TED NUGENT HAS SOME CHOICE WORDS FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYONE
By Larry Getlen ~ NEW YORK POST - June 24, 2007
Hillary Clinton's recent "Sopranos" parody might prove prescient if she
ever runs into rocker/gun enthusiast Ted Nugent, as it might not hurt her to have some additional protection.
"I think I best summed it up the other night," says The Nuge, "as I held two assault weapons over my head in Burlington, Iowa, and said, 'Hey Hilary - suck on this!!!' to a rather magnanimous cheering. That's me - I'm the consummate entertainer."
For Nugent, who brings his blunt force to the Nokia Theatre tonight, such stark expression is the only thing he knows, adding, "If that offends anybody, they may wanna call that 1-800-EAT-ME number."
But Nugent, who considers Clinton and Barack Obama "soulless" for their belief in "the redistribution of earnings," keeps himself in the public eye with his ultra-conservative rhetoric, his virulent defense of gun rights, and his impassioned advocacy of hunting, including his show on the Outdoor Channel called "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild."
He even contemplated running for governor of Michigan several years back, but decided against it both to shield his family from media scrutiny and to avoid the possibility of his bluntness working against him.
"If you play rock 'n' roll like this, you have to be kind of abrasive, don't you?" he asks.
"I mean, Davy Crocket blasting Mexicans off a wall at the Alamo is obviously the right thing, but he's not gonna get the Hispanic vote."
Nugent brings this sort of passionate, stripped-bare opinion to topics, from his abhorrence of Democrats to his love of his craft, describing a recent recording as "a genuine, sincere, authentic, attitude-driven piece of garage-band music," and his nightly gigs as "ferociously celebratory."
When asked why he named his next album, which comes out in August, "Love Grenade," his response was explosive.
"I'm warlike because, goddammit, I'm alive," says Nugent. "When I play rock 'n' roll, I don't strum an acoustic guitar. I'm not gonna d - - k around here. I'm 59 years clean and sober, and I cherish every breath I take."
Whatever one's thoughts on Nugent, it's hard not to admire his enthusiasm and spirit.
"Last night we set an attendance record in Burlington, and there wasn't a nondancing soul in the house," Nugent says.