by David Safier
I received an email from someone who knows someone who saw Nugent at the Pima County Fair (That's the closest I could get). Here's the report.
Nugent told the crowd to thank Jan Brewer and Joe Aripaio because they were doing the right thing for Arizona. Nugent mentioned the kidnapping of the young girl in Tucson, saying that it was still a free country, it was his opinion that the person who was responsible should face the death penalty -- as all "assholes" should.
That's it. For Nugent, that's calm, quiet and well behaved.
He was also reasonably well behaved in a Republic interview Sunday to hype his May 4 concert in Phoenix. The interview was conducted by email, and reporter Ed Masley did us the favor of letting us know what questions Nugent didn't answer:
- "What exactly did you mean by, 'If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year?'"
- "What do you have to say about your gig in Fort Knox being canceled?"
- "Has the controversy made you reconsider your remarks at all? Or your future remarks?"
Nugent did, however, mention how tight he is with Joe Arpaio, stating the qualities they share:
We believe with all our heart and soul that law and order, goodwill and decency as driven by the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Ten Commandments and Golden Rule provide the greatest quality of life on Earth, and we will never back down from these self-evident truths.
The rest is boilerplate self promotion -- like, when asked which song has the better guitar riff, "Cat Scratch Fever" or "Stranglehold," he responded, "Dear Lord, they are both so powerfully authoritative and a guitar jammer's dream to play."
But here's my favorite, where he equates his music's wonderfulness with the wonderfulness of America. He's asked what he would say to fans who like his music but not his political views.
Tough s--t. My all-American soundtrack for freedom defines the spirit of rugged individualism and spirit of defiance that makes America and my music so wonderful.
If anyone believes "Cat Scratch Fever" is anything less than wonderful, the terrorists have already won.