Ted Nugent stopped by the Townsquare Studios before he performed for the Show of Support event at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. Ted and I discussed guns, politics and freedom.

I've interviewed Ted a few times over the last few years, but this was the first time that I've had a chance to sit down with him in person. I can tell you that Ted is one of the nicest, most passionate people you will ever meet.

Ted really gets fired up when we start talking about the corruption that reaches to the highest levels in our government and the current furor surrounding the indictment of Governor Rick Perry. Fasten your seat belts for 'The Motor City Madman'!

Below is Ted's Press Release sent after the Show of Support Show:


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Midland, TX – Multi-platinum guitar icon TED NUGENT rocked the house this past weekend (8/17) with a bombastic set in Midland, Texas, wrapping up his summer SHUTUP&JAM! Tour, named after his latest full-length album SHUTUP&JAM! on Frontiers RecordsNUGENT was in top form for the sold-out gig, benefitting the Show of Support Memorial for our troops.

“Show of Support was honored to have Ted and his band help us kick off our campaign to construct a memorial to honor those who have fought in this Global War on Terror and also to memorialize the four heroes we lost on 11-15-12,” stated show organizer Terry Johnson. “Ted brought a message of support for all who serve, and a call out to everyone in our sold out, packed audience to stand up for America.”

Throughout the summer, NUGENT’s 35-date SHUTUP&JAM! tour has garnered glowing reviews for live performances at venues across the country and on July 19in Detroit, Nugent performed his 6,500th gig.

Here are reviews about the tour and album:

“…it was a kick-ass collection of tracks that impressed me...You just get song after song of his intensive guitar playing and probably some of the best vocals that he has done on any album.” (4 ½ out of 5 album review)

-- Rick Ecker, NEWNOISEMAGAZINE.COM, March 17, 2014

“The one and only Ted Nugent—shredder extraordinaire, multi-platinum-selling music legend, balls-to-the-wall performer—proved once again…that he is all those things and so much more, and that his stage show, musical skills and inimitable, irrepressible, outrageous style make him nothing less than a force of nature.”

--Lara Dean, FLASHWOUNDS.COM, July 23, 2014

“Together with his killer band made up of Derek St. Holmes (guitar/vocals), Greg Smith (bass) and Mick Brown (drums) Nugent infused the senses with an arsenal of material…channeling the same blues masters that inspired his own guitar prowess, while continuing to wave the flag for a love of God and country.”

--James Wood, EXAMINER.COM (Allentown, PA), June 29, 2014

NUGENT’s album, SHUTUP&JAM! marks the first all-new studio album from the Motor City Madman in seven years. The album features an epic lead vocal duet between Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar for the lead single “She’s Gone,which peaked at #2 on “Classic Rock” radio chart. "She's Gone" premiered on ULTIMATECLASSICROCK.COM (6/9), listen here: http://bit.ly/1o5E7y1. SHUTUP&JAM! is available on Amazon and iTunes. In the U.S., fans can pick up a special edition of SHUTUP&JAM!--featuring the exclusive bonus track "Johnny B. Goode Forever"--only at Best Buy (or order it online: http://bit.ly/1mUdiKF).


NUGENT has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, earshattering volume & over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, NUGENT’s no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multiplatinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to classics like “Stranglehold” (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick) and “Cat Scratch Fever” (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time), Damn Yankees chartbuster “High Enough” and cult classic “Fred Bear” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin).

NUGENT was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive. For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, TED delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A TED NUGENT show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!