Friday, July 22, 2016

10 Things You Don’t Know About Ted Nugent

Whether you refer to him as “The Nuge”, “Ted”, or “The Motor City Madman”, the one thing you can’t call Ted Nugent is timid. Though he is widely known for his influence on the American music-scene, the Detroit rockstar has made an overwhelming impact on society as well. In honor of his August 23rd performance at The Paramount, we’ve compiled a list of interesting facts you may not know about Ted Nugent.

The Lourds, Nugent’s first band, was given the opportunity to open for Diana Ross and The Supremes in 1962.  The band was given the chance after winning a local battle of the bands contest. At the time, Nugent was only 13 years old.

By the age of five, Ted Nugent had already learned how to hunt with a bow. Nugent didn’t begin learning how to play guitar until three years later. To this day, the rocker continues to specialize in bow-hunting.

On April 7th, 1968, a few days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Nugent’s band, The Amboy Dukes, were invited to play at a folk, rock and blues jam session at a small New York City club. Artists who participated in the impromptu jam session included legends such as Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, and Janis Joplin.

Ted Nugent’s hit song, “Stranglehold”, has been widely used in the media. The guitar-driven song has appeared in movies such as Dazed & Confused, Superbad, and Invincible. “Stranglehold” can also be heard in television shows, including Freaks & Geeks, Entourage, and Friday Night Lights. The eight-minute track’s famous guitar solo was also recorded in a single take.

On July 4th, 2008, the rockstar marked his 6,000th concert in his hometown of Detroit.
Aside from his hit song, “Stranglehold”, being featured on several television shows, Ted himself has guest starred on “The Simpsons” twice. Ted appeared in Season 19 and 23 of the hit Fox cartoon. During one of his appearances, Homer Simpson even endorses Ted for the Republican presidential nomination!

Ted Nugent is a national spokesperson for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E). He’s also an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“The Motor City Madman” also has his own brand of coffee. The blend, “NugeJava”, can be purchased on his website

“Uncle Ted” has been known to ride a live buffalo on-stage during his concerts. Though his buffalo-riding days are past him, Nugent’s animated character in Guitar Hero World Tour is featured riding a buffalo. His song “Stranglehold” is the longest track on the video game. 

In 2003, Ted was the host of a VH1 reality television program. “Surviving Nugent’ was a program in which city natives moved into Nugent's Michigan ranch in order to survive "backwoods" activities such as building an outhouse and skinning a boar. The reality show was a success, which led to a 2004 spinoff. 

Don't miss Ted Nugent LIVE at The Paramount this Tuesday, August 23rd at 8 pm. Tickets for are on sale now through Ticketmaster or visit us at the box office open daily from 12 noon-6 pm. Keep up with us this summer by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and signing up for our FREE online newsletter found on our website.

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