Musical Guest – Gary Hoey
Aside from impressive guitar playing, one of the things that stood out about Hoey was the true deference that he showed to Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine about the importance of That Metal Show. You can tell that he was truly honored to be a musical guest on the show. His latest release is entitled Deja Blues, a blues album with metal influence. Currently working on a new Lita Ford album.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Bands using fake tracks in their live sets.
Jim – Leave it, but is somewhat accepting if they have to use some to be able to reproduce the sound live. His opinion was focused more on older bands who might not be able to cut it live anymore as they age.
Don – Leave it. The live experience is all about hearing the missed notes and off-key vocals. His opinion is that if you can’t handle it anymore, then it might to time to stop touring.
Eddie – Agrees with Don 100%. What makes a show live is living with the imperfections. He has no issue with a band bringing extra musicians on tour to create the live sound, so long as the band doesn’t attempt to hide the extra musician backstage.
TMS Top 5 – Ted Nugent Songs
- Cat Scratch Fever
- Great White Buffalo
- Wango Tango
For the first time ever, Uncle Ted (Ted Nugent)!
Uncle Ted is the ultimate crazy uncle. Comes out and immediately takes credit for perfecting “love songs” and the middle finger.
Started playing in bands at 10 yrs old at a malt shop for free malts. Talked about his early inspirations to play music: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Ventures, Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and The Del Tones.
Just like Hoey, Nugent has tremendous respect for TMS because the show is about celebrating the music. He never got into music to become a rock star. With all due respect to his fans, he plays for himself, which is one of the reasons that he’s always surrounding himself with the best musicians.
His musical goal was to be as tight as James Brown, as intense as Johnny B. Goode, to take Howling Wolf’s dirty down, emotional defiance factor to create cohesiveness as musicians.
Eddie brought up that the fact that Nugent is widely talked about nowadays for hunting and other non-music aspects of his life, but that his catalog of music is incredible. Nugent said that he doesn’t feel that way, that the music continues to touch people and that at 65 yrs old, he’s having a great time playing music.
Eddie asked where the influence for Nugent’s live show came from. Nugent credits Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Les Paul and the founding black, bluesy, soulful guys for exuding the thing that brought the British Invasion. Interesting take on the true roots of hard rock and metal.
Nugent revealed that he played bass for both Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.
For someone who has never touched drugs or alcohol, Nugent still manages to seem a bit high on something. His feelings about drug users in general are very harsh, but you have to respect someone who doesn’t promote the glamour of drugs and rock and roll.
Nugent has a new CD/DVD called Ultra Live Ballistic Rock.
Ted ended the show by borrowing one of Hoey’s guitars and taking over as the musical guest.
PUT IT ON THE TABLE
If you could be in any other band – Guitar player for James Browns Famous Flames
Song you wish you wrote – “I Can’t Drive 55” – Sammy Hagar (claims that he drives faster in parking lots than Sammy does on the highway)
First rock or metal song you learned how to play – “Ramrod” – Ramrod
Favorite new group – Bruno Mars. He’s got that James Brown thing, and his band must practice their asses off. Not his favorite new music, but appreciates the energy and tightness of the band, and is a fan of any band that is so dedicated to their craft (Metallica, Queensryche, Green Day).
RANK – Ted Nugent albums (ranked by Nugent)
- Self-titled debut album
- Double Live Gonzo
- Cat Scratch Fever
- Free-For-All (with Meat Loaf singing on the album)
- Weekend Warriors
- Scream Dream
- Little Miss Dangerous
- State Of Shock
- Damn Yankees
PICK OF THE WEEK
Eddie – Tribute Concert to Ronnie Montrose
Don – Reverend Horton Heat – “The Rev”
Jim – Nashville Pussy – “Up The Dosage”
METAL MODEM – Biff Byford (SAXON)
Talked about playing with Ted Nugent at Sweden Rock a few years ago. Saxon is working on a new unplugged record, and then planning to go back out on the road. Discussed playing in America again sometime in 2014. They’re currently doing a few headline shows and going back into the studio to start writing the next album. In a surprising turn of events, Biff hung out with Lady Gaga who is a big metal fan, claims that she knows the words to “Princess Of The Night.”