOLUME I & II also includes interpretations of “High Enough,” and “Coming Of Age,” originally recorded by Damn Yankees, which featured Tommy Shaw, along with Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and drummer Michael Cartellone. The band had originally re-recorded these acclaimed anthems to sell only at their live shows, as they continued to tour the globe and introduce a new generation of fans to their chart-topping hits. Now, for the first time, this music has been made commercially available.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Dec. 16 - Savannah, GA - Johnny Mercer Theatre
Dec. 17 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery Performing Arts Center
Jan. 25 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Jan. 27 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Casino
Jan. 28 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Casino
Feb. 10 - Las Vegas, NV - Green Valley Ranch/Grand Events Center
Feb. 11 - Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
Mar. 9 - Miami, FL Magic City - Casino Amphitheater
Mar. 10 - Silver Springs, FL - Twin Oaks Amphitheatre
VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" will be back for season number eight on Saturday, August 20 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.A full slate of metal and hard rock icons will be a part of the upcoming season once again.
Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson host the only TV show about all things hard rock and heavy metal. Metal musicians and rock royalty, including Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, HSAS, Chickenfoot), will be part of the discussions this season.
-Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
-Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne)
-Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)
-Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
-Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples)
-Jani Lane (Warrant)
-Michael Sweet (Stryper)
-Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat)
-Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
-Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave)
-Doug Pinnick (King's X)
-Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob)
-John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder)
-Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
-Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot)
-Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
-Dave "Snake" Sabo (Skid Row)
-Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
-Graham Bonnett (Alcatrazz, MSG, Rainbow)
-Vinnie Moore (UFO)
-Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
-Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)