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Ted Nugent Biography

Last updated: 07/02/2012 12:00:00 PM

"The future of the shooting sports in this country is in the hands of tomorrow's Outdoorsmen and women. The youth of America must be educated to the Wholesome and valued world of hunting and conservation. Because rock 'n roll plays such a pivotal role in a young person's life, I will share my wonderful lifestyle and experiences with them." — Ted Nugent

The incomparable guitar genius and fire-breathing intensity of Ted Nugent have carved him a permanent place among the legends of rock. Hailing from Detroit, the guitarist's prodigious talents, ear-shattering volume and over-the-top onstage antics quickly earned Young Ted the moniker of "Motor City Madman," along with international acclaim.

Recognized as the world's leading guitar showman, Nugent's no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" and "Cat Scratch Fever," Damn Yankees chartbusters like "High Enough," cult classic "Fred Bear," and now “I Still Believe,” Ted's rapid-fire sonic assaults continue to sell out venues around the globe.

The sounds he wrings from his almighty Gibson Byrdland leave audiences gasping for breath and begging for more. To millions of guitar lovers everywhere, TED NUGENT is rock and roll.

Ted Facts:

Started playing guitar in 1956
Recorded 35 albums 1967-2009; sold over 40 million albums worldwide
Considered the world’s #1 Guitar Showman
Rock-n-rolls approximately six months per year, hunts six months per year
ALWAYS outspoken about drugs and alcohol throughout career
Donated in excess of 3,500 tickets and passes to the military, 2005-2011
Nuge completed his 52nd tour in 2011
#1 grossing tour act in the world 1977, 1978 and 1979
Formed Damn Yankees in 1989; sold five million albums
Top 10 grossing tours of 2000 with KISS
Released Motor City Mayhem on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray, Eagle Records, 2009
Released “I am the NRA”, at the 2008 NRA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky
Lent his voice and likeness to Guitar Hero® World Tour, available now, joining the all-star cast of rock legends featured in the game including Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne and Sting.
Celebrated his 6000th live performance, July 4th, 2008 in his hometown of Detroit
Released 35th recording, Sweden Rocks in May 2008, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Made feature film debut in 2008, in the film Beer For My Horses, with Toby Keith Rodney Carrington, Tom Skerritt and Willie Nelson
Ted Nugent 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 tours set attendance records at venues worldwide
Released Love Grenade in September 2007, Eagle Rock Entertainment
Star of the hit show, Supergroup, on VH1
Performed for 55,000 Marines, Sailors & families at Camp Pendleton's Rockin' the Corps, along with Destiny's Child, Godsmack, KISS and more
Toby Keith/Ted Nugent Big Throwdown Tour, winter 2005
Toby Keith/Ted Nugent USO Tour throughout Persian Gulf, spring 2004
Hit reality television show, Surviving Ted Nugent, on VH1 from 2003-2004
Released Full Bluntal Nugity, on Spitfire, 2003
Released Craveman, on Spitfire, 2002
Released Live at Hammersmith on Sony, 1997
Host of the #1 rated Ted Nugent Morning Show, WWBR, Detroit
Creator and host of the Ted Nugent Commando Radio Show for 10 years, Detroit