Nugent brings rock, loose-cannon spirit to Concrete Street
By Bobby Bush - Caller Times
CORPUS CHRISTI - The outspoken Motor City Madman has laid down his hunting bow in favor of guitars and grenades of love -- at least for the time being.
Ted Nugent, the rock 'n' roll legend who has toured for four decades, who stars in his own hunting show "Spirit of the Wild" on the Outdoor Channel and who writes for more than 40 publications, will bring his "Unleash the Beast" tour to the Pavilion Stage at Concrete Street Amphitheater Saturday.
Known for hits such as Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," Damn Yankees' "High Enough" and solo works "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," he is not well known for being politically correct.
Nugent defends a comment he made to a young fan at his last appearance in Corpus Christi during the "Uncle Ted Tour 2005 Remember the Alamo."
"People that have a problem with me, have a serious shortage of humor," Nugent said. "Anybody who doesn't have fun with me is really weird. That night in Corpus, I had people howling with laughter . . . I'm the luckiest guitar player in the world."
Nugent said he has recorded what he believes to be the best record of his life, "Love Grenade," which he hopes will be released in July. He said the title track is his most favorite song to have written and recorded.
"It's just stupid, it's so intense. It's a fun, rhythm and blues, 'Cat Scratch Fever'-type masterpiece," Nugent said. "The energy, the spirit, the terror in the recording session was absolutely off the charts. Every musician was just drunk on giddiness every day -- just drunk on the music every day."
Rock 'n' roll is the only vice Nugent said he allows on his tours. He claims the no-drugs-or-alcohol, family-man lifestyle is all he has ever known, and he surrounds himself with others who share the same mentality.
"I was raised in a very disciplined family," he said. "I knew that to be able to play with my drummer and bass player and to be able to learn those Chuck Berry licks, I needed to take good care of myself. I struggled to play the guitar. I struggled to shoot my bow good. I didn't need any hampering. My gift of life from God is a sacred temple. How could I possibly rationalize putting dope or whiskey or tobacco into it?"
Nugent, who is originally from Detroit but now owns land in Texas, said that although he is not a party guy, he does look forward to spending time with friends from the area.
"Some of my hunting buddies from Sarita, Kenedy and the King Ranch will be (at the show)," he said. "It's just a great camaraderie. I've been touring for over 40 years and I've made a lot of great friends over there. I'm lucky to have that."