By: Adam Tanner
LAS VEGAS (Reuters Life!) - Hard rocking singer and guitarist Ted Nugent releases "Love Grenade," the latest album in his 40-year career on September 4.
In a recent interview before a concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, he discussed his passion for music, hunting and possible interest in a future run for political office.
The use of ellipses indicates that expletives, which pepper both Nugent's conversation and concert monologue, have been removed.
Q. Will you run for governor of Michigan in the year 2010?
A. "That would be beautiful. I have a crowbar just for that job. I have threatened to do so and I was sincere. Michigan was once a great state. Michigan was a state that rewarded the entrepreneur and the most productive work ethic families of the state. Now the pimps and the whores and the welfare brats are basically the state's babies."
"I would run on the platform that if you're able bodied, move to ... Massachusetts if you're not going to work. Get ... out of my state. Every where I go in Michigan there is a help wanted sign. Give me back my ... welfare check and get a job."
"I think it is absolutely sinful, anti-American, anti-human and anti decent, the condition of Michigan today."
Q. If you are so passionate about it, will you run?
A. "I'll see what the field looks like."
"I was going to run this last time but I really thought that we have some good Republican horses in the race, and I helped them the best that I could, but they didn't get tough enough."
Q. So if the field doesn't look good, you might jump in and become a full-time politician in a few years, or not?
A. "I'll still make music and I'll still go hunting."
"I'll be a United States Marine governor. I will improvise, adapt and overcome. I'll have meetings every day from deer camp from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m."
Q. You play fewer concert dates than those days you talked about.
A. "When we were young, you could do 300 days. You know the greatest philosopher of all-times, Dirty Harry, once said it's a good man who knows his limitations. I'm not that smart, but I'm smart enough to know when I am tired."
"I do know when to shut ... up and go for the relaxation. I don't need no guru, I don't need no ... mantra, I don't need no om, I don't need dope to calm down. I've got rhythm and blues to calm down."
"Now I'm doing about 70 concerts a year, but as you will see ... there is more piss and vinegar and ... the middle finger ballet is more ferocious than its ever been."
"Plus back then I was so over the top, not to be confused with the calm gentleman I am today, I was so over the top then that you didn't have to play really good."
Q. What was it like in your younger days?
A. "Wall-to wall pussy."
Q. Every night?
A. "It was like when carp breed. You walk across the stream and they are ... splashing in the shallows, just jump in."
"It was absolutely beyond comprehension; there is no way you could possibly write it accurately."
Q. What is Ted Nugent's family life like?
A. "Peaceful, barbecue every day, a lot of school activities with my son Rocco, a lot of charity work. Rocco's 17, an all-A honor student .... I have four children."
"We live a beautiful life. We train dogs and do family stuff. We do a lot of hunting and fishing, but most of our life now is charity work."
Q. How is business going at your Michigan (hunting) business Sunrize?
A. "Here is the great thing about Ted Nugent 2008, and believe me I genuflect at the alter of humility ... God loves me more than he loves you. I have more offers to perform my music than I can accept. I have more offers to speak than I can accept. I have more offers to write than I can write. I've got more offers for TV and media than I can possibly accept. I've got more offers to jam and collaborate than I can possibly accept. Which is a great indicator of my balancing act. You know what I have mastered, and I mastered it when I met (wife) Shemane is the word 'no'. No, I don't want that extra million dollars, I'm going home to Shemane."
Q. It looks like life on Planet Ted is very good.
A. "It's ... perfect because I decide."