Check out News 4-U's interview with Ted! News
1) Ted, what puts a smile on your face early in the morning when you wake up?
("G" rated answer please.)
Eating a quality, healthy breakfast with
my family, seeing son Rocco off to school to be the best that he can be,
& performing our daily exciting rituals of training/playing with the dogs as
we Carpe" Diem another amazing American Dream day.
2) What really just ticks you off? OK, that is way too broad a category for
you, (I only have about 850 words for the entire article); how 'bout; What has
really gotten under your skin lately?
Tho I dwell on & celebrate the
unlimited wonderment of this great country every hour of everyday, I
nonetheless am aware of & fight to eliminate the horrific soullessness of
Americans hurting their fellow Americans constantly with the curse of meth,
drunk driving, American on American crime ad nauseum overall. I just abhor it.
3) You started your "Ted Nugent Kamp For Kids" 17 years ago which
focuses on, and I quote the Tedmeister: "getting kids away from drugs,
alcohol, tobacco, gangs, crime, and the zombie world of videogame disconnect
that has been such a negative force on their lives." First, I want to say
AWESOME, next I want to ask you how many kids have benefited from the Kamp
through the years, and how can kids register to go to it.
It is through the
generous volunteers at our charity Kamp that more than 1000 kids have been
positively effective by the logical message that "being the best that you
can be" is the foundation for all quality of life. Evidence also shows
that collateral upgrade has blazed forward by the positive peer pressure our
graduates continue to create. It is beautiful.
Moving on to rock.
4) What are your top three all-time favorite bands--present company excluded,
Ted Nugent and Art the dude (just kidding about Art the dude).
In the recording
studio this very day with the most amazing gods of rhythm, Barry Sparks on bass
guitar and Master drummer Tommy Clufetos is every guitar players dreamband for
sure. We are to this day driven by the spirit and soul of the mighty Motown
Funkbrothers, James Brown, the Stax/Volt masters and a list of astonishing
bands from Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles, the Stones, Book T and
The MGs, Mitch Ryder, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, the Yardbirds, Van Halen,
Aerosmith, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and a list that could go on forever.
5) Do you listen to new stuff? If so, what is a current band on your iPod?
am still enthralled by the original masters like James Brown and Chuck Berry
and all those inventors of the beast that we all still worship to this day.
6) What's your take on country music? Old vs. new, y'know, Cash vs. Big and
Having toured and jammed with Toby Keith and his amazing band, plus
shared some bowhunting campfires with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
fortified my appreciation for the true soul of American C&W music at its
finest. No matter which moniker a genre' of music may fall under, heart &soul
will all be the determining factor for me.
One for the ladies:
7) Boxers, briefs or commando?
Live loincloths, usually during the breeding
8) Ted, you have been making music professionally for 40 freekin' years. You
were the number one act several times back in the 70s; you've filled stadiums,
arenas and outdoor pavilions (I know 'cause I've been to a good many) and you
currently have a grueling current tour schedule, something like 28 shows in 30
days. How do you do it and what keeps it fresh to you?
#1 is respecting one's
gifts from God & taking proper, intelligent care of my mind, body, spirit
and soul. My gift of life is so very precious that I have always refused to put
any poisons in my sacred temple. So at the tender age of 58, I am so alive it's
goofy. I still crave the music and balance my life perfectly between the primal
scream of heart & soul R&B&R&R and my sacred spiritual time each
hunting season. It cleanses the soul.
9) Last, but certainly not least, how many Gibson Byrdland guitars do you
18, and they are breeding as we speak, so God help us all!!