Happy Birthday Uncle Ted: Lock and Load
They don't call him the Motor City Madman for nothing. Ted Nugent, who turns 65 on December 13, may be getting long in the tooth, but he's still got the bite of a rabid pitbull and still attacks a guitar like it was a wild boar. Put simply, Nugent hasn't mellowed with age. If anything, he has become feistier and more confrontational, aiming his verbal crosshairs most directly at President Obama.
In an October 9 interview with the Associated Press, Nugent called the president a "monster in the White House" who "wouldn't qualify to drive my tour bus." And that's not even the worst potshot he's taken at the president.
Late last year at a gun trade show in Las Vegas he told Guns.com, "[Obama] is an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom, and we need to fix this as soon as possible."
Then in February, he wrote a column on WND.com, "The Ted Offensive," in which he asserted Obama is chiefly responsible for the financial setbacks suffered by African Americans. "The guy who received roughly 93 percent of black American votes, is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America," Nugent wrote. "It pains me deeply to witness this self-inflicted destructo derby. The destruction of blacks has been engineered by President Obama's party for at least the last 50 years.
"The New Deal was a raw deal, and the Great Society experiment didn't turn out to be so great after all. It has been an unmitigated disaster for black Americans. The truth is that the Democratic Party has been the engineer of the destruction of black Americans, and everyone knows it except the very people who need to know it the most – black Americans."
But the Nuge's wildest moments over the past 40 years haven't been limited to his attacks against liberals and Democrats. He has been equally impulsive and controversial whether performing on stage, hunting in the wilderness, or speaking his mind. Here are the top 11 ('cause rock 'n' roll goes to 11) loose-cannon moments that demonstrate that, regardless of what you think of his right wing, reactionary, survivalist agenda, it's hard not to be amazed and amused by the rock 'n' roll patriot who always speaks before he thinks.
11. Forget Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford riding motorcycles onstage. At various points in his career Ted Nugent has ridden a live buffalo before starting the pyrotechnics. We're assuming he didn't shoot and eat his transportation after the show.
10. Let's not forget that Nugent was performing onstage in a loincloth back in the late '70s, years before New York band Manowar took the stage as Norsemen in fur underwear and battle gear.
9. When Piers Morgan interviewed Nugent on CNN about homosexuality and gun control, Nugent went to town. He insisted he wasn't homophobic, responding he's a hetrophiliac. "That means I'm hopelessly addicted to women," he said, then added, "If you're gay, have a nice day. I don't give a rat's ass." He added he wouldn't mind if one of his kids admitted he was gay, then added, "I'm repulsed at the concept of man-on-man sex. I think it's against nature. I think it's strange as hell, but if that's what you are I love you." Of course, the discussion about banning guns was far more heated. When Morgan said, "If there aren't any guns, nobody gets shot," Nugent fired back, "and if there isn't any water nobody will drown."
"Why would you ban water?," asked Morgan, and Nugent retorted, "To stop the drownings. We want the poor, fat children to float." At the end of the interview, the Nuge whipped out his guitar and jammed an impromptu blues tune. Don’t miss this clip.
8. When questioned over the phone about Rush Limbaugh's alleged drug use, Nugent dug into Phoenix New Times reporter Martin Cizmar. "Martin, I gotta tell you. When I see you I'm going to have to slap the s--t out of you! I'll buy you a mocha, then I'll knee-cap you. Because that is so soulless. What a far-reaching fantasy."
7. "If Mitt Romney is to win, he needs at least some of the moderate vote. You are many things; you are not moderate," TV reporter Jeff Glor said to Nugent on CBS This Morning. That's all it took for the Motor City Madman to fly into a rage. "Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life," he screamed. "Call me when you meet someone who does that more than I do because that's really moderate! You know what that is? Thatls extreme!" Nugent later called Glor and apologized for flipping out, blaming his behavior on a painful kidney stone that he had removed in the emergency room immediately after the interview.