Ted Nugent: Animals Have No Rights and PETA Is a Criminal Scam
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History has proven that Ted Nugent is one of the most polarizing and controversial figures in the entertainment industry. It's hard to discuss him as just a musician with the bevy of racially charged, political and extremely in-your-face opinionated tirades he has gone on throughout the years. And yet, as such, Nugent still remains the entertainment anomaly. People have come to expect the answers he will give whenever he is questioned, but are still thrown for a loop when he begins communicating in similes and wildly vivid imagery; partly related to the topic at hand and partly addressing far-off thoughts in his own mind.
There is no middle ground with Nugent. He has an army of dedicated fans and an army of people who despise him -- he doesn't compromise his own path to appease either side. The man is a monstrous force of belligerent original thought, rocking music, unbridled dedication to his beliefs, and he embodies the fearless beast that many wish they could become when it pertains to taking a firm stand on their own moral ground. Nugent will not bend or break for anything, and after 50 years of loudly voicing his opinions publicly, he is more than familiar with the backlash. But every person he infuriates, every time he forces his opposition's skin to crawl, is a check mark in the win column in the mind of the Motor City Madman.
The controversies, legal trouble, hunting violations, rants, self-branded promotion, extreme behavior and flare can sometimes cloud the fact that at his core, Nugent is one of the most innovative and distinguished musicians of his rock 'n' roll generation. He has blazed trails and undoubtedly left his mark on the recording and touring industry, from the Amboy Dukes to his solo career.
In 2012, Nugent famously stated that he personally would be dead or in jail within the year if Obama was elected for a second term as president. Well, one of two things happened since that time: either Nugent changed his thoughts (which is highly unlikely) or he deemed it best to just pick his battles and continue operating on his own level, because now Uncle Ted has a new album in the chamber, Shutup & Jam!, which he is ready to fire at his fans on July 8 (the same day he will be performing in Phoenix at the Celebrity Theatre). Nugent holds Shutup & Jam close to his heart as an expression of himself and the success he has sustained over the years. Or to hear The Nuge describe it: "each and every song represents my lifetime orgy of intense and dynamic human relationships and experiences."
Up on the Sun took the opportunity to interview Nugent in the days leading up to his performance at the Celebrity Theatre on July 8. Read on for the latest glimpse into the realm of Ted Nugent and his opinions on musical masters, haters, the American Dream, and recording the highlight album of his life.
Tell me about your upcoming album, Shutup & Jam... And as a rock and roll guru, how you would classify your own music nowadays?
My musical dream has been a ferocious force to reckon with for more than 50 glorious years so far, but this recording session, with these songs and these astonishing musicians, is without question the highlight of my life. With the soul music masters Derek St Holmes, Mick Brown, Greg Smith, Jon Kutz, Johnny Bee Badanjek and Sammy Hagar, as well as Michael Lutz and Tim and Andy Patalan, the mighty Funkbrothers will live on in infamy as we carry the torch of the tightest, most fun garage-band R&B&R&R in the world.
Wrapping up the greatest fun tour of my life in 2013, then enjoying the greatest hunting season of my life, put me in such a wild-eyed glowing positive happy place that these songs simply erupted off my guitar neck unto themselves every time I cranked up the mighty Gibson Byrdland! I am a very, very lucky guitar player. Even though my ferocious, grinding R&B&R&R music is heavier than most, I would rather call it high energy MotorCity R&B&R&R SoulMusic. I strive for feel, groove, authenticity, spirit and soul in my music and stage show.