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5 Things About Ted Nugent You Didn't Know

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 09:17 AM

Ted Nugent is unique in the world of hard rockers. The celebrated guitarist and vocalist, responsible for such hits as “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” is a hero to rock fans and conservatives. Hailing from Detroit, he proudly maintains his nickname, “Motor City Madman.”

Nugent has long touted his stance against drug and alcohol abuse while supporting gun owners’ rights and hunting as way to promote the natural environment. The flamboyant rocker has no problem speaking his mind but sometimes flies off-the-cuff, igniting criticism from people who don’t like his political views.

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Here are five things you might not know about Ted Nugent:

1. He had his first hit record with the Amboy Dukes — Nugent founded the Amboy Dukes in Chicago in 1964, according to KSHE 95 in St. Louis. The group took its name from the title of an Irving Shulman novel, which dealt with delinquent teenagers. The group produced the hit single “Journey to the Center of the Mind” before Nugent went out on his own.

2. Ted and fellow rocker Kid Rock were guests of President Trump — They were invited to a White House dinner and everyone at the table enjoyed talking about rock music, hunting, military strength, and Supreme Court justices, Nugent said. “It was like I was hanging out with a bunch of my rock ’n’ roll buddies or at a hunting camp,” he told the Detroit Free Press.

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3. Homer Simpson endorsed him for president — Ted Nugent appeared as a character on “The Simpsons” twice. In one episode, Homer comes out and endorses Nugent for the Republican presidential nomination.

4. He does voluntary work to fight drug abuse and support youth — Many people know about Nugent’s stand for Second Amendment rights, but he is also active in a variety of other causes. Nugent is a national spokesman for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), and he was named an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

5. He has vowed to tone down on hateful rhetoric — Nugent has been known to speak loosely when it comes to conservative opinions and attacking liberal opponents. However, the shooting that injured five people at a baseball practice for GOP congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia, affected him significantly. “I’m not going to engage in that kind of hateful rhetoric anymore,” he said on a WABC radio show, The Wrap reported.

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Ted Nugent is unique in the world of hard rockers. The celebrated guitarist and vocalist, responsible for such hits as “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” is a hero to rock fans and conservatives.
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