Ted Nugent is not one to keep his opinions to himself. His persona has made him a larger-than-life and polarizing media figure. Peel away the political opinions and you find the “Motor City Madman” who has been cranking out hits since his debut with The Amboy Dukes in 1967. The title of Ted’s latest album, Shut Up & Jam!, was certainly more than just an album title. It was a mission statement.
An Independence Day parade of solo-guitar versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Slash, Steve Vai, Dave Mustaine, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent and -- of course -- Jimi Hendrix.
Cute? One could certainly find better adjectives to describe Shut Up & Jam!, Ted Nugent’s first studio album in seven years. But that’s exactly how the Motor City Madman himself would describe this new collection of blues-inspired songs. Say what you will about his choice of words; it’s safe to say Nugent and his insatiable appetite for honky-tonk bastardization has never sounded better.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Everything Matters," a new song by Ted Nugent. The track is from the Nuge's new album, Shutup&Jam!, which will be released July 8 via Frontiers Records.
Ted Nugent has premiered a new song — "She's Gone" — and you can check it out below. The track, which is off Nugent's new album, SHUTUP&JAM!, features Sammy Hagar on vocals. The album will be released July 8 via Frontiers Records.
Ted Nugent is the first to admit that his career has had its ups and downs since the turn of the decade, which he attributes to poor management and overexposure. So the Nuge started to manage himself and switched record labels and booking agencies to get his career back on track. And while he was recording his most recent album, Little Miss Dangerous, he got a call from Bill Conti to work on the sci-fi movie Nomads starring Pierce Brosnan, Lesley Ann Downe and Adam Ant.
Regardless of what you think about his politics, there's no denying that Ted Nugent has solidified a place in rock history. In addition to his successful solo career and his stints with the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, the Motor City Madman has performed more than 6,000 shows and contributed some of the most memorable guitar licks ever.
Guitarist Laura Wilde grew up 8,000 miles from the US in Melbourne, Australia. At 19, she followed her dream to make her living as a musician and moved to Los Angeles. Not even four years later, Wilde has released her debut album, Sold My Sold, and is touring the US as Ted Nugent's opening act.
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).