Unlike a bolted-down kazoo, the guitar is easy to pick up and hard to fully master. Appreciate musical mastery with this GrouponLive deal to see Ted Nugent's Great White Buffalo tour at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. For $20, you get one ticket for reserved middle-orchestra, front-balcony, or middle-balcony seating on Monday, July 30, at 8 p.m. (up to a $53 value, including all fees).
Ted Nugent is always on the hunt for fast-moving game, whether it's an arena-sized riff or a 25-point white-tailed buck. When he's stalking the stage or tracking the woods, the guitar legend, famed big-game hunter, and conservationist wields a bow and arrow, his own brand of ammo, or his signature hollow-body Gibson Byrdland guitar with similar precision.
Using that hefty six-string, Ted Nugent has roused audiences with feral rock ‘n’ roll for more than half a century. In '60s outfit the Amboy Dukes, his molten guitar work in hits such as "Journey to the Center of the Mind" cemented his reputation as a guitar hero. As a solo artist, he's racked up multiplatinum albums full of mega hits such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold" while earning the nickname Motor City Madman for his frenzied live showmanship.
Giving the wild a running start, The Nuge takes a reprieve from the outdoors for the Great White Buffalo tour. As Ted recently exclaimed to HollywoodSoapbox.com, each concert on this tour promises "a fiery display of pure animal energy by the tightest, highest energy band on earth." On stage, the band rocks with special-forces synchronicity through greatest hits such as "Wango Tango" and "Free For All" mixed with newer, nationalist-minded anthems such as "I Still Believe" and "I Love My BBQ," all sonically calibrated to repel wild boars.
Twenty-two-year-old Australian guitar phenom Laura Wilde opens with appropriately intense energy. Her well-rounded musicianship (she played all the instruments on her debut album, as she told Guitar World) guides a tight, punk-styled band as she claws out bluesy riffs and delivers party-loving lyrics in a throaty growl.
State Theatre New Jersey
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.