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Ax Facts & Stats with Ted Nugent

By Dave B. Roberts (Photo courtesy/copyright Dave B. Roberts & Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release in the Fall 2011, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Ted Nugent.

My current job is:
Scaring whitefolk.

My hometown:
Detroit (but currently on duty in TX)

My current album or project is:

Former bands:
Lourds 1959-1963, Amboy Dukes 63-73, Ted Nugent eternally, Damn Yankees 1989-1993 Ted Nugent Nigerian Rebels eternally.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Bo, Chuck, Duane, Lonnie, James Burton, Ventures, Jimmy McCarty, Gatemouth Brown, everybody.

The guitars I use are:
An arsenal of Gibson Byrdlands, Les Pauls, PRSs, Taylors.

The strings and tunings I use are:
GHS, 10, 12, 15, 30, 40, 50, usually 1/2 step down.

My current rig setup consists of:
4 Peavey 6505s, 2 4x12 cans each, Peavey 50watt Classic.

The greatest invention for guitars is;

My normal songwriting process consists of:
sex sex more sex... killing innocent animals for dinner, then more sex, loud amps, full auto firepower brass rainbows, sex, dead things on the grill, loud sex.

My favorite guitar solo from our band;
"Stranglehold" on record but "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," the song improvisation nightly.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
SRV "The Sky Is Crying."

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
"Street Fighting Man" ~ Rolling Stones.

Favorite song by our band:

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:

My Career highlight thus far is;
Causing hippies much confusion, anguish & consternation.

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
Never had one.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
Glock Model 20 & 12 hi-cap mags.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
"Honky Tonk."

My first guitar was:
An unidentifiable POS acoustic with hula girls painted on it.

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was:
In Detroit on WABX @1967 "BABY PLEASE DONT GO."

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's:
That God created me to drive idiots batty.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
A T-Rex dump.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
When I heard Chuck Berry.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
Everybody knows everything.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Remain clean and sober, be the absolute best that you can be, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, learn every Chuck & Bo lick, practice like a man possessed, surround yourself with people who demand excellence, demand accounting from all biz associates.

CD(s) I'm listening to right now:
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels Greatest Hits, James Brown Live at the Apollo, Rolling Stones 12X5.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
Chuck Berry's Greatest Hits, Rolling Stones England's Newest Hit Makers, Jeff Beck Truth.

Best gig:
Every night.

Favorite junk food:
No such thing.

My biggest pet peeve:
Stinky irresponsible hippies, pimps, whores & welfare brats.

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
I use them all in perfect timing for perfect effect.

The hardest part of my job:
Controlling my enthusiasm.

What I like to do in my "off" time (hobbies):
I have no time off and have no hobbies, only passions.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
Shoot machine guns.

Previous or first day job:
Paperboy, Gas Station Attendant, Yard worker.

Right after this interview I'm going to:
unleash a torrent of animal breeding guitarnoize

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
My band.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
A Narc.

Favorite movie:
Tossup Dirty Harry & Man on Fire.

My mission in life:
Thank God for the gift of life by living each day to the best of my ability.

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
More me.

My next goal is:
More more.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
Emotional erections.

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The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be;
Sammy Hagar

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
1-for all Americans to wake up to the US Constitution and our original drive for excellence, 2-to clean out the corrupt power abusing bureaucrats in government, 3-to win the war on terror

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
Could care less.


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