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Damn Yankees Reunite (at NAMM)

Glamtastic! Rumors have been flying for well over a year that Damn Yankees would reunite. You remember Damn Yankees: the supergroup featuring Ted Nugent, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. I loved songs like "High Enough" and "Coming of Age" when I was a kid. I always wanted to see the band live, but it never happened for me. Now, I've got hope that it might happen for me -- and you.

Yesterday, the members of Damn Yankees reunited at NAMM to play a couple tunes. If you're not familiar, NAMM is an annual convention of music merchants and educators. Anyway, tons of musicians show up to show-off the latest gear and to play shows. Here's a clip of Damn Yankees at NAMM.

Reader Comments (6)

I always liked these guys. Shaw/Blades write a lot of catchy songs,and a few ass kickin' ones also. Piledriver and Come Again (love Uncle Ted's solo in this song) immediately come to mind.Shaw/Blades are also responsible for Vince Neil's Yor Invited but Your Friend Can't Come, which is also a smokin' hot song. I'd like to see these guys get back together and tour.On a side note,Damn Yankees drummer Michael Cartellone has been Lynyrd Skynyrd's drummer for quite a few years now.There's a helluva lot of talent in that band...
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Classic. I saw Nugent and Blades play a DY song together several years ago at a Rock Never Stops concert with Nuge and Night Ranger on the bill, and of course Blades has done some stuff with Shaw in recent years. Good to see the three of them together again. Now if we could just get Cartellone away from Skynyrd...
January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
As much as I'm amused by these Cheeze Metal masterz, the reality is "Your Invited But Your Friends Can't Come" is vastly superior to anything they've released themselves in whatever "sell out, hack-studded supergroup" permutation they have ever chosen to inflict upon us.

And Nugent, hell, I don't think he ever recouped from when his egomaniacal narcissism got the better of him and he fired Derek St. Holmes (one of the best singers ever) and then had his karma come back on him when he made the mistake of letting that little ol' band from L.A., Van Halen open for him right off the release of their first album, hahaha!!!

There he was, the former Heavyweight Champ in all his glory, swingin' from the stage rafterz on a "vine" in his faux loin cloth, like some kinda Pseudo Authentic Rock'n'Roll Tarzan, but coming off more like a freakish Pro Wrestling Clown, never able to win back the hearts and minds of the audience who Van Halen had already robbed him of.

"Wango Tango"?

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
A little harsh there, Metalboy!

I got reacquainted with Damn Yankees a couple of years ago, when I saw Night Ranger play both High Enough and (in a different show at Rocklahoma) Coming of Age.

They may not have been the heaviest or the 'most glam', but I own both their CD's and always had a soft spot in my rock 'n' roll heart for them. Great musicianship, awesome harmonies courtesy of Shaw & Blades, and of course the rockin' guitar solos from Uncle Ted. Now sure, some of the music is cheese, but go back and check out some of their heavier songs such as the self-titled Damn Yankees, Coming of Age, Piledriver, and even Come Again and Mister Please. Definitely a lot of talent there.

But where they shined was in concert. I caught them in Orlando in 1990, and I was much more impressed than I was with their CD. Besides all the DM songs, we also got to hear Renegade, You Can Still Rock In America, and Wango Tango. Fun show.

Maybe some touring this summer? I can see a Rocklahoma headliner in Damn Yankees.
January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGator
January 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
If you love Damn Yankees, check out the autographed Guitar( signed by all the band members) I have listed on ebay!!!!!!
January 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHarmony

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