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Keith brings a ‘piece of American pride’ [Toby Keith and Ted Nugent in Fallujah]
Marinelink ^ | 6-20-04 | Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Bush

Posted on 06/20/2004 6:38:23 AM PDT by SJackson

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq(June 4, 2004) -- Just before midnight on June 4, two helicopters touched down at Camp Fallujah’s eastern landing zone, stirring up dust in the moonlight. Out of the dust cloud appeared country music star Toby Keith and rock legend Ted Nugent.

The pair of performers heartily shook the hands of the awaiting escort staff and were whisked away to the base chapel where a crowd of I Marine Expeditionary Force Marines and sailors anxiously awaited their arrival.

As Keith was back stage getting ready for the show, he explained coming out here was the least he could do for all the men and women who put themselves in danger every day.

“I just want to see some lights go on in their eyes, hearts shine and bring them a piece of American pride,” the country music star said.

The I MEF Morale, Welfare and Recreation office worked in cooperation with I MEF Headquarters Group to bring the concert here.

I MHG Marines provided the elbow grease necessary to make the concert possible, according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 John F. Kauffman the I MEF MWR liaison officer.

“They did a great job,” providing security, transportation and stage set-up, he said.

Both performers took the stage around midnight, thanked the Marines for the opportunity to perform, and then launched into a mini-concert featuring hit songs by each artist including Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever” and Keith’s “Angry American (Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue).”

“People in the crowd did not have to be a country or rock fan at all to enjoy the show,” said Lance Cpl. Danielle T. Doth, a Lexington, Ky., native, and a logistics clerk with the I MHG embarkation office. “They just played their songs and boosted the morale of the crowd.”

At the end of the concert, Gunnery Sgt. Donald M. Drzewiecki, the I MHG career retention specialist, was pulled on stage with Keith and Nugent.

“The roadie gave my guitar to Ted, and he said ‘Let me show you something,’ then played my guitar,” Drzewiecki said. “Ted was my hero when I was a kid growing up in Chicago.”

Drzewiecki served as the opening act for his childhood hero by strumming his guitar and singing for the crowd of hundreds before the pair arrived.

“The thing that kept the crowd going was not so much the music, but the comedy of the two greats up on stage,” added Drzewiecki. “Overall they were both great together. The fact of how late it was didn't matter to the crowd.”

After the show, many Marines and sailors came up on stage to have autographs signed and pose for photos with the musicians. Some even brought their own guitars to have autographed.

“I don’t think anybody knew what to expect,” said Doth, who worked as part of the escort staff. She enjoyed the fact that “the guys and gals were able to forget a little of their worries and laugh a little and just have fun.”

Shortly after 1:00 a.m., the performers left the chapel and boarded the bus back to the LZ.

Reflecting on the chance meeting of his childhood hero in Iraq Drzewiecki said, “(It) made me realize that today's idols are just normal people like you and me.”

On their way back, Nugent took a moment to communicate his respect for U.S. Marines to members of the escort staff.

“It’s a powerful force within my American dream to be the best I can be, whether it’s just jamming, or showing my patriotism,” Nugent said. “I’m surrounded with the spirit and dedication of professionalism.

“I’ve always used the analogy in my professional life and in my home life that if your going to work for me, you’re going to be like a Marine. You’ve got to be the very best. Whether it’s my musicians, my road manager or my kids.”



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fallujah; iraq; supportourtroops; tednugent; tobykeith; uso

1 posted on 06/20/2004 6:38:23 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: Thud

A patriotic rock-country ping!


2 posted on 06/20/2004 6:44:37 AM PDT by Dark Wing
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To: SJackson

Stranglehold bump.


3 posted on 06/20/2004 6:48:31 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Vigilantcitizen
Intensity in tent city BUMP
4 posted on 06/20/2004 6:49:54 AM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: SJackson

WOW and WOOOOHOOOO bump!


5 posted on 06/20/2004 6:50:13 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (I'll donate to the RNC after the nuclear annillation of a few Middle East countries!)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

wango bump


6 posted on 06/20/2004 6:52:34 AM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: Dark Wing

tango bump


7 posted on 06/20/2004 6:52:55 AM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: SJackson

R & R bumpa bumpa!


8 posted on 06/20/2004 6:54:37 AM PDT by Khurkris (Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past, It whispers no this will be the last)
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To: SJackson
It makes my 'lil 'ol American heart glow with pride.

Thanks to both GENTLEMEN for their patriotism and efforts to give back.

Thanks to our dear soldiers that make our daily freedoms possible.

NordP

9 posted on 06/20/2004 6:57:02 AM PDT by NordP (While our nation is at war w/ worldwide terrorism, the democrat party is at war w/ the President.)
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To: SJackson

I bet Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue was a huge hit.
Toby is great. My kids love him.


10 posted on 06/20/2004 6:58:08 AM PDT by MarMema (Up, up, up, there's nowhere to go from here but up.)
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To: MarMema

bttt


11 posted on 06/20/2004 7:17:43 AM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: SJackson

Awesome!


12 posted on 06/20/2004 7:26:17 AM PDT by Driver70
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To: SJackson
About the Marine who said:

“(It) made me realize that today's idols are just normal people like you and me.”

Methinks he paints with too broad a brush. I don't think they will get too many of these late-night visits by "today's idols".

Thanks Ted and Toby! Anything that will cheer up and divert our guys for a while is appreciated by all of us.

13 posted on 06/20/2004 7:30:48 AM PDT by FrogMom
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To: FrogMom

I would love to have Ted Nugent become the next Governor of the State of Michigan. Lets beat the Canadian Implant Jennifer Granholm in 2 years.


14 posted on 06/20/2004 7:37:32 AM PDT by Eric Roelfsema (Congrats to the NBA Champion Detroit Pistons)
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To: MeekOneGOP; dennisw; B4Ranch; onyx; Salem; Mia T; Ragtime Cowgirl; Dubya's fan; FBD; devolve; ...
ping - Toby Keith in Fallujah!!

It's The American Way!

15 posted on 06/20/2004 7:41:54 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Ronald Reagan to Islamic Terrorism: YOU CAN RUN - BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!)
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To: SJackson

Ted Nugent
Stranglehold
Here I come again now baby
Like a dog in heat
Tell it's me by the clamor now baby
I like to tear up the street
And I been smokin' for so long
Ya know I'm here to stay
Got you in a strangle hold baby
You best get outta the way

Road I cruise is a bitch now baby
But no you cant turn me round
And if a house gets in my way baby
Ya know I'm tearing it down
You ran the night that you left me
You put me in my place
I got you in a stranglehold baby
You gonna cross your face

Yeah
Sometimes you wanna start higher
And sometimes you gotta start low
Some people think they gonna die someday
I got news ya never got to go

C'mon c'mon up, c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon up, c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon baby
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon up
C'mon c'mon c'mon c'mon baby
C'mon c'mon c'mon

Road I cruise is a bitch now
Ya know ya cant turn me round
And if a house gets in my way
Ya know I'm burnin' it down
Ya ran the night that you left me
You put me in my place
I got you in a stranglehold baby
You gonna cross your face


16 posted on 06/20/2004 7:46:56 AM PDT by erinjohn (“There was a guy in a headscarf with an AK47 standing there looking at me, so I shot him.”)
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To: Driver70; ChadGore; MeekOneGOP; B4Ranch; onyx; Smartass; FBD; devolve; PhilDragoo

Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)

Toby Keith

American girls and American guys will always stand up and salute;
Will always recognize
When we see ol' glory flying,
There's a lot of men dead,
So we can sleep in peace at night when we lay down our head.

My daddy served in the army,
Where he lost his right eye.
But he flew a flag out in our yard 'til the day that he died.
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
To grow up and live happy in the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love has fallen under attack.
A mighty sucker punch came flying in from somewhere in the back.
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,
Man we lit up your world like the Fourth of July.

Hey Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly,
And there's gonna be Hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell!
It's gonna feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you...
Brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue!

Oh, Justice will be served and the battle will rage.
This big dog will fight when you rattle his cage
You'll be sorry that you messed with the US of A
'Cuz we'll put a boot in your ass
It's the American way.

Hey Uncle Sam put your name at the top of his list,
And the Statue of Liberty started shaking her fist.
And the eagle will fly,
And there's gonna be Hell,
When you hear Mother Freedom start ringing her bell!
And it'll feel like the whole wide world is raining down on you...
Brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue!

Of the Red, White and Blue..
Of my Red, White and Blue...

17 posted on 06/20/2004 8:13:34 AM PDT by Happy2BMe (Ronald Reagan to Islamic Terrorism: YOU CAN RUN - BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!)
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To: SJackson

I have always said there are two real good kinds of music Rock and Roll I like country also.


18 posted on 06/20/2004 8:49:59 AM PDT by solo gringo (Always Ranting Always Rite)
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To: SJackson

I have always said there are two real good kinds of music Rock and Roll I like country also.


19 posted on 06/20/2004 8:56:18 AM PDT by solo gringo (Always Ranting Always Rite)
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To: Happy2BMe

Its the American Way.


20 posted on 06/20/2004 8:56:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (STAGMIRE !)
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To: Happy2BMe

21 posted on 06/20/2004 9:53:08 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Call me the Will Rogers voter: I never met a Democrat I didn't like - to vote OUT OF POWER !)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Do we still like him?


22 posted on 10/30/2008 12:05:13 PM PDT by udofpluto
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To: udofpluto

Do we still like who???

Welcome to FreeRepublic.com, btw. :)


23 posted on 10/30/2008 10:21:14 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Obama, WHO is Bill Ayers and WHY are you still friends with him? Please RSVP asap!)
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