About ten years ago, maybe fifteen, Ted Nugent appeared in a VH1 special where he commented on why people come to his concerts. He said, with his toothy grin, something to the effect, "Fans come to my shows to see the flames shooting out of my ass." I always found that hilarious, pure Nuge. Yet with his new CD/DVD live set, Ultralive Ballisticrock, you'll discover the fireworks are coming from the other end.
'Uncle Ted' basically waxes poetic in vulgarity filled rants about everything from his music influences to his love of outdoor living to his defense of the second amendment of the American Constitution. Ted's a patriot as well saluting the troops often during the show, most notably at the end of Great White Buffalo.
The remaining fireworks comes from his electrifying guitar work, where the Nuge hasn't his edge one bit. You get some true Ted classics here, with plenty of energy, adrenaline and, of course, testosterone. (There appears to be very few women in attendance here.) The band lights up the stage at the start with Free For All and Stormtroopin'. Wango Tango shows Ted's love American rhythm blues rock as he throws some Motown into the mix. It's also likely to be male viewers favorite song as the Nuge brings three, quite attractive, dancing girls to the stage.
More Nugent classic fill the show with Wang Dang Sweet Poontang (where he probably should have brought out the girls again), Dog Eat Dog, Hey Baby, Cat Scratch Fever and my personal favorite, Stranglehold. He closes with Great White Buffalo where he dons his Indian headdress, shoots a flying arrow into a guitar, and then raises an American flag, dons an army helmet, and brandishes a rifle. In other words, for the last 55 minutes you've been Nugified straight up your ass until your ears bleed. Ultralive Ballisticrock is easily recommended.
Some final comments: The concert was filmed at Penn's Peak in the Poconos, not far from Dangerdog HQ, on August 14, 2011 and you're getting the entire show as played on that date. There's also two bonus features, Spirit of the Wild where Nugent throws a shout out to all his outdoors comrades, and the making of Ultralive Ballisticrock, both are rather lackluster. The two CD set is exactly the same as the DVD. Now you have all you need to know.
With Ultralive Ballisticrock, for 55 minutes, you get Nugified straight up your ass with Uncle Ted's American rhythm and blues rock until your ears bleed.
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