Derek St. Holmes:
In 1974, hard-rocker Ted Nugent first saw Derekís band Scott
during an opening slot at Michiganís Lincoln Park Theater.
After several months, Nugent's road manager tracked down and
phoned St. Holmes about auditioning for Nugent's band, then
called Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes.
Left: Holmes onstage with VRR
The Amboy Dukes had
already recorded several albums with growing popularity, but
after the lead singer left, Nugent needed a new front man to
give his band the sound that would catapult him into
stardom. St. Holmes was hired and the band of Ted Nugent
Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange and Vic Mastriani, later
changed to be known as The Ted Nugent Band was launched and
started immediately on an extensive U.S. tour.
performing nearly 300 days a year, they played with other
popular bands, such as Aerosmith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger,
Van Halen and Black Sabbath.