Ted Nugent
American musician
Ted Nugent
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American musician and terrible person. From Detroit, Michigan, he gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. He is noted for his conservative political views and his defense of hunting and gun ownership rights.
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Ted Nugent won't rule out Senate run
Fox News - 7 days
Considering running for Senate in 2018
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A Song For The President-Elect: Donald J. Twitter
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Some folks spent January 1, 2017 nursing hangovers and watching college football. I spent it writing a song about President-elect Donald J. Trump and his increasingly dangerous Twitter habit. I'm not sure that my song, Donald J. Twitter, will land me a spot on the bill with Ted Nugent and Kid Rock at Trump's upcoming inauguration, but one never knows. DONALD J. TWITTER (M. Farmer) CHORUS Hey, Kellyanne, give me my phone I'm gonna need some time alone You know I always do my best work on the shitter And I don't need Meet the Press or my own Gettysburg Address When I can climb upon my throne And get on Twitter VERSE Let's go to @realdonaldtrump Where my old brain can take a dump And talk about the issues of the day From pathetic SNL to amazing Israel When I'm on the stump Just watch me fire away You know it's anybody's guess As to when some global mess Is gonna overwhelm my short attention span Oh, but I'll be there to tweet; I've gotta give my base red m ...
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Mormons Petition To Stop Tabernacle Choir From Singing At Trump's Inauguration
Huffington Post - about 2 months
A Mormon who said his “heart sank” when he heard that the church’s beloved Tabernacle Choir will perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration has launched a petition to urge the group not to go to Washington, D.C. “I love the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The thought of this choir and Mormonism being forever associated with a man who disparages minorities, brags about his sexual control of women, encourages intolerance and traffics in hate speech and bullying, was unacceptable,” Randall Thacker said in a statement. “I immediately knew there were probably thousands of people who felt the same way, so I created the space on Change.org for like-minded Mormons and their friends to share their feelings.” About 215 of the choir’s 360 members are expected to perform at the inauguration, church officials have told The Salt Lake City Tribune. By Thursday evening, nearly 19,000 people had signed the petition, which is seeking 25,000 signatures. The petition urges the Mormon Tabernacle Choir not ...
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The Full Lineup Of Acts For Trump's Inauguration Is Finally Revealed!
Huffington Post - 2 months
Would you believe that after his very positive, love-filled campaign, Donald Trump is reportedly having trouble finding people to perform at his inauguration? But, finally, we have the list of acts, including the top from “Inception,” a very loud washing machine, and a pile of wet money! Looks like Kid Rock and Ted Nugent may not be the best acts there after all! Check out the full lineup below! function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Video by SeriouslyTV. -- This feed and its contents are t ...
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Friday Talking Points [418] -- President-Shaming Might Just Work
Huffington Post - 3 months
OK, that’s a rather unusual title, but you’ll have to wait until the talking points part of the program for us to address it. Call it “the lesson to be learned from the Carrier jobs and Donald Trump,” or the silver lining that just might be an effective tool for Democrats in the near future. First, though, we’ve got to get through the news of the week and handing out our weekly awards. President-Elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his Cabinet of Deplorables (to coin a phrase), nominating people who are either actively hostile to each department’s basic purpose in life, or laughably unqualified for any such important position. The worst examples from that first category were Trump’s pick to head the E.P.A. (a man who is currently suing the E.P.A.) and his choice of a fast-food executive to head the Labor Department (who not only will fight against minimum wage increases, but also says he likes to see “beautiful women in bikinis eating burgers”). We have to say, when Barack Ob ...
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What Being A 'Rock Star' Used To Mean, According To Sebastian Bach
Huffington Post - 3 months
Sebastian Bach ― the former lead singer of Skid Row, Broadway actor, and occasional TV star in shows such as “Gilmore Girls” and “Trailer Park Boys” ― closes his just released autobiography, 18 and Life on Skid Row, with his concerns about “rock stardom.” “The term ‘rock star’ has changed so very much from when I was a teenager,” Bach writes. “Now, guys with computer programs, hedge fund managers, athletes, and even presidents are called rock stars ... Well, it bugs me when a fucking dentist gets called a rock star. It bugs me when Kris Jenner calls Kim Kardashian a rock star. And it bugs me even more when Kanye West calls himself a rock star.” On the phone with The Huffington Post, Bach clarified that this frustration essentially comes from losing ownership over his job title. “If a real rock star calls himself a rock star, he’s a dick,” Bach said with laughter. “Other people say, ‘Well, people in bands who call themselves rock stars are just assholes.’ I’m like, what the fuck ...
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Bill O'Reilly's Brilliant Plan For Winning Minority Voters: Bring Out The O'Jays
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Donald Trump Says It's 'Almost Like Cheating' For Beyoncé To Campaign For Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 4 months
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On The Culture Front: Life And Times, The Encounter, Christine And More
Huffington Post - 5 months
What would it be like if we could actually experience what our partners are feeling? That is the question that drives the inventively conceived if thinly realized concept play "Empathitrax" by Ana Nogueira. The first fifteen-minutes fly by propelled by giddy anticipation, but like many pharmaceuticals, the high quickly flatlines and we're left with a dull sensation. There's a weariness that sets in halfway through John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen's intermittently absorbing character study "ChipandGus." The two playwrights also serve as directors and the title (and only) characters in this intimate two-hander. Almost all of the action unfolds during the course of a ping-pong game, which makes for great lively stage business. The problem is they try to cram too many dramatic peaks into a ninety-minute match resulting in forced and shallow catharsis. If instead of one match we saw scenes from dozens of matches over the decades of their friendship, then crucial information coul ...
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Gun-rights advocates urge NRA to remove Ted Nugent from board over 'anti-Semitic' outburst
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Gun owners are pressuring the National Rifle Association to boot longtime board member Ted Nugent from the organization's leadership ranks after the rock star's social media outburst that depicted prominent American Jews as the men and women "really behind gun control." Nugent, an outspoken Second...
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Gun-rights advocates urge NRA to remove Ted Nugent from board over 'anti-Semitic' outburst
Chicago Times - about 1 year
Gun owners are pressuring the National Rifle Association to boot longtime board member Ted Nugent from the organization's leadership ranks after the rock star's social media outburst that depicted prominent American Jews as the men and women "really behind gun control." Nugent, an outspoken Second...
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The Revival of the Locavore
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The diet of the modern-day "locavore" isn't a new concept, though the word only recently came about. Before society got carried away with all its glittering supermarkets and high-yielding factory farms, food was produced locally and eaten locally, with a few exceptions. But wait. What's a locavore, exactly? Is it different from an omnivore or carnivore? Translated from Latin: locus: a place, spot, or position vorare: to devour, swallow Literally, locavore translates to "one who eats only local food." This movement is rapidly growing in the United States, especially among the young professionals we used to call yuppies. Locavores often hunt (locally, of course) to have access to the foods they've grown accustomed to eating while standing by their farm-to-table beliefs and convictions. They're educated, they're concerned about sustainability, and they're really sick of social media. They are the new hunters. Championing the mov ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ted Nugent
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  • 2016
    Age 67
    In February 2016, Ted Nugent praised Ted Cruz, stating "My dream would be if Ted Cruz became president tonight.
    More Details Hide Details I really admire Ted Cruz, on many levels." Current members Former members Solo Damn Yankees
    In 2016, Nugent posted an image on his Facebook page implying that Jews were responsible for gun control.
    More Details Hide Details Nugent's antisemitic rant sparked outrage and gun owners called for his NRA resignation. Nugent, an opponent of animal rights, said in a long 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. 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 the 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."
  • 2015
    Age 66
    In a blog post published in July 2015, he praised Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and called for Trump to be given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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    In 2015, Nugent again joked about being a gay pirate, this time in the context of whether President Obama is a Christian or not.
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    In July 2015, Nugent was one of the few to defend the killing of Cecil the lion.
    More Details Hide Details Nugent owns a 340-acre 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 interviewed in October 2011 by Field & Stream magazine regarding "canned" hunts. Animal rights celebrity advocates, such as Paul McCartney, have criticized Nugent's position for hunting. Nugent once mentioned in an interview with Bill O'Reilly that McCartney went into a tirade upon mentioning Nugent's name, calling him a "coward who slaughters animals that can't shoot back". The band Goldfinger, known for their animal rights advocacy, wrote a song called "FTN", which is harshly critical of Nugent and his hunting tactics. In an interview in 1990, a few months after the release of Nelson Mandela during the negotiations to end apartheid in South Africa, Nugent stated: "apartheid isn't that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal." He described black South Africans as "a different breed of man" who "still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands".
    Nugent defended Kid Rock, a fellow rocker and hunter, when he killed a mountain lion in January 2015, calling the people who targeted Rock "braindead squawkers" and that Rock did good by keeping predator numbers low and helping the deer population, which is vital for hunting.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    In 2014, Nugent joked that if Wolf Blitzer of CNN was a journalist, then "I'm a gay pirate from Cuba".
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    Nugent clashed in 2014 with Jay Dean, then the mayor of Longview, Texas, and an incoming Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives after Dean moved to cancel Nugent's scheduled appearance at the Longview Independence Day concert.
    More Details Hide Details Dean said that he finds Nugent's music unsuitable for family-oriented audiences on July 4. Longview hence paid Nugent $16,000, half of the amount he had been promised, to drop him from the concert. Nugent in turn called Dean "racist" and "clueless, dishonest, and one of the bad guys."
    In February 2014, Nugent endorsed Greg Abbott, the Attorney General of Texas, in March 4 Republican primary election to succeed retiring Texas Governor Rick Perry.
    More Details Hide Details Abbott criticized Ted Nugent's infamous "subhuman mongrel" comment directed at President Barack Obama by saying "This is not the kind of language I would use or endorse in any way. It's time to move beyond this, and I will continue to focus on the issues that matter to Texans."
    In a January 2014 interview at a Las Vegas hunting and outdoor trade show, recorded by Guns.com, Nugent was recorded stating, "I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America".
    More Details Hide Details After being chastised by Rand Paul, Nugent apologized for his "subhuman mongrel" statement.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In a July 2013 interview with The Washington Post Nugent expressed interest in possibly running for President of the United States as a Republican in the 2016 election.
    More Details Hide Details He never sought the office.
    On February 12, 2013, Nugent attended the State of the Union address given by President Obama.
    More Details Hide Details He was the guest of U.S. Representative Steve Stockman of Texas's 36th congressional district.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    On April 17, 2012, in a Romney stump speech at the 2012 NRA Convention in St. Louis, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
    More Details Hide Details Nugent received a visit from the Secret Service for these remarks. Following these comments, commanders at Fort Knox opted not to allow him to perform at a previously scheduled event with REO Speedwagon and Styx.
    At a Republican event in February 2012, Nugent said, "The whole world sucks, but America still sucks less," followed by, "But with this administration, we are catching up."
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    In 2012, Nugent again appeared as himself on The Simpsons, on January 8 Episode "Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson," where he is nominated as a Presidential candidate for the Republican Party.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    When asked by Imagineer magazine in a 2010 interview about what he would do if elected to political office, he responded: "Slash the living hell out of the waste and corruption and the outrageous army of do-nothing bureaucrats.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    The son learned the identity of his birth father in 2010 through the daughter's quest to make contact with him and their birth parents.
    More Details Hide Details According to a news report, over the years Nugent had discussed the existence of these children with his other children.
  • 2009
    Age 60
    At a 2009 West Virginia rally sponsored in part by Massey Energy, Nugent "defended mountaintop removal mining," according to reporters on the scene. "On behalf of the Nugent family, I say, start up the bulldozers and get me some more coal, Massey," Nugent was recorded as saying.
    More Details Hide Details Nugent is an outspoken critic of Islam, which he describes as a "voodoo religion" which "believes in world domination"http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/19/muslim-mosque-teers/print/. During an interview with Piers Morgan, Nugent denied that he considered himself homophobic, saying "I’m repulsed at the concept of man-on-man sex, I think it's against nature. I think it’s strange as hell, but if that’s what you are I love you. I'm not going to judge another's morals. I say live and let live. I have friends that are gay." As a reward for entertaining U.S. 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 shat in his bidet." Nugent also said: "Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them."
    He was a weekly contributor to the newspaper, the Waco Tribune-Herald until 2009.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    On July 17, 2008, during the presidential election season and shortly before the Republican presidential nominating convention, Nugent expressed his skepticism about presumptive GOP Presidential nominee John McCain stating that McCain was "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.
    More Details Hide Details That is both un-American and pathetic."
    In July 2008, Nugent declared "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."
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  • 2007
    Age 58
    In a 2007 interview, in discussing running for governor of Michigan, he stated that Granholm "is not doing an ugly job, but as the perfect woman, she is scrotumless".
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    Nugent is a strong and vocal supporter of the U.S. Republican Party and various associated conservative causes, particularly gun rights and hunter's rights. He is known for his outspoken political statements: At a concert on August 21, 2007, Nugent made indecent and obscene comments about Democratic Party presidential aspirants Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and California's senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
    More Details Hide Details He complained, "Obama's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun." Referring to Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm (in office 2003-11), during performances he would frequently interject "Jennifer Granholm, kiss my ass" into his songs, and shoot an arrow at her likeness.
    He said in a 2007 interview: "The ear's not too good, especially with background noise, but that's a small price to pay.
    More Details Hide Details Believe me the journey was worth it." 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. In 2015, however, Nugent declared his support for the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Nugent is a strong advocate of the right to bear arms. When interviewed by Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith in season 5 of TexasMonthlyTalks he said, "I would rather that 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."
    In May 2007, Nugent criticized rap metal band Rage Against the Machine after singer Zach de la Rocha's onstage proclamation at the 2007 Coachella festival that the "current administration... should be hung and tried and shot."
    More Details Hide Details Nugent appeared on the Hannity & Colmes program on Fox News and said "We've disagreed with a lot of administrations in the past, but none of our rhetoric included threatening lives, these guys are over the top, but they're the lunatic fringe that even your average Democrat and liberal doesn't agree with. But unfortunately, nobody is silencing these guys — or not necessarily silencing, but condemning this outrageous violence that they're recommending." Critics cited this as hypocritical given his many aggressive and controversial political statements and described him as a conservative extremist.
    On March 13, 2007, Nugent was interviewed on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed the songs "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Rawdogs and Warhogs".
    More Details Hide Details 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. He made 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 Ted becomes available as a playable character. Nugent was interviewed on the The Alex Jones Show July 30, 2008 about his new book "Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" (2008). On July 9, 2010, he was again interviewed by Alex Jones and he criticized the latest policies issued by the Obama administration and the US Supreme Court concerning gun policy. He claimed that rejecting the idea of the right to self-defense being expressed in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which Nugent called "gun control" policies, is most likely to destroy the American society. Nugent also claimed similar policies were the cause of the downfall of every society in human history. Nugent appeared on the Penn and Teller: Bullshit! episode on P.E.T.A. Nugent was portrayed on January 8, 2012 episode of The Simpsons entitled "Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson".
    In 2007, Nugent debated The Simpsons producer Sam Simon on the Howard Stern Show about the ethics of hunting animals.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, Nugent 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. As part of his pre-recorded message, Nugent asks "If we outlaw crossbows in our public schools, who's going to protect our children from charging elk?".
    In 2007, 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.
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  • 2006
    Age 57
    In 2006, he appeared on VH1's reality show SuperGroup, with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Biohazard bassist Evan Seinfeld, ex-Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, and John Bonham's son Jason Bonham, who had been the drummer for Bonham, UFO, and Foreigner.
    More Details Hide Details 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 guitarist Joe Bonamassa at the Sand Dollar Blues Room for a 45-minute blues jam. He starred in another reality show for CMT in August 2009. The show, titled 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 Nugent himself hunted them down. In 2008, Nugent was a guest on the episode Southwest Road Trip Special of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, where he spoke against obesity and public health care. Also in 2009, Nugent 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 came to be played extensively on Fox News as well as on The Glenn Beck Program.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    In May 2005, he announced he was "getting real close to deciding to run" for governor of Michigan in 2006, while in 2007, he talked about running for that office in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details During the latter period, 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." Earlier, Nugent had been rumored to be under consideration by the Illinois Republican Party as its candidate in that state's 2004 Senate race, given his roots in Palatine, Illinois.
    Two years later, in 2005, Nugent hosted a reality-type show, Wanted: Ted or Alive, on what was then called the OLN, or Outdoor Life Network, before it became the NBC Sports Network of the present day.
    More Details Hide Details In Wanted: Ted or Alive, 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.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In 2003, Nugent also guested on the VH1 program Forever Wild, hosted by Sebastian Bach, former lead vocalist for the band Skid Row.
    More Details Hide Details They shot some firearms and walked around Nugent's cabin in the woods.
    In 2003, he was host of the VH1 reality television program 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.
    More Details Hide Details The success of the two-hour show spawned a four-part miniseries in 2004, titled 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 46
    Returning to a solo career, Nugent released Spirit of the Wild in 1995, his best-reviewed album in quite some time.
    More Details Hide Details The 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 on WWBR-FM ("102.7 The Bear, Detroit's Rock Animal") 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. Ted Nugent appears on David Crowder Band's 2007 release, Remedy, playing guitar on the song "We Won't Be Quiet". He announced his "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour on April 21, 2010. On March 14, 2011, Nugent released a new song, "I Still Believe", as a free download via his website to subscribers to his news letter. Nugent says of the song: "America is a target-rich environment for an independent man addicted to logic, truth and The American Way. 'I Still Believe' throttles the animal spirit of rugged individualism in pure MotorCity ultra high-energy rhythm and blues and rock and roll." In April 2011 Nugent announced that former frontman Derek St. Holmes would be joining his band for Nugent's I Still Believe Tour.
  • 1989
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have one child, son Rocco Winchester Nugent. Nugent suffers from hearing loss. A November 2005 Rolling Stone article noted Nugent, among others, has publicly acknowledged hearing problems.
    In 1989, he joined the supergroup Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades (bass/vocals, of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (guitar/vocals, of Styx) and Michael Cartellone (drums).
    More Details Hide Details Damn Yankees (1990) was a hit, going multi-platinum in the U.S., 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 'WhackMaster' hat.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 33
    During the period of 1982 - 89, Nugent released a series of moderately successful solo albums.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    This band lineup toured extensively, also releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo! (1978), until its breakup in 1978 when St. Holmes and Grange departed.
    More Details Hide Details St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Huhn and Grange by Dave Kiswiney. Davies left around 1982 after staying on to record Weekend Warriors (1978), State of Shock (1979), Scream Dream (1980) and Intensities in 10 Cities (1981). The "Intensities in 10 Cities" album includes the controversial song "Jailbait." 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 night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. An album of this program was released in 1997. During this era, Nugent was notable for his 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's having reprimanded him when he came home smelling of alcohol after a night of drinking. Nugent has been cited as an influence on the straight edge movement, which disavows drinking and recreational drug use.
  • 1975
    Age 26
    Nugent dropped the Amboy Dukes band name for good in 1975, and signed to Epic Records.
    More Details Hide Details Derek St. Holmes (guitar, vocals), Rob Grange (bass) and Clifford Davies (drums) were the primary additional band members for his 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 emerged as a guitar hero to hard rock fans, many of whom were unaware of his lengthy apprenticeship with the Amboy Dukes.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo", arranged with Rob Grange) 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. 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.
  • 1970
    Age 21
    He was married to his first wife, Sandra Jezowski, from 1970 to 1979.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children, son Theodore Tobias "Toby" Nugent and daughter Sasha Nugent. Sandra died in a car crash in 1982.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 19
    On April 5, 1968, Nugent along with a group of musicians paid tribute to Martin Luther King by having a folk, rock and blues jam session.
    More Details Hide Details Joni Mitchell played first, followed by Buddy Guy, Cactus, and Jimi Hendrix. Other musicians who participated were BB King and Al Kooper.
  • 1965
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use. The Amboy Dukes (1967), Journey to the Center of the Mind (1968), Migration and Rusty Day (1969) — all recorded on the Mainstream label — sold moderately well.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 9
    Derek St. Holmes (original singer for the Ted Nugent band), Johnny Bee Badanjek (drummer for Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels), and Nugent's guitar teacher from 1958 Joe Podorsek all jammed on stage with Nugent for various tunes.
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  • 1948
    Born
    Born on December 13, 1948.
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