ITN Magazine: You’re currently out doing shows on "The Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express" Tour. How have the shows been going so far?- I would like to apologize for my band being so tight and intense. We will get tighter and more intense anyway. My music has a life of its own. We are a force to reckon with. This loud outrageous R&B is too much fun.
ITN Magazine: Having such a huge catalog of music to choose from, is it difficult to put together a set list for your live show?- Not at all. We simply toss a large book into the air with the titles of all my masterpieces within it, and then shoot this airborne book with a load of 3.5" 12 gauge 00 buckshot. Any songs that don't get hit, we do not perform them. So far, every song we play is much too wonderful for words. They are all lovesongs afterall.
ITN Magazine: What do you think has been the key to your continuing success over the past decades?- Personal hygiene is the ticket, which of course is a direct result of being clean and sober for 63 years. And of course the lifetime perfect diet of the spiritual rocketfuel of pure venison certainly helps.
ITN Magazine: You've hunted all over the world, what is your most memorable hunt?- -Each year we are honored to share hunting campfires with hero warriors of the US Military and children with terrible health issues. These very special people make the fire warmer and every hunt a dream hunt.
ITN Magazine: What do you think has been the biggest challenge, musically and professionally so far in your career?- There has been a sad, even ugly culture war raging forever by people who look for the easy way out versus those of us who strive for excellence. These subhumans' rude and criminal bloodsucking has brought America down to her lowest point ever. I have fought these punks nonstop for 50 years and am fighting harder now than ever.
ITN Magazine: Your resume is extremely impressive: rockstar, reality show star, writer, and political activist. Where do you get the energy and time to do all this? Most people can’t do one of those things, let alone all of them. How are you so successful at all of them? -I am surrounded by the best of the best. My entire family, band, crew, management, production team all are the ultimate Americans, driven to be the absolute best that they can be everyday. Impossible and can't do not exist in our world.
ITN Magazine:You have seemed to accomplish everything you have ever set out to do. What’s next for Ted Nugent?- I love my life and will continue to seek higher mountains to climb, then I will hump to the summit and rejoice.
ITN Magazine: Any last comments or words of advice for our readers?- Give the world the best you got and you will probably get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.
ITN Magazine: What would be your advice to anyone, young or old who is picking up a guitar for the first time?- Learn everything by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddly, The Beatles, Stones, James Brown, Kinks, Who and all of my songs and licks. Pay ultra close attention to the feel of the grooves and grind of the songs. Then unleash your own version.
ITN Magazine: The Gibson Brydland guitar has become your trademark, its more known as a jazz guitar what was the impetuous for starting to use it and how has it contributed to your sound?- Jimmy McCarty of Mitch Ryder's band in Detroit played a Byrdland way back in the early 60s and I knew that was my weapon of choice. This amazing instruments sound capabilities are unlimited and inspiring.
ITN Magazine: You seem to be a very busy man. Do you ever get any time to stay home and relax with your family?- Do not ever feel sorry for me. I take off 6-8 months each year to basically stay home with family during my long, wonderful, soul cleansing hunting season. I still work very hard writing, producing our TV shows, conducting media interviews and participating in wonderful charity work for children and the military heroes, but I do it from home. I lead my dream life to the fullest.
ITN Magazine: When you look back on your career and you look back on the early days, what’s the most important thing you ever learned?- Discipline and the critical higher level of awareness that comes from it. My parents raised me to be conscientious, considerate and to work my ass off to be the best that I can be in everything I do. And I do.