Monday, January 14, 2008

Damn Yankees/Bad Company, Evansville, IN

This show was on my birthday, February 5, 1991 at Roberts Stadium in Evansville, IN. I went to see Damn Yankees, the supergroup formed by guitarist Ted Nugent, bassist Jack Blades (of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (of Styx), and drummer Michael Cartellone.

I've never been a big fan of Bad Company, so didn't pay a whole lot of attention to them, but here's singer Brian Howe belting one out.

Although Damn Yankees were the opening act, with stars like that in the lineup, they really drew the crowd as much as Bad Company. Here are Tommy and Ted.

As is often the case, an unusual event highlighted the evening, so here's the story about Roberts Stadium's ceiling I promised earlier. Very early in Damn Yankee's set, some fan jumps onto the stage, runs in front of Ted Nugent and begins climbing one of the rope ladders leading up into the lighting rig. Ted, being the wildman he is, throws his guitar to a roadie and starts climbing after the guy. About halfway up the ladder, Ted realizes the guy is already into the lighting rig and he's no longer interested in following him, so comes back down.

By now the guy has found his way to the steel I-beam rafters of the ceiling and is inching his way out over the center of the audience. At this point I am pretty sure I am going to see this guy fall to his death on the concrete floor and possibly take a couple other people with him. As a newspaper reporter, I don't want to be there for that.

Jack Blades stops the show and asks for the lights to be turned up, saying "We don't want anyone to get hurt here." He also begins leading the crowd in a chant, "Get the &*@# down!"

Security guards begin inching their way out to the fan from a couple different rafters and eventually corral him and get him down safely. The crowd cheers, the show goes on....

A couple years later I asked Ted Nugent if he remembered that incident and he said, "Yeah I do. If I would have had my bow and arrow along, we would have taken care of that little problem," with a big smile.

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