Ted Nugent is coming home, ready to rock.
Now there’s a surprise.
But the Motor City Madman, who now calls Texas home, is indeed in fine fettle as he prepares to close out his summer tour this weekend at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. He has a band he proclaims “indecent. It’s Mitch Ryder meets the Motown Funk Brothers in a drunken rage. It’s just inebriating, man.” And he has “well over a dozen ... stone cold motherf***ing songs” — including “Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead,” “I Love My Barbecue,” “I Still Believe” and “Never Stop Dreaming” — that he’s ready to unleash live and also record later this year, when he hits the studio to make his follow-up to 2007’s “Love Grenade” at producer David Zaijcek’s studio in Texas.
“I love the convenience,” explains Nugent, 61, who returned to the road this year after taking most of a year off following his 60th birthday. “I love being able to hunt in the morning, then go rock my balls off the rest of the day. It’s called balance. My spirit has never been more positive or energized.”
His spirit was tested recently, however, when Nugent pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of killing an immature and baited buck during a taping of his Outdoor Channel show “Spirit of the Wild” in February. Nugent, who did not bait the deer but rather killed it in too close proximity to a baited area, paid a $1,750 fine for violating California hunting laws.
“I did not use bait, I didn’t see any bait and nobody in our group used any bait,” says Nugent, who was hunting with others during the trip. “We were only 100 yards from an apple orchard. Is that bait? I don’t know ... I thought about fighting it and we probably could have won, but they were putting a lot of pressure on me and I pled no contest pretty much to save my buddies, who did nothing wrong, either.”
It’s not causing him to put away his bow and arrow, either. After he packs away his guitar, Nugent has a full fall of hunting planned, including his annual Ted Nugent Camp For Kids in South Dakota.
Ted Nugent and Val Halla perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $45 and $35 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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