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Ted Nugent gets intense

A new live album, a new band in the works and a tour with no end in sight

Ted Nugent, Hammersmith OdeonTed Nugent, Hammersmith Odeon

Ted Nugent Performing Live At Hammersmith Odeon in London, U.K. on August 15th, 1980.

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After recording ten new songs during his final ten concerts of 1980, Ted Nugent realized there was no need to go into the studio to redo the tunes for a new album. “See, the trick that I was pulling here, which ain’t really a trick at all,” says Nugent, “is that if you start with some new material at the beginning of a tour — and we had about twenty new songs at the beginning of our tour — and you play it every night, boy, do you get a feel of what has impact. And boy, can you get it tight. So after playing the new songs in concert from April through August, we came up with the ten best ones and recorded them live to get that magic, that flame.”

The result is Intensities in Ten Cities, a live album of new material that was released on the first of March. And Nugent, as usual, is not modest about the record. “It’s the best son of a bitch I’ve done since the first Ted Nugent album,” he says. “We’re all a-rompin’ and a-stompin’ and a-chompin’ at the bit. Of course, I’m not saying that Wango Tango was any slump!”

Among the ten songs on Intensities are “Put Up or Shut Up,” “Jailbait,” “My Love Is like a Tire Iron,” “I Am a Predator,” “The Flying Lip-Lock” (“a followup to ‘Wango Tango,'” Nugent says) and the old Cannibal and Headhunters’ song, “Land of 1000 Dances.”

The album features the same band that Nugent used on his two preceding albums; now, however, he’s in the process of putting together a new lineup. “I’m auditioning some young blood,” he explains. “I found this band in Detroit called the D.C. Hawks. These three brothers, all in their early twenties, play guitar, and my God, can they crank! And even though I haven’t made the final decision, I’m leaning toward hiring the whole band, which also includes a bass player and drummer. That would be the ultimate assault.”

Nugent already has twenty-seven shows scheduled for March, and he isn’t planning to let up. “It’s another typical road schedule, which I think is conducive to the proper performance and attitude. I think you should ride the line between fatigue and chaos. The chaos keeps the energy level and spontaneity maximized, while fatigue is just over the edge and you should try to avoid it.”

Nugent also has fourteen new songs ready for the road and is thinking ahead to the next album. “Originally, this album was going to be called You Can’t Keep a Good Dog Off Your Leg, and we had a picture of about twenty chicks literally climbing up my leg. It was right after I’d gone offstage and I was all sweaty, so it was like they were climbing a greased pole. What I’m gonna do now is use that title for the next album.”

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