Ted Nugent, nicknamed The Nuge among many other pet names, was born Theodore Anthony Nugent on December 13, 1948. He is an American hard rock icon and more than your average run of the mill outdoorsman. Ted Nugent’s musical career and his personal life almost always flow in the same direction and rarely go off tangent. His vocals don’t only make dazzling arrays on stage since he’s also quite apt to demonstrate it on political arenas as well.
Life and Career
Nugent is a successful hard rock guitarist having sold a total of 30 million records in his entire career. He has played guitars as a professional beginning in 1958. He started touring in 1967 and averaged to several hundred shows and performances a year. Some performances were made with his crew and at other times he had gigs with other contemporary artists. On the fourth of July of 2008 he played in his 6,000th concert.
Many guitar greats started out in high school, and true to the course, Nugent started out early as the axe man for Amboy Dukes. The Dukes hit the club scene in late 1965 playing at The Cellar. Their first few singles were sold under the Mainstream label with songs selling fairly well.
In 1973, Ted Nugent signed a record deal with DiscReet Records, Frank Zappa’s record label, another guitar great. It only took a couple of records to release then Nugent along with the rest of the Dukes established a fan base.
If you’re a genuine child of hard rock then you wouldn’t have missed the power ballad group known as the Damn Yankees. The Nuge formed this ultra-talented group of musicians near the end of the 80’s. The band was made of former Styx guitars and vocals Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades from Night Ranger, Nugent, and Michael Cartellone. Their self titled album sold five million albums.
The Nuge isn’t only successful at working with a group but also works wonders performing on his own. He released one album after another catapulting Nugent’s career even forward. Of course, it should be expected that some of his solo albums were more successful than others. He even had songs that became radio anthems during their time. Throughout his career, he went from band to solo back to band and then off to solo again.
Politics and Civic Causes
Nugent’s vocals do not only grace the stage but also makes headways into politics and other civic causes that he participates in. You can easily tell the hardcore republican in him by simply listening to his choice of words either live or online. He is rather outspoken and is quite passionate about his views.
Ted Nugent is quite a popular advocate of conservative beliefs. He is known for taking an anti-alcohol and anti-drug stance. He serves as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education national spokesman. He is also the spokesman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and serves in the National Rifle Association’s board of directors.
Other than the organizations mentioned above, Ted Nugent also supports a plethora of other groups and institutions. To name a few, he supports the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation, Second Amendment Foundation, Sportsmen Against Hunger, Outdoor Writers Association of America, National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Sheriff’s Association, Law Enforcement Alliance of America New York City Benevolent, Laptops for the Wounded, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Gun Owners of America, Freedom’s Angels, and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.
Ted Nugent will not only be remembered as a guitarist’s hero. He is will be remembered for his outspoken conservative stand expressed openly in his writing. He supports one’s right to defend oneself and is an advocate of those who stand in the line of fire in the defense of country, friends, and loved ones.