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Interview:
Ted Nugent says Detroit may be down, but it's not out
 

By GARY GRAFF
@graffonmusic, Facebook.com/Gary Graff on Music

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Ted Nugent and his family have called Texas home for quite some time. But the Motor City Madmen is coming home this weekend to rally the troops in the wake of the city of Detroit's recent bankruptcy declaration.

"What doesn't kill you makes you strong. God bless the Detroit survivors," notes Nugent, 64, an outspoken conservative pundit who blames decades of "liberal Democrats" and labor unions (big surprise, eh?) for policies and practices that led to the city's financial woes. "You can't do what they did and expect to survive. It's heartbreaking but also fortifying in some ways. It's the official notice of something we've been aware of for 40 years. The writing was on the wall.

"Maybe this will be the thing that ends it, once and for all. (Detroit) has to improvise, adapt and overcome. I think it can -- just hopefully it's not too late."

For his part, Nugent simply wants to tap 45 years of hard rock -- including the anniversary of his first-ever hit, "Journey to the Center of Your Mind" with the Amboy Dukes. The song is back in his set after bassist Greg Smith reminded Nugent of the anniversary, tough the guitarist says his affection for and appreciation of the song has never waned.

"Obviously everyone in the band is a fan of the music," Nugent explains. "They're all in awe of the virtuosity of my Amboy Duke musicians -- Greg Arama, who was a once-in-a-lifetime musical genius on the bass guitar, Dave Palmer, Andy Solomon, who were so light years ahead of his time. If you listen to the patterns and the way we created those guitars back then, it's an amazing, beautiful thing we created as a bunch of youngsters, and I'm glad people still want to hear it.

Nugent says he plans to take the band -- which also includes longtime on-again, off-again singer-guitarist Derek St. Holmes -- into the studio during February to record a new album, his first of new material since 2007's "Love Grenade."

Ted Nugent, Tesla and Laura Wilde perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $20-$49.50 pavilion, $20 lawn with a $60 four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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