A four-minute video in which guitar legend Ted Nugent discusses his upcoming full-length album, "The Music Made Me Do It", can be seen below. Due on November 9 via Round Hill Records, the effort is Nugent's first studio album in four years. The album features Greg Smith (BILLY JOEL, ALICE COOPER, RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW) on bass, Jason Hartless (JOE LYNN TURNER, MITCH RYDER) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals. Accompanying the CD is a bonus DVD, "Live At Freedom Hill", an electrifying full-length concert captured at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In advance of the album's release, Nugent has released the live music video for title track, "The Music Made Me Do It". The video was shot at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California during Nugent's summer tour and showcases the raw energy of his legendary live performances, offering a taste of the new studio material he recorded over the last year for "The Music Made Me Do It".
"All the new songs erupted from nonstop jam sessions just like they always have, intensely inspired by my love and craving of grinding, throttling rhythm driven guitar patters and licks," Nugent told Ultimate Classic Rock. "The songtitles say it all."
Nugent said he chose the album title "not only because it is the most soulful, uppity, energetic, defiant soundtrack to the American Dream, but because it is needed and celebrated now more than ever to counter punch the pathetic soulless pop drivel running amok out there!"
As for the inspirations behind the music and lyrics, Nugent told Ultimate Classic Rock: "Life inspires me. Freedom inspires me. Mrs. Nugent inspires me. My dogs inspire me. Campfires inspire me. The woods inspire me. Critters inspire me. Storms inspire me. Life inspires me. I get high on air! Killer music erupts from my Gibson Byrdland on a daily basis, and grinding grooves and exciting guitar patterns have a life of their own. I love making guitar music more today than ever in my 60-plus years of jamming."
CD track listing:
01. The Music Made Me Do It
02. Where Ya Gonna Run To Get Away From Yourself
03. Cocked, Locked & Ready To Rock
05. I Love Ya Too Much Baby
06. Backstrap Fever
07. I Just Wanna Go Huntin'
08. Fred Bear
10. Sunrize Fender (Fender Bass VI Solo)
DVD track listing:
Live At Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights MI
(Feedback intro, affectionately named "Light My Campfire")
01. Star Spangled Banner
02. Baby Please Don't Go
06. Wang Dang Sweet Poon Tang
07. Good Friends
(Blues Jam, affectionately named "Blues On The Grill")
08. I Need You Bad
09. Hey Baby
10. I Still Believe
11. Fred Bear
12. Motor City Madhouse
13. Cat Scratch Fever
15. Don't Tread On Me
16. Great White Buffalo
Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock 'n' roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums and performing in excess of 6,700 (and counting!) high-octane live shows. As a budding musician, Nugent was strongly influenced by Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and 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 — and their psychedelic "Journey To The Center Of The Mind" kicked young Ted's career into hyper drive. The axe maniac soon broke out as a solo artist, where the guitarist's prodigious talent, ear-shattering 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 one of the top-grossing tour acts in America. His 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. He was recently named "Detroit's Greatest Guitar Player Of All Time" by readers of MLive.
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