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TED NUGENT On SEBASTIAN BACH: “I Love The Man, But What A Goofball”

Ted Nugent looks back on working with Sebastian Bach in the "reality" show "Damnocracy".

The “Motor City Madman”, Ted Nugent, recently sat down with Sofa King Cool, and spoke about the failed supergroup DAMNOCRACY, which featured him, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, ex-BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld and drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, BONHAM, UFO, FOREIGNER).

You may remember DAMNOCRACY from the 2006 VH1 “reality” show “SuperGroup” which looked at what would happen if you locked several musicians in a house for 12 days and got them to write and record new music. KISS manager Doc McGhee was also on hand and in charge for the duration of filming/recording which took place in February and March of 2006.

When Ted was asked why DAMNOCRACY never continued past the TV show, he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Sebastian Bach, I love the man, but what a goofball. He is so dedicated to hiding from Sebastian Bach. I mean, he’s made some really nasty, stupid falsehoods against me. [Laughs] And I still love the guy; he’s gifted with one of the most amazing voices in the history of the world. But his propensity to scramble to escape himself with the drugs and the alcohol. It’s a self-inflicted curse I’ve just witnessed my whole life that is inexcusable.

“DAMNOCRACY — Jason Bonham, monster talent. Great man, work ethic, And all the guys… Scott — super human,” Ted continued. “Super musical force. All of ’em — fun to be with. Even Sebastian, even though he was always losing it. But it was fun. And it didn’t happen because it was too programmed.

“With those powerful talents — [Evan], Jason, Scott and all of us — we loved the music. We wanted to make music. I think in the case of Sebastian, I think he wants to be more of a pop star than a music guy. And so he was like a kid in a candy store surrounded by all these musical forces. And, again, he’s a musical force. It’s just that he tends to go on the transparent, poppy rock and roll star side. And if you wanna be a rock and roll star, you’re not gonna be. If you wanna make great music, you’re probably gonna be a rock and roll star. Big difference.

“I’ve played Jason since then, and I’ve spent time with Scott since then,” Nugent added. “Great guys, and it was fun. But I can’t go to a city and produce a TV show like that ever again. It’s just too much hurry-up-and-wait stuff.”