The Band That Ted Nugent Would Die For

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Although he is mainly known for making headlines with his controversial remarks, Ted Nugent is a talented rock icon who has been active in the music scene for almost six decades. As a rock veteran who witnessed many artists rise to prominence, Nugent also has some music acts that he is a fan of.

Uncle Ted has been influenced by James Brown and Wayne Cochran when it comes to groove. Besides, he took inspiration from artists such as Chuck Berry, Lonnie Mack, the Kinks, the Yardbirds, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, and Coltrane, whom he has praised for their work ethic. However, there was one band that Nugent claimed he would die for.

Which Band Made Ted Nugent An Avid Fan?

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On March 07, 2012, Ted Nugent spoke to Music Radar to reveal his top 10 guitarists of all time. Among others he mentioned, like Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, Rick Derringer, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, and Lonnie Mack, Nugent picked Eric Clapton as his favorite.

It wasn’t a surprise that Nugent chose Eric Clapton since Clapton is one of the most influential and talented guitarists in the scene. Apart from being a successful solo artist, Clapton also played in the Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Blind Faith. As it seems, Nugent was a huge fan of Cream.

Speaking to Music Radar, Uncle Ted said that it amazes him how Clapton had so much soul and musical discipline as a young white guy. He then praised the guitarist’s talent for blending outrageous and melodic guitar playing with a hard-driving and bluesy sound. After that, Nugent also went on to say that Cream is a band that is to die for.

Here is what Ted Nugent told Music Radar about Eric Clapton:

“How this guy had so much soul and musical discipline at such a young age for a white guy will forever remain one of life’s great mysteries. Eric brought both unbridled outrage and infectious melodiousness to hard-driving, bluesy guitar music at the perfect time.”

Nugent also said the following about Cream:

Everything Cream is to die for.”

Eric Clapton played with Cream after leaving the Bluesbreakers in July 1966. At that time, the guitarist wasn’t well known in the US, and Cream helped him to reach a vast audience. It turns out that Ted Nugent also listened to them and ended up being an avid fan of Cream and Clapton’s guitar playing.