Did anyone else expect the news during the final week to be more … exciting? If you’d told me back in February that I’d be blogging the endorsements of 60-year-old guitarists five days out from election day, I’d have said, “Why? Is Ted Nugent going to endorse Hillary?” Instead, this.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re happy to have him. Even if he wouldn’t make the cut of that new “Don’t Vote” video.

“We pretty much stay out of it, but seeing so many people come out for Obama, I just felt like ‘What the hell, I might as well raise my hand for this side,” Perry said from his Duxbury home…

“I’ve been a hardcore Republican my whole life,” he told the Herald. “My mother and father drilled into me from the very start that if you work hard and be positive, you’ll get what you’re working for. I guess I’m living proof of that.”

Of criticism about McCain’s age, Perry said: “My mother’s in her 80s and she does aerobics. My manager’s 70 and he’s right there. That doesn’t bother me.”

And despite lopsided polls, he urged his fans to get out and vote.

“I’m an optimist. It ain’t over till its over,” he said. “I think that he’s got a chance.”

The boss looks forward to playing “Dream On” on “Guitar Hero” but I have other plans. Exit question: If McCain wins, Perry and the Nuge hook up for a blistering cover of “Barracuda” at the inauguration?

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