Styx/REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent at Borgata Event Center

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Saturday, July 7, 2012

Chip Tamplin headed up to the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City to check out Styx, REO Speedwagon and Ted Nugent. Check below for his review and photos from the show.

Ted Nugent:

Ted Nugent’s musical talent seems to be overshadowed nowadays by his political ideologies and rhetoric. Having never seen “The Nuge” before, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure if he was going to be overtly political and go on some massive tirade between songs or if he kept most of that stuff for interviews. Thankfully it seemed more the latter. Aside from some minor plugs for hunting and applauding the military, there wasn’t anything overtly political about his performance.

Despite any issues people may have with his politics, it’s hard to deny the amazing talent he has with his guitar. He played through a solid set list of songs ranging from “Just What the Doctor Ordered” to “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever”. I absolutely loved his set even though his vocals were a little hard to hear at times. I’m not sure if that was due to where I was standing and watching or the portable microphone he was wearing, but either way, that was my only complaint from his set. If you’re a fan of balls to the wall rock – definitely check out Ted Nugent.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 8.5

Setlist:

1. Gonzo
2. Just What the Doctor Ordered
3. Wango Tango
4. Turn it Up
5. Free for All
6. Stormtroopin’
7. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
8. Red House [Jimi Hendrix Experience cover]
9. Need You Bad
10. Fred Bear
11. Cat Scratch Fever
12. Stranglehold

REO Speedwagon:

Of the three bands on this tour, I was the least familiar with REO. Don’t get me wrong, I know “the hits” but past that my knowledge of REO was severely lacking. Oddly enough, they ended up being my favorite of the three; just slightly edging out Styx.

Vocalist Kevin Cronin’s voice was amazing and the guitar playing from Dave Amato was superb. Despite the band being around for almost forty years and all of its members pushing sixty, it’s amazing to see them having as much fun and energy on stage as they did. It was infectious. They definitely won me over as a fan.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist:

1. Don’t Let Him Go
2. Take it On the Run
3. Keep Pushin’
4. Golden Country
5. Can’t Fight This Feeling
6. That Ain’t Love
7. Like You Do
8. Time for Me to Fly
9. Back on the Road Again
10. Roll With the Changes

Encore:

11. Keep on Loving You
12.Ridin’ the Storm Out

Styx:

Even though REO was my favorite of the three bands tonight, Styx was still amazing. Going into the show, they were definitely my favorite and they didn’t disappoint. Phenomenal show. I loved the harmonies between all of Styx’s various vocalists. It kept their set fresh.

Sadly I can’t listen to certain songs of theirs without imagining how it was used in a TV show (“Come Sail Away” -South Park) or in a movie (“Renegade” – Billy Madison) so when those songs were played I definitely started laughing and people wouldn’t stop staring at me, but it was worth it.

Not only was this show amazing, but seeing Styx marked the 650th band I’ve seen live, so that was pretty exciting on a personal note. If you ever get the chance to see Styx live I strongly suggest you take it. They blew me away.

Vocals: 10
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Blue Collar Man
2. Lady
3. Lorelei
4. Too Much Time on My Hands
5. The Grand Illusion
6. Man in the Wilderness
7. Fooling Yourself
8. Miss America
9. Come Sail Away

Encore:

10. Rockin’ the Paradise
11. Renegade

Photos (Bands Listed in Alphabetical Order):

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