Foellinger Theater’s Summer Concert Series continues with Ted Nugent. As part of his “The Music Made Me Do It” tour, Nugent is joined by country rocker, Mark Mackay. Nugent will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 25. The Foellinger Theater is located at 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Ticket prices range from $39-$79. Tickets are limited to eight per person.
Nugent’s appearance continues the long-running concert series’ history of attracting classic rock artists to the Summit City. The theater was built in 1949 and after a fire in the early 1970s, was rebuilt in 1976. Today, the Foellinger Theater seats more than 2700 concertgoers and remains ne of the city’s most popular concert venues.
Ted Nugent and Amboy Dukes
Before going solo, Nugent was a member of Amboy Dukes. The group had a No. 1 hit with “Journey to the Center of the Mind” in 1968 while Nugent was still in high school. The song stands as a classic example of psychedelic rock. A popular cover of the tune was done by the punk rock group the Ramones in the 1990s.
“Journey to the Center of the Mind” was the title track from the Amboy Dukes’ second album. Its success followed the popular “Baby Please Don’t Go” which had been released the previous year on the band’s self-titled album.
As for his musical contribution, Nugent is often credited by critics with pioneering a guitar playing style that laid the foundation for the heavy metal to come.
Ted Nugent’s hits
In 1975, Nugent released the first of his post-Amboy Dukes albums. The albums and their subsequent singles are staples of rock radio well into the 21st century. Songs like “Hey, Baby,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Stranglehold,” and “Cat Scratch Fever,” have all been in heavy rotation since their release in the 1970s. The songs are marked by inventive, flexible, yet, muscular guitar work, and vocals (by Derek St. Holmes) that matched the instrumentation’s intensity.
Often the lyrics describe problematic interpersonal relationships. “Dog Eat Dog” is about humankind’s relationship to the modern world, while the other aforementioned songs are about carnal love situations that went awry or a variation on that theme.
Nugent has released albums throughout the 21st century as well. Of note is 2014’s “Shut Up and Jam.” Other 21st century recordings by Nugent include “Craveman” (2002) and “Love Grenade” (2007).
Fort Wayne radio stations have long played Nugent’s music. Lately, some people might be more familiar with Nugent’s political views than with his music, however. For many, the music is more important than Nugent’s conservative views. Tickets are available by clicking here: https://www.visitfortwayne.com/event/ted-nugent-foellinger-theatre-summer-concert-series/21205/