Ted Nugent electrifies the Fortress Obetz and the Zucchini Fest!

Article written by Amanda Edmonson….


Ted Nugent proclaimed himself the Zucchini King when he headlined the Zucchini Fest at the Fortress Obetz, in Obetz, Ohio last Saturday night. I’m not sure that is true but one thing I do know is that the man can absolutely shred a guitar. That in and of itself might not be a big deal but when you consider that ‘Uncle Ted’ is 69 yards old; it is truly amazing. He proved to all in attendance that he was and is one of the greatest rock-n-roll guitarists of all time.   

Prior to Nugent taking the stage the show was kicked off with the singing of the National Anthem which was performed gracefully by a local student.    

Once her rendition was complete Nugent and gang came out amid smoke and flames giving fans just a silhouette of the ‘Motor City Mad Man’ handling his weapon of choice. 

Though tribute had already been paid to our flag, ‘Uncle Ted’ delighted concert patrons with an outstanding instrumental version of our National Anthem.

Ted Nugent performing at Zucchini Fest at Fortress Obetz! All photos taken by Larry Ritter/The Rust Belt Chronicles.

From there he eased directly into “Baby Don’t Go”, “Paralyzed” and “Free for All”. At every turn he displayed his unbelievable mastery of the six string but also gave way to the talents of Greg Smith on bass and backup vocals as well as  Jacob Hartless who was absolutely brutal on the skins.

Midway through the set, Nugent took a moment to give praise to all branches of the United States military for their service.  Having always been a proud supporter of this country and the men and women who have fought and died for it, it was to no one’s shock to hear ‘Uncle Ted’ express his opinion on the state of our nation. Nugent has never been one to hold back in giving his point of view and things were no different on this pleasant August evening.

“Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine” led into what Nugent called the number one love song of all time…”Wang Dang Sweet Poontang”!  What would the number one love song be without the number one sexy song? “Cat Scratch Fever”, one of the top 50 rock songs of all time according to a VH1 sent the crowd into a high spirited frenzy moments later. 

The hits kept coming during the near two hour set including “Need You Bad” which was vocally presented by Smith.  “Hey Baby” and “Fred Bear”, a tribute to the bowman by the same name, both had fans singing along but then again they were doing that from the opening chord. Of course what would a Nugent performance be without the Shit Kicker Theme Song, “Stranglehold”? 

Rarely does one get the opportunity to witness one of the greatest musicians ever get to do his thing, and it is even more unusual to get to do so free of charge! But thanks to the folks at the Zucchini Fest approximately 12,000 folks did just that.

‘The Nuge’ was everything I anticipated him too be and more. After 55 years of being in the rock-n-roll business, the man can definitely still rock as hard as ever. In fact this journalist wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still cranking out the amps 20 or 30 years from now. And if he is, I’ll gladly be front and center to witness it.



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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.


  1. Mary Jones says:

    Ted Nugent is a monster. Someone should wrap his guitar around his head. All the defenceless animals he’s slaughtered.

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