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.

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84 comments
MackT
MackT

Ted says that he has never done drugs..

Pathetic....

labelleveronica
labelleveronica

Meh. Nugent is a terrible human being. But he's not a particularly interesting musician. "I strive for feel, groove, authenticity, spirit and soul in my music and stage show," he says. Well, he fails miserably by his own criteria. Yuck, just yuck.

Robin Polt
Robin Polt

Uhh... have you ever seen the chord changes he does on Great White Buffalo? He does have some talent, but I don't think it extends beyond the guitar.

Robin Polt
Robin Polt

In fact, animals do not have rights. However, people have a responsibility to treat them ethically. Ted Nugent is irresponsible in a number of ways.

Whitney Boyd
Whitney Boyd

He's against free music sharing, saying that some deserving musicians will never be heard because of it. Logic dictates that the opposite is true. Hey Noog, don't pretend like you aren't just a money grubbing asshole and in reality have more in common with profit-driven organizations like PETA and the "liberal media" than you do with the common man. You're full of your own bullshit.

rh19541954
rh19541954

Ted Nugent is running with folks he fits well with the anarchist, jihadist tea party lunatics who think they are winning when they are losing, shutting down the government is a good thing to them, and they really do deserve one another!

Susan Matteo
Susan Matteo

Wait, didn't this old burned out dude die? You're dead old dude, lay down!

Eric Troje
Eric Troje

It's like a penis grew arms, then hands, then learned how to play guitar.

Nate Nelson
Nate Nelson

Like him or not.... he is right... BUT for those us who believe in the "circle of life".... Nugent, well... his mami named him Ted

Gabriel Saldana
Gabriel Saldana

Fuck Ted nugget! Yes I misspelled his name on purpose! Cuz he is a shit nugget hillbilly fuck tard! Drop your guns pussy and fight like a man!

Karen Tataryn-Savio
Karen Tataryn-Savio

Say what you will about PETA, but Ted Nugent is a disgusting fucking douchebag. And he does not deserve our attention.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

HSUS and PETA are all about money. those groups spend more money on advertising than helping actual animals, only one percent of the money they scam people out of is given to shelters and rescue groups. It all comes down to money...and hes right, its just these peckerwood dog cock suckers who secretly have sex with their pets, all they see are the words "animals, no rights, PETA" and swear its the devil himself saying it.

Warren Klofkorn
Warren Klofkorn

Nugent is completely insane. That's NOT a compliment.

Patty Tusay
Patty Tusay

What's to discuss he is a pos. He is an animal anyone ever tell him that?

Brian Curry
Brian Curry

"Discussing" … Is not worth my using up my breathing

Genre
Genre

ted nugent is a fucking pedophile and human beings are animals. stupid goddamn christian paradigms

Tim Fitchner
Tim Fitchner

Lmao wouldn't that be ironic...being killed by the very thing he kills.Good call.

Marco A Granillo Jr
Marco A Granillo Jr

And ted nugent is a fucking great example of why the rest of the world hates us he is a dumbass

Brent Dreyer
Brent Dreyer

Isn't Nugent suppose to be dead or in jail by now?

Rob Schraer
Rob Schraer

wait all animals? Doesn't this kind of contradict his stance on our right to keep and bear arms? Unless... wait does he think humans are plants?

Aaron Foster
Aaron Foster

He might drool too. My grandpa drooled and he also ruled.

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

PETA is a criminal scam, but animals do have rights. Sort of.

Michael James
Michael James

I think he went downhill when he started playing with little girls.

Danny Kohl
Danny Kohl

Maybe he got scratched by a cat and blames 'em for his fever.

Lorena Bader
Lorena Bader

Brain cells are seriously lacking in this individual. I actually have absolutely no desire to know what he thinks (if you call it that).

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

Well, red necks and lesser evolved humans care about what he thinks lol.

Gary Deyoung
Gary Deyoung

I do think PETA is a terrorist organization. Animals do have some rights. I feel they need the same rights as Humans to protect them from abuse and or murder. As a musician and as a mouth. I don't like Ted. I wish that Extremist like Ted and PETA would go away.

lynnlm
lynnlm

A penis inflated with flatulence.

NomeSain
NomeSain

PETA is not the most efficient charity out there, but about 84% of its proceeds goes to the organizations stated charitable purposes and programs, not 1%.  Of course, you are insane, so you are liable to say anything and make any claim, no matter how unsubstantiated, uninformed or outrageous, at any time.  It is the privilege accorded to nut bags.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Well BJWH, I guess what you want is for anyone that may have a different opinion than you to be silenced.  

NomeSain
NomeSain

Yes, and you know this because you are an insider, not merely a yahoo with an uniformed opinion.

NomeSain
NomeSain

I'm trying to follow...PETA is a terrorist organization, but animals have some rights and those rights are the same as humans?  I'm confused.  And (this may be asking a lot), what evidence do you have that PETA is a "terrorist" organization?  Have they terrorized you?  Or do you just generally get a little skittish around vegans and neo-hippies - to the point that you feel terror?

NomeSain
NomeSain

@fishingblues I'm with BJWH.  I support diverse opinions.  Ted Nugent's opinions are maniacal.  Like someone having the opinion that little children should go out and play in the street.  Nugent's are spurious.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@NomeSain @fishingblues


Sain - my reply was less pro-Nugent (don't know him to judge) and more anti-close minded bigot.


If we quiet everyone with which we disagree, the silence would be deafening.  

NomeSain
NomeSain

@fishingblues @NomeSain


Blues, I understand your POV and didn’t take you for a "Nugent guy." My point merely is that not all opinions are legitimate and the obviously illegitimate ones do not deserve a hearing in bona fide publications.


Nugent has been hyper-outspoken and his pronouncements included some of the most vile commentary imaginable.  Commentary which is not only unproductive, but inflammatory to the less thoughtful elements of society.

A guy who asserts things like "Obama is a piece of shit" and should "suck on my machine gun, " when speaking of the President of the United States, is not a guy deserving a hearing.


Or, 
"You probably can't use the term `toxic c**t' in your magazine, but that's what she is.”  He was speaking of a former senator and the US Secretary of State.  He went on, “Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country.  This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro."  


There are lots and lots of other published Nugent opinions about homosexuals, foreigners, African Americans, Hispanics, women and others which give you an unambiguous picture of the guy.  You don't really have to get to know him.


I, like you, place great value on freedom of the press.  I was, in fact, a journalist.  I believe that, without that freedom, this democracy would be doomed.  Guys like Nugent have, within some limits – limits he is testing, the right to say what he wants.  But, I don’t begrudge someone else admonishing The New Times for printing it and implying it has any merit whatsoever.

NomeSain
NomeSain

@fishingblues @NomeSain


Blues, I understand your POV and didn’t take you for a "Nugent guy." My point merely is that not all opinions are legitimate and the obviously illegitimate ones do not deserve a hearing in bona fide publications.


Nugent has been hyper-outspoken and his pronouncements included some of the most vile commentary imaginable.  Commentary which is not only unproductive, but inflammatory to the less thoughtful elements of society.


 A guy who asserts things like "Obama is a piece of shit" and should "suck on my machine gun, " when speaking of the President of the United States, is not a guy deserving a hearing.  


Or, "You probably can't use the term `toxic c**t' in your magazine, but that's what she is.”  He was speaking of a former senator and the US Secretary of State.  He went on, “Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country.  This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro."  


There are lots and lots of other published Nugent opinions about homosexuals, foreigners, African Americans, Hispanics, women and others which give you an unambiguous picture of the guy.  You don;t really have to get to know him.


I, like you, place great value on freedom of the press.  I was, in fact, a journalist.  I believe that, without that freedom, this democracy would be doomed.  Guys like Nugent have, within some limits – limits he is testing, the right to say what he wants.  But, I don’t begrudge someone else admonishing The New Times for printing it and implying it has any merit whatsoever.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@NomeSain


Like I said, don't know the guy and have only a passing familiarity with his "stuff".

His "stuff" may very well be shtick.


I often use pejoratives in the back and forth with certain bloggers.  Not everything I say, nor everything I read should be taken literally, seriously or personally.  It is simply a game.  perhaps Nugent is also playing.


As to name calling on the Pres and the Hill, sorry, that goes with the territory.  Many who claim fowl (not including you, since I don't know from where you come) were hypocritically the worst abusers during the GW reign. 


Bottom line, I do not like censorship, regardless of the position.  

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