Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers, Def Leppard, Scorpions
Uncle Ted was joined by Scorpions, Molly Hatchet, Pat Travers,and a group of fresh eyed teens from England that most had never heard of... Def Leppard!
The Georgia Jam held July 4 1980 where Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Pat Travers, Molly Hatchet, and Def Leppard performed was NOT held at Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton Ga.
It was in fact held at Road Atlanta in Braselton GA.
I was there with a dozen of my friends and recently even discussed this event with Derek St Holmes, a guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the Ted Nugent Band....who performed there that day.
The only reason that I put Atlanta International Raceway is because Road Atlanta wasn't listed. Feel free to correct it if you can...
So, was this the concert held in rural north Georgia? I was there... mostly! Don't quite remember def Leppard, but then it was hot and hazy.
Yes, it was hazy and very hot and seems like there was a brief thunderstorm with lightning while Nugent was on. I don't remember hearing everyone in the lineup but amazingly, somewhere I still have a couple photos from that show.
After the concert some guys with a jeep and a truck pushed down a barrier fence around the course; my friend followed onto the track and she and I drove around with some other cars, a mini-race. We’d taken the t-tops off, I remember; overall it was a grand day.
Georgia Jam 1980
I was there with my girlfriend. Got there about 10AM. The sun baked us all day long. Uncle Ted was lowered from a rope ladder from a helicopter that circled overhead. He jammed on his guitar while on the ladder. Without a doubt, on of the most memorable concerts I ever attended.
I've already got my ticket for the upcoming Midwest Rock-n-Roll Express tour with Ted, Styx and REO on May 17, 2012. It'll be the 4th time I will have seen Ted.
Hot As HELL
Me And the Wife was there, and some friends !!!! It was so Damn HOT I sold like 50 or 65 Beers out of a huge Coleman Cooler for 5.00 and honestly some fo 10.00 Most people would buy 2 . 1 to drink and 1 to pour over there HEAD !!! I went mainly for MOLLY HATCHET and PAT TRAVERS !!!! But it was AWESOME !!! And it was not in Hampton it was just East of Gainesville Ga. In Braselton Ga. considered North Georgia.And it was Def Leppards first time in America !!! They were just kids !! Looked like 18 or 19 maybe !!! who would have ever thought they would do an album like HYSTERIA a few years later !!!!!! But there was Plenty of Drugs, Drink and Fun, a good bit of tit Flashing ! No trouble really, the medic tents stayed full From people with heat exhaustion !!! But oh my Lord at The LAW going in and out of the Event !!!!! I think it was like maybe 102 or 103 temp that day !!! I know it tipped a100.
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