Ted Nugent: 'I Don't Write New Music, I Unleash It'

"I never, ever get tired of unleashing my masterpieces," says the Motor City Madman.

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Infamous axeman Ted Nugent recently gave another interview to further establish his Motor City Madman reputation, discussing the current state of affairs in his musical career, as well as some of the future plans.

During a chat with the Guitar World, Nugent initially focused on his current tour, saying that it brings the fans nothing gut "unrepentant brutality from a gang of murderous rhythm & blues maniacs" creating "the most intense, ferocious and tightest R&B&R&R anywhere anytime."

"My guys are so good, it's stupid," the guitarist said. "We are the last of James Brown's illegitimate mongrels and damn proud of it. If I wasn't me, I'd definitely go see me."

Uncle Ted then switched to future plans. When asked about the lack of fresh albums and the fact that his latest studio effort, 2007's "Love Grenade," dropped almost six years ago, the axeman confirmed the group's plans for an early 2014 new record release. It was already reported that the Nuge is set to hit the studio back in March, so it looks like everything is going according to plan.

"I don't necessarily 'write' new music as much as I unleash it," he said. "I jam on any one of my amazing guitars every day, and wonderfully adventurous patterns come forth that are as fresh and raw and primal and fun as any from my youth. I am a very, very lucky guitar player. So yes! I have a wad of killer new songs we can't wait to capture and record ASAP, we hope in early 2014."

Nugent was also asked on whether he ever gets tired of playing "Cat Scratch Fever," one of his staple hit numbers. As expected, it would seem there is no such thing as rocking too much for Mr. Nuge.

"I never, ever get tired of unleashing my masterpieces," the guitarist immodestly said. "My band will tell you there simply are no other songs that are as much fun as mine to rock out. Being so very wise to totally escape the sonic bombast of my killer music for extended hunting seasons each year forever, my soul and ears are virtually cleansed of the outrage, so when its time to tour each summer, I literally cannot wait to play these amazing songs."

Interestingly enough, the interview even reached the subject of a potential Damn Yankees reunion, with Nugent being very open for such an idea. "I hope to hell we can!," he said. "Killer guys, killer band, killer songs, killer music, killer fun! Those guys deserve me."

The latest Ted Nugent studio effort, "Love Grenade," saw its release back in September 2007, marking thirteenth record in the Nuge catalogue. After selling 3,600 copies during the first week in the US, it debuted at No. 186 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    wow... humble guy...
    This guy is in a serious state of denial regarding his songwriting talent.....jesus....he writes songs titled "wang dang sweet poontang" & "wango tango".....
    If he keeps going in the same direction he'll soon be talking about himself in the 3rd person...
    Well, I do prefer him unleashing his music, rather than his political bullshit.
    The joke, in case you missed it, is that all 4 are batshit crazy.
    Yeah but Billy Joe pbbly wasn't the best pick. Guys like Axl Rose and Gene Simmons have been riding the crazy train for way longer
    What exactly makes them crazy? They seem ok to me. They are as the media paints them to be.
    Alligator Dunde
    Ted - xenophobic, egocentric (as in "WELFARE SUXX DEY TUK AR JOBS!!!), also closeted racist and homophobe Courtney - also egocentric (not in the same way as Ted though), NICOTINE VALIUM VICODIN MARIJUANA (lol jk) Mustaine - same as Ted, plus conspirationist and religious fundamentalist Billy Joe - nutcase, as in "FUCKING FUCK DON'T TAKE ME AWAY FROM STAGE!!!111" Idk, they seem pretty crazy to me...
    Sleeping in
    Ted, Courtney Love, Dave Mustaine and Billy Joe should form a band... or at least meet up. The UG news would get REALLY interesting really fast.
    Replace Billy Joe with Axl Rose and then your'll have the most annoying band ever.
    I personally think Geoff Tate would be a good choice. "I don't wanna be in a band anymore" "Tough shit, Geoffy-boy! Get in our damn supergroup!"
    Dave Mustaine hasn't said anything bad lately though it's just UG keep featuring him every day.
    It annoys me that unpopular comments are deleted now. I want to see the source of these bitch fights!
    Guys who cares. Regardless he can probably play guitar and hunt better than all of us.
    Not even slightly...And even if he was any good it wouldn't really matter because with an ego that big he can't even distinguish good songs from bad ones, since everything he puts out is beautiful and flawless in his eyes. He could make a song just using the word excrement and no rythmn, and it would still be a masterpiece to him since he made it.
    Everything he said sounds like it could've fitted in Spinal Tap, or something similar.
    I'm happy I ignore the dumb politics of conservative/liberal musicians so I can just focus on the music. It goes without saying he is a great guitarist/live performer, but his catalogue of songs wouldn't support his great view of himself.
    You have to read this article with the mental note that this same guy released a song called "I Love My BBQ."
    Ted is a silly man but his albums from the 70's are ****ing killer. "Free-for-All" has one of my favorite guitar sounds ever.
    I'm not talking about his music. Whenever I hear or read anything about Ted Nugent these days only one word comes to mind... "Stupid".
    Ted's always been a self obsessed egomaniac...it's part of his act. At least in the late 70's his rants were funny instead of political (check out "Double Live Gonzo").
    You guys are hilarious. Trolled by an old rock star geezer. Its a schtick.
    I've been playing guitar, bass and drums for 9 years now and I have never heard one Ted Nugget song. Got to look him up on wiki... or maybe better not.
    Alligator Dunde
    His music is ok. Hard rock, riffing, soloing, riffing, some singing... did I mention riffing? His views on politics though...
    His views on politics are awesome. I wish he would run for president. I'd vote for him.
    Eh, at least he doesn't hate his music. I appreciate any artist that stands behind their work 100%. Still think the guy is a douche, but gotta admire his spirit.
    I still have yet to be impressed by this guy.
    You need to see him in concert. His music live is different than on records... incredible energy and adrenaline.
    I have friends that have seen Ted live (not by choice, he was opening for bands that had more than two hits) and said all his shows are are profanity-laced and racist political rants. I'll pass on seeing this bag of d*cks live. I've already had the displeasure of meeting him in person.
    I only saw one show (about a year ago) and never noticed that. I tend to hold judgment until I experience something first-hand rather than what others say.
    What did he say that was racist? He is ALWAYS crediting Black musicians! To the point where he has reffered to himself as SEMI Caucasian 2 hits? B****H please LOL! The dude is 1 amazing guitarist. The whole "I'm awesome" thing is part of his shtick.
    Wow. A Ted Nugent article that isn't about his political views. Even if he does sound like a self absorbed dickwad, I'm happy he's talking about his music.
    If you're gonna rank on the guy, at least spell his name correct. It's Billie
    I believe that even Yngwie Malmsteen isn't that full of himself as Ted Nugent
    This difference is Yngwie seems to believe it. Uncle Ted's nonsense is a schtick.
    His band says his songs are the best to rock out to because if they don't he'll kick them out.
    Seems like he's really struggling with the idea that nobody cares about his outdated personality anymore.
    I would love a Damn Yankees album but at this point I can't imagine the other guys being able to put up with Uncle Ted unless he promised to keep his mouth shut.