Ted Nugent - guitar, lead vocals; Rob Grange - bass, vocals; Cliff Davies - drums; Derek St Holmes - guitar, vocals
At this time of this show, Ted Nugent was enjoying a huge commercial breakthrough with the release of his Free For All album, which makes up much of the material for this memorable King Biscuit Flower Hour performance.
Nugent opens with "Stranglehold / Just What The Doctor Ordered," which runs over 15 minutes. Next up is a raucous version of "Free For All" and "Snakeskin Cowboys." Nugent wastes no time in getting the audience revved up to the max, moving next into "Cat Scratch Fever." "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" (perhaps the most sexist of Nugent's compositions), "Dog Eat Dog" and "Motor City Madhouse" are other memorable rockers in this show, as is the rendition of "Great White Buffalo," a track from his days with the Amboy Dukes.
Ted Nugent, despite his cartoon antics, is a formidable rock guitarist who has penned some great songs over the course of his forty-year music career. First breaking onto the music scene with the Detroit-based Amboy Dukes, Nugent got an early taste of success when the group's second album, Journey to the Center of the Mind, hit the top of the charts in 1967. Nugent, however, has long been a vocal anti-drug conservative and was clearly fronting the wrong band. In 1970, he assembled a backing trio and changed the name of his act to Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes.
By 1975, he had moved from Warner Brothers to Epic Records, where his frenzied, crazy man of rock persona took over with over-the-top hard rock songs like "Stranglehold" and "Wango Tango". Nugent put his solo career on hold to develop an '80s supergroup with members of Styx and Night Ranger, called Damn Yankees. They would have a few hits and some successful tours before breaking up.
Today, Nugent splits his time between making music and hosting a conservative talk radio show.