Marriage On The Rocks – Ted Nugent And The Amboy Dukes

In 1971 Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes did a show at Plateau Hall in Montreal. It was a very small venue, holding about 500 people sitting on the floor with legs crossed. and cost $5 admission. The stage was about 4 feet above the floor.

It was an amazing concert blowing us away. At the end, Ted said, “Our new album, ‘Marriage On The Rocks’ is released in the US, and won’t be available in CanaDa for 6 months. Watch for it.” That was the end of the show.

Ted stayed on the stage to talk with anyone interested, and I was at the back of the small group. Finally standing face to face with him I said, “Ted, loved the show. Best one I’ve seen to date. Ted, I don’t want to wait 6 months for the album. Here’s my name and address and $5. Will you mail me one from the US please?” He took the piece of paper and the fiver and said, “Sure, I’ll mail it.” I had no doubt at that moment, he genuinely intended to mail it.

In those Days the Canadian Dollar was worth more than the US Dollar, and an album was only $3 American, so the cost was covered. My friends and I left the show totally satisfied.

The next Day I was mentally flailing myself thinking ‘why do I get carried away in my enthusiasm? It always ends up costing me more money. I paid twice to get in.’ While I had the faint hope the album would arrive, it didn’t, and eventually I forgot all about it. Naturally, with his busy lifestyle, sending it would lose priority for Ted within days. It was no big deal for me.

In 1975, I quit my position of ‘National Marketing Representative, Mining Division, Dominion Engineering Works Ltd. of Montreal without having another position to move on to. The next Day, February 1, I had a Spiritual Awakening that totally changed my outlook on life and this Material World.  The Executive Personal Agency was sending me to fantastic job opportunities, but I talked about my Spiritual awakening and religion doesn’t mix in job interviews.

There was 1 interview with a California Company, I thought went very well. The Sales Manager seemed so interested in my experience, I thought I got the Position. Calling the Personal Agency the next Day, the man handling my account asked me “what happened?” I asked him what he meant? Didn’t I get the Job, I asked? He said no. but he did tell me the Company interviewer said, “he didn’t know what I was high on, but he sure wished he had some.”

I didn’t realize it then, but I did have a new job searching for the Word of God, and 8 months later, with shoulder length hair, beard and new found Faith, sold all my possessions, put on a back pack, and leaving Family and Friends in my Spiritual Wake, entered the US to seek the upcoming Spirit of ’76, the 200th Anniversary of the 1776 US Revolution.

It was one of the best years of my 75 years, including the experience 3 Days into the Journey when I found myself deep inside the Black Ghetto of Trenton, New Jersey, where White People don’t go in Daylight, at 1:30 in the morning. I was surrounded by some 30 Black youths, and 1 of them was saying he was taking my backpack and it belonged to him. I walked out of that scene with my backpack unmolested, the story you can read here. Everywhere I went, People treated me like a king as I hitchhiked through some 40 States.

For a Time during the Winter of 1976, for the 1st Time in my Life, I lived in warm, sunny Venice Beach, California. I had a free place to stay half a block from the Ocean. I washed dishes at Suzanne’s Kitchen on the boardwalk Friday to Monday for $1 an hour and meals. I had another job setting up the patio tables and chairs at The Sea and Shore Restaurant at 7am, also on the boardwalk. For doing that, I got a full breakfast and could sit on the patio with free coffee all Day long, talking with anybody and everybody. I was invited to party more than Time allowed.

One afternoon, I was walking on Santa Monica Boulevard, and passing by the Santa Monica Civic Center, the marquee announced Ted Nugent for 2 nights, and this was the afternoon of the 2nd night. My instantaneous 1st thought was, ‘Jesus! That guy owes me $5.’

Being psyched right up, I rushed back to the apartment, and wrote a simple flowing note essentially saying the same as I recount at the beginning of this story from 1971. The note ended with these words, “Ted, I don’t expect you to pay me back the $5, but seeing that I am in Santa Monica, I would appreciate being your guest at the Concert Tonight, to see how you have progressed these last 5 years?”

I got really excited and going on the Boardwalk, showed it to a friend. He also got excited saying, “That’s going to work!” By the end of the afternoon, I showed the note to 4 other friends, and they all got excited saying, “That’s going to work!” We all gathered in the apartment ready to go when someone I met a month earlier as I was hitchhiking in Laguna Beach, arrived unexpectedly, driving his father’s big black Cadillac Limousine. The Signs were good!

When we got to the Arena, there were masses of young people with no tickets held behind Police barriers across the street. I told my friends the only way this is going to work is if I get this note in Ted Nugent’s hands, and there is no way 7 of us could hide by the Stage Door without being discovered. I told them to wait as long as it took, and I’d be back to get them, assuring them I wouldn’t go in without them.

Hiding in some bushes by the Stage Door, eventually Ted Nugent arrived in a Volvo with 2 other People. Going right up to him I said, “Ted, please read this note.” He did, and looking at me said, “Is this True, Brother?” I said, “Honest to God Ted, that’s the Truth.” Just like that he said, “You’re in.”

Not knowing Ted Nugent, discretion told me it was not the Time to mention my friends, and as we approached the Stage Door, a guy sitting behind a desk just doing his job, asked me my name? He had a list of names of people allowed in and said, “Your name’s not on the list. You can’t get in.” Ted Nugent said, “He’s with me.” The guy just following his instructions said, “His name’s not on the list. He can’t get in.” Ted said, “You didn’t hear me. He’s with me.” The guy blindly doing his job said, “He can’t get in. His name’s not on the list” and I was being shuffled by the bouncers as the tone and tension rose.

I was flabbergasted, and I expect everyone else was too, when Ted said, “Listen! I’m his pass and he’s in, and if he’s not in, there’s no show Tonight.” Of course, the guy backed down right away, and I was given a Back Stage Pass. The people who got out of the Volvo with Ted stayed at the Stage Door as I walked with him I didn’t know where? Opening a door off a hallway, there were 6 of the most beautiful women most males would fantasize over, and Ted went to a table along the Wall, and sitting on it with his legs crossed, the 6 women formed a semi-circle around him and the table.

I was shunted off to the side like the proverbial fly on the Wall, watching the scene before my eyes. I was munching on munchies, and it looked like Ted was feasting on the women with his eyes thinking God knows what? I soon realized he was psyching himself up with energy for the show, and I didn’t want to interrupt that. It wouldn’t be cool to say, ‘Ted, I have 6 friends outside, Can they come in?” All the while I was thinking. ‘Jesus, give me some ideas how to make this work?’ My friends outside were my main priority.

Eventually someone opened the door and said, “Ted, you’re on in 5 minutes.” He got up and I followed him walking rapidly down a hallway. I said, “Ted, I saw you were psyching your self up for the show, and I didn’t want to interrupt, but I have some friends outside, and it would be very good if they be allowed in to make this a very memorable evening.” He said he’d like to help, but he didn’t have Time. Replying “I understand that, but it’s important these people be let in to make this an exceptionally memorable show Tonight.” At this point he turned into another door and I being desperate said, “Ted, you give me authority to use your name, and I promise you, the energy at the concert Tonight will be twice as high as it was last night.” He said “OK! OK! You can use my name” and closed the door

I went down to the Stage Door where the 2 people who arrived with Ted were still there, and said, “Ted just got called on Stage, and he didn’t have Time to attend to this himself, but I have some friends outside, and he said you can let them in.” The guy asked, how many? I said 6 and he said, “go get them!”

I thought, ‘O Joy! Thank you sweet Lord.’ My friends waited, and all 6 were let in through the Stage Door, but without a Back Stage pass. That was the one and only Time I used his name. In our little section on the floor, we were ecstatic and had a fabulously good Time. It was contagious to those around us.

As the band did the encore, I told my friends I was going backstage but I was not going to stay, so wait.

I never saw Ted Nugent again, but as the band came off the high stage, I mixed in the middle as a swarm of people were moving rapidly down a hallway. The band was not at the Stage Door and did not witness what happened. They didn’t know me, but one band member said to another exactly these words, ” Man, I don’t understand it. The energy out there Tonight was twice as high as it was last Night.” Hearing those words, I rejoined my friends, got in the Limousine and went for a Pizza, totally thrilled with the experience.

These 43 years later, I don’t remember their names, but it’s probable each of those 6 tell this story from Time to Time as an exceptional Night in their Life.

Venice Beach was a very rich experience for me, especially having this powerful, vivid Dream I remembered upon waking, that came True 2 years later in this big real World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PATH TO MASADA-HOLOCAUST II

Today is the 44th Anniversary since I was given a new lease on Life. February 1st, 1975, I unexpectedly came alive to the Spirit of God and/or God came alive to me in me. Of this I have no doubt, and I have only grown in Trust and Faith in Eternal Life, recognizing life in this Flesh, on this Earth, is transitory.

The rest believe they will just die and cease to exist forever, begetting a ‘get it while you can’ attitude oblivious to any notion of Respect for Posterity and the collective well being of Future Generations.  That Day changed my direction and outlook, and how I interpret the unfolding events in this Material World

All of us are born into this World toothless, dependent and vulnerable, having to wear diapers. Most of us leave this World the way we arrived, toothless, dependent and vulnerable, having to wear diapers. Our Words and Deeds between arrival and departure determine our Future, quality of Life and effectiveness in this Material World. That’s the human condition and it will not change. What we think and reason can change with new Facts and Information.

The following information was written by Jonathan Cook, an Independent British Journalist living and working in the original Nazareth where Jesus grew up in Occupied Palestine. There is an exclusive Jews only settlement called Upper Nazareth.

Jonathan reports on the Jewish-Palestinian conflict and other significant World events. Israeli and Western Media don’t publish him.

I’m sharing this, his latest writing, because this article uses Secular, non-religious terms, generally covering what I have been attempting to convey using Biblical terms that can turn people off.

Jonathan does it so well in this article. My personal comments, apart from Jonathan’s, will be in brackets. The Bible verses I think he mirrors in this article are in italics. I added the pictures and the video I think enhance his script.

A liberal elite still luring us towards the abyss

PATIENCE OF JOB – THE MAN/PATIENCE OF JOB – THE WORK OF FAITH

It is ironic the story of the Man named Job recorded in the Bible some 3500 years ago, is a word taking on so much more significance these Days. Many feel trapped in a Job they hate, or doesn’t pay enough to meet the cost of basic necessities to live, no matter how honest or hard working they are. More People are struggling to meet the rising costs just to subsist in the Free World.

Job the Man would have been viewed as part of the 1% Elite when he lived. He was fair and Just with his Servants, and helped those less fortunate than himself.

He had 7 sons and 3 daughters as well as seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of cattle, five hundred she- donkeys, and very much production; and the man was greater than all the children of the East.

Every Day, Job would pray to God, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and blasphemed God in their hearts.

Now the day came about, and the angels of God came to stand beside the Lord, and the Adversary, too, came among them. The Lord said to the Adversary, “Where are you coming from?” And the Adversary answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down in it.”

When I think on those words of the Adversary (Adversary in the Jewish OT=Devil in the Christian NT) Today, not much has changed at all. The People still go to and fro with every new fad, style or rumour, and the People are either up or down in the extremes, and every place in between. This is not dissimilar to Christ’s recognition of those same Realities 1500 years later by these words, to this very Day.

And the Lord said,  To what then shall I compare the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and you have not danced; (up) we have mourned to you, and you have not wept. (down)
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and you say, (Jewish Religious Leadership) He has a devil.
The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and you say, (Jewish Religious Leadership) Behold a gluttonous man, and a wine bibber, (liked his wine) a friend of publicans and sinners!
But wisdom is justified of all her children.

Getting to Job, the story continues,

Now the Lord said to the Adversary, “Have you paid attention to My servant Job? For there is none like him on earth, a sincere and upright man, God-fearing and shunning evil.” And the Adversary answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

Haven’t You made a hedge around him, his household, and all that he has on all sides? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock has spread out in the land. But now, stretch forth Your hand and touch all that he has, will he not blaspheme You to Your face?”

And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; but don’t touch him. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

job_-_sufferingAs he was praying for his children, a servant rushes in and says,

“The cattle were plowing, and the she-donkeys were grazing beside them, and Sheba fell upon them and took them, and they slew the youths by the sword, and only I alone escaped to tell you.” This one was still talking, and another one came and said, “A tremendous fire fell from heaven and burned the flocks and the youths and consumed them; only I alone escaped to tell you.” This one was still talking, and another one came and said, “Chaldeans formed three bands, spread out on the camels and took them, and slew the youths with the sword, and only I alone escaped to tell you.” While this one was still talking, another one came and said, “Your sons and daughters were dining and drinking wine at the home of their firstborn brother, when, behold, a great wind (tornado) came from the other side of the desert, and struck the four corners of the house; it fell upon the youths, who died, and only I alone escaped to tell you.”

The band of thieves Job was able to understand, even with no Insurance or 911 to call, but 2 Natural Disasters as well? The man was totally wiped out, psyched out, frustrated, and tormented like few humans have to go through, with the exception of War doing the same thing to many more people at the same Time. Not many humans would have the strength of character or Faith in the Eternal to react as Job did,

Then Job stood up, and rent his robe and tore his hair; then he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. And he said, “From my mother’s womb, I emerged naked, and I will return there naked. The Lord gave and the Lord took; may the name of the Lord be blessed.” Despite all this, Job did not sin, neither did he ascribe unseemliness to God.Job 2

We are born naked, and all Humans turn to dust at the end of our short Time on Earth. All of us are born toothless, dependant and vulnerable, having to wear diapers. Most of us leave this Earth toothless, dependant and vulnerable, having to wear diapers.

It’s what we say and do when we have our teeth between the Beginning and the End, that determines if we leave a Legacy for Posterity, or if we just turn to dust blowin in the wind.

There was another Day when the Sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came among them. They have the same exchange as cited above, and the Lord says to the Adversary,

 Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although you moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man has will he give for his life.
But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.
And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but save his life.
So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Here the Lord consents to the Adversary/Satan being both Tormentor and Saviour of Job.

Walking alone in a crowd

Now Job was not only broke and busted, in constant pain, but he was also physically repulsive to look at if anyone has seen just 1 boil, never mind boils from head to toe.The-Patience-of-Job-1

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still maintain your sincerity? Blaspheme God and die!”  And he said to her, “You talk as one of the disgraceful women talks. Shall we also accept the good from God, and not accept the evil?” Despite all this, Job did not sin with his lips.job-2-10-ww-mf-900x

Job had friends who heard of his misery and came to comfort him. Seeing he was so tormented, they sat in silence for a week before speaking and then they didn’t comfort him at all, making him feel worse.Job and Friends

That discourse between Job and his friends is too long to place here, discussing the many Mysteries of God People still seek to understand Today, but in the end, after Job endured the trials and tribulation, it is written,

Now the Lord blessed Job’s end more than his beginning, and he had fourteen thousand flocks and six thousand camels and a thousand yoke of cattle and a thousand she-donkeys. And he had fourteen sons and three daughters. […] Nowhere in the land were women as beautiful as Job’s daughters to be found, and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. […] Now Job lived thereafter one hundred and forty years, and he saw his sons and his sons’ sons for four generations.Job-James 5

Those who are genuinely interested can read the discourse between Job and his friends following the links below.

Jewish version of Job

Christian version of Job

While Job does not have a separate Book or Chapter in the Islamic Quran,

he is mentioned in several places with one or two lines.

In our 30 second sound byte Society, it does take the Patience of Job as in a Job, to question The Eternal and wait Patiently for the answer with an open mind and heart.

You enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in that way:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.