Nugent celebrates ‘Ted, White & Blue’Written by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Nugent has a message for Americans as they gather to pay tribute to their country and the freedoms they enjoy on the Fourth of July.
“The real job of we, the people, in this experiment of self-government is to raise hell,” he said. “Have a good time, work hard, enjoy life, but you must raise hell when you see stupidity, indecency, crime, slovenliness …”
Uncle Ted loves to raise hell. The outspoken, conservative singer-guitarist will offer advice on how to fix America’s problems in his book, “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto,” due in August.
“The ‘Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto’ is an enormous crowbar of logic upside the head of pimps and whores and welfare brats and the Obamas and the Hillarys that think those are legitimate job descriptions. Any questions? It’s pretty [expletive] simple,” Nugent said from a tour stop in Bakersfield, Calif. “The book goes on and on — again I wrote ‘Wango Tango’ and I mean it — I’m having fun here. Nobody is having more fun than I am. But my fun doesn’t involve drinking and driving or drooling or taking meth or buying meth or growing meth or smoking dope or hurting innocent people.”
That fun does include music and screen appearances. He just released a live CD and DVD, “Sweden Rocks,” and in August he’ll make his feature film debut in “Beer for My Horses,” which stars Toby Keith and Willie Nelson.
And it’s no coincidence the Detroit native will bring his Rolling Thunder Tour to DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., to celebrate Independence Day at 7:30 p.m. July 4. Tickets are $39.50 and $15. He is also scheduled to play Aug. 8 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Maumee.
“I’m a forever Michiganiac blood brother, I love my Michigan roots, I’m still the Motor City Madman, I love Detroit,” Nugent said. “I’d like to think after all these years I’m continuing what Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels taught me and that’s to play with authenticity, authority and with sincerity, with all the energy you can create.”
The Nuge’s energy level was surging when he answered a few questions for Toledo Free Press.
TFP: You offer ways the country can face its problems in “Ted, White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto.” Can you share an example?
TN: I’m celebrating that I’m just a guitar player but I’m the president of my home, and all the serious problems that plague America do not exist in my home. I can fix everything about America if we were tough enough and honest enough to control America and discipline America the way I do my home.
For example, I have no invaders — nobody is going to invade my home. The message has been sent clear: If you try to invade my home, I’ll kill you. And a lot of people go, well, that’s extreme — whatever. I live in Texas; nobody invades homes in Texas because they know they’ll get shot. Well, they invade America because they know they’re going to get a check or they’ll get their teeth fixed. I don’t have any crime in my home — none. I don’t tolerate it — zero crime. The welfare check has never showed up at my home; I wouldn’t allow it. We’re offended that someone would think we are so inept and feeble that somehow we need someone to take care of ourselves. We don’t need anyone, thank you.
And we don’t need more money thrown at us for education because when someone misspeaks or misspells or makes a mistake, we correct them. We educate each other and make up for the failure of the education system that just keeps burning money and not producing results. And gun control — we don’t need any gun control. We have perfect gun control — we control our guns.
And environmental issues — we plant thousands of trees every spring. Do you know anyone else that does? I’m just a guitar player, but I figured it out in 1969. And we recycle — we’ve been recycling since then. We don’t buy things and throw them away. We live within our means. We don’t put priorities on bling-bling and then claim we can’t pay for prescription drugs but we can buy cigarettes.
TFP: Are you thinking about running for governor of Michigan in 2010?
TN: Well, good God almighty, it’s got that bad, has it? I’m an activist, I’m a we-the-people politician from the not-so-mean streets of this great country, and I have been very successful at galvanizing like-minded good people to speak up. We’ve been slowly but surely, incrementally chipping away at stupid policy, counterproductive regulations, the reward system for bloodsuckers and the punishment for the most productive entrepreneurs in the country, so I raise as much hell as I possibly can before I go to bed at night. And I’ve been prodded quite a bit in Michigan to run for governor and surprisingly I’ve been prodded to run for governor in New Mexico as well. I will let my campaign manager, Mrs. Nugent, make that decision.
I’m going to be 60 years old; I do have a lot of stuff on my plate — I love producing our “Spirit of the Wild” TV show; I love doing the things I do like “Beer for My Horses” and the Anthony Bourdain “No Reservations” Travel Channel show; I love shooting Criss Angel through the chest with my arrow on his A&E show; I love the different charity work that I do with the children in the military; I love my music; I really enjoy writing my articles for almost 40 publications on a monthly basis and my weekly column in the Waco Tribune, the new book — I love doing all this stuff, and I think I’m making genuine progress from the we-the-people bully pulpit. Whether I run for governor or political office is going to be up to Mrs. Nugent because I would welcome the conflict it would generate, but she — and your normal person — doesn’t appreciate the vicious, hateful attacks from the left — I get a kick out of them; I think Michael Moore is precious.
God sent Michael Moore to literally embody what my critic looks, sounds and smells like, so I enjoy that. But my family doesn’t deserve the attacks, and I don’t know if they would want to put up with them or not.
TFP: “Beer for My Horses” is due out Aug. 8 in select theaters. Talk a bit about your character in the movie.
TN: My character is me. Toby Keith and I bonded very spiritually on different escapades in Afghanistan and Iraq and Kosovo; I think we’re two men who love their country and put their heart and soul into being the best they can be in their musical careers. When you salute as many flag-draped coffins as we did and spent as much heart and soul genuine time with the soldiers in the military on the ground like we did, our friendship is very special.
And when Toby and Rodney Carrington went to write this “Beer for My Horses” on a song — I provided nothing else, just a lot of laughter. If I don’t make you laugh, you’re weird. I’m a fun guy to be around, and I think Toby and I had a good time, and he saw that I’d be fun on screen. So they created this Skunk Tarver character around me, and he’s basically a sheriff’s deputy who loves his rock ‘n’ roll, carries way too many guns, has this sheriff’s badge tattooed to his chest and loves to shoot [drug-runners] in the ass with flaming arrows. Now I don’t know what’s more entertaining than that.
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