Co-headliners REO SPEEDWAGON and STYX remain scheduled to perform at the June 23rd concert. A replacement for Nugent may be selected.
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CNN’s Political Unit earlier reported:
The US Secret Service said Thursday that it has resolved any questions regarding rocker TED NUGENT, whom its agents interviewed after he said he would be “dead or in jail” if President Barack Obama were re-elected.
“The issue has been resolved,” and the agency “does not anticipate any further action,” Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told CNN after the interview.
Earlier Thursday, Nugent issued a statement of his own, writing, “I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today.” The musician was in Ardmore, Oklahoma, to perform a concert.
Nugent described it as a “good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”
The interview came amid outcry over comments Nugent made at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which took place in St. Louis, Missouri, this past weekend.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said, according to a video that the NRA posted on YouTube. “If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
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Earlier this week, Billboard.com’s Gary Graff reported:
STYX’ James Young expects that touring as part of a package with Ted Nugent during a political election year will bring “an interesting and powerful new wrinkle to the whole thing” – especially in light of the Secret Service attention the Motor City Madman is getting after some harsh comments about President Barack Obama and other Democrats at the recent National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis.
But Young tells Billboard that he doesn’t expect to indulge in much political discourse backstage when Styx, Nugent and REO SPEEDWAGON launch their summer Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tour on May 1st in Hidalgo, Texas.
“You know, I don’t see any point in that, actually,” Young explains. “I mean, Ted’s made his points very clear. And this is not about politics.”
The guitarist adds that it’s more likely the performers will share their kindred spirit for rock ‘n’ roll.
“I don’t think Ted’s done too many of these sort of package tour things. He’s pretty much been on his own,” Young notes. “Tommy (Shaw) and Ted have their relationship from DAMN YANKEES, and I’ve said some really nice things about Ted in all the buildup to this. I think something will certainly happen (on stage), but I dare not predict what it might be. I look forward to being pleasantly surprised and delighted by it all.”
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Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express tour dates can be found below. Ted Nugent hits the stage at 7 PM at every stop unless noted otherwise:
1 – Hidalgo, TX – State Farm Arena
3 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents The Pavilion
4 – Tucson, AZ – Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre (no Ted Nugent)
5 – Las Vegas, NV – Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
6 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
8 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Arena
11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
12 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (no Ted Nugent)
13 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
17 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
19 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live Amphitheatre
20 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
21 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Amphitheatre
22 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23 – Ft. Knox, KY – Godman Army Airfield
24 – Chicago, IL – Charter One Pavilion
26 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
28 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
29 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
30 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
1 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Event Ctr
3 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino
5 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
6 – Big Flats, NY – Summer Stage
7 – Gilford, NY – Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion