Ted Nugent Feels Lucky For Playing Alongside Brian May And Eddie Van Halen


Controversial rock icon Ted Nugent recently spoke on the new episode of The Nightly Nuge and revealed his common background with Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.

Although Ted Nugent also has a distinctive and wide-ranging singing voice, he is mainly known for his talented playing of Gibson Byrdland, energetic live shows, and bluesy guitar-playing. According to the guitarist, he drew influences from the musicians he played with during his career, which spanned almost six decades, including Brian May and Eddie Van Halen.

In a previous interview, Nugent talked about the artists who inspired him and argued he knew Eddie Van Halen was special when Van Halen opened for him in the 1970s. He also praised the guitarist and cited him among the greatest. Moreover, Nugent also said he jammed with the greatest, but every guitarist owes everything to the founding fathers, like Chuck Berry.

In a recent episode of The Nightly Nuge, Uncle Ted mentioned the artists he played with, such as REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey, Foreigner, and ZZ Top. He then said he got on the same stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Sammy Hagar, and Steve Winwood.

Nugent then stated that his musical cravings made him pursue these ‘musical geniuses.’ However, he also argued that he felt the influence of iconic guitar players like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and BB King while playing with these musicians. According to Nugent, they influenced every type of genre and musicians throughout the years, including him, Brian May, and Eddie Van Halen.

During the conversation, Ted Nugent said the following:

“When you apply the higher level of awareness to musical creativity and musical appreciation, and when you get to have a band like the Damn Yankees where Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, and Michael Cartellone are at your side, and you get on stage with REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick, Heart, Journey, Foreigner, or ZZ Top. I’ve been able to get on stage with all these bands and play music.

I got on stage with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, and Sammy Hagar, his incredible band. I’ve just been so lucky. I played with Steve Winwood one night in New York City in Little Speakeasy. So, my musical cravings have driven me to pursue other musical geniuses, all those bands that I just mentioned and so many thousands more.”

He then continued:

“But again, every time I played with any of those bands I mentioned, I could feel the influence of Chuck Berry, and certainly, Little Richard, who won a punk band, try to beat Little Richard! And certainly, the soulfulness of the Motown Funk Brothers, B.B. King, Freddy King, Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf, Mose Allison, all these original blues gods. They influenced every piece of music out there.”

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