Ted Nugent Reflects On His Tenure With The Amboy Dukes


The Amboy Dukes, formed in 1964.The band released a few successful singles, and then Uncle Ted eventually went solo. His multi-platinum albums like ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ and ‘Double Live Gonzo!’ arrived during this period. After proving himself more as a lead vocalist, he joined the supergroup Damn Yankees in 1989. His debut studio album with Damn Yankees was a critical commercial success, but when the follow-up album wasn’t well-received, the band dissolved, and Nugent returned to his solo journey.

Ted stated that he is thrilled to work with the drummer Jason Hartless and the bassist Greg Smith in his current lineup as they form a powerful rhythm section together. Then, he also recalled his former bands, the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, and revealed that we always worked with incredibly talented musicians who substantially contributed to his music. Nugent thinks every one of his rhythm sections has been quite good up until now.

“My band, Jason Hartless on drums, Greg Smith on the bass guitar, is the rhythm powerhouse that every guitar player, every musician, every entertainer dreams of what Greg and Jason put into my music, just like every one of my rhythm sections. Going all the way back to the Lourds in Detroit, I talked to Tom Noel last week.

We got together and created the Lourds in 1960. I’m keeping in touch with Tom and Jim Butler, just killer drummers for young boys. We weren’t even teenagers. I think I was 12 when I started out of the Lourds. Right through the Amboy Dukes, all my killer solo bands and the Ted Nugent music, certainly the Damn Yankees, Michael Cartellone and Jack Blades, and Tommy Shaw.”

Ted Nugent In Concert At Sunset Station

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