During today’s (Friday, April 1) edition of “The Nightly Nuge”a news-style clip where outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent giving his bid for the news of our world every night, he reflected on the recent passing FOO FIGHTERS drummer Taylor Hawkins. Ted said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s heartbreaking on so many levels. Fifty years old with a horrible, protracted celebration of drug abuse. I’m not … Well, I is to judge because drug abuse is selfish. His wife and daughter, they should have been taken into consideration. Spend time with your wife and daughter more important than getting tall or less more important than getting tall?
“I’ve told the story many times, but I’ve witnessed it,” Nugent went on. “My bassist Greg Søg – so gifted at 15; listen to the bass part on ‘The journey to the center of the mind’ by AMBOY DUKES – and the guy was just a gifted, a virtuoso, a fan of groove and musicality. And he started smoking dope and ended up with heroin and died when he was – I do not know – in his early 20s. And the future he could have had. I told Jimi HendrixI said, ‘No, I do not want your dope and it will kill you, Jimi. ‘ Bon Scott [AC/DC] would come into the studio when my band recorded ‘Weekend Warriors’  out of Miami and AC / DC was on his way in [and working on] ‘Highway To Hell’ – just phenomenal musical forces. And he got drunk every day with one [bottle of] Jack Daniels or an old grandfather [whiskey] and he would say, ‘Hi, Teddy bear, try some of this. ‘ And he smelled like a diaper. What a talent. What a nice guy. It was all cute guys.
“But what happens is that the music can be so overwhelming, the delivery of your comedy or your art or your dream, it can be so obsessive that it’s hard to get rid of it. You know how with just a guy who does not. music, sometimes it’s hard to get a song out of your head? think about how hard it is for us who make the art. And if they do not have a bow and arrow – and many people will dismiss this as being too simple, but it is not; it’s quite simple – if you’re so obsessed with delivering your art that you can not escape it, they think drugs and alcohol with help. It only makes it worse.
“So if you loved Taylor Hawkins – I loved him; I loved the man; I still love him,” Ted insisted. “But I love his wife and daughter more. Because they did not break his heart; he broke their heart.
“So, god rest Taylor Hawkins‘s soul and all the rocks and drunken bolts that died prematurely. Thank God for every day you are above ground. Take a deep breath, concentrate on the positive and show reverence for your gift of life and your holy temple. Do not poison your holy temple. It’s that simple. “
In February 2021, Nugent revealed during a Facebook Live stream that his “mom and dad were alcoholics. I did not know they were alcoholics. I thought they just had a Tom Collins [cocktail] every night – whatever it is – or a martini with olives, “he said.” So my mom and dad smoked and drank alcoholics. And I was surrounded, in the rock and roll world, by smoking, drinking, stunned idiots.
“So what’s the difference between a person who falls for it and a person who defies it? I do not have the faintest idea,” he admitted. “Because I believe God gave us all everything we need.
“Some people look for an easy way out, and some people do not. I did not. I think it was just a shitty luck. For my brothers and sisters smoked and drank, and they did not even surround themselves with. silly rock and roll dirtbags. I did. “
Ted went on to say that most of his influences “got high – right in front of me. And I admired the living shit out of them,” he said. “That MC5, they were all stumbling, broken, stupid drunk and stony, and I admired them indescribably. But then it caught up with them, and I said, ‘Oh.’ Thank God I didn’t say, ‘Hey, they smoke a lot of hash and they just throw the jam out. Maybe I should try the hash. ‘ And luckily I did not. Luckily, I saw them blow up in the air. I saw the drugs and alcohol destroy the energy I admired, destroy the groove that I admired. And to this day, Wayne Kramer is my dear friend. Wayne, I love you, buddy. And he knows I love him. And we have good conversations. And he is probably contrary to my ideologies. But not really, because he has a work ethic and he’s a family guy, he’s a loving guy, he’s a productive guy, he’s a conscientious guy, he’s a caring guy. But I think to this day that he thinks dope is essential … I do not want to assume – I had a conversation with him not so long ago where we disagreed about the use of marijuana and other drugs, or which category you want to put ’em in.
“The point is, fortunately, I was able to distinguish between the delivery of the things I admired versus the occasional and, more often than not, the behavior of those I admired,” Ted added.
“Jimi Hendrix offered me his drugs and I said no. John Belushi offered me his drugs; I said no. Keith Moon offered me his drugs and alcohol and I said no. Bon Scott offered me his drugs and alcohol and I said no. I said no to everyone. “
Back in 2018, Nugent said Canada was “absolutely crazy” for its decision to legalize marijuana, explaining that he “has never seen a moment of positive outcry from anyone who got high.” He said: “I’m totally into medical marijuana, I’m totally into medical anythingas long as it is really beneficial for people suffering from health problems, but legalizing recreation comfortably numb is a guaranteed script for ruined lives. “
Nugent has served on the boards of more than two dozen political and charitable associations, including National Rifle Association (NRA), Mothers against drunk driving (MADD), and Education against substance abuse (DRY) law enforcement program.