Rocker Ted Nugent is a controversial guy. In a new interview on ‘Behind the Vinyl’, Ted talked about his songwriting process.
Ted talked about late Humble Pie guitarist, Steve Marriott and claimed that Steven was such a talented musician that he could even do the things that even legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen could not.
When asked about drugs, he said:
“The brain will never work as good after getting high as it did before you got high, and if anybody wants to argue with that, I’ll see if I can get [Aerosmith guitarist] Joe Perry to form a sentence for you.
And I love Joe, and I don’t mean to be mean-spirited, but nobody brings a quality of life to their family or friends when they’re high, period. Point being that I’ve always focused on the soulfulness of the music.”
He further added:
“When I play the bass guitar on a song, it’s because as awesome the best players in the world have been at my side from, certainly, Rob Grange and certainly Marco Mendoza and Michael Lutz, and Jack Blades, I mean, they’re all phenomenal, more pure-musical than I am.
But I think that’s my gold card – I‘m effectively musical, but I’m also reasonably dissonant, you know what I mean? You can play perfectly, like, watch the last days of [Huimble Pie’s] Steve Marriott, it’s just a three-piece and he was playing that Gibson through a Marshall amp.
And can Eddie Van Halen do what Steve Marriott can do? Yes, but guess what? Steve Marriott did stuff that Eddie can’t do, and I’m not knocking anybody or trying to compare, even though I just did, but there’s an edge-clash thing to not trying to be perfectly musical.”