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Keith concert more than crowd bargained for (Nugent Update !!!)
The Republican ^ | Monday, March 07, 2005 | By KEVIN O'HARE

Posted on 03/11/2005 8:00:21 PM PST by 11th_VA

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Toby Keith's crafted quite a career in country music and courting controversy.

So it's no surprise to find the country kingpin stirring it up again. But this time it's got nothing to do with what he's singing or what he's saying or even his celebrated old feud with The Dixie Chicks. Instead, it all revolves around his choice for his opening act on his "Big Throwdown Tour," which played to a full house at the Mohegan Sun Arena Friday.

Keith's enlisted "Motor City Madman" and screeching hard rocker Ted Nugent to open the shows on this leg of the tour, and Nugent lived up to every bit of his wildman reputation and then some.

As his fans know, Keith's a self-proclaimed honky tonkin' redneck cowboy, a six-foot-four inch former semipro football player from Oklahoma who mixes songs about patriotism and soldiers and flag waving with songs about women and drinking and smoking pot. He leans right, but he's also been quick to point out he's a registered Democrat who happens to support President Bush and his policies. Keith sells millions of albums and he's also a lot of fun to watch onstage - and Friday proved to be no exception.

On the other hand, Nugent is still playing with a whole lot less than a full deck. At 56, this passionate hunter and resident of Crawford, Texas, is more outrageous than during his "Cat Scratch Fever" heyday nearly 30 years ago. Not only was his music about 20 times louder than Keith's Friday - and that's hardly an exaggeration - he also made Keith look like a candidate for a lunch with the Clintons in comparison to Nugent's own hot-wired, politically charged manifesto. Case in point: Nugent closed his 50-minute opening slot with "Kiss My Ass," a guitar-wailing sledgehammer of a song that lyrically links Saddam Hussein with Ted Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Michael Moore, The Dixie Chicks, Jessie Jackson and a host of others not from Nugent's same school of political thought.

The crowd hooted as a bigger-than-life cardboard effigy of Saddam showed up above the stage toward the end of the song and screeched even louder when the Motor City Madman used one of his old stage tricks by shooting an arrow right into the effigy's chest. "I say we kill 'ze'em all!" howled the Nuge, clutching a gun and a hunting bow, reiterating his "This is my America" theme that he voiced repeatedly during the set.

God Bless America indeed. It was a fitting, completely over-the-top ending to a set that found Nugent taking the stage, waving the American flag and screaming the Pledge of Allegiance.

The audience automatically rose in unison and it was such a bizarre blend between the action on stage and the reaction from the crowd that at times it seemed as if one was watching an old black and white German propaganda film from the early 1940s. Fronting a power trio, "Uncle Ted" ripped through seven songs in all, including "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold," "Fred Bear," (which was accompanied by a big-screen film of hunters taking down deer) and "Great White Buffalo." He preceded that last song by saying "God bless the Indians, I salute anyone who gets away with not paying taxes," a sentiment that will no doubt get an interesting reaction from the folks at the Mohegan Sun who were paying his salary this night.

Mercifully, Keith's 90 minutes on stage were nowhere near as vitriolic and were instead filled with party anthems and booming country rockers. Backed by a six-piece band, three-piece horn section and a female singer, the Oklahoman spun through songs such as the show-opening "Stays in Mexico," "Who's Your Daddy?," "Whiskey Girl," his new single "Honky Tonk U," and "Should've Been a Cowboy," the latter of which featured a guitar intro lifted from the theme to "Blazing Saddles."

"I Love This Bar," was a major fan fave as were some of his "Bus Songs," which featured Keith playing acoustic guitar with his songwriting partner Scotty Emerick, triggering plenty of laughs, especially on "The Taliban Song" and "Weed With Willie," Keith's saga about getting high with Willie Nelson after smoking "a big fat one that put everybody in a coma."

After closing with "Beer For My Horses," Keith returned to encore with the patriotic "American Soldier" and then brought Nugent back to the stage for a Hendrix-styled take of "The Star Spangled Banner," before the two each played matching red, white and blue guitars for the show-closing "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)," complete with pyrotechnics and red, white and blue confetti filling the arena.

Kevin O'Hare can be reached at kohare@repub.com


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: keith; nugent; tednugent; tobykeith
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Wow - I saw Ted 30 years ago at Soldier Field - The best concert I ever saw in my life ... Maybe some of you remember it ...
1 posted on 03/11/2005 8:00:22 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA
Gosh...I saw "Keith" and I was humming "98.6."

Okay...so I'm old.

53 tomorrow (gag).

2 posted on 03/11/2005 8:04:49 PM PST by daler
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To: 11th_VA

So Nugent was being Nugent and this is somehow news?


3 posted on 03/11/2005 8:05:49 PM PST by smith288 (The GOP, Ditech of politics... "lost another one to GOP" - Howard dean)
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To: smith288
Case in point: Nugent closed his 50-minute opening slot with "Kiss My Ass," a guitar-wailing sledgehammer of a song that lyrically links Saddam Hussein with Ted Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Michael Moore, The Dixie Chicks, Jessie Jackson and a host of others not from Nugent's same school of political thought.
4 posted on 03/11/2005 8:07:20 PM PST by 11th_VA (Stop the Illegal Invasion - Secure the Borders)
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To: 11th_VA
Ya just gotta love sweaty Teddy.
5 posted on 03/11/2005 8:11:22 PM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Congratulations to my brother in law Mike, 21st in his age group in Ironman New Zealand, March 2005.)
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To: 11th_VA

I read that again - and I'm not sure I understand what Kevin is complaining about. Maybe someone can explain it.


6 posted on 03/11/2005 8:11:34 PM PST by sevry
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To: 11th_VA

Add in Mojo Nixon, Reverend Horton Heat and Southern Culture On The Skids and it would have been a perfect night.


7 posted on 03/11/2005 8:14:08 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: 11th_VA

Sounds like a fantasic show!
Wonder if they are coming to Raleigh?


8 posted on 03/11/2005 8:14:26 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: sarasmom
Looks like Virginia Beach (06.12.05) is as close as he's gonna get to Raleigh. By the way, on the ticket web site I saw a link for the "Dixe Chicks Tour" and clicked on it - got the following response:

No Events Were Found!

9 posted on 03/11/2005 8:23:28 PM PST by 11th_VA (Stop the Illegal Invasion - Secure the Borders)
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To: 11th_VA

Ah, Ted Nugent:
Probably the next non-Dimocrat (and non-female) governor of Michigan!


10 posted on 03/11/2005 8:24:48 PM PST by Redbob
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To: 11th_VA

Wang Dang Sweet Poontang!!

Whose your daddy
Whose your man
Whose your friend


11 posted on 03/11/2005 8:28:49 PM PST by skaterboy (Life goes on so screw it)
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To: daler

Happy Birthday!!!


12 posted on 03/11/2005 8:29:01 PM PST by acad1228 ("Those who would forsake liberty for safety deserve neither." Ben Franklin)
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To: 11th_VA
Saw the show in Blue State Baltimore last weekend...although I appreciate Ted's enthusiasm, Toby is clearly the better entertainer, with better tunes, a better band, and better stage show.

None of that matters when you're playing for the troops, of course, which is where these two hit it off. For Ted to be doing what he's doing for the troops more than makes up for a few minutes of off-kilter antics while waiting for the superstar to take the stage.

Toby should switch parties...the Dems won't share his values again in his lifetime...

13 posted on 03/11/2005 8:29:59 PM PST by Chief Inspector Clouseau
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To: daler

and i was humming 98.6

best line of the night :-)
i busted a gut.
i'll be 56 soon and the nuge still trips my trigger. i loved his amboy dukes era. he sure gets a lot of octive action out of his short fret byrdland.
and now i'm stuck humming 98.6 the rest of my shift. darn.


14 posted on 03/11/2005 8:33:25 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (no kittie! thats my pot pie!)
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To: daler

Happy Bday, Dogonit.


15 posted on 03/11/2005 8:33:45 PM PST by skeeter ("What's to talk about? It's illegal." S Bono)
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To: 11th_VA

Toby's appearing up here in August and the show is already sold out! But I don't think Ted's going to make it this far up north.


16 posted on 03/11/2005 8:37:06 PM PST by unbalanced but fair
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To: daler

Happy Birthday. :)


17 posted on 03/11/2005 8:38:18 PM PST by Gosh I love this neighborhood
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To: 11th_VA

No offense intended to Toby Keith (a great singer and patriot on his own right), but Nuge is a frickin' guitar god. He is the wildman, the madman, the ear-splitting, poon-chasing gonzo icon of millions of right-wingers (myself included, of course) who don't identify with the more stodgy personas of the Republican party (Fallwell types, etc.). Like Sam Kinison and South Park, Ted gets the message across with badass style and plenty of cool to spare.

God, Guns, meat, and Metal-- there's no way that Keith could keep up with Terrible Ted...and when the Nuge strikes up the opening guitar feedback of "Stranglehold", you better watch out!


18 posted on 03/11/2005 8:43:47 PM PST by RockAgainsttheLeft04 (Chaos is great. Chaos is what killed the dinosaurs, darling. -- from Heathers (1989))
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To: 537cant be wrong; daler

Hey, I still have my Keith album that has "98.6" and "Ain't Gonna Lie." Good morning sun I say it's good to see you shining......


19 posted on 03/11/2005 8:44:13 PM PST by speedy
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To: speedy

yes i still have mine also.
being a vinyl collector for years and at 4500 lps
i have 3 back up turntables.
when 98.6 came out it was a glorious 60's summer.
if my remaining brain cell serves me correctly.


20 posted on 03/11/2005 9:00:19 PM PST by 537cant be wrong (no kittie! thats my pot pie!)
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To: 11th_VA
The audience automatically rose in unison and it was such a bizarre blend between the action on stage and the reaction from the crowd that at times it seemed as if one was watching an old black and white German propaganda film from the early 1940s.

Oh Good Lord
21 posted on 03/11/2005 9:05:26 PM PST by Vision (When Hillary Says She's Going To Put The Military On Our Borders...She Becomes Our Next President)
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To: 11th_VA

I was at that show at Soldier Field, that would have been the one with Skynyrd. correct? Great show.


22 posted on 03/11/2005 9:09:49 PM PST by Crankbait (I put the FUN in Dysfunctional)
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To: 537cant be wrong

Wow -- 4,500 LPs -- I have some pretty large stacks of wax, but you have me beat!! Just for the record -- no pun intended -- 98.6 came out in late 1966 -- other songs out then were "Kind Of A Drag" by The Buckinghams; "Nashville Cats" by The Lovin Spoonful; "I'm Losing You" by The Temptations; "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville; "Good Thing" by Paul Revere and the Raiders; and, a bit more obscure, "It's Now Winter's Day" by Tommy Roe. Don't ask why I remember that particular period so vividly -- I couldn't tell you what I had for lunch today!! But you're right, summers in the 60s seem pretty glorious from here, don't they?


23 posted on 03/11/2005 9:11:10 PM PST by speedy
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To: speedy
Gotta tell ya, it warms my (elderly) heart to know someone remembers the original "Keith"...although I must say I enjoy Toby, too.

And thanks all for the birthday wishes.

As for Nuge, I agree..."Journey To The Center Of The Mind"/Amboy Dukes belongs in the R&R Hall of Fame...

24 posted on 03/11/2005 9:45:41 PM PST by daler
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To: daler

Agree that "Journey To The Center Of The Mind" was a great one -- summer of 68 -- when else? Same time as "Pictures Of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo. Wonderful, melting, psychedelic guitar riffs. Yet another example of those glorious 60s summers!! And so much insanity was taking place politically.


25 posted on 03/11/2005 9:56:32 PM PST by speedy
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To: 11th_VA

Works for me.
OTOH sadam has lost weight since he's been a guest of the US military, and Michael "Three Cheeseburger" Moore should get his own zip code.


26 posted on 03/11/2005 10:13:54 PM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: 11th_VA

Best concert I ever saw in my life was Terrible Ted. Legend Valley, 25 years ago.


27 posted on 03/11/2005 10:33:25 PM PST by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: daler

Happy Birthday!!


28 posted on 03/11/2005 11:12:24 PM PST by GloriaJane ("How Many Babies Are Crying In Heaven Tonight" http://music.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: 11th_VA
On the other hand, Nugent is still playing with a whole lot less than a full deck.

Well. There it is. I think the Nuge makes a heck of a lot of sense and that really drives the Church ladies batty. Long live rock!

29 posted on 03/11/2005 11:14:38 PM PST by StarCMC (It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden; it's our job to arrange the meeting.)
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To: libs_kma

I had the pleasure of seeing Ted several times during his solo heyday in the 1970's but truly the loudest concert I ever went to, and still feel the after effects to this day, was at the 1979 California World Music Festival, which lasted two days and featured the best 70's rock bands playing over what was, for the then, the largest sound system ever assembled (at the LA Coliseum). When Ted peaked it was so loud the system actually distorted.


30 posted on 03/11/2005 11:20:10 PM PST by Steven W.
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To: 11th_VA; WestCoastGal

The original "Kiss My Ass" was about x42 and reno. I had a tape of it from a Rockline special that was run on Memorial Day back around 1993/94 but it was stolen in the tape player.

Crawford ping.


31 posted on 03/11/2005 11:20:11 PM PST by ChefKeith (Apply here to be added to the NASCAR Ping List, Daytona is done but we got 34 more races to go...)
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To: Crankbait
that would have been the one with Skynyrd.

Yes, that was the one. When Ted got on stage it was late in the afternoon. Everyone had brought plastic milk bottles for water, since it was so hot. An when Ted started to play, Thousands of the bottles went up in the air - for the next 20 minutes it looked like millions of ping pong balls in the stadium were popping up and down. Craziest thing I've ever seen.

32 posted on 03/12/2005 5:33:09 AM PST by 11th_VA (Stop the Illegal Invasion - Secure the Borders)
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To: SamAdams76

Is Mojo Nixon a conservative?


33 posted on 03/12/2005 5:40:07 AM PST by kidd
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To: SamAdams76

I love the Reverend! Not too many people around here have heard of him, but he comes once in a while.


34 posted on 03/12/2005 6:08:00 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Congratulations to my brother in law Mike, 21st in his age group in Ironman New Zealand, March 2005.)
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To: 11th_VA

Didn't see that one, but I used to see Ted & the Dukes at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit in the late 60s. Biggest treat was hearing him plug in behind closed curtains -- he'd crank the Byrd through that big stack of Fenders and deliver some of the greatest Godzilla roars you ever heard. And that hummingbird vibrato with those long-sustained, sweetly-distorted notes turning into feeback on-demand. My favorite sounds on earth at the time...

A good show I remember was the Agora, Columbus, Ohio, about 1970. The Amboy Dukes with Glass Harp, featuring a young Phil Keaggy, as the opening act. Good stuff!

PS -- yeah, my hearing's just fine. Why do you ask? ;^)


35 posted on 03/12/2005 7:54:58 AM PST by DJ Frisat
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To: 11th_VA
I salute anyone who gets away with not paying taxes

I've been a Nuge fan since I was a little kid. But my admiration for him went up still further after reading that comment.

36 posted on 03/12/2005 8:04:34 AM PST by Freebird Forever (Support your local gunsmith.)
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To: daler
'I saw "Keith" and I was humming "98.6."'

Ouch!!! You don't want that!

I instantly thought "Keith Richard" - it's amazing how our minds are wired to initiate these Pavlovian-style responses.

Happy Birthday!!!
37 posted on 03/12/2005 8:23:54 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: 11th_VA
Fronting a power trio, "Uncle Ted" ripped through seven songs in all, including "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold," "Fred Bear," (which was accompanied by a big-screen film of hunters taking down deer) and "Great White Buffalo."

WHAT!? No "Stormtrooper" {;^)

38 posted on 03/12/2005 8:31:22 AM PST by Henchster
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To: kidd

Mojo Nixon is more of a libertarian than a conservative. But he's no liberal. He can be heard on the "Outlaw Country" station on Sirius. He DJ's the afternoon shift.


39 posted on 03/12/2005 8:32:21 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Chi-townChief

I got you both beat. I was thinking "Keith" from the Partridge Family when I first saw this thread. Started humming "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted." I'm sick, sick, sick.


40 posted on 03/12/2005 8:34:04 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: 11th_VA

Methinks this Kevin character (author) is a pantywaisted little wimp. Just an opinion, mind you.


41 posted on 03/12/2005 1:55:55 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: ChefKeith
The original "Kiss My Ass" was about x42 and reno

Isn't that the one where the lyrics are "I'm a big believer in animal rights/ I let my dog hump me on my leg"?

42 posted on 03/12/2005 2:51:05 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: zip

ping


43 posted on 03/12/2005 3:43:16 PM PST by Mrs Zip
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To: Chief Inspector Clouseau

Is Toby Keith a democrat?!?!


44 posted on 03/12/2005 7:11:43 PM PST by stevio (Let Freedom Ring!)
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To: stevio

yes.


45 posted on 03/12/2005 7:23:53 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: RightOnline

46 posted on 03/12/2005 7:28:12 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: 11th_VA
I saw Nugent in concert about four years ago. It was everything you'd think it would be, plus more (flaming arrow and all.)

All in all, one of the best stage shows I've seen. Keep kicking their asses, Uncle Ted!!
47 posted on 03/12/2005 7:29:02 PM PST by reagan_fanatic ("Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence" - R. Kirk)
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To: Dan from Michigan; dubyaismypresident

nuge ping : )


48 posted on 03/12/2005 7:31:05 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: 11th_VA
So far, so good

Nugent closed his 50-minute opening slot with "Kiss My Ass," a guitar-wailing sledgehammer of a song that lyrically links Saddam Hussein with Ted Kennedy, John F. Kerry, Michael Moore, The Dixie Chicks, Jessie Jackson and a host of others not from Nugent's same school of political thought.

My kind of concert!!!!

The audience automatically rose in unison and it was such a bizarre blend between the action on stage and the reaction from the crowd that at times it seemed as if one was watching an old black and white German propaganda film from the early 1940s.

OK, this guy is a complete tool.

I just love it when leftist clowns impose their political bigotry on a review.

49 posted on 03/12/2005 7:35:49 PM PST by Phsstpok ("When you don't know where you are, but you don't care, you're not lost, you're exploring.")
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To: Phsstpok

Amen, brother.


50 posted on 03/12/2005 7:58:41 PM PST by RightOnline
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