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Sorry to all 8 of my faithful readers, I’ve been super slack in keeping up with show reviews lately but trying to get my ass in gear again.
A strange thing happened Friday night in Austin, TX. A couple of things actually. Let’s just line these out:
- Y&T played in downtown Austin
- Y&T played an almost full house
- Y&T did not play San Antonio on this current tour
You may not see these things as strange, but San Antonio seemingly has had a lock on many of the classic hard rock and metal bands that still tour. Y&T has played there at least 6 times in the last decade and hadn’t played Austin since 1987. As many know, San Antonio had a legendary DJ named Joe Anthony who helped make a lot of bands popular in San Antonio and elsewhere for that matter. He did a lot for the scene and even years after his death (RIP), San Antonio still holds that era near and dear to their hearts, and rightfully so.
But it’s nice to see that the winds are changing a little bit. When this show was booked at one of Austin’s newer venues, 3Ten, I was a bit surprised. It’s in the fancier part of downtown attached to the W Hotel and Austin City Limits Live. I was really wondering how attendance would be for this location. To be honest, I imagined about 50-60 would show up.
I’d not been to this venue yet but took a ride into downtown loaded with my Y&T vinyl and ready to rock with Meniketti and Co. Upon arrival, I ran into some good friends and in we went. The venue is just basically an open box with the stage at the far end and a bar on the right side. But it’s a nice place and obviously owned by ACL Live.
There was no opening act and Y&T hit the stage promptly at 9. As we were getting our spots near the stage, we were all surprised by how many people were filling in. I was shocked. I would have expected this show to be booked at Dirty Dog or Grizzly Hall but whatever, this was a good thing. They hit the stage and dove right into Lipstick and Leather and followed that up with Don’t Stop Runnin’, which is my favorite song by them and easily in my top 20 songs all time by any band. I had goosebumps through the whole song. So many great memories of that song from a time long gone.
The band sounded great. They mix up the setlists every night but keeping most of the hits in there. Every song was great. The band have been road warriors since their inception and it shows in how tight they are. Upon introducing Winds of Change, Dave mentioned the recent deaths of original members Joey Alves and Leonard Haze and of Phil Kennemore in 2011. That’s got to be hard knowing you’re the only one left.
They totally killed it though. Their backing vocals are great and Meniketti is an underrated guitar god.
This may sound goofy but I was proud of this town for showing up and it was obvious a lot of long time fans were there as you could hear people singing along all throughout the venue. Granted one of their biggest cheers came from Summertime Girls, which I understand, but they had so many great songs. Of course people were just calling out song titles in between songs and Dave asked a girl in a wheelchair down front what she wanted to hear. She asked for Let Me Go and Dave said they had only played that 10 times or less since it came out…then they nailed it. Someone else had yelled out “Game Playing Woman!” from the first album. Dave laughed and started playing the riff. The other guitarist and drummer fell right in perfectly. The new bassist didn’t know that one. They only did a piece of it but it was impressive seeing Dave just whip it out off the cuff and still remember the riffs and words.
After the show, Dave came out to hang with the fans. It’s always great hearing his stories and he loves to talk about the olden days. Since I had a stack of stuff to get signed, I hung back to let folks say hi, get photos and such. He was super gracious signing my 7 LP covers and their 2010 CD cover. He talked about how extremely happy that they were about the show and that he was a little worried about attendance but that from now on, he’s planning to book Austin instead of San Antonio for future tours. Score! He said the last few shows down there weren’t very well attended or as enthusiastic as this one.
One observation: what’s with dudes my age and up in bedazzled jeans and shirts?
It was a great show all around and I highly recommend seeing them. If you weren’t a fan before, I guarantee you’ll be one after the show.
Ted Nugent. Just the mention of his name to some, especially here in Austin, sends people’s triggers through the roof. When the show was announced on Facebook, the SJWs of Austin took to their keyboards in protest. “I’ll never go to your venue again!” “Boycott the Scoot Inn!” “Such and such should be ashamed of themselves for booking this asshole!” and blah blah blah. It was fun to watch. That being said, I bought a ticket as I’ve never seen Sweaty Teddy before.
Some history…one of my older brothers, Robert (RIP), was a huge Nugent fan in the 70s and 80s and through his fandom, I became familiar with the first 4 or 5 albums. Just the sight of those records takes me back to being a kid again. Oddly, the only album of his that I ever owned was Little Miss Dangerous as I liked the title track. I went back and re-listened to that one a few weeks ago and it’s pretty horrible.
As a musician, the guy is a guitar beast and severely underrated. As a human being, well, I wouldn’t mind meeting him but I don’t think I’d want to be his neighbor. One thing I learned over the years was that if I based my fandom of bands on the people in the band and their previous transgressions, I’d probably never be able to listen to any band ever again. Stones? Bowie? Sheesh, there goes a chunk of my music collection right there!
My buddy Jason K went with me and we arrived right around 730PM just after the opening band, who isn’t worth mentioning, had finished. This was an early show with a hard curfew of 10PM. I was pleased to see the 5 protesters out front and wish I had taken a photo of their signs, but oh well. Good for them for exercising their First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. I applaud that.
Ted hit the stage right at 8PM with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and went into Gonzo after that. I expected long-winded political rants speckled between songs but hardly got anything out of him besides, “The world sucks these days, America just sucks a lot less,” and “I’m from Detroit, the murder capital of America, and that’s only because we’re a better shot,” and burped “Obama.” Pretty much everything else was about his love of Bo Diddley and Texas. I was a bit surprised.
Up next was Free-For-All, which is one of my favorites. Ted handled vocals for the whole show except for Stormtroopin’, another favorite. Bassist, Greg Smith, sang on that one. Greg has been with everyone it seems including Wendy O Williams. I met him 2 years ago when he toured with Hellion. Great bassist. It was also good to hear Hey Baby and Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine. Ted’s guitar playing was top notch. His trio was rounded out by 21yr old drummer, Jason Hartless, who was perfect all night.
I was told that presales on the show were about 450 and I think the overall number was about 700 or so in an outdoor venue that can hold 1200. I stayed up on the deck in the back with a couple of friends. It was a nice evening and even better running into my old friend, Robin, whom I hadn’t seen in some years.
This was likely my first and last Nuge show. It was fun and I got to see what I needed to see.