DAMN YANKEES members Ted Nugent and Jack Blades had “a bit of a” band reunion earlier this week in Las Vegas
Ted was joined by Robin Zander (CHEAP TRICK), Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER) and Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) as part of the KINGS OF CHAOS lineup that performed this past Monday (May 22) at the Hendon Rocks party for select global ICSC Las Vegas retail conference attendees at The Chelsea in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The group performed a rendition of the DAMN YANKEES song “Coming Of Age”, with fan-filmed footage that can be seen below.
DAMN YANKEES was an early to mid 90’s “supergroup” that both Nugent and Blades were members of, alongside STYX‘s Tommy Shaw and Michael Cartellone.
Blades posted a number of photos from the event to his Facebook page and included the caption: “A bit of a DAMN YANKEES reunion with The Motor City Madman Ted Nugent & myself belting out ‘Coming Of Age’ with the help of the great Matt Sorum & fellow NR brother Keri Kelli!
“A fun KINGS OF CHAOS gig in Las Vegas at the Hendon Rocks private party! Carmine Rojas & Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK joined us as well!”
DAMN YANKEES formed in 1989 and released two studio albums, an eponymous debut and the 1992 follow-up “Don’t Tread”. They are most notable for the hit songs “Come Again”, “High Enough” and “Coming Of Age”.
Shaw appeared on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” back in March and was asked about the possibility of a reunion of the DAMN YANKEES. He responded: “I think we kind of ran that thing until the wheels fell off of it. And I’d like to just keep it like that. It was a fantastic run. It was just wild and wooly. We made those two records. The first record, that was the shit. The second record, it just started to lose the thing that it had on the first album. And I think everybody else knew that it was probably time to go back to your regular job.”
When asked if he would be open to revisiting DAMN YANKEES for a one-off tour or concert, Shaw replied: “Michael is a permanent fixture in LYNYRD SKYNYRD, and DAMN YANKEES without Michael Cartellone just wouldn’t be right. And we [in STYX] do 90 to 120 shows a year, and you have to go home some time. It’s like having two wives, your two families.
“As far as I’m concerned, we had our day. We had big records, we sold a lot of records, we got a lot of airplay, and I just don’t know how we would be able to fit all that in,” Tommy explained. “I wouldn’t wanna tell the guys in my band [STYX], ‘Sorry, guys. We can’t play any shows for a few months.’ ‘Cause that’s what everybody wants to do.”