Ted Nugent: The One Reason Why I'm Not in the Rock Hall Yet

"The founder of Rolling Stone and the boss hog at Rock & Roll of Fame hates freedom."

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Ted Nugent: The One Reason Why I'm Not in the Rock Hall Yet
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Ted Nugent was asked by Q103 about his absence from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, to which he replied (via Blabbermouth):

"I'm in the most important Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the world, and that is that 50-some years... When I get on stage tonight, it will be my 6,615th concert. That's a 'We the People' Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

"Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and the boss hog at Rock & Roll of Fame, he hates freedom, he hates the Second Amendment, he hates me, because I'm on the board of directors - quite proudly - of the National Rifle Association for, like, 26 years with some of the highest votes except for Charlton Heston [NRA's president].

"And I couldn't be more proud of that, 'cause the NRA is the ultimate family, grassroots organization that fights for the right to defend ourselves.

"What kind of numbnut would be against that?

"And until they get their heads out of their ass, I'm more than happy to do what I do and do it with all the vim and vigor that I do it every night."

Asked if he'd show up for his Rock Hall induction if he eventually got in, Nugent replied:

"Oh, hell yes! And you know what I would do? I would lead... I've seen a lot of the ceremonies, and they're so moving. All of us that love music, how do you not just shed a tear of joy when you see Bob Seger and certainly ZZ TOP and Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and James Brown...

"Are you kidding me? These are the gods of the soundtrack of our quality of life. But you know what I will do? And I will do it.

"I will lead the most important moment in the history of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, because I will get on bended knee and I will say a prayer for Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis and The Ventures and James Brown and Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding and the Motown Funk Brothers and The Beatles and The Stones and The Kinks and Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy and B.B. King and Freddie King and Albert King... you know what I'm saying?

"Because Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is paying tribute and homage to geniuses who gave us the ultimate soundtrack for our American Dream. I'm all in, man, I'm genuinely moved, and I'm glad there is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."

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    BenAffleck
    Because the entire civilized world is pretty much tired of "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold" at this point and you're only relevant because you constantly spout off insane shit and threaten political leaders? Or something.
    WardLucas
    Says the guy who ruined Batman
    Eifler121
    He was a sick Batman.
    twiggy3634
    Ben Affleck is a decent director, but he is a horrible actor. Gone Girl was the closest thing he's done as a passable acting job. 
    dannyalcatraz
    Nah.  He was best in Dogma.
    Bedside Shred
    He only threatens shitty political "leaders", and nobody is sick of Stranglehold.
    SuperGodzilla
    Then how come he hasn't threatened trump yet?
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Because Trump is a good leader.
    SuperGodzilla
    I'm not sure if you're on drugs or should start doing drugs. 
    ilhavanothrr
    Someone disagrees with you politically, 'Oh they must be on drugs.' This is one way to remain inside the box.
    Fausch
    Any political leader is a shitty leader. That's not the President's job. And I love Nugent's music, but I am rather tired of Stranglehold.
    mdblue.mb
    Ted has done more for Rock and Roll and America than BA has ever done for acting, and what exactly have you done for the American people that makes you think a has been actors opinion has any bearing. You just stick to saying what your handlers tell you to say and we'll throw some peanuts your way
    Walldude63
    "The NRA is the ultimate family, grassroots organization that fights for the right to defend ourselves."  Yeah that's what it was till you and your ilk got a hold of it. Their spokesman today posted a tweet that said: " We should send a note to North Korea telling them we renamed Sacramento Guam".  Now if someone on the other side of Teds politics had sent a tweet telling a hostile foreign nation they should go ahead and nuke an American city, Ted would be screaming "Treason" or telling them to "Suck on my machine gun". Ted is nothing but a chickenhawk hypocrite. When his turn came to go to war he shit his pants until he got out of it. Yeah, real "family values" tough guy. 
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    Or maybe it's because you're not that famous, you're not really known outside of America. I'm in the UK no one has a clue who you are here and most famous Americans are loved in the UK as well.
    ThatSerbDude
    True that. He's famous for two songs from 30-40 years ago. A two-hit-wonder?
    friday.the.13th.jasonx
    I love the album he did with Meat Loaf though.
    Hero_1985
    Wait, did he seriously do an album with Meat Loaf?
    Eifler121
    Meat Loaf does vocals on Ted's second album apparently. He apparently only got paid $1000 to do it.
    Snake™
    If only Ted understood that is has nothing to do with his false patriotism and everything to do with the fact that most of his music isn't anything special...
    aaronangus
    Because it's only for people that helped shape or change rock and roll not people who are famous for being a nutjob with a mouth. The Beatles, Hendrix, The Who, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, all helped form rock or were game changers. KISS even helped establish the live side with their elaborate shows and Green Day even has a place for pop punk. I don't see what Nugent brings to the table and honestly I am more familiar with his rants than music.
    SilentPutridity
    Before I read the article, I was all like "What?  Nugent took his cock out of his mouth long enough to give an interview???" Then I read the article. "Nope. He's still a pro at sucking his own cock after all these years."
    Bedside Shred
    This place is infested with Marxists. "Hey, there's a million bucks buried underneath the house next door..." "But there is no house next door." "Well then we better go build one!" - MARX
    kabungas
    Ted, SHUT UP! But... if joan jett is in there, he should be too.@
    ThatSerbDude
    Yeah, just because a bunch of people undeservedly got in, doesn't mean they should induct even more people undeservedly.
    jeffo46
    Nugent here's why you're not in the HOF and this is coming from a veteran who served 32 years in the US Navy . 1. You are a draft dodger who talks about supporting our troops. As someone who did serve , that makes you a fucking hypocrite in my eyes. 2. You are a racist , narccistic , pedophile , piece of shit who kisses the NRA's ass. 3. You just plain suck and anybody who has a fully functioning brain, just does not like you and your ignorant rants, dombass.
    chris2147777
    I'm a veteran as well. You need to do some research. I'll give you a starting point but then you're on your own. http://blogs.rgj.com/factchecker/2013/08/24/te... Should we judge your character when you're in your 60s by things you did when you were 18 or 19? Now go finish educating yourself. If you choose not to, then go get your fucking shinebox.
    btfbonzo
    Conservatives are the biggest crybabies. Which is ironic because they are constantly bashing liberals for being crybabies.
    AsOneIStand
    I mean, I've seen plenty on both sides.
    Bedside Shred
    Liberals definitely take the cake in the crying contest. It's practically their entire platform.
    Jmoarguitar
    I'd say Conservatives cry more, but I may just notice it more due to the severe irony of their crying and complaining while they call liberals snowflakes.  I graduated with a poli sci degree so I like to keep an open mind and critique all sides of the spectrum, but it's too easy to get conservatives going. 
    federicowagner87
    It´s important not to mix things up. He is a musician. Artists are in general crybabies regardless of their political views. I agree he isn´t really famous but a lot of not to famous artists made it to the hall.
    dude1234567890
    Yes, liberals have "cry-ins", cancelled classes and puppies and play-doh on campuses for when Trump won, are literally screaming in tears in the streets for the next few months, encourage adults to have "safe-spaces", want to ban "offensive" words, yet "conservatives are the biggest crybabies". You're very ignorant, which is why you're a liberal. 
    btfbonzo
    I am neither a liberal or conservative.  I have this weird disease called being able to think for myself.  Also, Donald Trump won the election and then complained about the results.  How big of a crybaby do you have to be to whine about winning?  Look at Tim Allen a couple of months ago.  Star of two successful sitcoms after enjoying a long and successful stand up career but then complains that he's oppressed because of his conservative views. And God forbid you say "happy holidays" instead of "merry Christmas."  You say that and you are automatically engaged in a war on Christmas.  Both liberals and conservatives whine but conservatives continue to whine even when they win and that makes them way bigger crybabies.
    ilhavanothrr
    You must not have been awake after the election and inauguration. Go back to sleep please. 
    zack2k
    Both of the political spectrum are crybabies, There's a proverb in South East Asia: "When prominent persons fights, commoners will suffer." I've been living in the center for too long and those two sides really makes me having a big ass headache.
    Azbats63
    It sucks that it's impossible to disentangle some musicians from their political views, whether left or right. I disagree with 99.999% of Ted's opinions, but agree with 100% of his passion for music and his respect for those who came before him. Any of us could probably talk with him for hours about playing guitar, but only around half could talk with him about anything else. Crappy, but such is life.
    bhartigan
    Regardless to if you like or hate him he is still far more deserving of the Hall then some of the people currently in it (NWA, Tupac, Madonna, etc.)
    False_God
    Maybe because he is a red neck racist, homophobic, right wing fool. Everything wrong with America, this guy channels..
    mlking99
    too much haters, great musician great music, pure rock n roll, and bitching about 30 to 40 year old music... when you guys all are freakin out when guns'n'roses finally get it together to tour and play songs from 1991? still headbangin at some 80's metallica or motley crue tunes? talking about chuck and bb as heroes when their music is about 70 years old? maybe actually read about him or go to youtube and watch some intervieuws, ted nugent camp for kids for example... donating food to poor people homeless people.... jerry lee screwed around with his 13 year old cousin but oh hey ted likes barely 18, would not wanna know how many of you allready went to watch some similar porn... he is many times too energetic for me but credit comes where credit is deserved 
    hatch.da.egg
    I have one complaint with what you said, Did you just say that BB King and Chuck Berry weren't heroes? 'Cause most of the shitty music you listen to and most of the shitty music I listen to wouldn't be here if not for the stuff they've done.
    mlking99
    no.... that i did not say, i was refering to the age of the music they made. bb albert freddie t bone, bonamassa sumlin jlh son house, skip james, luther allison, belton sutherland, rl burnside, van halen, malmsteen, michel batio, howlin wolf, chuck berry, johnny cash, aylon willie nelson, etc etc etc etc  and so many others all herous in what they did, some did just get more recognition from a more broadened public  
    elgeorge666
    His music and playing isn´t that special. That´s the real reason why Ted is not in the hall of fame...and probably will never be. I really liked him when he was in Damn Yankees but his solo music is just meh!!!
    Northernmight
    Well, he's kinda right. He's just saying it in a dumb way. But yes, he probably won't get any proper treatment by the establishment. He's guilty of wrongthink. That's how it goes. Appearently that affects his playing. <.<
    GrimKage
    Maybe because his audience are exclusively members of the Klan, who are dying out anyway
    XcessFiber
    All his heroes are against guns and the garbage that is his mind..so Teddy boy..shut the fuck up..you dont even deserve to be in there
    evadebmx33
    Ted actually has had a very successful career unlike what people think he has sold over 30 million albums solo, did albums with amboy dukes and damn yankees, many multi platinum albums so politics aside he's been more successful than a lot of the newer artists people love on here, still plays large venues and is a good lead guitarist, no politics just musically speaking
    PuckMugger
    He also has his hunting business, shows and ranches in Michigan and Texas which add to his wealth.
    ErnestoFidel
    Because Rock'n'Roll is about being open minded towards change, being different and innovation. That's why the R'n'R Hall of Fame features many artists whose music normally wouldn't be considered Rock. It's about a state of mind. Rock music brings people together in a way few other things can. There's no room for nationalist rednecks full of hate and prejudice against women, gays and immigrants whose belief system is stuck somewhere in the 17th century. Honestly, I don't see how people like Ted Nugent even have a place among Rock musicians, let alone the R'n'R Hall of Fame. 
    stondagain
    Yet another RWNJ that talks the talk but can't walk the walk.  According to his promise, he is supposed to be dead or in jail as of November 9th 2012.
    BiggusDickus
    They put crackhead rappers in the HOF but not the Nuge? Yeah something just ain't right there.
    colinbarnard
    Got news for ya, Teddy Boy: you will NEVER be allowed into Cleveland's Hall of Fame. Best you focus on your fans. As long as Rock is populated by generous souls who care about ALL the people (RUSH pops to mind; Springsteen, George Harrison and so on), your Cat that Has A Scratching Fever (syphillis?) will meow solely in stadia. Suggestion: Cover a few Johnny Cash songs and get Inducted into the Country HOF. I'm sure the other White Supremacists will welcome you with open 'arms'!
    Phoenix V
    Maybe Ted didn't get in because because two average songs that got some airplay 40 years ago just doesn't cut it to be in the hall of fame. Not because they hate him. When I think Ted Nugent, I don't associate him with the HoF and its NOT because of the guns.
    sambargun
    Why do we have to see this f*** in UG almost every week? I tolerated him in 'That Metal Show' for a few weeks till I stopped watching it because of this piece of shit. Dont you guys at UG have any other news?????
    HammettIsKing
    What he listed may or may not be THE reason, but I'm sure it's affected his chances.  I think he deserves it.  A great guitarist and a great musician.
    PuckMugger
    Whether or not Ted Nugent belongs in the RNRHOF is debatable, but what is not is that the suits that overseers the RNRHF need to fuck off. They must take advice from Kim Jong-il.
    maxxxkolo
    Maybe someone of you Americans should make use of your second amendment and defend you brain cells from people like Ted Nuthead.
    wookiegr
    You think the 43% of voters that allowed Donald Trump to take a shit on the country are interested in retaining or defending their brain cells?
    an.interloper
    I love how he has to blame all of his musical failures on his political beliefs. If you run into a few assholes throughout your life, you've run into a few assholes. If everyone you run into is an asshole, you're the asshole...
    Mad-Mike_J83
    BZZZZZT, Wrong Answer Nuge' I don't think it's because the Rock Hall hates freedom,  Nugent's just turning too many people off with his political rhetoric and scandalous stuff on stage that he's not going to get in so as long as that goes on.  It also makes him look butthurt with the approach he's taking.  Not an attractive trait. The Cars did not get in, have been eligible for years and come close, but I don't see Ric Ocasek whining about it....and honestly IDGAF if The Cars get in either and they're MY favorite band.  Besides, aside from a possible performance, what does RRHOF give the band or us?  I'd rather pay the band directly and go see them live and suppor them that way. And to be brutally honest, Nugent has turned a lot of people off, especially recently with his behavior, he even bugs me now and I actually support SOME of the things he talks about, but overall, he's acting like a butthurt douche here.