Ted Nugent’s on the hunt again — this time, maybe, for a hit.
The Motor City Madman is preparing to launch a “Love Grenade” on the world. The first single and title track from his new album, Nugent’s first of new material in five years, is being debuted this afternoon by rock station WRIF-FM (101.1). The CD will follow in August, and, in typical fashion, he’s not wanting for words to describe what he’s accomplished.
“We come from the old school of s---kicker, R&B-driven, grinding guitar lovemaster,” says Nugent, 59. “When you hear it, you’re gonna just smile, close your eyes and go, ‘Nugent!’ It’s such a classic piece of what we were brought up on ...
“It’s really a very fulfilling, gratifying giddiness if you can think way back to when you first heard (the Beatles’) ‘Paperback Writer’ or any other song you might have loved. We’re still alive and well, even as old, creepy men, stumbling towards Alzheimer’s potential. The energy level is immeasurable.”
“Love Grenade” includes several songs Nugent has been playing live in recent years, including “Still Raising Hell,” “Bridge Over Troubled Daughters” and “Funk U.” There’s also a new, 40th anniversary rendition of “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” his hit with the Amboy Dukes.
The album was co-produced by Jack Blades of Night Ranger, who’s also Nugent’s occasional partner in the band Damn Yankees. The collaboration made no small impact on the album, Nugent notes.
“I owe a lot to (Blades’) musical genius overview,” Nugent says. “He sang on a lot of stuff, played bass on three tracks. ... He was real involved.
“He could tell me, ‘Hey, Ted, it’s better when you scream instead of grunt,’ and stuff like that. If he could convince me of an alteration based on a musical point of view, I went with him. And he was dead-on almost every single time.”
Ted Nugent and Alex Winston perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (June 22nd) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $39.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www. palacenet.com.
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