Ted Nugent Says Everyone Knows He Should Be in the Hall of Fame
Last year the veteran rocker, who's been eligible since 2000, said “political correctness” and particularly his membership in the NRA was behind the snub, and in 2011 called his exclusion an “embarrassing denial of historical and current truth and evidence.”
“It's sacrilege,” Nugent told MyGlobalMind in a recent interview. “It's ultimately disrespectful and cruel to Chuck [Berry], Bo [Diddley] and Little Richard and all the founding fathers in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Because the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame means something, and I don't have to explain to you, because you know, and you don't have to explain it to me.
“Abandon egos, bragging and Ted Nugent speaking on behalf of Ted Nugent – is it or is it not vulgar, dishonest, and obscene that Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith and ABBA are in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but Ted fucking Nugent isn't? Is that the most outrageous and disgusting lie you have ever seen?”
He blasted the establishment's directors as an “ultra-leftist, liberal CEO-driven gang who couldn't give a rat's ass about the music,” adding that he retained all the respect he had for artists such as Journey, Kiss and ZZ Top, who he said “deserve to be in there.”
He added, “[W]ould like you to find a human being … and believe them when they say Ted Nugent should not be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? I would love to witness that exchange. You would see a person almost melt with guilt because you know they are lying. At the end of the day, it's not about me – it's about the music. James Hetfield said it best when Metallica was inducted: ‘Ted Nugent not being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. Ted Nugent is rock and roll’.”
Nugent recently revealed details of his upcoming album The Music Made Me Do It, which arrives on Nov. 9.