Ed Roman & Ted Nugent 1985
(That's Rick Derringer with his back to the Camera)
Journey to the Center of the Mind - 1969 (Press Arrow to Play)
When I first met Ted Nugent
back in the early 70's, I was just a fan of his guitar playing.
Ted may not be the most
diplomatic person in the world, Some say he may be a little over the top
but Damn! everything I have ever heard this guy say is right on.
Readers of my site know that I can be pretty outspoken and sometimes even intimidating, When I am around Ted I am as quiet as a church mouse. Why? I don't want to miss a word of what he says. The guy is downright spellbinding.
I admire him for his politics and his outspoken ways. This country needs a few more like Ted Nugent.
I can't think of anyone I would rather see as President of this Country !!
Ed Roman 1997
Myself & Ted 2006 delivering Ted's first Quicksilver Guitar.
Ted said about the Quicksilver
"He'd ride it naked into the sunset"
we got the specifications for Ted's guitar we were a little bit
surprised. Ted said he "wanted the body built from Korina with a
solid Spruce top."
The sample Quicksilver he had tried had a solid macassar ebony neck, Ted really seemed to like that so we went with it. I had expected him to order that weird Byrdland scale but he went for a 25" scale which is my personal favorite.
Ted didn't specify the built in 32 Caliber counterweight but if you look at the picture to the left you will notice a devilish smile and a red glint in his eye. I didn't do the red eye reduction for this photo because Ted as smiling an evil smile.
He said, "All I need now is a Gun with a guitar in it"
Ted Nugent has released more than 34 albums, and has sold a career total of 30 million records. He was known throughout his early career in the 1970s for using Fender amps, a large part of his signature sound.
Nugent in concert with his signature Gibson Byrdland guitar
Performing professionally since 1958, Nugent has been touring annually since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year (1967–73), 200 per year (1974–80), 150 (1981–89), 127 concerts in 1990, 162 concerts in 1991, 150 concerts in 1993, 180 in 1994, 166 in 1995, 81 in 1996, Summer Blitz '97, '98, Rock Never Stops '99, 133 concerts with KISS 2K. Nugent's 2005 plans involved a tour with country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith, whom Nugent met in Iraq while they were both performing in USO-sponsored shows for the coalition troops. Nugent toured with local Detroit musician Alex Winston during the summers of 2007 and 2008.
On July 4, 2008 at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, Ted Nugent played his 6,000th concert. Derek St. Holmes (original singer for the Ted Nugent band), Johnny Bee Badanjek (drummer for Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels), and Ted's guitar teacher from 1958 Joe Podorsek all jammed on stage with Ted for various tunes.
His first edition of The Amboy Dukes played at The Cellar, a teen dance club outside of Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois, starting in late 1965, while Nugent was a student at St. Viator High School. The Cellar's "house band" at the time had been the Shadows of Knight, although the Amboy Dukes eventually became a staple until the club's closing.
The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind," which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer. Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, claims to this day he did not realize this song was about drug use. The Amboy Dukes (1967), Journey to the Center of the Mind (1968) and Migration (1969) — all recorded on the Mainstream label — sold moderately well.
After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973, Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild. The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo") established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes. Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes.
Ted Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009. The psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The Dukes also played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years.
Main article: Ted Nugent discography
Nugent dropped the Amboy Dukes band name for good in 1975, and signed to Epic Records. Derek St. Holmes (guitar, vocals), Rob Grange (bass) and Clifford Davies (drums) were the primary additional band members for his classic 1970s multi-platinum albums: Ted Nugent (1975), Free-for-All (1976) and Cat Scratch Fever (1977). These albums produced the popular radio anthems "Hey Baby," "Stranglehold," "Dog Eat Dog" and "Cat Scratch Fever." It was during these three years that Nugent truly emerged as a guitar hero to thousands of young hard rock fans, many of whom were unaware of his lengthy apprenticeship with the Amboy Dukes. This band lineup toured extensively, also releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo!, until its breakup in 1978 when St. Holmes and Grange departed. St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Huhn and Grange by Dave Kiswiney. Davies finally left around 1982 after staying on to record Weekend Warriors (1978), State of Shock (1979), Scream Dream (1980) and Intensities in 10 Cities (1981).
On July 8, 1979, Ted was on the rock radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour. This was the original broadcast of Ted's performance of Live at Hammersmith '79 which had been recorded during the second set of a sold-out night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. An album of this program, however, was not released until 1997.
During this era, Nugent was notable for his frequent declarations that he did not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco or marijuana. In an interview for VH1's Behind The Music, Nugent said this was due to his father having sternly reprimanded him when he came home smelling of alcohol after a night of drinking. This was an unusual stance for a major rock performer of the 1970s, and Nugent has been cited as an important early influence on the straight edge movement, which disavows drinking and recreational drug use.
Nugent has been praised for his playing style, and is cited as an influence by many other hard rock and heavy metal musicians. Nugent has cited his own musical influences as Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Jimmy Page, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, The Animals, Little Richard, MC5, Frank Zappa, and Muddy Waters.
During the period of 1982-86, Nugent released a series of moderately successful solo albums. Near the end of the 1980s, he formed the supergroup Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades (bass/vocals, formerly of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals, formerly of Styx) and Michael Cartellone (drums/vocals). Damn Yankees (1990) was a hit, selling 5 million albums, thanks in no small part to the smash hit power ballad "High Enough". The video for this song featured Nugent in a priest's collar, and later in a zebra-striped cape during the guitar solo. It also saw the first appearance of his famous 'WhackMaster' hat.
Back to solo
Returning to a solo career, Nugent released Spirit of the Wild in 1995, his best-reviewed album in quite some time. This album also marked the return of Derek St. Holmes to Nugent's studio band. A series of archival releases also came out in the 1990s, keeping Nugent's name in the national consciousness. He also began hosting a radio show in Detroit and took ownership in several hunting-related businesses. He created TV shows for several networks; Wanted: Ted or Alive on Versus, Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild on PBS and The Outdoor Channel, as well as Surviving Nugent and Supergroup-Damnocracy on VH1. In 2006, Nugent was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
Ted Nugent appears on David Crowder Band's 2007 release, Remedy, playing guitar on the song "We Won't Be Quiet".
Nugent announced his "Trample the weak, hurdle the dead" tour on April 21, 2010. Tour dates are still being finalized.
Nugent starred in his own outdoors television show named after his popular song "Spirit of the Wild". The song was the theme music to the TV series in which Nugent took viewers on a variety of wild game hunts using his bow. In the series he teaches and advises hunters and "hands-on" conservationists around the world on the different aspects of hunting and politics, and informs the public on the importance of getting children away from the TV and video games and getting them out beyond the pavement in order to better their lives.
In 2003, he was host of the VH1 reality television program called Surviving Nugent in which city dwellers such as model Tila Tequila moved to Nugent's Michigan ranch in order to survive such "backwoods" activities as building an outhouse and skinning a boar. The success of the two-hour show spawned a four-part miniseries in 2004 entitled Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments. This time it was filmed on Nugent's ranch in China Spring, Texas. During filming, Nugent injured himself with a chainsaw, requiring 44 stitches and a leg brace.
In 2003, Nugent was a guest on the VH1 program Forever Wild, hosted by Sebastian Bach (former lead vocalist for the band Skid Row). They shot some firearms and walked around Nugent's cabin in the woods.
In 2005, Nugent was the host of a reality-type show entitled Wanted: Ted or Alive on OLN (now the sports channel 'Versus') where contestants competed for money as well as for opportunities to go hunting with "Uncle Ted." The contestants had to kill and clean their own food to survive.
In 2006, he appeared on VH1's reality show SuperGroup, with Scott Ian (Anthrax, guitar), Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard, bass), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row, vocals) and Jason Bonham (Bonham, UFO, Foreigner, drums). The name of the supergroup was originally FIST but later was changed to Damnocracy. Bach had lobbied for the name Savage Animal. Captured on film by VH1 was a rare Nugent duet with guitar phenom Joe Bonamassa at the Sand Dollar Blues Room for a 45-minute blues jam.
In 2008, Nugent appeared in a fourth season episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
He starred in another reality show for CMT in August 2009. The show, entitled Runnin' Wild ... From Ted Nugent, featured Nugent instructing competitors in the art of survival; the competitors had to use those skills in challenges in which they were hunted down by Nugent.
Also in 2009, he played guitar at The Alamo for a Tax Day Tea Party hosted by Glenn Beck and Fox News. Most notable in his set was a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in which he used alternate picking and whammy bar effects. The clip and sound bite of this is played extensively on Fox News as well as on The Glenn Beck Program.
In 1986, he guest starred in an episode of the hit television show Miami Vice entitled "Definitely Miami." Nugent played a villain. His song "Angry Young Man" was featured in the episode. His song "Little Miss Dangerous" was also featured on a Miami Vice episode of the same name, although he did not appear in the episode.
In 1990 he guest starred in the Canadian film Heavy Metal Summer. It was shown on cable channels in the US as State Park.
In 2001, Nugent appeared as himself in a third season episode of That '70s Show entitled "Backstage Pass." Donna Pinciotti (Laura Prepon), who works for radio station WFPP, obtains tickets to the upcoming Ted Nugent concert for the entire gang. Following the concert, her boss Max (Howard Hesseman) gives Donna a backstage pass to meet Nugent, where he volunteers to sit for an interview. Meanwhile, Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) and Fez (Wilmer Valderama) try to sell unauthorized concert t-shirts accidentally spelled Tad Nugent.
Nugent made a guest appearance on the cult television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, in the episode "Gee Whiz," on Adult Swim. Locals believe to have seen the face of Jesus in a billboard, and they mention how it looks like Ted Nugent. Throughout the episode they think it's Jesus' face, but at the end they discover it was in fact Nugent's. He proceeds to shoot a flaming explosive arrow at Carl (mistaking him for a "varmint").
In 2007, Ted Nugent appeared in the music video for Nickelback's "Rockstar", and in 2008 he played a key role in the Toby Keith movie Beer For My Horses as the quiet deputy, named Skunk.
Other media appearances
Attracting attention for his outspoken statements on issues ranging from guns to biodiversity, Nugent has been a regular guest on such programs as Larry King Live, The Howard Stern Show, and Politically Incorrect.
In 1991. Ted guest starred on the PBS science show Newton's Apple in a short comedic feature called "Science of the Rich and Famous" in which he demonstrates and explains the phenomenon of electric guitar feedback.
On March 13, 2007, Nugent was interviewed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed the songs "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Rawdogs and Warhogs."
In 2007, Ted debated The Simpsons producer Sam Simon on the Howard Stern Show about the ethics of hunting animals. Coincidentally, he would later lend his voice to an over-the-phone appearance in the season 19 episode of The Simpsons, "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", where, in a humorous jab at his political stance, inmate Dwight picks up his call for voting no to the fictional Proposition 87, which bans crossbows in public schools.
Also in 2008, Nugent appeared on the Memphis-based The Political Cesspool, a radio talk show known for its "pro-white" views.
Nugent was featured in MTV's "Cribs: Gods of Rock" episode.
On April 15, 2009, Nugent appeared onstage with his guitar in San Antonio as part of Glenn Beck's coverage of the Tax Day Tea Party protests on the Fox News Channel. He hosted the show with Glenn Beck, and played music for the protestors at the Alamo.
Nugent makes an appearance in Guitar Hero: World Tour As part of the solo guitar career, the player engages in a guitar duel with Nugent, after which the song "Stranglehold" is unlocked and Dirty Nuge becomes available as a playable character. Ted was on The Alex Jones Show July 30, 2008 talking about his new book "Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" (2008) and on July 9, 2010 Ted was again interviewed by Alex Jones and he criticized the latest policies issued by the Obama Administration and the Supreme Court concerning Gun restricting policies, that rejecting the idea of Self-defense that is expressed in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which Ted named them as "Gun Control" policies that are most likely to destroy the American society as was in every society in human history (100% according to Nugent).
Ted Nugent was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Palatine, Illinois as a teenager. Ted has two brothers; John Nugent and Jeffrey "Jeff" Nugent. Jeff is a former chief executive for Revlon. Nugent has mentioned his ties with the Christian faith many times during interviews, and has stated that he regularly attends church. He attended Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He was married to his first wife, Sandra Jezowski, from 1970 to 1979. They had three children; daughter Sasha Nugent, daughter Starr Nugent, and son Theodore Tobias "Toby" Nugent. Sandra died in a car crash in 1982. In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference between him and Massa, Nugent could not marry her, so he joined Massa's parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the "100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock".
His second marriage was to Shemane Deziel, whom he met while a guest on Detroit's WLLZ-FM, where she was a member of the news staff. They married on January 21, 1989 and remain married to the present day. They have a son together, Rocco Winchester Nugent, and a daughter, Chantal Nugent.
In 2005 Nugent was involved in a legal battle for not paying enough child support for a child he had out of wedlock in 1995. It was finally resolved when Nugent was ordered to pay $3,500 a month to the mother of the 10-year-old son named Christian Taylor whom Nugent has allegedly never met.
In the late 1990s, Nugent began writing for various magazines. He has written for more than 20 publications and is the author of New York Times Best Seller God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll (July 2000), Kill It and Grill It (2002) (co-authored with his wife, Shemane), BloodTrails II: The Truth About Bowhunting (2004), and "Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" (2008).
In 1996 Ted joined the WWBR-FM air staff. The Ted Nugent Morning Show on 102.7 FM in Detroit was a success. Ted and his co-host Steve Black (now host of the syndicated radio show Chop Shop and Chop Shop Classic) often shocked Detroit with their opinions, and Nugent's unique method of delivering his ideas.
In May 2005, Nugent said he was "getting real close to deciding to run" for governor of Michigan. On August 4, 2005, CNN reported that Nugent had decided to not run in 2006 but was keeping his options open for 2010. Nugent also was rumored to be under consideration by the Illinois Republican Party as its candidate in that state's 2004 Senate race, given his Palatine roots. Ted and his family now live in Crawford, Texas, a small town west of Waco, Texas, which is also the location of former U.S. President George W. Bush's ranch. He was a weekly contributor to the local newspaper, the Waco Tribune-Herald until 2009. In July 2008, Nugent reiterated his desire, saying "I was serious when I threatened to run for office in the past if I cannot find a candidate who respects the U.S. Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights." He has been a special deputy sheriff in Lake County, Michigan, since 1982 and he also has been a reserve deputy constable in McLennan County, Texas.
Nugent is a fan of the Detroit Pistons. He wore a Pistons shirt in the Damn Yankees music video for "Come Again".
Nugent also suffers from hearing loss. A November 2005 Rolling Stone article noted Nugent, among others, has publicly acknowledged hearing problems. "The ear's not too good, especially with background noise," he said in a 2007 interview. "[But] that's a small price to pay. Believe me the journey was worth it."
Philanthropy and activism
Since the early 1990s Nugent has become both popular and criticized for his conservative beliefs and his anti-drug and anti-alcohol stances. He is a national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, advocating the "natural highs" to be found in an outdoor lifestyle.
He has hosted the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids, which combines a curriculum of hands-on hunting, conservation, archery and a strong anti-drug message aimed mainly at underprivileged inner-city children. The summer non-profit program has had over 1,000 kids attend during the last decade where respect for nature, preservation, stewardship and basic archery are taught. Each session is attended by parents as well. Nugent also is a spokesman for the National Field Archery Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
An advocate of hunting and gun-ownership rights, Nugent currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Concealed carry weapon (CCW) law
Nugent is a strong advocate of the right to bear arms. When interviewed by Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith in season 5 of Texas Monthly Talks he said, "I would rather that [a victim of violent crime] in Massachusetts last month who was taking her daughter to soccer when they were carjacked by a recidivist maggot, who had been in the prison system all his life but was let out again because we feel sorry for him, maybe he had a bad childhood. Instead of her being hijacked and murdered, I'd rather she just shot the bastard dead... But in Massachusetts, somebody decided she can't do that. So she's dead. I would rather she was alive and the carjacker was dead... I'm weird."
He has also been quoted as saying that the second amendment is the only gun license or carry permit any law abiding citizen should need.
Conflicts with animal rights groups
Nugent once said in an interview, “I’m stymied to come up with anything funnier than people who think animals have rights. Just stick an arrow through their lungs.” In 2000, Bhaskar Sinha was jailed briefly following an incident outside a department store in San Francisco in which he threatened and physically assaulted Nugent, who in turn took Sinha into custody until San Francisco Police arrived and arrested the protester. However, protesters claim that Nugent started the altercation by spitting in one of the protester's faces when he was offered an anti-fur flyer, although police on the scene did not witness such an action.
Nugent has reported receiving death threats against him and his family from animal rights activists. On the Penn & Teller's Bullshit! episode about People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Nugent claimed, "We've got reports and files with law enforcement across America where left-wing animal rights extremists are on record threatening to kill my children on the way to school because we eat pheasant." In 2006 he stated in an interview that "anyone who thinks hunting is terrible can kiss my ass."
In a 1992 radio interview, Nugent referred to Heidi Prescott of the Fund for Animals as a "worthless whore" and a "shallow slut," asking "who needs to club a seal, when you can club Heidi?" He was ordered by a court to pay Prescott $75,000.00
Nugent owns a hunting ranch near Jackson, Michigan, called Sunrize Acres. Anti-hunters claim this fenced facility offers "canned" hunts. Nugent has said, "I understand the criticism from those who say canned hunting violates the ethic of fair chase," though he still operates the facility, and refers to it as "high fence hunting". Nugent was recently interviewed by Field & Stream magazine regarding "canned" hunts. At Sunrize Acres he personally guides customers on a hunt for trophy bull bison ($5,000), Russian boar, or white-tailed deer ($1,000 each).
In September 2009, Ted Nugent embarked on a hunt near Somerset, CA. He was accompanied by a guide and a cameraman, filming for his Outdoor Channel show "Spirit of the Wild." The video taken appeared in an episode of the show first broadcast on February 9, 2010. California Fish and Game wardens who watched the broadcast noticed that it showed Nugent killing a very young buck which had been attracted by commercial bait. Both the killing of such a young deer and the use of bait are crimes under California state law. On August 13, 2010, Nugent pled no contest in Yuba County to two misdemeanors: illegally baiting a deer, and failing to have a deer tag signed by a government official after a kill. He was fined USD$1,750 by the court.
The band Goldfinger has made a song called "FTN", which is critical of Ted Nugent.
When asked by Imagineer magazine in a 2010 interview about what he would do if elected to political office, he said: "Slash the living hell out of the waste and corruption and the outrageous army of do-nothing bureaucrats. I would fire every government worker whose job I would deem to be redundant and wasteful. No able-bodied human being would ever get a handout again."
According to an interview in The Independent he "considers homosexuality morally wrong" and is an outspoken supporter of the Republican Party and the United States military. As a reward for entertaining US troops in Iraq in 2004, he visited Saddam Hussein's war room. "It was a glorious moment. It looked like something out of Star Wars. I saw his gold toilet. I shit in his bidet." Nugent also said: "Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them."
At an Anaheim, California concert on August 21, 2007, Nugent's description of trips to New York and Chicago, and the conversations he purported to have with the senators are in keeping with his trademark views, as Nugent went on to describe similar incidents and invitations to "suck on his machine gun" with other prominent Democrats, such as Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Closer to home, Nugent has been extremely critical of two-term Democratic Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, frequently interjecting "Jennifer Granholm, kiss my ass" into concert songs, and shooting an arrow at her likeness. In a 2006 interview, when Nugent briefly considered a run for Governor, he stated that Granholm "is not doing an ugly job, but as the perfect woman, she is scrotumless." In 2007, he again talked about running for Michigan Governor in 2010, though it never materialized. At the time, he stated, "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.
Despite giving previous support for Republican candidates, he thought John McCain "to be catering to a growing segment of soulless Americans who care less what they can do for their country, but whine louder and louder about what their country must do for them. That is both un-American and pathetic."
Nugent was initially scheduled to speak at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally on August 28, 2010, but subsequently cancelled.
Adolph Hitler, Fidel Castro, Moamar Qaddafi
& George Stalin
all agree on one thing!!
Gun Control Works!
Do you agree with them?
Ed Roman & Ted Nugent say No!!
to any kind of gun control
"If Ted Nugent ran for President, I would vote
for him in a heartbeat."
"And most of the evils of society can, in fact, be cured through information. We have a society that has been disinformed and based on the disinformation has made irrational choices. And that's what I mean by 'ignorance. " People, who ordinarily might be smart, are deprived of the data by which to make a rational decision, don't have the data to do it."
Wisdom From "The Nuge"
Sent In By Dean Hamack, Bushido Designs
Shadowlands The White
By Ted Nugent
People, especially kids, are like mules sometimes. A gentle stroke of the mane, some sugar, and sweet talk can get them into position on occasion, but sometimes ya just gotta whack 'em upside the head with an oil-soaked two-by-four. So to speak. Ultimately, parents, teachers, and others in authority have to be creative in getting kids' attention. Real, hard-core attention.
Had America continued with the quality control of disciplined gun safety education as did our forefathers up through the 1960s, coupled with commonsense law enforcement and a justice system that recognizes something resembling justice, I believe we would not have to be scrambling for such apparent damage control now.
Part of this desperate need for last ditch damage control is a result of denying the gun's historical and unavoidable allure. As a boy, I nearly bought the farm through gun foolishness because, even in an actively supervised gun household, I didn't get enough cold blue ballistic action to satisfy my gunsmoke cravings.
Learning from that experience, now I know intuitively how to eliminate nearly all gun problems in America. Bold as hell statement, but read on. On one front, we would all benefit from increased family-gun recreation. The stimulating challenge that is marksmanship discipline would go a long way in bringing families together for more intense quality time. In my opinion, there are no better alternatives.
Movies suck for the most part. Television is a subterranean land of bottom feeders. Spectator sports are just that-not something to do-but rather something to watch others do. There is no place in America where gun sports aren't available to enjoy. From open state and federal lands, to county gun clubs and public shooting ranges, and of course on the ever loving family farm, no one is more than an hour's drive from a good shoot fest. And with all the proper shoot procedures hammered home, nary an accident can be expected.
Examine the last ten thousand gun headlines in major daily newspapers across the land. Not one of them occurred on anything resembling a gun range or on a legal gun-outing. They all happened downtown by some paroled puke.
Meanwhile, millions upon millions of law-abiding American families are out shooting skeet and trap, hunting, and plinking every weekend all over America, with nary a negligent discharge, injury, or accident to be found.
One of the great joys of shooting with the tribe is that a higher level of awareness, a conscientious discipline, becomes ingrained, appreciated, celebrated. It's a source of great pride that follows through into all aspects of family and individual life. For all practical purposes, Sergeant York can be cloned with a minimum of effort.
Through gun sports kids learn the fundamentals for improved excellence in the classroom-like concentration and discipline-as well as for the playground (muscle-control), against peer pressure, and beyond. Rules are cool and details are fun.
Quality of life comes from self-discipline augmented with parental and authoritative discipline. That's supervised family shooting fun in a nutshell. That is all well and good for those inclined to familiarize themselves with firearms and their inherent joys under supervised conditions in current gun families. But the big question is how do we introduce those young people to Gun Reality 101 who would not otherwise likely be exposed to firearms in a knowledgeable and responsible fashion?
I'll tell you how. Enter "The White Room." Implemented into all public and private schools' mainstream curriculum would be Ballistics 101, from K through 12th grade. We would find, cultivate, and train law enforcement officers, retired military personnel, even qualified volunteers, who can communicate in a proven effective manner and style to each age group.
At the outset of each school year-just a single day would suffice-this expert would enter the classroom in uniform with an uppity, confident, even buoyant spirit and attitude, carrying a .357 magnum sidearm and a .223 military long arm. Always smiling, but serious and direct nonetheless, our expert would address the children in a friendly, workman-like tone and demeanor and explain how "we are going to learn about guns today." Holding up an array of different rifle and handgun cartridges, he would cross reference each to an accompanying colorful, large, easy-to-read chart, explaining relative velocities and kinetic energies in clearly understandable terms. For example, a baseball and hockey puck's feet-per-second speed in comparison to his .357 and .223 rounds. Ballistic gelatin marked with the corresponding bullet destruction could be fondled and examined. Various cartridges could be passed around the classroom and questions and answers would follow. We would encourage kids to share their own shooting experiences such as a father's preferred deer hunting round or their own personal experience plinking with a .22.
The official in charge could then briefly outline, emphasize, and encourage supervised shooting while coming down hard on any illegal or unsafe anecdote. A video of TV shooting episodes would be shown exposing them for the folly that they are. It would be explained how thousands of rounds from fully automatic machine guns do not merely cause sparks to fly while no one seems to get hit. Then detailed, graphic photos of actual shooting victims would be reviewed in all their bloody hell as an emphatic display of real world ballistic mayhem.
Questions and answers would resume. Now here's the good part. Enter the never to be forgotten "White Room." The children would be led into a properly constructed prefab shooting range chamber with all white walls, ceiling and floor, with a nice white table at the far end. On the white table would sit six all-white gallon cans of tomato juice with yellow smiley faces on them.
The kids would be seated and provided ear and eye protection
The instructor would then put on his ears and eyes, look squarely and sternly into the faces of the children, slam back the bolt of his AR-15 with the muzzle pointing back at the juice cans. He would then speak in a loud, clear voice, saying, "Pay very close attention, please." At which point he would level the .223 and in a smooth, rapid succession, commence to annihilate three cans in a shower of exploding red juice, splashing violently all over the pretty white walls, table, ceiling and floor, himself, and even some of those in attendance. Slinging the long arm onto his shoulder, our shooter would then unholster his sidearm and do the same to the remaining three cans with the same dynamic results. Holstering his handgun, he then would turn to face the roomful of stunned kids, fold his arms across his chest, and allow blatant facts to permeate and stain the psyche and souls of everyone there.
For the next few moments, the kids would confront the scene and the silence for maximum absorption. I promise you, not one of these children would ever touch a firearm without proper supervision. The common sense follow up to this bold, brave lesson would be to send home to parents common sense recommendations on gun safety and information on where to go for shooting lessons so that kids' natural interest and fascination with guns could be channeled in a constructive way.
I am convinced that not only would this powerful experience forcefully deter the misuse of firearms, but, also of equal importance, it would lay the groundwork for an explosion in gun sales and growth in the firearm's industry, perpetuating a dynamic upgrade in responsible firearm ownership. The ultimate result of all this would create a heretofore unprecedented positive voting voice for law-abiding gun owners everywhere. And of course with this increased level of awareness, would come a louder voice for better enforcement of existing gun laws and the elimination of counterproductive laws as well. Simply stated, once "we the people" get more involved, the bureaucrats would scramble to better understand us and, therefore, better represent us. In the absence of sense, nonsense runs amok.
Ted Nugent is the Author of Blood Trails: The Truth about Bow hunting 1990 and Ted Nugent: God, Guns & Rock-n-Roll Regnery Publishing, July 2000. He lectures throughout the country to American youth promoting individualism through outdoor sports and conservation. and has created an educational teleconferencing program with school systems across the nation. Nugent has served on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association since 1995 and is a spokesman for the National Field Archers Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) law enforcement program
And Oh Yeah, He's my Hero!!!!!
Ted Nugent, Lindsey Star Roman & Ed Roman
Ted Nugent for President!!
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"Some Pearls of Wisdom From the Nuge"
With some commentary from Ed Roman
Ted Nugent has a big mouth. And he's proud of it.
"I will not be shy," the Motor City Madman said recently from his ranch in Michigan. "I am an American man. There is a job to be done. And if I hurt someone's feelings in the process, who cares? Feelings aren't important, quality of life is."
Nugent, 53, is an anomaly in the left-leaning music industry by being about as conservative as you can get. He's vehemently against drugs and alcohol, he abhors junk food, he wants everyone to speak English, and he wants to do away with welfare. And that's just the beginning.
But his most controversial stance has been on the right to bear arms. An avid hunter for most of his life, Nugent tirelessly promotes the lifestyle via any medium he can, including his television show on the Outdoor Channel, a radio show, summer camps for youth, an annual safari, books, videos, magazine articles, political forums and just about anywhere that has a microphone.
Needless to say, that hasn't made him very popular with animal rights organizations. Not that he cares. Even a damaged nerve, the result of dental work gone awry, can't stop him from sharing his views, as this interview proves.
So, has your tooth condition affected your performance?
It's made it more intense! The all-ahead, full adrenaline liftoff every night on stage is sanctuary for me. When you're surrounded with the caliber of virtuosos that I've been so privileged to collaborate with over the years, it's just an absolute sonic bombast spiritual barbecue orgy on stage every night, and I crave every delirious moment of it.
Long-standing friends who have seen me perform for 30-some years say my voice has never sounded better. (Laughs.) So I might have to find a new source of pain when the tour's over.
How did you do last hunting season?
Best hunting season of my life, and it's only going to be eclipsed by this hunting season. I put up a couple of tree stands this morning, and the deer trails at my place can only be described as motocross paths. I've never seen so many deer. In fact, I've got a letter from a biologist who studies my land every year, because I have such a spectacular ecosystem on my property . . . and he goes on to expound on how he's going to contact DNR (Department of Natural Resources), because I'm not killing enough deer on my property. And believe me, I kill lots! Last year, I killed 68 with my bow and arrow! I imagine I will break 100 this year on my property alone.
Animal rights activists don't agree that you have to control the animal population to keep a healthy ecosystem.
The truth is universally available that habitat can support so much life, and that population dynamics determine productivity. These are scientific truisms that the hunting community has always responded to before 1900. That's why Teddy Roosevelt stopped the slaughter of the buffalo and the grizzly bear. That's why we regulated the marketing of ducks for women's hat fashion. That's why we created bag limits and restrictions - because we know the science.
The animal rights activists, don't even think they have a meaningful bone in their body. They don't care about health and balance. Every time I hear the words "animal" and "rights" in the same sentence, I vow to kill 100 more of something. Every time they open their mouths, I make sure to make the point of, "Bloody your hands, because 100 of something is going to die. I'm going to kill them in your name."
I heard you speak during a hunting convention in Danville, Ill., in 1994. At the time, you said one reason hunters get a bad rap was that hunting shows on TV only show guys named Bubba who talk like hicks and wear their hats sideways. Has that perception changed ?
The Bubbas are alive and well. They're still chewing tobacco, they're still scaring women and children away from our sport. They're still editing outdoor magazines and TV shows, and they embarrass me. They are so unsophisticated, they are so rude, they are so stuck in the "Leave it to Beaver" mindset as to be embarrassing. That's why I've become so outspoken, because Bubba doesn't represent the heart and soul of the hunting community. I do. (Raises voice.) It's uppity, it's spirited, it's got a great sense of humor. We kill stuff and eat it. Get over it! We're not apologizing anymore! Your tuna salad is dead, America! Celebrate it! Kill more tuna, eat more salad, shut the f#$k up! (Laughs loudly.)
Your press agent told me she wanted the article to concentrate on music, so we'd better switch to that.
The music is all these things. My passion, my fear, my American dream, my craving, the creative force that is my music, the collaboration with these incredible virtuosos, it's the equal and fueled fire by my overall passion for a high level of awareness that is maximized in the bow hunting methodology. So the music cannot be separated from the predator awareness jihad. You can't separate the music from the hunting, it's one and the same.
Tell me about your upcoming album, "Craveman."
God help us all. I couldn't be more proud of this thing, and I attribute it to the virtuosity of Tommy Clufetos, my drummer, and Marco Mendoza, my bass player. These guys are so gifted, they drive me batty. They are such the musical challenge and inspiration, and the music on "Craveman" reflects that energy.
It's been eight years since your last studio album. What took you so long ?
Well, I'm always writin', I'm always playin', I'm always jammin'. It's just a matter of logistically getting the right team to facilitate the recording of my current musical outrage.
Can we expect the classic Nugent sound of "Wango Tango" and "Cat Scratch Fever," or Damn Yankees-style power ballads, or a different sound altogether?
You know, I never think of those terms. We just plug in and start rippin'. There's no question that the final analysis of the "Craveman" music is more intense than anything I've ever done.
You've been called many things by many people, but one thing you have never been called is shy.
Yeah, I hear ya . . . I'm alive, I demand that I am "we the people," and that this experiment of self-government is led by me and my world. I know what the intellectual, and I believe spiritual, obligation of an American citizen is, and that's to be active.
I love when the media claims I'm mouthing off. You're the ones who ask me the questions! What would I be if I didn't respond, a snob? I mouth off when I answer their questions, but when someone doesn't respond, they're a big, egotistical snob.
Gene Simmons of KISS boasts in his book, "KISS and Makeup," that he's slept with more than 4,000 women. Do you have him beat?
We don't talk about those things, because Mrs. Nugent is a great shot. (Laughs.) That era is over, and that's something I will take to my grave with me.
I see you and (wife) Shemane have a new cookbook out, "Kill it and Grill it."
Yeah, we've written a book that celebrates what we consider to be a sacred event in our daily life, and that is the eating process. We don't put junk in our bodies. No drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco, and certainly no junk food. My idea of fast food is a mallard.
The cookbook is celebrating the importance of quality control in our diet. The pandemic of obesity is symptomatic of an overall disconnect and decay of individual consciousness in America. I find it vulgar, I find it - you know, you just don't give God the finger when he blesses you with the gift of health by poisoning that health. I'm astonished that my fellow man can be so stupid as to become fat and blubberish.
When is your "MTV Cribs" show set to air?
They tell me the first part of October. I can't wait to see what they do with that. I said, "Well, you can call it a crib if you want, and I suppose when you're on parole, you do need a crib, because you need someone to hold your hand and wipe your (butt). But this is not my crib, this is actually my home."
And I made that quite clear with them, so it will remain to be seen. It should be cute, because my crib happens to be 10,000 acres of sacred swamp, and it's a little bit different than the (expletives) you will never hear from in a couple of years who have gold faucets. Bunch of misprioritized little crybabies! They make me wanna throw up!
Are you going to extend it into a regular series like "The Osbournes?"
We've got this "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild" TV show that's all across the country, but I'm incapable of doing anything remotely like "The Osbournes," because I can still talk, I can still walk, (and) my children would never swear at their parents, much less any adult, except in a time of proper response. Everything about "The Osbournes" is embarrassing and pathetic, and it's even more embarrassing and pathetic that any American would find humor and entertainment therein.
When it's all said and done, what would you like people to think of when they hear the name, "Ted Nugent?"
Well, first of all, I'd rather they didn't, but I guess I can't stop it now, because I've been a force to be reckoned with. I'm sure the people of intellect will remember me for being a positive voice for our right to keep and bear arms, our right to hunt, fish, trap and be hands-on resource stewards. That I fought diligently to reduce tax abuse and to eliminate welfare. That I was a real activist for the equality of the American dream, and that I dedicated a lot of energy and resources to children to teach them to stay away from poisons and crime. I'm sure I will be remembered for the intensity of my music.
And I'm sure that some LSD-infected, Jerry Garcia fan will go, "He killed Bambi!" And that would make me just that much happier. I cause my critics great grief, and that is my greatest joy.
OK, This Is Why I Like Ted !!!
My favorite songs he does are "Journey to the Center of the mind" " Fred Bear" "Stranglehold" his music is good, his stage presence is awesome and at 63 he's sharp as a tack.
Ted is no fool, He's as intellectual as Albert Einstein. True he's a little rough around the edges, probably because he's a rocker, and a bit of a cowboy, but I can tell he is as enlightened as they come. His intellect is awesome, I would just be happy to have his common sense.
We could all learn a real lot from Ted Nugent! This is a good, honest and decent man, He loves his wife, his children, his home, his hobbies, his guns, his guitars & his music. When I grow up I want to be just like Ted. When my kids grow up, I hope they will have the same idealistic values that Ted has.
I like Ozzy Osbourne a lot but I have to admit Ted is right about what he says. The Oz is simply not a good influence, I have listened to Ozzy since the 70's, I like what Ozzy has to say. The problem is no one can understand him. Kids today are a mess because of what they are exposed to. In my opinion, most of Ozzy's fans like him because of his outrageousness. I would bet that most of them don't know what the song "Crazy Train" is all about. (Listen To The Words They Are Very Cool)
MTV Cribs? " I don't live in a Crib I live in a house" Ted hit that one on the head! Those sniveling little Turdball MTV fags are a bunch of slimy little scumbags. MTV used to be good in the 80's, now it's a political soapbox for every rap artist ("rap artist" is an oxymoron, just like "rap music") gangsta copkiller f#$k. Gangsta, what a stupid word. Don't get me started on this s#!t. Ok Ok some of it is good but for the most part it's Crap Rap
Does anyone remember what MTV used to be?
MTV! Music Television
All Music! All the Time!
Bring the real MTV back and flush "MTV Cribs" down the Toilet
with the rest of the filthy excrement.
I love guns, I collect guns, since I have lived out here in Vegas I have been able to spend a lot more time shooting them than when I lived back east. I especially enjoy shooting at cell phones from 600 yards and getting a direct hit. I am not much at shooting animals or hunting. Personally, I would have an easier time shooting some humans I have met. I don't hunt, but I probably would, if I knew how to clean & dress the meat. I do eat meat, and I will always eat meat, so whether I'm the one pulling the trigger or I'm the one spooning on the gravy it makes absolutely no difference. (Practicing on a cell phone is good for headshots to the ear.)
Ted is right !! I don't care what uninformed animal activists have to say!
Animals don't die of old age, animals are either killed by hungry predators, hit by automobiles or as Ted does hunted as game. I am sure that Ted is humane, and responsible about what animals he kills. If no one hunted the animals, we would be over run with starving animals, who would be in the roads being hit by our cars, and in our garbage trying to get something to eat.
Ted is right !! The activists are wrong!!
If you truly cared about the animal you would thank Ted & people like him for giving a s#!t. However the public is largely uninformed, that's why large guitar companies continue to flourish because usually the public is uninformed. DON'T BUY CORPORATE GUITARS "Big corporations have ruined our country and destroyed our economy" Our Nation is a nation of retail stores selling imported crap. Our factories are shut down, other countries are not buying our products because we don't make anything anymore. WAKE UP IDIOTS !!! Support our country anyway you can. Buy American, make sure you aren't buying an American assembled guitar that was completely built in Korea or Mexico. You would be surprised to find out that many so called American Made Guitars are in fact Imported.
If Ted has an animal in his crosshairs and he wasn't 100% positive that he had a clean humane kill shot. I would bet my life, that he wouldn't take the shot., How can I be so sure of that. Because Ted is not an Asshole!!!!!.
Only a total Asshole would take a cheap shot at an animal, a wounded animal will die an unhappy painful death. Much like the death of raised ranch cattle. I am told they hit the cattle on the head, with a hard piece of steel, if it doesn't die right away they beat it to death. (No guns in a slaughterhouse).
Ted's way is a well placed bullet or an arrow will kill the animal instantly, The animal won't even hear the shot. 100% Safe, 100% Humane, 100% The only way I can think of performing an unhappy task. At least the animal was free & enjoyed it's life, at least the animal had a chance to survive.
The killing floor in the slaughterhouse is a no win situation for a corn fed cow, I myself will not eat veal because of the way they are raised & killed.
I am given to understand that they put the baby lamb in a cage so small it cannot move. I am told, the reason they do this, is so that no muscles will develop to spoil the tenderness of the meat. This type of thing makes me sick to my stomach, I will never eat veal.
I don't believe that people should wear fur. The reasoning here is a bit confusing. In reality I think fur should be used instead of chemically made fabrics. The problem is not the hunters who shoot eat and skin the animal, The problem is the scumbag bastard who traps the exotic rarer animals so that some dumb bimbo can strut around wearing a lynx coat and a baby seal hat. Consequently fur should not be worn. If nobody wore it, the vermin who deal in it, would have to find something else scummy to do. After all the only reason they do it is for money. (Maybe they could be Ebay Maggots)
I like Ted's Opinion on Fast Food
I personally hate large corporations, I will go way out of my way to try to find a small family owned restaurant that isn't some kind of a chain. I don't like the fact that these bastards use all types of fillers & chemicals to get you to buy their hydrogenated, pasteurized, homo_genized fake food. You can go to a decent small restaurant and eat a real nice lunch for less money than one of these fast food chains will rip you off for. (Speaking Of Chains)
My biggest vice is food, I love to eat, I eat too much and I look like I eat too much. Ted thinks that's gross and Ted is right !!!!
As I said, we could all learn a lot from Ted Nugent, especially me.
Ted, on Gene Simmons "KISS & Makeup" (Should be KISS & TELL)
Ted is not out to try to prove his manhood, by telling everyone how many women he slept with. More proof that Ted is not an Asshole. Ted is simply too cool, to be a fool and talk trash about his private life before he was married. He obviously loves & respects his wife, you can tell by what he says and how he says it. I respect Ted for that. Ted's wife is one in a million also. Brains, Beauty & Common Sense (Unbeatable Combination)
Ted, On Bubba:
Ted is right again, He must carefully think about everything he says because I haven't seen him wrong about anything yet. The hunting community does get a bad rap because of the tobacco chewing alcoholic Bubba types that tend to be the hunting worlds power brokers.
Ted Nugent for President
Ted With The Great White Buffalo !!!!