Ted Nugent Talks Hunting, Hetfield, Hagar, and Packing Heat (Among Other Things)
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Metallica frontman James Hetfield has caught some flak in the past few weeks for narrating an eight-part History Channel miniseries called The Hunt, about bear hunters in Kodiak, Alaska. Anti-hunting activists in the U.K. were so up in arms that many protested Metallica's appearance at this year's Glastonbury Festival. In such a position, it's hard to tell whether you want a guy like wildly outspoken hunting/NRA advocate Ted Nugent on your side, but during in a new interview with Yahoo Music, the Nuge comes to Hetfield's defense.
"I put James Hetfield in the positive column, definitely," Nugent says. "If he's a hunter, I salute his hunting lifestyle. And I believe he's a good, efficient, and certainly qualified and ethical hunter. Unless I hear otherwise, I give him the old Uncle Ted backstrap salute."
In addition to praising Hetfield's decision to support hunting, Nugent says he'd love to head out on hunting expedition with Metallica's frontman, but suspects Hetfield is more the stealthy, private kind of hunter.
"James has kept his position on hunting kind of undercover this whole time," Nugent says. "I know for a fact that his management has told him to keep it under wraps and not talk about it, because they might lose some record sales. Now that it came out in the open, you saw that their management was absolutely correct. But good for him for coming out and supporting the hunting lifestyle."
For much of the past year, Nugent has split his time between hunting for deer, quail, and other game on his Texas ranch and working on his first studio album in seven years, Shutup & Jam. While many of the album's songs are as many as five years old, Nugent didn't start recording the album with his team of musicians until after he had double knee replacement surgery in February.
"I saw I ain't going nowhere; I can't go nowhere," he says. "So I looked at my position and thought, 'This is the perfect time to start working on a new record.' Thank God the band were all available during my knee rehab. We set up and started rocking, the planets aligned, and we got, if not my best record, certainly one of my best records ever. So now, everything's great. Except for my knees and the government, life is perfect. And since I've replaced my knees, now I'm working on the government."
In the epic Q&A below, Yahoo Music also to the Nuge about recovering from surgery, what Independence Day means to him, the heroes of the U.S. military, the creation of his new album, how there aren't enough guns on the streets to keep citizens safe, death threats, conservatism, and how American citizens would benefit by killing and eating their own game.
[The views expressed below do not necessarily reflect the views of Yahoo]
YAHOO MUSIC: You're currently recovering from double-knee surgery. Ouch!