Ted nugent says he was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because the people who run the organization are “dishonest” and “rotten”.
The conservative rocker, eligible for honor as a solo artist since 2000, has enjoyed a remarkably successful and eventful musical career over the past five decades, but his music is increasingly overshadowed by his political outbursts.
Asked in a recent interview with Ruben Mosqueeda of KNAC.COM why we haven’t seen it in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nugent replied, “Why am I not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? It has a lot to do with the fact that you can’t always explain why people are rotten. Why do some people rape other people, commit vicious crimes and lie?
“I would like to think about what is happening with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… I don’t take it personally, “he continued.” I think I’m in the ultimate Hall Of Fame. I went on stage for a few days in Abilene [Texas] with a big man Tim montana. the Tim montana group open for ZZ TOP in a packed house in Abilene. Tim montana says: “We have learned “Cat’s scratch fever”. Come play with us. I asked Billy Gibbons if that was okay, and he said, ‘Oh yeah. I would love to hear that. They introduced me and the audience went crazy. So don’t tell me what my Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is. I’m in the ultimate Hall Of Fame with real and true fans of my music! There is nothing more important than this.
“I’m not offended that I’m not here. But not because of me, but for the fans. Why a band like TRIUMPH in there, but Grandmaster Flash is?! It’s just dishonest. Why are Patti smith, ABBA and Madonna in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, But no STYX?! I hope you are joking?! You can only explain this is that the people who made these decisions are just rotten people. the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should kneel down to Chuck berry, Bo Diddley, Howling wolf, Muddy waters, the Motown Funk Brothers. I hope you are joking?! How dare you put Grandmaster Flash, ABBA and Madonna into it ?!
“I’m not mad that I’m not here because I’m having so much fun it’s stupid”, Nugent added. “I have a new album called “Detroit Muscle” which is another bossy, rhythm and blues rock and roll from Motor City. I am surrounded by guitars and amps and I play with a band of musicians who kill. My music is a flamethrower of pleasure, positive energy and piss and vinegar. This is the ‘real’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, since the people who run the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were dishonest.
“It would be an honor to be part of an institution that celebrates the founding fathers of rock and roll, such as Mandrel, Bo, Little Richard, James brown and come back to Howling wolf and Muddy waters and SAM & DAVE and Wilson pickett. I would be honored to share this. What a middle finger for the “real” rock and roll and rhythm and blues heroes to put in these other people. Grandmaster Flash?! Truly?! Why don’t we go down to Chuck berryis serious and pees on it !!! I hope you are joking?! That’s not a Ted nugent presumption; this is not an opinion… The evidence is overwhelming.
“You want to know how to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You get “high” with the board “, Ted noted. “I do not hover with anyone because I have campfires and I have the healing power of nature. I hover without poisoning my holy temple. I call upon God. I call upon the good earth to help purify my soul and to help stimulate my very spirit.
“I know people say, ‘Nugent is a radical and he dodged the project. It’s a lie. They say, ‘Oh, well, Nugent is a racist. It’s a lie. They say, ‘Oh, Nugent adopted a nine-year-old girl. It’s a lie. They say, ‘Nugent disrespectful Native Americans. It’s a lie. I hope you are joking?! Around my campfires we laugh until we cry over the attacks on me. They are so stupid. These people who say they are strangled with hatred. “
Ted railed against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a number of times in the past, including in a 2017 interview with the Q103 radio station in Albany. At the time, he said about his exclusion from the institution: “Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling stone [magazine] and the boss pork at Rock’n’roll of fame, he hates freedom, he hates the second amendment, he hates me, because I am on the board of directors – quite proudly – of the National Association of the Rifle for, like, twenty-six years with some of the highest votes except Charlton heston [NRA‘s president]. And I couldn’t be prouder of that, because the RNA is the family organization par excellence which fights for the right to defend oneself. What kind of numbness would be against that? And so I am part of the board of directors of the RNA, Jan Wenner hate the second amendment so this is the alone reason why i am not in the Rock’n’roll of fame. And until they pop their heads out of their asses, I’m more than happy to do what I do and do it with all the vim and vigor I do every night. “
Nugent added: “Hey, write this. My name is Ted nugent. I a m the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Eat me!”
He was asked if he would show up for his rock room induction if he finally got the green light, Nugent said, “Oh, damn it, yeah! And you know what I would do? I would lead… I have seen a lot of ceremonies, and they are so moving. All of us who love music, how not just a tear of joy when you see Bob seger and certainly ZZ TOP and Chuck berry and Bo Diddley and James brown… I hope you are joking? These are the soundtrack gods of our quality of life. But do you know what I’m gonna do? And I will. I will direct the most important moment in the history of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, because I will kneel down and say a prayer for Chuck berry and Bo Diddley and Little Richard and Jerry lee lewis and BUSINESSES and James brown and Wilson pickett and Otis redding and the Motown Funk Brothers and THE BEATLES and THE [ROLLING] ROCKS and THE CUTS and Howling wolf and boyfriend guy and BB King and Freddie king and Albert the King… Do you know what I’m saying? Because Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pays homage and homage to geniuses which gave us the ultimate soundtrack to our American dream. I’m quite, man, I’m really moved, and I’m happy there is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “
Nugent went on to reiterate his belief that rappers and non-rock artists like Madonna do not belong to Hall of fame. “I mean, why don’t you piss on it Chuck berry‘is serious, you know what I mean? “he said.
According to Ted, the fact that both Patti smith and Grandmaster Flash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the result of “political correctness”, which he calls “a self-inflicted and embarrassing scourge”. He added mockingly, “Yeah, Grandmaster Flash is rock and roll. And I’m a gay pirate. “
Last July, Nugent resigned from the board of directors of the RNA after 26 years, claiming he was resigning “due to constant scheduling conflicts”.