Ted Nugent's Michigan Show 'Free-For-All' Axed Autoworkers

Two thousand Ford ex-employees rock gratis at Detroit-area concert.

Being laid off by the Ford Motor Company has its unexpected benefits.

Detroit native Ted Nugent heard that thousands of workers were axed from Ford last week, so he gave them a chance to forget their problems with some good, old-fashioned guitar rock. The Motor City Madman offered free tickets to Tuesday's hometown performance at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, to any laid-off employee who presented his or her otherwise-useless Ford ID at the venue's box office.

"The workin'-hard, playin'-hard Michiganiacs have assisted me immensely in this gravity-defying career of mine — forever — and I really appreciate it," Nugent said in a statement. "During hard times, we blood brothers gotta stick together."

Approximately 2,000 former employees took Nugent up on the offer and spent the night rocking to favorites such as "Cat Scratch Fever," "Yank Me, Crank Me," and "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," according to his publicist.

The Nuge's latest recorded offering was the live, greatest-hits album Full Bluntal Nugity, released in June (see "Nugent Takes Aim At Live Album, TV Appearance"). A new studio LP is expected early next year.