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Subject: Frank Marino vs Ted Nugent

    I was playing Detroit one night and Ted was the opening act and then
    halfway through my set his roadies pushed his amps onto our stage
    and he began trying to out-volume me. I was pretty stunned because I
    thought "what a jerk", but I didn't want my guys to throw him off
    the stage 'cause I felt that he'd make something out of it, so I
    played along with his gag and answered all of his riffs, quite
    easily I might add. I guess he got a little un-nerved 'cause the
    crowd could see that it wasn't really working for him, so he tried
    to finish it off by playing with his teeth, of all things, which he
    did real slow and jerky. I guess that he really didn't believe that
    I could do that 'cause i wasn't givin' to doing those things in
    those days, but any guitarist can tell you that it's quite easy to
    do, although I guess to Ted it was the "big hard", so after he
    finished his lick and the crowd grew silent waiting to see if I'd
    respond and I waited and waited until it got real quiet. You could
    hear a pin drop in that hall and I could hear a friend of mine
    offstage whisper, "do it". So after an enormously long pause, and
    just as Ted started to strut towards me, I picked up my axe to my
    teeth and let loose with a blitz of notes, loud, long and fast.
    Well, the crowd goes nuts and I guess Ted, to his credit, realized
    what happened so he falls down like he's been shot and I guessed
    that meant that I'd won or something. To this day, I think it was
    the single most stupid thing that I'd ever seen in music. I remember
    that Ted began to go around the country doing these battle shows.
    They asked if I'd do it with them but I declined. I think that this
    was the day that the "WWF" came to rock and roll and I really think
    that Ted was dumb to do that kind of crap. As to whether I blew Ted
    Nugent's doors off, I think we should ask the fans that were there
    and remember it. After that, Ted and I ended up at the same
    management for a while along with Aerosmith, and he always acted
    like he didn't like me very much, although I couldn't imagine why....

Frank Marino

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