Ted Nugent Debuts New Song, Talks About His New Album
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.16.2014
It arrives on July 8...
Ted Nugent has released a new song called "Never Stop Believing" today. In an interview with Billboard, he spoke about the new track and the album it comes from, ShutUp&Jam!, which will be released on July 8. Here are highlights:
On the tracks on ShutUp&Jam: "Some of these songs on 'ShutUp&Jam!' are shorter than my average guitar solo, and I don't know how that happened except for some reason it was extremely fat-free and streamlined and sitting in the living room with the loud amps and my guitar every day, I just created these kind of songs. And for 'Everything' they're going that way as well. They're just these great licks with choruses. I didn't plan any of this. I didn't go, 'Well, this one should be short.' I just play, and when I think I've made my statement the song ends. That's where everything's going right now, so God knows how many songs will actually be on the record when I do it."
On Sammy Hagar's guest work: "I wanted him to sing some of the other songs. I sent him three songs -- 'She's Gone,' 'I Still Believe' and 'Never Stop Believing.' And he convinced me that I had to sing those two other songs; I sent him the rough vocals, and he said the sincerity and the believability factor was the most important thing. He told me, 'Yeah, maybe me or Derek might sound better, but you need to sing those songs. Not only should you sing them, but if you let someone else [sing them] you're a f*ckin' idiot!' So I sang those songs."
On touring after knee replacement surgery: "It's been the roughest test of my life. The pain is indescribable, but I just improvise, adapt and overcome and try to ignore it. But, y'know, I was down in Houston recently and we gave away a custom home to a U.S. Marine who'd lost both legs and an arm, so I tend not to complain about knee pain when I can look down and actually see knees."