Ted Nugent: We Spoke to Him Right Before That Controversial Obama Rant

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Ted Nugent doesn't need much of an introduction. To put it lightly, he's intimidating. It has nothing to do with him being so outspoken or the fear he could jokingly pull an assault rifle on me for not agreeing with his politics (which, more often than not, I don't).

It has to do with his musically prowess: he started playing guitar in 1956, inspired by the wild-man sounds of Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters, and has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. For many, he's the world's number-one guitar showman and has performed on stage more than 6,000 times, setting venue attendance records year after year, from 1977 to 2008.

Say what you will about his loud political beliefs -- and believe us, we have plenty of thoughts on his hyperbolic rants -- but come on, who doesn't appreciate the Amboy Dukes' psychedelic masterpiece "Journey to the Center of the Mind" and the raging "Cat Scratch Fever"?

But he's hit a bit of a rough patch lately. A mere 12 hours after this interview, he stated he would either be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if President Obama was re-elected, and the joke led to a stern sit-down with the Secret Service, which in turn led to the cancellation of his Fort Knox concert appearance. Then several astute media outlets pointed out that he admittedly had sex with minors during his heyday. And then, to top it all off, the prolific outdoorsman was found guilty of illegally shooting and killing a bear in May 2009. And no doubt he's quite cranky about the fact that he was reprimanded with two years' probation and a special condition that he can't hunt or fish in Alaska or any U.S. Forest Service lands for a year.

Thank God I interviewed him before all that happened.

But whether you love him for his rock 'n' roll guitar-playing that first made him a star in the '70s, or feel that his conservative commentary has long overshadowed those days, there's no doubt about it: Ted Nugent likes to be loud.

Up on the Sun talked with Ted Nugent about those damn politics (of course), the current state of rock 'n' roll, what he would do differently in his career, and 40-plus years of unbridled rockin' out.

Up on the Sun: How's the current tour going?

Ted Nugent: My band is so good, so tight, so powerful, so berserk, so passionate, so dedicated that it is an absolute certainty that this will be the greatest tour of my life. We ain't right.

You've been a presence in the music world since the 1960s. What do you think is the key to success in the music industry, and how has it changed since you started out?

My cravings and fiery passion for that magical, mystical all-American grinding soundtrack of uppity defiance was defined by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bo Diddley. It all took control of my musical dreams, cold-cocked me from the get-go, and grows exponentially every year. I have been surrounded by world-class monster musical masters in all my bands from the beginning, and my current band of Greg Smith, Derek St. Holmes, and Mick Brown represent every guitar player's fantasy, every song, every jam, every concert every night. We are a force to reckon with.

What is one of your favorite records and why?

It is impossible to name a single recording as my favorite, whether mine or so many others'. My two-hour set each night is a firestorm of insanely intense high-energy soul music throttling. I have so many killer songs; I love them all.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

I would have waited longer between solo albums due to the maniacal recording and touring schedule on my band and me. We were so inebriated on celebrating our music that we were incapable of knowing that our management were clueless as to the nonstop pressures of nonstop music, especially with the crazed animal intensity of our dedication to the music.

What's something you know now that you wish you knew 30 years ago?

That managers and lawyers and accountants can be soulless criminal thieves of the lowest order.

My cravings and fiery passion for that magical, mystical all-American grinding soundtrack of uppity defiance was defined by Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Bo Diddley.

--Ted Nugent

How do you feel about the current state of rock music? Do you worry that the peak of rock 'n' roll has passed and younger generations will never relate to that kind of music?

That we unleash my 50th year of unbridled rock-outs in 2012 is proof positive that genuine music lovers and fun gluttons will always show up for bands that put their heart and soul into their music and performances. I love Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, and a few others, but the best of the best erupted from the soulful bands of the '60s and '70s.

Who is one of your favorite guitarists of all time? Or, I'd love to hear if you have an "old" and "new" favorite guitarist.

Chuck Berry and EVH, I suppose. But I would have to include SRV [Stevie Ray Vaughan], Bo Diddley, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Jimmy McCarty, [Jeff] Beck, [Eric] Clapton, [Jimmy] Page, Jimi [Hendrix], Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer, Derek St. Holmes, Ricky Medlocke, Johnny Winter, Joe Perry, Angus Young, John Sykes . . . so so many!

You've been bow-hunting since the early '50s, before you even played guitar. I heard you're a fan of Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. What has been your most impressive feat with a bow over the years?

I've celebrated the physics of spirituality discipline of the mystical flight of the arrow my entire life. Aim small, miss small is the definitive lesson for a higher level of awareness that drives quality of life on all levels. I am not the greatest shot in the world, but I've never bought chicken. My bow-hunting lifestyle is all about how close I can get, not how far I can shoot, but I have pulled off some doozies in my 63 years.


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Harry
Harry

Isn't the BIGGEST SCAM in history worthy of a RANT??  Obama spent millions hiding his (criminal) past history- he even surrendered his LAW license to avoid investigation- a superslick CON-JOB who says what people want to hear but is CORRUPT to the bone- and has deceived America by hiding his criminal past-More than 40 lawsuits were filed against Obama's (proven) FORGED birth certificate and multiple SSN's and did you see even one word on the last line of any newspaper in America (or on any TV-station)? (of course you didnt) Becuase we in America (who pride ourselves on our freedoms) have a controlled news-media- who NOT only refuse to report on Obamas past indicetions(crimes) but are complicit in hiding and covering his past- OUR SYTEM is BROKEN-

Grinners
Grinners

I support Ted Nugent all the way. Boo hoo, he's a chickenhawk... get some new material.

Jimbo
Jimbo

The NRA should be embarrassed to have this guy talking for them. ted is a buffoon who gets no respect for the NRA. he makes them all look foolish and retarded. if you want respect NRA get ted nugent out of your circle of friends and dont invite him to your meetings as the main speaker as seen on tv news all over the USA last week. he will set you guys back 40 years with all of his nonsense talk and rants. 

Local Rock Muscian
Local Rock Muscian

Dear Ted can I fuck your hot blond wife? Im much better looking than you and I play guitar better than you and my hair is lounger than yours and im also rich and im in great shape. let her know about me. a well known local rock musician.

Jimbo
Jimbo

If ted was as loony and macho man hunter as he likes to pretend and thinks he is in his own mind he would  have already killed and murdered a human being. he is a very bad actor and I dont buy into his bullshit tough guy talk. with a big braggy loud mouth like his he would get beat and stabbed to death in prison with in a few weeks. and he couldn't make it in the 40 hour a week work world. either. he is simply an insecure pussy boy!

Dead in 5 heartbeats
Dead in 5 heartbeats

Ted is an out of control narcissistic ego maniac. he is worse than Oprah Winfrey. if he wasn't a rich rock star he would he a homeless loser on the streets. he has a very good looking blond wife though. im sure she loves him for his money and not his skinny ugly long haired looks and big mouth.

A REAL COWBOY
A REAL COWBOY

 Some one tell ted his hat looks faggy and its not a real cowboy hat.

america911
america911

Every person who lives in America should have to serve in the military!!!!!!!!

A Dearing64
A Dearing64

It is a damn shame that the Fort Knox concert of Ted Nugent was cancelled.  Shame on Ft. Knox for disrespecting and spitting in the face of every military person in this nation.   I am outraged that the military of all people are playin g poltics with the evil bastards that are in control at this moment.  They should represent the American people and the Constitution and not the communist  that are in charge.  It really makes me sick to know that kids are losing their lives and their own militay commanders are against what the military and America are fighting for.  shame on you.  I am from a long line of military people and am disgraced and disgusted by the politics the upper eshelon of the military are playing at the expense of good hearted American People.  It makes me ashamed to be an American and wish that the military commanders would stand up and have the balls to fight against the communist rule which we are under.  My feeling is there needs to be a revolution in this country or true Americans need to get out and  estblish a free society somewhere else.  Leave Ted alone!   At least he is not afraid to speak out for what America was meant to be.

CHICO HAMC PHX AZ
CHICO HAMC PHX AZ

I would love to take him on in a Boxing ring. I would shut his mouth up forever with my fist! posing with guns dont make anybody a man or a tough guy. the boxing ring is where real men settle a score. Blood on Blood Tooth for Tooth. CHICO MORA HELLS ANGELS MC PHX AZ

Nunya Biness
Nunya Biness

Ted is a bear poacher to. he just paid a $10,000 fine to the state of Alaska for bear poaching. he shoots and kills wild bears legally. he needs his ass kicked by me. and im ready anytime he is.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

More guns DO NOT mean less crime: This doesn't mean we shouldn't have gun ownership in this country, it just means that people who quote the above are full of SHEET!

I notice that while Ted Nugent states that there is no way to control maniacs from doing their evil he does not answer the question of whether he believes we should TRY to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people. 

See for yourself - this study contains a thoughtful discussion on the more guns less crime carnard. 
http://concealedguns.procon.or...

Guest
Guest

 "Ted Nugent doesn't need much of an introduction."

Sorry, but some guy known for one lame song back in the Paleolithic era does require a bit of an introduction.

Crow
Crow

You forgot to ask him how he avoided serving in the military.  

Wanumba
Wanumba

You forgot to mention that he is a chicken-hawk.

Sure, he loves the military now, but where was he when he was a young man?  Well, according to him, he was deliberately failing his draft physical and otherwise dodging the draft.

It's easy to love war when you're not the one fighting in it.

Bnbk
Bnbk

"Who is one of your favorite guitarist of all time?"-------I'm suprised the he didn't answer,Ted Nugent........

Steve
Steve

 I'm sure he'd be less intimidating if the other guy had an assault rifle as well

FlomaxFever
FlomaxFever

Very nice of NT to underhand these softballs to Ted. He's getting up there, after all. 

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Powerful, berserk, passionate, dedicated, what they really need to be is patient and tolerant.

Grinners
Grinners

So killing another human would make him tough in your eyes?

Happytrails
Happytrails

 I would slap that goofy hat off his hippie head and he wouldn't do shit to me either. I know he is all talk and no action. all he does is run his big mouth and thats it. he is like a bad wanna be comic.

RESPECT AND PRISON
RESPECT AND PRISON

 Serving time is Prison should also be a must for all Americans. then maybe there would be alot more respect and manners in our society.

Happytrails
Happytrails

 DID YOU! SERVE IN THE MILITARY??????

The Draft
The Draft

 It almost used to be like that years ago. it was called the Draft. where were you back then? you missed all the fun.

azlefty
azlefty

The only person spitting  in the  face of the  Military is you and your support  for this Poaching pedophile  Chickenhawk who like you is to much of a FUCKING COWARD to  do what you yell for out Military to do! 

Jolly Jackson
Jolly Jackson

 You are really Ted posing as America911  I can tell.

Grinners
Grinners

So what makes you think you're tough? Is it being in a gang, or is it that you ride a motorcycle?    Young girls can do both of these you know.

SOUTHERN ROCK IS BEST
SOUTHERN ROCK IS BEST

 Ted is to much of a pussy to fight in a ring. he is skinny as a twig and he is white pale skinned and out of shape and does not have a muscle in his whole arm or body. you can tell he hates the sun and real work and he has never worked out in gym his whole lazy hippie rock star life.he was no good in the 1970s and he is really no good now. besides he is a Yankee from Michigan. Support Southern Rock Music like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band and Hank Williams the 3rd.

azlefty
azlefty

Deer to he got busted in Cali for baiting  and shooting non-harvestable deer.

Randini
Randini

Killers love gun free zones. Is that too much common sense for you?

Nunya Biness
Nunya Biness

 Because he is a dirty hippie draft dodger like all dirty hippie draft dodgers were  back then. Bikers fought the Vietnam war not hippies. ted is a fake country boy to. its all a put on  pseudo hick act. he is a big pussy with a big mouth who cant back any of it up with any real  bad ass violent action. he is all show and no go rich boy. he cant cut it when the shit gets deep.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

 "It's easy to love war when you're not the one fighting in it."

Well said, Wanumba.

Outlaw Biker Vet
Outlaw Biker Vet

 I will take him on with my bare hands and he can try to shoot and kill me with one of his guns if he wants to. Im 100% sure he aint man enough to shoot and kill me like a deer or a bear. he aint got the balls to kill a man.

Jolly Jackson
Jolly Jackson

 You can tell he is getting senile and getting dementia from old age by all the weirder and weirder strange things he has been saying lately. he is starting to get those big furry old man eye brows that go up in the middle to and hair in his ears sticking out. he is starting to loose it mentally and is slowly going downhill. he just doesn't know it yet. he still believes his own youthful days gone by myth.

Billy
Billy

 He should be put in prison and gang raped for hours by all skin colors of men then shave his head bald with a rusty home made prison shank.

Grinners
Grinners

Bikers fought the vietnam war? What are you smoking? " He can't cut it when the shit gets deep" ? ... and you know this how?

Logic
Logic

 Where did he say he "loved war". He didn't.
 It's amazing where an hysterical mind can wander.

Grinners
Grinners

OOh big talk from a tough guy biker. LOl

HAMC AZ
HAMC AZ

 He also is not man enough to fight you man to man fist to fist. he is a wimp and a broke dick thats why he poses with all types of guns to make up for and to over compensate for his small penis.

Halfbreed
Halfbreed

 He probably plays those video war games on his tour bus and thinks and pretends he is GI Joe.

Happytrails
Happytrails

 The fake imaginary war in his mind is what he is talking about. like a video war game.

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

I was replying less to the assertion that Nugent loves war and more to the basic validity of Wanumba's statement. Also, I love typing "Wanumba."

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