Guitar-slinger Ted Nugent said the best antidote for an all-out electric-concert assault is hunting.
"It's the ultimate balance to the high-decibel velocity of a rock 'n' roll show," the Motor City Madman said during a phone call from Houston, Texas. "Hunting is where I seek solitude and peace. I get in touch with the earth, myself and the whole cycle of life."Nugent and his band - drummer Michael Cartellone, guitarist/vocalist Derek St. Holmes and bassist Michael G. - will open the Bad Company concert at the David O. McKay Events Center on the Utah Valley State College campus in Orem on Thursday, Aug. 15. The scream dream begins at 7:30 p.m.
"Hunting and rock 'n' roll are the balance of my life," Nugent, 48, said. "While I unleash my craziness with my guitar, the (bow) hunting helps me articulate my sensory awareness of what makes me a human being. Both outlets form the natural physics of my spirituality."
And he ain't joking.
Nugent was born in 1948 and in '49 was strapped to his daddy's back walking through the woods on a bow-hunting expedition.
"I was also born around the time the electric guitar was born," Nugent said. "Lonnie Mack, the Ventures and eventually the (Rolling) Stones and the Beatles were all experimenting with the electric guitar and what it could do during my youth. I began finding out what the guitar could do with this tribal thump that had been rattling in my head. I wanted to get down into the boldness of the music. And today, it's still as interesting as it was in 1955."
Since his days with the Amboy Dukes, Nugent has released 28 albums and was the No. 1 grossing tour act in the world from 1977-79. Most recently, he was one of the founders of Damn Yankees, the band that featured Styx's Tommy Shaw, Night Ranger's Jack Blades and Cartellone.
"Tommy's out with Styx right now and Jack's been doing some Night Ranger things, so that leaves me to do what I was born to do," Nugent said. "But I predict we will get back together at the beginning of December to finish what we left off in the first week of January - to make the most innovative music the Damn Yankees have ever attempted. I'm looking forward to that."
And when it comes to activism, all music aside, Nugent isn't one to be content to just mouth off from the stage.
He's the national law enforcement spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, a Michigan County deputy sheriff, the president of the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids and a member of the Michigan Year of the Family Council. In addition, Nugent tries to take ride-alongs with law enforcement officers in every town he plays.
"I've done that through my stay in Texas," he said. "It's a great seat to see how we maintain order in our large concrete jungles."
And unlike a majority of his contemporaries, Nu-gent has never taken an illegal substance in his life.
"I don't have to taste my own vomit to see how bad it is," he quipped. "I've been a member of D.A.R.E. since its inception and make tons of public appearances and speeches, and last year I did 300 radio interviews. I talk with everyone from young children to teens to adults. I mean anyone can dress up in a suit and tell people how bad drugs are, but I'm in this business which has its problems and find the people are more receptive to someone who has seen things first-hand."
Nugent is also an established in other forms of media.
Besides being the president of the Ted Nugent World Bowhunters Inc., and founder of the Ted Nugent Bowhunting School, he penned "Blood Trails: the Truth About Bowhunting" and is the editor/-publisher of "Ted Nugent's Adventure Outdoors" magazine. He also created and produced the award-winning "Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild" PBS video series and is the manager of Ted Nugent Archer's African Safari in South Africa.
On top of all that, the man has a family. His wife Shemane, whom he married in 1989, two daughters - Starr and Shasha - and sons Toby and Rocco.
"I was blessed with an incredible amount of energy," he quipped. "And I don't tour past September so I can be with my kids."