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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 10:00 am

Rock star. Gun rights advocate. Critic of President Barack Obama. A man who often keeps his opinions to himself.

OK, three of those four descriptions are true about rocker Ted Nugent.

The Motor City Madman will perform a concert on Aug. 17 at Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center with much of the proceeds (about 75 percent) going to Show of Support for its memorial being constructed in Midland. The show is at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

As of Monday, tickets are still available and may be purchased by calling Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center at 800-514-3849 or accessing www.wagnernoel.com.  

Nugent is on his “Shut Up & Jam!” tour and decided to make the trip to Wagner Noël the final leg of his tour. He recently performed his 6,500th concert and has released his first studio album, “Shut Up & Jam!,” in seven years. He has sold more than 40 million albums in his career.

The performance is scheduled to raise money for the Show of Support Memorial at Heroes Plaza in Midland. Four military service veterans were killed when a parade float they were riding in was struck by a train in November 2012. The Hunt for Heroes parade in Midland was organized by the nonprofit organization Show of Support.

Terry Johnson, Show of Support president and founder, told the OA in July that this concert kicks off the memorial fundraising campaign. Johnson said Nugent contacted his group after the accident occurred in November 2012 and said he if could do anything, he was ready to help. Johnson called Nugent a couple of months ago about the benefit concert and Nugent accepted and extended his concert tour by a day.

“I have been forever blessed with a deep and spiritual relationship with hero warriors of the U.S. military and their amazing families going back to the early 1960s,” Nugent stated about performing in the concert, in an email response to questions. “That powerful relationship has grown exponentially every year and represents a driving force in my life. I know that freedom is not free, and every citizen owes a serious debt of honor to these special people, so the passion and spirit of our music accelerates substantially at the many such events we are honored to participate in.”

Nugent answered some other questions about his career and new album.

“I am extremely proud of my 50-plus year career and the 6,500 fire-breathing high energy ultraFUN concerts of my life so far,” he said. “The whole record represents my current life’s dreams and beliefs, some more serious than others, but each and every song represents my lifetime orgy of intense and dynamic human relationships and experiences via the American grinding, grooving R&B&R&R music that I love today more than ever and the extraordinary people who have always been at my side. It is impossible for me to pick favorite songs or licks or solos since they all add up to a body of work that for me is more powerful than the sum of its parts.”

So how does Nugent maintain a fresh approach in his music and in concerts?  

“I rock ferociously hard every song, every gig, every night, every year for 50-plus years,” he said. “I attribute my longevity, overall health and youthful craving for the music to the definitive balance in my life that my hunting, outdoor and quality family time I orchestrate every fall and winter between tours.

“Such a quiet, down to earth lifestyle literally cleanses my soul, clears my head, relieves my ears and fortifies my spirit to once again grab my guitars and unleash a stream of musical consciousness.”

Nugent recorded his first solo album in 1975 — “Ted Nugent,” which contained the track “Stranglehold” — and said it is difficult to pick a favorite album.

“To pick a favorite record is impossible because I truly love them all, but each has so many powerful songs that I could never limit my preference to any single recording,” he said. “Each album has monsters and each monster song has its monster moments.”

Nugent looks forward to play here in Midland, explaining he moved to Texas 14 years ago and said besides the “worldclass hunting,” he has “always been moved by the deep love and appreciation for killer music Texans have always shown. I have rocked Midland-Odessa in the past and we are all very eager to wrap up our wonderful SHUTUP&JAM! tour there in 2014.”

He likes the energy exhibited by Texas crowds.

“When you perform such killer songs as mine each night, the energy is always through the roof,” he said. “Texans certainly know the best music and passionate performances when they see and hear it and my musical connection with Texas for 45 years is the kind of connection every artist dreams of. For that I am eternally grateful.”

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