For his second visit to the DTE Energy Music Theatre this summer, Ted Nugent is offering some new material — and an old friend.
The latter comes in the form of Derek St. Holmes, the singer in Nugent’s band from 1974-77 and whom the Motor City Madman still considers “a brother of mine — a soul brother, a funk brother and a blood brother. Not many people qualify for all three.”
Despite some acrimony between them in the years immediately after the split, St. Holmes, who lives in Atlanta, performs periodically with Nugent and has already turned up at shows this year in Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif.
But Nugent says that it will be even more special having St. Holmes onstage for what he still considers a hometown gig — even though he and his family live in Texas while their Jackson compound is being purged of black mold.
“It’ll be glorious, nostalgic, tear-jerking,” says Nugent, 58. “We normally don’t talk about where he might show up or not, but I said to him, ‘You’ve got to come to Detroit,’ so here he comes. He’s never played better, never looked better ... I genuflect at the altar of ... St. Holmes.”
Along with that touch of the old, Saturday’s show will offer some new Nugent — specifically songs from his new album, “Love Grenade,” which comes out Tuesday. He’s been playing some of the songs — including “GirlScout Cookies,” “Bridge Over Troubled Daughters” and “Funk U” — for years, while the album also features a new take of “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” his 1968 hit with the Amboy Dukes.
His tour, however, wraps up Monday, the day before the album comes out, and Nugent — who will film a role in Toby Keith’s adaptation of his song “Beer for My Horses” in early 2008 — has no plans to abandon his hunting schedule this fall in order to promote it.
“It’s stupid, downright lame,” he says with a laugh. “I know the right thing to do would be to tour throughout Christmas, but the scheme of nature calls my name with such force. I can’t say, ‘Hey, would you save the hunt ’til I’m done here.’ It doesn’t work like that, and the spirit of the wild is what I must follow.”
Ted Nugent and Paper Street Saints perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 1) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $39.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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