• With: Ted Nugent


    NUGENT: Well, have a nice day with that but I come from the original Soul Brothers, --


    -- to James Brown, to Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Bo Diddley. These guys just reeked of an American --


    -- defiant, celebratory, be-the-best-that-you-can-be, practice-as- hard-as-possible, and deliver the best music possible.

    So, that was the inspiration for all my fellow musicians even to this day. I don't get the rap thing, which is fascinating, because my son, Rocco, --


    -- does kind of a spiritual rock or hip-hop type of thing, which I cringed at at first, --


    -- but I also support my son in his own musical vision, --

    O'REILLY: Sure.

    NUGENT: -- his own musical dreams.

    O'REILLY: Right.

    NUGENT: So, I don't get that music. If I was funky and I want driving rhythms, I'll go to James Brown or this new guy, Bruno Mars.


    O'REILLY: I'll go to Earth, Wind and Fire. All right, last question.


    You're anti-drug, all right.

    NUGENT: Hard-core.

    O'REILLY: Hard-core anti-drug. So am I, as you know. What about this legalization of marijuana thing. What do you think of that.

    NUGENT: I'll try to capsulize it. Would you want your pilot high. Would you want your butcher high. Who would you want to be high in your life.

    And after 50 years of rocking and rolling, holding my gifted musicians in my arms as they died, you can't convince me that it's a victimless crime or it's individual choice. You've clearly identified that you get high to disconnect.

    O'REILLY: Right.

    NUGENT: What are the benefits to disconnecting. I disconnect but I do it in a tree stand with a sharp stick, so I'm at least getting meat when I get high.


    O'REILLY: There's a purpose.

    NUGENT: There's a purpose.

    O'REILLY: All right, Ted Nugent, everybody, one of a kind.


    O'REILLY: A great interview. And this is a good time to tell you that I am wearing a red tie tonight to highlight the battle against heart disease in America.

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