The Backstage Beat had the opportunity to interview Uncle Ted Nugent recently and thought who better to submit questions than gun toting, hard drumming, local musician/producer/basset hound herder, Mike Froedge. You can see Mike currently playing drums for local Atlanta band, The Dreaded Marco. The interview is featured in our June issue of The TBB Mini Magazine. Here it is in full:
TBB – Much has been made of your affection for hunting, and your NRA activism…. But all of the animal-rights drama seems to have left little room for your opinions on self-defense as it relates to guns. Being a gun enthusiast myself, I have an old Ruger P-89 9mm that I love to carry… And I like a smaller Ruger LC-9 or LCP for the warmer, non-jacket months. So I have to ask this one first: Do you regularly carry a handgun for defense, and do you have a favorite?…
TBB – Well, Ted, let’s jump right on into the fire and get one of the most recent controversies I’ve seen regarding you out of the way early: What’s your response to the recent allegations being passed around on the Internet that you starved, soiled, and generally abused yourself into a near-death condition to avoid the military draft back in the day, and please address how that relates to, and how some would say it conflicts with, your current stance on the military, patriotism, etc.?
TN – Again, this subject has been put to rest hundreds of times in media across the land, but I will repeat it for those not paying attention. It never happened. I registered for the draft and was never called up. That was 44 years ago. The hysterical story of avoiding the draft was parodied in hippie publications for the entertainment of true comedy aficionados everywhere. My absolute patriotism is irrefutable and definitive to all who care to look into it.
TBB – Your stances on political and social issues seem to have taken center-stage recently, but what have you been working on lately, musically speaking? I see that there are a couple new songs available on your website, available to mailing list subscribers…. Is there more new Nuge on the way soon? A full-length, perhaps?
TN – My music is a force to reckon with and has a life of its own. We are currently celebrating the greatest tour of my life with the most intense, high energy, tightest band on earth. It is deliriously gratifying and inspiring. I abuse my guitar on a daily basis and am constantly creating pure, raw fun American R&B&R&R masterpieces. We hope to wrangle studio time ASAP to capture the ultimate fun dance track for animal lovers everywhere.
TBB – I also see that you’re on the road in May… How long is that tour going to continue, and do you have any interesting opening acts tagging along?
TN – We rock all spring and summer. Derek St Holmes, Mick Brown and Greg Smith and I are The Nigerian Rebels. We are sons of James Brown, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. We are the last of the high energy MotorCity roustabouts playing the best damn music in the world.
TBB – I know you’ve probably been asked this a thousand times already, but what was your recent encounter with the Secret Service like?… Were they trying to be intimidating and threatening, or were they reasonable when you met with them?
TN – They conducted themselves as the consummate professionals that I have always known them to be. They knew damn well I threatened no one but had a duty to investigate even though they knew the Ted haters lied through their teeth about me. It was a pleasant encounter.
TBB – On a related note…. do you share my opinion that making our WORDS a crime violates the 1st Amendment? That it leads to Orwellian “thought crimes” kind of thinking? I’m of the opinion that SAYING something and DOING something are two VERY different things… Thoughts?
TN – Bingo.
TBB – You have so much going on in so many directions right now, it’s hard to keep up… Online content, media appearances, TV show, radio show, books, your own coffee, signature ammo!… Holy crap, do you sleep!? Can you give us a quick run-down on where and when people can see and hear Ted Nugent on a regular basis? Other than the aforementioned tour, of course.
TN – I have always surrounded myself with the very best of the best, so we accomplish Herculean tasks via our Herculean work ethic and professionalism. I have a lot more going on than what you list above, because my team are all killers. A visit to tednugent.com can give you an idea of just how beautiful the American Dream can be if you put your heart and soul into everything you do. It is wonderful.
TBB – Let’s talk about the coffee some more. I’m a self-described coffee-junkie, and I wanna know more about this! What brought about this idea?
TN – In my many writings over the years I have oft repeated the spiritual aroma of killer coffee at our various hunting camps around the world, and how much we enjoy great joe. A custom coffee brewer contacted me and offered to show me their killer specialty brews, we were all very impressed, and Nuge Java was born. Try some of it and let me know what you think. We love it.
TBB – Where can we get it?
TN– www.tednugent.com and 800-217-1029
TBB – Considering that this is the 35th Anniversary of Cat Scratch Fever, and that you were out there making the rock LONG before that…. Tell us…. when you were recording and burning up the road with your first band back in the day, still pretty much a KID… did you have ANY idea you’d end up being the polarizing, controversial, love him or hate him guy you are today?… LOL
TN – Had no idea, but when you fight for good over evil like I do, the line drawn in the sand is both necessary and very telling. My side fights for justice and all things good, the other side for Marxism and all things hate America. It’s a beautiful thing really.
TBB – Lastly… You obviously still have a very loyal and rabid fan base, and always will for as long as you choose to make music…. But does it concern you that in recent years your very outspoken political and social stances have largely overshadowed your musical output, as far as the media is concerned, and that younger generations know you less as “Ted Nugent, the guitar god” and more as “Ted Nugent, the loud-mouth gun nut and guy who’d hunt dinosaurs if they were still around”?
Tn – No. The music is still a powerful positive force that positive people will always share and celebrate. The haters have their dope and Che. Thank you Lord.
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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