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Nugent Goes ‘Nuge’ About Rock And Roll HoF Snub

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(CelebrityAccess) Ted Nugent recently talked to Robert Cavuoto at the website about all-things Gonzo, especially the effort of his latest release, The Music Made Me Do It, which drops Nov. 9 – but it was his take on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that grabbed all the headlines.

Nugent has been eligible for induction into the HoF since 2000 and has, to no one’s surprise, included his politics into the reasons why he is not an honoree, saying in 2011 on a blog for Guitar World that his exclusion is an “embarrassing denial of historical and current truth and evidence.”

“I have some really clear thoughts,” Nugent told MyGlobalMind. “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 Grand Master 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?

“Joe Walsh nailed it; he said, ‘It’s not music lover driven.’ He used the word fan, and it’s not fan driven. Its ultra leftist liberal CEO driven gang who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the music. I’m not taking away from the 90% of the people in it. I genuflect at the altar of all those great musicians like my friends in Cheap Trick, Journey, ZZ Top, and Kiss. They all deserve to be in there. I would like you to find a human being and walk up to, look at them eye to eye 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 & Roll!'”

Not all agreed, with David Crosby saying the Nuge “could not write a decent song if his life depended on it.”

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