Ted Nugent to put Fortress Obetz in a rock-n-roll “Stranglehold” this Saturday night!!

This Saturday night the ‘Motor City Madman’ himself, Ted Nugent, will be performing during the Zucchini Fest at Fortress Obetz in Obetz, Ohio. The village of just under 5,000 people is located approximately ten miles south of Columbus.

Fortress Obetz is a new venue that opened earlier this year and seats 6500. It is located at 1841 Williams Road which is the same site where the former Columbus Motor Speedway stood.    

Nugent, who has been recognized as the greatest rock guitarist to come out of Detroit, has released over 30 albums that have accumulated sales of over 40 million. Not only is he a recording machine but ‘Uncle Ted’ is the consummate road warrior, having performed more than 6400 concerts while continuing to set attendance records worldwide.

Nugent’s rise to fame began in 1963 when he assumed the lead guitarist role in the band Amboy Dukes. Ten years later the band signed a record deal with Frank Zappa’s DiscReet Records. The following year the band produced ‘Tooth, Fang & Claw’ which included the legendary rock tune “Great White Buffalo”.

In 1975 Nugent took on his own identity and signed with Epic Records. That decision turned out to be golden or should I say platinum as three straight albums in successive years (‘Ted Nugent’, ‘Free-For-All’ and ‘Cat Scratch Fever’) all hit that magical plateau and earned Nugent legendary status. He continued to pump out the albums at an incredible pace, one per year from 1978-1981. The first year of that run also saw a live album (‘Double Live Gonzo’) hit the shelves that eventually hit multi-platinum levels.

Things began to slow over the next several years from a success standpoint. Following that lull Nugent teamed with Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (Styx) and Michael Cartellone to form the supergroup, Damn Yankees. The quartet was a hit with the fans as their self-titled release once again put Nugent in the multi-platinum category.

Since 1995 Nugent has been on his own again, continuing to pump out albums as well as taking the stage all around the globe. He is currently joined by Greg Smith (bass) and Jason Hartless (drums) as he heads towards his 56th year in the music business.   

The gates for the free concert are slated to open at 5:30 p.m. with the ‘Motor City Madman’ and gang scheduled to hit the stage at 8:30 p.m.

Plan to get to Fortress Obetz early and enjoy what the rest of the festival has to offer. There are plenty of vendors with zucchini (of course) being the main focal point. However if zucchini isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options.

Amanda Edmonson and I are excited to be covering the event for The Rust Belt Chronicles. If you see us feel free to stop and say hi. We’ll be more than happy to snap a photo, who knows it may be featured in Amanda’s follow-up review.

Until then this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/ 



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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.

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