Ted Nugent, the veteran rocker and a conservative political activist, has explained what keeps him motivated to make new music instead of relying on his past, referring to his hunting activities and the fact that there’s blood in his fingernails when doing the interview.
During his recent conversation with Mitch Lafon on the ‘Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon,’ the great guitarist, Ted Nugent, has opened up about the pleasures he took from hunting as a highly energetic person who reflects his energy into music production.
When asked why he just doesn’t count on his old fame and keeps coming up with new songs, Nugent criticized the question by saying it’s one of the most stupid questions ever to be directed at himself. Ted pointed out his vitality and unveiled his current lifestyle accompanied by his dear friends, bow, and arrow.
Nugent revealed that every morning and every afternoon, throughout the whole deer season, he hunts. He said he gets up before daylight every day, gets his dogs out to pee and poop, and gets his bow in the dark, sitting in a place to hunt for hours. The guitarist admitted that he is so transitioned to a spiritual being during these moments that the world ceased to exist.
The spirit firestorm of silence, stealth, and stillness is the key to his motivation, Nugent indicated. Ted said the source of inspiration of some of his songs like ‘Geronimo and Me,’ ‘Spirit of the Wild,’ ‘Fred Bear,’ and ‘Earthtones,’ came from there. He also attached his ‘big fun dirty groove noise‘ into the same source.
Here’s what Ted Nugent said when asked why does he not rely on his past in terms of music:
“Mitch, what a stupid question, I’ll give you that stupid question. It’s like an industry inquiry because you don’t believe a fucking word you just said. If you had to pick a word to describe me, and you can pick a lot of them, but I think the most accurate would be ‘alive.’ The son of a bitch is alive.
I killed a deer this morning, there’s probably still blood in my fingernails. I killed a deer this morning with my bow and arrow that I hope people can somehow grasp the dynamo spirit of the guy who plays big fun dirty groove noise leaps off amplifiers so many times he had to have two new knees and shoot Saddam Hussein in the balls with a flaming arrow on stage and screams as James Brown wishes.
That guy, every morning Mitch, and Alan, every afternoon, September, October, November, December, January, February, our deer season doesn’t end until March 1st here in Texas. I hunt every day. I get up before daylight every day.
I get the dogs, I take them out to pee and poop, I get my bow in the dark and I go from big fun dirty groove noise to Bruce Lee, samurai, Crazy Horse, Geronimo. I, so transitioned to a spiritual being, I sit there for hours and I don’t want people to go, ‘Do your songs come to you then?’ No, not at all!”
“You don’t come up with a big fun dirty groove noise when you’re really quiet, trying to hide from a deer. I’ve said this before but I’ve never met an interviewer that understood what I was saying, I think you will.
You get out of that, subconscious doesn’t describe it, not a spirit void but a spirit firestorm of silence, stealth, and stillness. By the time I’m done with that, I come into this, this isn’t a man’s cave, it’s a man’s cuckoo’s nest. I have so many guns and ammo and arrows and slingshots and I got my dog, happy stadium Coco is laying here with me right now.
I killed that deer where I sat like this with my bullet ready until he gave me the shot for a perfect kill, and I often referenced the mystical flight of the arrow, and I became one with that arrow and the world ceased to exist. All there was a tractor beam to his pump station and I disconnected and he died within four seconds.”
Nugent also mentioned his charity work as:
“My point is that I do it because it’s me. [Holding his guitar.] This might look like limited terrain that might look like a short 23-and-a-half scale guitar neck that might look like a very limited piece of geography. It’s unlimited. I’m still Lewis and Clarking this son of a bitch.
When I came in, I cleaned the blood off of my arrow. I dragged the deer in, we took it, we got it. It’s a very spiritual experience because I’m preparing it, plus, I donate tons of pure organic sacred, the best venison in the world to soup kitchens and homeless shelters and they cry when I give it to them.
Because they can get dented cans of beans and four days old bread, but they can’t get meat. And they sure as hell can’t get pure natural organic meat, which is what I dine on. So this is a very spiritual experience when you’re got in it and you’re cleaning in it for the ultimately culinary experience.
It’s a procedure that if you examine Black Lives Matter, or Antifa, or the Democrat Party, or tyrants, or Marxists, or Communists anywhere in the world. Stupid people allowed them to gain power because they don’t know where their lives come from. They think their lives might come from the tyrants. Maybe the tyrant will give you some scraps if you’re a national anthem sounds like this, ‘Man!’”
He concluded by saying:
“My point is I do it because it’s in me and I can’t wait to hear it, and feel it, and exercise it. Especially with Jason Hartless, my drummer, Greg Smith, my bass player. Again I wouldn’t be Jack Squat without these incredible virtuosos that I’ve been surrounded with all my life.
When I show these guys a new song, they listen to it and as I’m showing it to them, they come in as they played it a hundred times because they understand the pulse of my musical expression. They know it comes from Chuck and Bob, and Little Richard Motown, and James, and Wilson.”
Check out the full conversation below.