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By Lucas Peerman, Pulse Editor
Las Cruces Sun-News
August 23, 2007
Ted Nugent has carved himself a permanent place among the legends of rock.
Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume
and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned him the moniker of "Motor
City Madman," along with international acclaim.
Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, Nugent's no-holds-barred
career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy
Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like
"Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," Damn Yankees
chartbusters like "High Enough," cult classic "Fred Bear,"
and "Love Grenade," which will hit shelves on Sept. 4, Ted Nugent's
rapidfire sonic assaults continue to sell out venues around the globe.
"The Nuge" has also made his mark on other areas of entertainment.
His book, "God, Guns and Rock-N-Roll" is a New York Times bestseller
and his "Spirit of the Wild" television show has been voted the No. 1
hunting show on the Outdoor Channel three times.
As part of his current "Nugent Love Grenade 2007 Shrapnel Tour," the
59-year-old rocker will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Inn of the Mountain
Gods in Mescalero. Doors open at 5 p.m. Persons under 21 years of age must be
accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $25 and up. For information, call (800)
545-9011 or innofthemountaingods.com.
The prolific entertainer and outdoorsman took time to answer five questions
from Pulse before his performance:
Pulse: "Love Grenade" comes out Sept. 4. What can the nation
expect from the Motor City Madman's first album in five years?
Ted Nugent: Intense, heart and soul, R&B-driven, high-energy Motor City fun
rock. With Tommy Clufetos on drums and Barry Sparks and Jack Blades on bass,
this record is loaded with outrageously tight, adventurous sexy songs.
You're 59, and by all accounts, still rock as hard and loud as you did in
the 1970s. Where are you hiding the fountain of youth?
Venison and the great spirit of the soul-cleansing hunting lifestyle. I've
respected and taken good care of my mind, body, heart, soul and spirit, 59
years clean and sober, and absolutely cherish my musical and outdoor dreams.
Discipline to be the best that I can be keeps a guy healthy and ultra-alive.
In the past seven years, you've authored three books on the New York Times
bestsellers list and created a lot of buzz as a host on television. Now that
you've been a successful TV personality, author and musician, what's next from
Ted Nugent Productions?
A whole lot more of the same. I crave the musical adventure with my amazing
bandmates (and) will increase my various book, magazine and newspaper writings.
We love our "Spirit of the Wild" TV show and are doing more and more
wonderful charity work for children and the military. Life is good.
You'll be performing at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, near Ruidoso, which is
in the heart of Lincoln National Forest. Have you hunted in this forest? If so,
what and when? Do you have a memorable hunting tale from New Mexico?
I have not yet hunted that specific sacred ground, but have shared many a grand
New Mexico spirit wild campfires and look forward to many more. New Mexico has
done a wonderful job in managing the thriving elk, deer, antelope, bear,
cougar, turkey and other magnificent wildlife for all to enjoy and take part
in, and I plan on it.
You've said in past interviews that a run for governor of Michigan in 2010
is a possibility. What would be the highlights of your political platform?
Logic, goodwill, decency, law and order, the U.S. and state constitutions, tax
reform, welfare reform, court reform, education reform, bureaucratic
accountability, gunlaw reform, hunting regulation reform. Michigan, like so
many other states, has gone off course and it is time for common sense to take