Aug 7, 2013
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Worlds Collide in New Haven Outside of Ted Nugent Concert at Toad's Place

Worlds Collide in New Haven Outside of Ted Nugent Concert at Toad's Place

Vern Williams

New Haven police stand between protesters heckling and concert goers heading into the Ted Nugent concert at Toads Tuesday evening August 6, 2013

NEW HAVEN >> “Do you feel the f---ing love tonight?”

Those were among the few words rocker Ted Nugent spoke before he began to play at a sold-out Toad’s Place Tuesday night, not directly mentioning anything going on outside the iconic nightclub, other than, “It’s going to be all right, everything’s going to be all right,” before launching into a blistering guitar intro for a mob of amped-up fans.

Outside the venue, hard-rock fans met anti-Nugent demonstrators on the sidewalk in front of Toad’s Place Tuesday night, as the controversial musician prepared to perform inside and dozens of community members who had sought to get Toad’s to cancel his show said their piece out on York Street.

“Racism is not music!” and “New Haven says No Nugent” read the protesters’ signs.

“Ted 4 Freedom!” read the sign of one supporter of Nugent, who made his name as a rocker but is equally famous these days for his pro-gun, right-wing views.

For the most part, the juxtaposition — at close quarters between police, journalists, Nugent’s massive equipment truck and the iconic rock club — was respectful — with a few rough edges and the beginning of a shoving match between one marcher and some Nugent fans at one point.

Others among the 50 or so marchers beneath Toad’s green awnings and an ample contingent of police quickly extinguished the flare-up.

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Worlds Collide in New Haven Outside of Ted Nugent Concert at Toad's Place

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