Ted Nugent Vs. Journey – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One
Every month, our readers decide which of eight legendary artists or bands will be honored for their contributions to the genre. Lynyrd Skynyrd defeated Aerosmith in the most recent competition, before readers helped us select Heart as the grand champions of the first-ever March Riff Madness poll.
Though Nugent might be most famous these days for participating in heated cultural debates, it’d be folly to forget just how good of a guitar player, songwriter and showman he was — and most importantly, remains. Powered along by classic tracks like ‘Cat Scratch Fever,’ ‘Stranglehold‘ and ‘Wango Tango,’ not to mention his monstrous three-times platinum 1978 concert release ‘Double Live Gonzo!,’ Nugent created a high-decibel reputation that had nothing to do with politics. Along the way, he also played with the Amboy Dukes and with the all-star amalgam Damn Yankees, which also featured Tommy Shaw of Styx and Jack Blades of Night Ranger.
Journey, meanwhile, has boasted a series of singers — including Gregg Rolie and Arnel Pineda, who continues with the band today. Most of Journey’s legend, however, was created over a two-decade period beginning in 1978 when founding guitarist Neal Schon had Steve Perry fronting the group. Every studio project they collaborated on until Perry’s 1996 finale with the band went multi-platinum. More recently, Journey has released two consecutive Top 15 albums with Pineda, and many long-time fans still marvel over the jazz-rock excursions of their initial Rolie-era recordings.
So who moves onto the semi-finals? You can vote once a day between now and Sunday, May 11 at 11:59 PM EST. The next inductee into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame will be announced on June 2. Be sure to read our official rules.