By Lorraine Kay
August 2010 – LANCASTER, CA — Rock and roll icon Ted Nugent will be opening this year’s 10 day Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival in the 134 acre Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H, just west of the Antelope Valley Freeway, Highway 14, this Friday, August 20. The fair itself opens at 4 p.m. with the concert, the opener for the Lancaster Honda sponsored concert series starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Grandstand.
If anyone is thinking that the vintage rocker’s show could be stale after 40+ years Nugent felt the audiences might be in for a surprise. Nugent shared with AV Today writer, Lorraine Kay about this year’s show and what audiences this year can expect from the rocker. “My music and stage show are the highest energy, most intense and FUN rockouts in the history of the world, amazingly, more this year than ever. My musicians have always been over the top world class, and Mick Brown and Greg Smith put their heart and soul into every song, every lick, every jam, every night! We are the last of the pure, raw, animal rockers. If you don’t have a riot with us, you’re weird.”
While some other performers have gone on to other places with their lives Nugent can’t stop the music. “I still crave the primal scream defiance of my music. The creative process is an indescribable adventure every jam session.”
Nugent and his band have been busy working on new material, which they will perform this Friday. “We do about 20 songs and we insert two or three new killers here and there. I crave my classic masterpieces just like everyone else.”
When asked whether the classic tribute to Nugent’s lifetime friend, American bow-hunter Fred Bear, entitled simply Fred bear, will be on the set list Nugent said, “I must perform this incredible song nightly!” But that is all he would share about the set list, “…let’s have a little mystery here!”
What he will say about it, with hits like “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Workin’ Hard, Playin’ Hard,” and “Out of Control.” And so many more, “It is one of life’s more challenging decisions since I have so many incredible songs. I’ve been told by more than one music lover that all my songs qualify for openers and encores they are so intense. We develop what we are sure is THE KILLER set and fine tune and hone it to a dangerous level of perfection. Every audience deserves that.
Without a doubt, if nothing else, Nugent’s shows are over-the-top entertaining, and always have been. He set the bar a long time ago for energy and outrageousness on stage. Nugent talked about limits and continuing to push the envelope for more, “You’re telling me! At the age of 62, I do see a time where I will have to conscientiously pace myself more than in the past, but this year our energy defies gravity. I blow my mind.”
Known for being outspoken when it comes to today’s politics, according to Nugent, fans can expect an even more intense show than ever this year. “The music is more intense now than ever before, plus in this insane political environment in America, my logical and pragmatic take on the arrogant corruption and abuse of power by soulless bureaucrats resonates with reasonable people, and they enjoy celebrating these things with their Uncle Ted. It is a beautiful thing.”
A frequent guest on Fox News, it is no secret Nugent has some strong political opinions. A lot of other performers, i.e., David Crosby, Bono, Rosie O’Donnell, use their celebrity to share their views with their audiences and Nugent is no different. “My political views and how I express them make the show more fun and intense. I have increased my activism incrementally over the years as the government has increased its corruption and abuse of power. Those punks work for me, and we are about to fire a bunch of them. People awakening to the curse of apathy is widespread and encouraging. I am very proud to have played a role in this critical wake up for America. My music happens to be the perfect soundtrack to the American spirit of defiance. We will dance.
Well-known for his stand on hunting and eating meat, Nugent shared about his passion for the sport and how it has influenced his music. “Certainly my passion and love for my pure, natural hunting lifestyle has always influenced my music in many ways. It is the purity and accountability of the hunting lifestyle that has steered me to be clean and sober my entire life, which powers the energy of my killer songs.”
If there is one thing Nugent hopes his music will have an influence on it is healthy living. “Oh hell yes! The American Dream is not possible stoned or drunk, fat or sick because of stupid choices. Health is everything. I am astonished how many Americans intentionally throw it away. They make America weak.
There has been much talk about Nugent running for political office, but even if he does he will continue to perform, unlike other performers who hang up their dancing shoes when they get into office. “No way. My music is in my blood. “
When asked why fans should come and see him this week, he simply said, “Because I won’t be this cute much longer.”
Tickets are available for all of the Lancaster Honda concert Series events at the fair box office or online at www.avfair.com. Admission for Nugent’s concert is – Gold tickets- $50, Track side- $25, or Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.
The 10 day celebration that begins Friday, August 20, and concludes Sunday, August 29, 2010 is a 70 year Antelope Valley tradition. In addition to the Lancaster Honda concert series there will be innumerable other events including; exhibits, motorized events, bull riding, carnival rides, great food, free grounds entertainment and much more! Traditional events like the Rural Olympics, Jr. Livestock Auction and Home Arts exhibit competitions continue to involve the community in one of a kind, fun events.
General admission is Adults (12 & older) – $8.00, Juniors (6-11) – $5.00, Children under 6 – FREE with paid adult, Seniors (62+) – $5.00 and Active Military – FREE with Military Service I.D. (dependents must show I.D.). Parking is $5.00. Special discounts are available for special events as follows:
FRIDAY, 8/20, Open 4 to midnight – 4 to 5 p.m. FREE Parking and Admission, plus one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game ticket.
SATURDAY, 8/21 and 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – Rotary Club of Lancaster BOOK DRIVE – 2 to 4 p.m. at the Main Gate – Bring one (1) NEW or three (3) gently used elementary level book(s) and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass. Lancaster Honda Concert featuring Weird Al Yancovic – 7:30 p.m. Admission for this concert is – Gold tickets- $50, Track side- $25, or Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.
SUNDAY, 8/22 and 8/29, Opens 2 to midnight – Grace Resources Canned FOOD DRIVE – 2 to 4 at the Main Gate – Bring five (5) cans of food between and get one (1) FREE admission and one (1) FREE ride pass. (Canned Food Drive promo does NOT include ticket to concert on 8/22 or Demo Derby on 8/29.) $25 wristbands are available for purchase until 9p.m. & are good for rides all night. After 9p.m. to close NO $25 wristbands sold, rides are full price. $1 games (until 9p.m. only). Lancaster Honda Concert featuring Espinosa Paz & Chuy Lizarraga y su Banda Tierra Sinaloense – 7:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices.
MONDAY, 8/23, Open 4 to midnight – 2 for 1 Admission – 4 to 9 p.m., with online coupon ONLY from avfair.com – sponsored by R. Rex Parris Law Firm. Lancaster Honda Concert featuring The Beach Boys – 7:30 p.m. Admission for this concert is – Gold tickets- $50, Track side- $25, or Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.
• KIDS DAY – Kids 11 and under FREE admission.
• SENIOR DAY – Sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for seniors aged 62 and older. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for seniors, 4p.m. for public. Seniors ride Carousel and Ferris Wheel FREE ALL day. FREE lunch sponsored by Halley-Olsen, 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Food Specials for seniors ONLY until 6p.m. at participating concession stands.
• SPECIAL-NEEDS CITIZENS DAY sponsored by High Desert Medical Group – FREE admission for special needs citizens and one (1) caregiver. Fairgrounds open at 2p.m. for special needs citizens, 4p.m. for public. FREE lunch 2 – 3:30p.m. or while supplies last. Limited rides FREE 2 – 4p.m..
• FREE Admission for the Recently Unemployed – Two FREE general admission tickets will be stamped when a recent unemployment check or paystub (within 12 months) is presented with valid photo ID until 9p.m. ONLY. This cannot be combined with any other promo.
TUESDAY, 8/24, Open 4 to midnight – $2 DOLLAR TUESDAY – Admission, rides and games are $2 each until 9p.m… There will also be $2 specials at participating concession stands. (EXCLUDES parking, parking is $5). Lancaster Honda Concert featuring ZZ Top – 7:30 p.m. Admission for this concert is – Gold tickets- $75, Track side- $40, or Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.
WEDNESDAY, 8/25, Open 4 to midnight – High Desert Broadcasting’s “WACKY WEDNESDAY” – $5 admission for all ages with on-line coupon ONLY at avfair.com, until 9p.m.. Lancaster Honda Concert featuring Dierks Bentley – 7:30 p.m. Admission for this concert is – Gold tickets- $65, Track side- $30, or Grandstand: FREE with paid admission.
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – “COME BACK THURSDAY” – $25 ride wristband is available for purchase on 8/26 for $20 at carnival ticket booths with presentation of a redeemable coupon from a previous carnival ticket purchase. REDEEM AT CARNIVAL TICKET BOOTH, NOT FAIR BOX OFFICE. NO duplications accepted. This PURCHASE offer is good ON 8/26, until 9p.m., ONLY. BOTH $25 & $20 wristbands are good for rides all night. All games, $1 each.
THURSDAY, 8/26, Open 4 to midnight – 9 a.m. – Kiwanis Jr. Livestock Auction in the R. Rex Parris Show Arena. 6 p.m. JLA BBQ at the Kiwanis BBQ Heritage Park -$10. Buy BBQ dinner ticket at Administration Office or call Entry Office at 661-948-6060 ext. 226. FIGURE 8 RACE – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand, FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat.
FRIDAY, 8/27, Open 4 to midnight – 4 to 5 p.m. – FREE Parking with avfair.com online coupon. Includes one (1) FREE ride and one (1) FREE game. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS – 7:30 p.m., Grandstand – Admission – Gold Buckle $50, Reserved Grandstand $20. NO Free Grandstand, ticket is required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
SATURDAY, 8/28, Open 2 to midnight – RURAL OLYMPICS – 6:00 p.m.. FREE with paid admission. Festival seating: first come, first seat. Fireworks Show after Rural Olympics.
SUNDAY, 8/29, Open 2 to 11 p.m. – DEMOLITION DERBY- 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Grandstand $20 at the gate. NO Free Grandstand, tick.e.t required. Ticket includes admission into the Fair.
There will be NO entry to the Fair one (1) hour prior to closing. Barns close at 10 p.m. and Exhibit buildings close at 11 p.m. nightly (with the exception of Sunday, 8/29 when the buildings close at 10 p.m.). All buildings are ADA accessible.
For more information visit www.avfair.com, or call (661)948-6060.