Brazen display

Some fans flock to see Ted Nugent not only for his music but also his in-your-face, sometimes racially tinged commentary

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Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 8:33 am

Commanding the stage with his signature cut-off top, cowboy hat and American flag-striped electric guitar, musician Ted Nugent wowed the crowd Thursday night at the Mississippi Moon Bar in Dubuque.

With the audience already riled up, Nugent started the show by realizing something about the crowd.

"There's a lot of white people in this crowd -- I like that! (Dubuque) is a white town."

Nugent, known for his conservative political views and pro-gun beliefs, made them known throughout the show, which was received with raised glasses and widespread applause.

"I think I follow his political views more than I follow his music," said John Steger, of Dubuque. "I've read his book and I enjoy his music, and let's just say I'll enjoy some of his commentary."

Casey Jesberger, of Edgerton, Wis., said he came to the concert because, "Who would pass up an opportunity to see Uncle Ted? We like the next thing that comes out of his mouth."

At 61, "The Nuge" is as comfortable slinging a dead rabbit over his shoulder as he is slinging an electric guitar.

The rock 'n' roll musician and host of his own hunting, fishing and trapping TV show on the Outdoor Channel, "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild," captivated the audience with songs like "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold" and "Wango Tango."

"They're here just as much for his hunting as they are for his music," said Monona, Iowa's Jennifer Niemeyer of her concert companions.

Many of the concertgoers sported cowboy hats and camouflage.

Aaron Rainey, assistant entertainment manager at the Mississippi Moon Bar, said the show sold out quickly, and despite Nugent's forward and opinionated remarks, fans continue to enjoy his performances.

"He's the best guitar player in the world," said Doug Lange, of Dubuque. "I've seen him three times. It's an awesome show."

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