Ted Nugent Addresses AC/DC, ZZ Top, And Aerosmith’s Work Ethic

In the new episode of the Nightly Nuge, Ted Nugent stated that the work ethic that many leading bands like AC/DC, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith have is not getting enough attention in the music industry.

When it comes to endurance and making music for years, Ted Nugent is definitely among the artists who have remained active by touring and producing original new material. Besides his works with the Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees, the rocker has released sixteen solo studio albums, 2021’s ‘Detroit Muscle’ being the latest one.

Nugent recently looked back on his long-term music career and discussed the secret of his continuity. The singer first credited notable musicians like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly for introducing musical authority and work ethic to the younger generations. Ted Nugent said that he, the Beatles, the Who, Bob Seger, and many other names learned that work ethic thanks to these founding fathers of music.

Then, Nugent highlighted that, according to him, the work ethic is a highly overlooked point in the music industry. Still, it has been the source of delivering soulful, stimulating, and passionate music for many years. He has always remained loyal to that aspect of making music and put his heart and soul into giving his best. Uncle Ted also praised the work ethic of famous bands like AC/DC, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith by crediting it as the primary source of their enduring success.

Ted Nugent speaking on the importance of work ethic:

“Eventually, in 1969, that guitar player from Detroit [Ted Nugent] got on stage in Riviera Beach, Florida, and played bass guitar for Chuck Berry. What a guy; he invented it. He and Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, and everybody else, the Ventures, the Beatles, the Stones, the Kinks, the Who, and the Amboy Dukes, everybody I know was moved by that soulful musical authority and the work ethic.

The work ethic that these black artists instilled in us. James Brown was known as the hardest working man in show business, and certainly, Mitch Ryder learned that Bob Seger learned that, and I learned that. Everybody I know learned that, and that’s where that fire and passion and that work ethic really came because you can’t play moving, meaningful, passionate, excitable, stimulating music unless you put your heart and soul into learning how to deliver that art form and the work ethic is rarely adequately mentioned in the music world.

All the bands I know, I don’t care who it is, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent Band, and Sammy Hagar, have unbelievable work ethics. We bust our asses to present the best tightest, most emotional, moving, exciting, dynamic music we possibly can, and we really learned that from Chuck Berry and those founding fathers.”

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