On Friday August 26th, The Motor City Madman returned home to turn Sterling Height’s Freedom Hill Ampitheater into his Madhouse! Ted Nugent‘s Detroit stop on his Sonic Baptizm tour was one of the most anticipated shows of the summer, as Detroiters couldn’t wait to hang out with Uncle Ted. Another legendary Detroit band, Brownsville Station, served as the open act and rocked the house as well. As expected, Nugent delivered a rockin set of his greatest hits and other fan favorites from a career spanning over five decades.
The Nugent band is a rocking power trio, comprised of Nugent, longtime bass player/voclaist Greg Smith and a new addition in Detroit native, drummer Jason Hartless. The band delivered a fiery set, full of fan favorites like “Gonzo”, “Yank Me, Crank Me”, “Snakeskin Cowboys” and “Fred Bear“, as well as the classics such as “Stranglehold”,”Cat Scratch Fever”, “Free For All”, and “Motor City Madhouse”.
Even at the age of 67, Nugent is still one of the most iconic and ferocious guitar players on the planet; attacking each song with tenacity and virtuosity. Smith and Hartless provided a stellar rhythm section that laid down a great groove throughout the night. Friday night’s performance definitely satisfied longtime Nugent fans who filled Freedom Hill to capacity.
In a world thats full of unpredictability, Nugent continues to provide his signature guitar wizardry to his fans all over the country. If you get the chance to go, don’t miss Uncle Ted and company on this fantastic tour!
Here’s Ted and the band rocking out on “Motor City Madhouse”