Few rock stars have ever courted the consistent level of controversy as Ted Nugent. And he likes it that way. The Motor City Madman began as the living embodiment of extreme showmanship during the stadium rock era, playing thousands of concerts behind hits such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold." A lifelong commitment to non-substance-abuse-related hedonism coupled with his pro-right wing stances and hunting advocacy have ensured he's remained a popular, quotable figure. Whether releasing dozens of albums, hosting reality TV programs or publishing books on bow hunting, the talented guitarist and songwriter shows no signs of slowing down.
"The beauty of my career, and life, is that I figured out a long, long time ago to eliminate mediocrity and lameness in everything I do. Most importantly, the elimination of people unwilling to put their heart and soul into being the absolute best that they can be. ... By the time I was in my early 20s, I learned to surround myself with American Dreamers of excellence and superior dedication, thereby reducing and even eliminating failure and negligence from the equation. Know that my worst concert has been nothing short of brilliant and astonishing. Our best concerts are indescribably not of this earth. We refuse to accept failure and stupid mistakes. Ever. We throttle on, the way it's supposed to be. We kick major ass so we never get our asses kicked. It is a beautiful thing."
— Ted Nugent