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Ted Nugent: We Spoke to Him Right Before That Controversial Obama Rant

See also: Ted Nugent's Still a "Special Deputy" to Sheriff Joe Arpaio (2012) See also: Ted Nugent Talks Guns, Meth, and Hippies Before NRA Convention in Phoenix (2009)

Ted Nugent doesn't need much of an introduction. To put it lightly, he's intimidating. It has nothing to do with him being so outspoken or the fear he could jokingly pull an assault rifle on me for not agreeing with his politics (which, more often than not, I don't).

It has to do with his musically prowess: he started playing guitar in 1956, inspired by the wild-man sounds of Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters, and has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. For many, he's the world's number-one guitar showman and has performed on stage more than 6,000 times, setting venue attendance records year after year, from 1977 to 2008.

Say what you will about his loud political beliefs -- and believe us, we have plenty of thoughts on his hyperbolic rants -- but come on, who doesn't appreciate the Amboy Dukes' psychedelic masterpiece "Journey to the Center of the Mind" and the raging "Cat Scratch Fever"?

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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