Ted Nugent hasn’t been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He has now once again said that his political views are one of the main reasons he was not inducted.
Ted Nugent opens up on the matter
He has been eligible for the 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.
Nugent addressed his exclusion from the Rock Hall during the latest edition of “The Nightly Nuge”, a news-style clip in which he offers his take on the news of our world. He was asked by co-host Keith Mark about a recent news report that three men, including the curator of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, have been accused of conspiring to sell stolen lyrics from The Eagles, Ted said: “Well, isn’t that fascinating, that there’s dishonesty and criminal behavior going on within the confines of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
“My comment on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is I never speak from a personal anger that I’m not in it; I never reference that I should be in it, though obviously I should be in it,” he continued. “But that Grandmaster Flash and Madonna and ABBA are in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? I speak on behalf of the fan club of the founding fathers that the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame should always pay homage to and respect, and that’s Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and Little Richard and Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis and the founding fathers of this most exciting, throttling, defiant, irreverent, uppity, fun soundtrack in the world. And that they would put people in there that are not just not rock and roll, but they’re anti rock and roll. So that this guy is being caught with his hands in the cookie jar is no surprise.”
“Let me go ahead and say this… Nobody can sue me because if they try to sue me, we’ll prove that my words are accurate,” Nugent added. “There’s a lot of dope smoking going on at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and the more dope you smoke, the dumber you get, the more irresponsible you get and the more criminally inclined you will get. And the statistics to prove what I just said are irrefutable, unless you’re so stoned that you can irrefute truth, logic and common sense, which I get a big kick out of.”
“So this is a spotlight on a cockroach that, unfortunately, represents too much of those in charge of making decisions at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”
“And again, it’s not because I’m angry that I’m not in; I’m angry that they’re dishonest and that they’re not paying respect to the Chuck Berrys and the Bo Diddleys and the Elvis Presleys and the Little Richards and the Jerry Lee Lewises of the world, because rock and roll means something, and ABBA and Grandmaster Flash ain’t it.”