There might not be a more polarizing figure in rock than Ted Nugent. The veteran vocalist-guitarist is never shy when it comes to offering opinions.
The Motor City Madman, who will open for Kid Rock on Saturday at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, is a music journalist’s dream.
In an email interview Nugent, 69, details what comes to mind when Green Day is mentioned, if he’ll ever run for President and the last animal he shot.
Q: It’s been more than a half-century since you’ve officially been a road dog, with more than 200 dates a year. How do you keep going when you have so much hard mileage?
A: Don’t think I fail to thank my lucky stars every day! I think we can all agree that the greatest mind of all time was Dirty Harry when he said, “A good man knows his limitations.” Of all the incredible blessings in my life, the fact that I figured out the physics of spirituality balance long ago is the most powerful determinator for my quality of life. I literally get giddy and hyperventilate in anticipation of every tour, every concert, every song, every lick. I thank God and my supporters hourly.
Q: How difficult is it for you to put a set list together considering your massive canon?
A: It’s painstaking, but because I literally love all of my killer songs, I know I can do no wrong. We rock so many nights that I’m able to switch it up often.
Q: “Damnocracy” was the most entertaining reality show ever. Is it impossible to be in a band with Sebastian Bach? How difficult was it to create and coexist with such a complicated entertainer?
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A: Ah, Sebastian. Incredible talent and nice enough guy, but short in the human resource management department. I find it heartbreaking that after all this time and all the dead bodies, that anyone can still be irresponsible enough to so foolishly abuse drugs and alcohol. I hope the very best for my friend but refuse to work with irresponsible people.
Q: Why are a healthy percentage of concerts so boring today? What happened to showmanship and just having a good time?
A: You’re clearly not coming to my shows. Performing my killer songs with this killer band. ... The classic rockers are still out there killing it every year and we have Kid Rock and the Foo Fighters carrying on.
Q: When I say Green Day, what comes to mind?
A: Killer music by killer soulful musicians, yet tragically blind to the real world around them politically.
Q: Now that it’s been nearly two years since Obama was in office, what’s your take on his administration and his place in history and how is Trump doing and will he be re-elected?
A: From Fast and Furious, to Solyndra, Acorn, Planned Parenthood scams, the federal raids on Gibson guitars, fanning the flames of racism like no other, the IRS criminal abuse power, the Obamacare lies, American blood on his hands in Benghazi, his love affair with known communists and America haters, to his soulless class warfare moves, the vile anti-American Obama Chicago politics are well known. The criminal scam artists of the Obama regime nearly dismantled the greatest quality of life in the history of mankind. ... My president is doing God’s work bringing back slowly but surely the Founding Fathers’ vision of the “We the People” experiment in self-government. I’m feeling mighty good for a change. I believe Trump is doing a phenomenal job and I salute him. God willing, we’ll have six more years to set things straight.
Q: Will you ever run for President? If so, what can we expect?
A: Not at this time. I will continue to turn up my “We the People” heat to spotlight cockroaches abusing power and engaging in the runaway criminal corruption in our government until we get it right.
Q: Will you ever retire?
A: My life is so wonderful, it’s scary — so I will continue to immerse myself in my passions and those of my loved ones. Every day I wake up I realize everything I do is illegal in France, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, California and Illinois. I’m going to do more of it.
Q: What’s the last animal you shot?
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A: I wage war on vermin to balance the ecosystem. So raccoons die every day and my beloved dogs Happy and Sadie are thrilled beyond barks.
WHAT: Ted Nugent, opening for Kid Rock
WHERE: Great Jones County Fair grandstand, 800 N. Maple St., Monticello
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday (7/21)
TICKETS: $65 track, standing-room-only, $55 amphitheater/bleachers, Greatjonescountyfair.com; free on the hillsides, bring seating
GATE ADMISSION: $10; free ages 10 and under
ARTIST’S WEBSITE: Tednugent.com