MINNEAPOLIS – Ted Nugent, a guitar hero famous since the 1970s, has become a right-wing icon, thanks to his gun-rights advocacy and conservative politicking. With Nugent scheduled to perform Friday in Minneapolis with REO Speedwagon and Styx, we asked him a few questions via email.
Q: What kind of connection do you feel with REO Speedwagon and Styx?
A: Midwest bands have always celebrated the original black musical heroes that created this wonderful, outrageous soundtrack of defiance and fun. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, James Brown, et al. still live in our music, and there is no question that my band, Styx and REO still love the music and put our hearts and souls into every concert.
Q: How many guitars do you have?
A: Many. About one-tenth as many guns as I have.
Q: How many guns is that?
A: Approximately 10 times as many (as) guitars.
Q: What appeals to you about doing your Outdoor Channel hunting show “Spirit of the Wild”?
A: I hunt more than 300 days a year whether we have a TV show or not, so we just go the extra mile to utilize this media to promote the truth about conservation and real hands-on environmental stewardship in a raw, honest, down-to-earth documentary style. The added bonus of causing animal-rights freaks much anguish makes it all that much more fun.
Q: What effect has your politics had on your music career? Has it gained or cost you fans?
A: I simply don’t give a damn. I’ve had the best hunting season of my life last year, am having the best, most enjoyable tour of my life again this year, my family is wonderful, and in any debate I virtually crush my haters with glowing aplomb and crowbars of truth, logic and common sense. Life is good. I carry on with fire.
Q: You haven’t had a studio album since 2007. What’s up with your next album?
A: I’ve got killer new songs we cannot wait to record. And we shall ASAP.
Q: How do you want to be remembered?
A: I will be remembered positively by smart, educated, honest people. Liars and Saul Alinsky scammers and haters will continue to have conniption fits. So be it.
American Indian star Studi a Western hall of famer
SANTA FE, N.M. – Actor Wes Studi will be the second American Indian inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City.
The “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last of the Mohicans” star will be inducted Saturday.
Studi appeared in “Geronimo: An American Legend” and played Navajo detective Joe Leaphorn in movies based on books by the late Tony Hillerman.
The other American Indian in the Hall of Great Western Performers is Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto in the 1950s televsion series, “The Lone Ranger.”
Robin Roberts overcomes a new setback
NEW YORK – Robin Roberts spent two days in the hospital fighting off an infection as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease, and is off “Good Morning America” this week to rest.
The ABC News morning show host said she felt ill last week while on vacation and was told to return to New York and go to the hospital. Now home, she posted on Facebook on Thursday that she’s feeling much better.
Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September to treat MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease. She was off work for five months before returning to the morning show on a part-time basis in February.
Roberts said doctors told her that her setback did not occur because she was working or doing too much.
Roberts also wrote that her heart goes out to Boston residents and expressed sadness that she was not able help colleagues cover the story
– From news service reports