Legendary rocker Ted Nugent sits down with Guitar Shop TV at the Dallas Guitar Show for a chat that ranges from the Motor City Madman‘s passion for Gibson Byrdlands to a surprising statement about his commitment to non-violence.
Nugent began performing professionally in 1958 and has sold 30 million records worldwide. He first rose to fame as the lead guitarist for The Amboy Dukes before moving to Epic Records as a solo artist in the 1970s and releasing the multi-platinum albums Ted Nugent, Free-For-All and Cat Scratch Fever. At 61, Nugent is clearly still thrilled with the guitar and where it has taken him, describing jamming with greats like BB King, Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan with a true fan’s enthusiasm.
Nugent also jokes about a secret Gibson Byrdland breeding program on his ranch, shares a story about someone special that joined him onstage in Detroit on July 4th for his six thousandth concert, and waxes philosophical about the Zen path of both guitar playing and archery. Just don’t think he’s mellowed–the famously conservative guitarist also takes on “the overtly biased left media,” and “those who refuse to award excellence instead of slovenliness and excuse making.” Always fierce, funny and fiery, this is vintage Ted Nugent, no-holds-barred!