LEAGUE CITY — It might not be a sellout, but Ted Nugent’s show this weekend has already secured the money to build a wounded Marine a new house.
The Motor City Madman is scheduled to perform at the Salute to Heroes event at South Shore Harbour on Saturday. Funds from the event are to go to build a house in League City for a wounded war vet.
City Councilman Todd Kinsey, who’s been the primary backer of the event, said there are a few tables and individual tickets available for sale.
Even with that, enough tickets were sold that the funds will be there to build the house for a U.S. Marine who lost both of his legs to an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.
Kinsey said the name of the Marine is being kept under wraps until he can be surprised by the donated house.
But Kinsey revealed that the Marine lives in California and once the house is built, he will move to League City.
Nugent’s appearance has been somewhat controversial, especially since the city is contributing up to $20,000 in tax dollars to help promote the event.
The city’s money is being used for publicity and the set up of the concert.
The outspoken rock singer’s comments about President Barack Obama, what many consider to be sexist, racist and unabashed political comments, have drawn criticism.
His recent statements referring to Obama as a “subhumanmongrel” led the city of Longview to cancel his planned concert during the city’s Fourth of July celebration. The city essentially paid Nugent $16,000 not to perform.
Some who will be at South Shore on Saturday won’t be attending the concert. A group plans to protest outside the hotel.
That hasn’t deterred Kinsey who said that Nugent is donating his time to perform.
Kinsey said about five or six tables are left for the show. Enough tickets were sold that the group raised the $75,000 needed to build the house for the Marine.
Kinsey said, too, that he is working to see if he can get a truck donated for the wounded vet.
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Salute to Heroes concert
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: South Shore Harbour Resort, 2500 South Shore Blvd., in League City
TICKETS: Call 281-384-1000