Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing over 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe.
Nugent started “beating on my first guitar” around the age of five. Strongly influenced by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddly, he knew he wanted to pursue that type of sound and attitude. Early bands, The Royal Highboys, and The Lourds, paved the way for the Amboy Dukes. Already a rising star in the Motor City, Nugent started to catch national attention with a feisty cover of Baby Please Don’t Go. But it was the Dukes’ psychedelic Journey to the Center of the Mind that kicked Young Ted’s career into hyper drive.
The axe maniac soon broke out as a solo artist, signing with the legendary Epic Records, where the guitarist’s prodigious talent, earshattering volume and over-the-top stage antics quickly earned him the moniker of Motor City Madman. Cranking out hits like Cat Scratch Fever,
Just What the Doctor Ordered, Free for All and the iconic Stranglehold, Nugent garnered international acclaim and truly hit his stride, becoming the #1 Grossing Tour Act in the world during 1977, 1978 and 1979.
Ted Nugent’s no-holds-barred career now spans six decades of multi-platinum hits. The ultimate Road Warrior, touring and recording continue at Ted’s breakneck pace. Nugent and his inimitable sound have been featured on VH1’s Behind the Music, A & E’s Biography and more. Ted Nugent was recently named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive.