These rock stars don't just steal the show with blistering riffs and ear-piercing volume – they're also unabashed gun owners who collect and shoot firearms.
Krist Novoselic, Formerly of Nirvana
Krist Novoselic, ex-bassist for Nirvana, breaks from the traditionally liberal take on guns in the music industry and explains why he owns and shoots firearms.
In one of his more popular tunes, guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton says he shot the sheriff, not the deputy, but he swears it was in self-defense. In any event, Clapton, a well-known collector of rare and custom guns, sold a pair of Boss & Co. over-under shotguns for £84,000 ($142,956) back in 2010. Prior to that, in 2008, he made the news with a major gun collection sale reportedly exceeding £500,000 ($850,932). “Shooting guns has taught me to get on with my fellow human beings,” he reportedly said.
Photographer George Gruel spent as much time with the late legendary song writer Warren Zevon (Werewolves of London fame) as nearly anyone else. Gruel's book, “Lawyers, Guns and Photos,” features Zevon with his S&W 44 on the cover. “Now knowing that the couple of loud claps going off in the beginning of ‘BAD LUCK STREAK IN DANCING SCHOOL' are the authentic actual sounds of Warren firing his Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum will forever give me a smile every time I hear that song anew!” writes Gruel.
Joe Perry of Aerosmith
In an interview with noisecreep.com, Aerosmith's Joe Perry makes no apologies for his life-long interest in guns:”I’ve been into guns ever since I was a little kid,” says Perry, “and the ones that fascinate me most are the black powder guns that people used back in the 17 and 1800s. That cannon you see on the show is actually from World War I. Any things from that era, semi-black power items, I think are fascinating, because of what they were used it for.” Read more
Rock n' Roll's number one pro-gun proponent is the ever-outspoken Ted Nugent. In this video, CNN's Deborah Feyerick goes shooting with the famed rocker and gun rights activist on Nugent's Texas ranch.
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