The Motor City Mad Man, Ted Nugent, returned to a capacity filled Canyon Club on July 7, 2016 at Agoura Hills, California as part of the Sonic Baptizm Tour. For this tour the band is performing as a trio with current bass player Greg Smith and new drummer Jason Hartles. The group is tight, while Ted at age 67 plays the guitar with non-apologetic attitude. Big stars and stripes hung in the back adorn the set along with a few human and animal skulls on the stage and next to the drummer.
The band performed 13 songs in a non-stop tight performance. The show started with Nugent playing the “Star Spangled Banner” to start the show and performing his standard known songs as: “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang/ Bo Diddley”, “Gonzo”, “Strangle Hold”, “Cat Scratch Fever”, “ Hey Baby”, “Free For All”, “Johnny and Jenny”, “Yank Me, Crank Me”, “Fred Bear”, and for the encore he whipped out “Great White Buffalo”.
During the show Ted regaled the crowd with tales of his musical influences. Among them his love of the blues and greats like Howlin’ Wolf, Little Richard and Chuck Berry while growing up in Detroit as a kid. As always, he is very honest on his views and the audience responded loudly.
Opening for Nugent on this tour are The Raskins, a New York formed duo, now residing in Hollywood. The band is named after the brothers Logan and Roger Raskins who are the vocalist and guitarist with Jet Lopez on guitars, Troy Patrick Farrell on drums and Michael Reynoso on bass and vocals. The group performed a 30-40 minute set from 2014 debut album of energize 80’s hard rock sound. Some of the songs performed included: “Save Me Now”, “On The Radio”, “We Had It All”, and their new song “Never Too Late”. They closed their set with a cover of Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker”. The band is currently working on their sophomore album.