Rock and roll legend Ted Nugent wasn’t down with the new wave of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions recently.
The outspoken star told Variety recently that he doesn’t think he’ll get into the National Rock and Roll Hall of Fame one day. But he had some words about the recent crop of inductees. Soon, Madonna, Patti Smith, Grandmaster Flash, and ABBA will find legendary status at the Cleveland, Ohio, landmark.
The 73-star Nugent voiced his support for Styx and Triumph getting into the fabled hall. But as for the 63-year-old Grandmaster Flash, a pioneering hip-hop artist, Nugent wasn’t down with that. He said there was nothing personal about his opinion.
In an interview on KNAC, the performer called the decision “a middle finger to the ‘real’ heroes of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues to put in those other people.”
He also called the selection committee people “just plain rotten people!”
Ted Nugent said the hall should “genuflect” to Black artists like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and the Funk Brothers.
However, things shouldn’t be too bad for Nugent. His home state inducted him into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.
Nugent Album Coming Out Soon
The performer’s new album, “Detroit Muscle,” is set to come out in February through Pavement Music.
Nugent claims he sent a copy of the pro-gun song, “Come and Get It,” to American politician Beto O’Rourke and President Joe Biden. He also claimed to attach a note supporting his First and Second Amendment rights to both men and said he’d “love to help inform their thought process.”
He thanked Pavement Music and said they loved the song.
Nugent Vocal About Politics
The Michigan native’s interviews often go off into politics. He grew up in a military family but did not go to war. He was drafted but did not pass his military physicals.
He’s not a big fan of certain parties that start with the letter D, but if you’ve followed his career, you know that.
While he’s not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, other musicians with Republican views are in the institution. Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons of Kiss, Johnny Ramone of The Ramones, Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), and Joe Perry (Aerosmith) have expressed their Republican views.
Even though Elvis Presley started as a Democrat, he leaned toward conservative views later in his life.
Maybe Nugent’s outspoken views over gun rights, animal rights, and other political issues keep him out. We’ll have to see.
Baseball’s All-Time Hits Leader Pete Rose can’t stay out of that sport’s Hall of Fame forever.