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There has been plenty of debate over the years concerning which acts should be part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and though he’s yet to be chosen for induction, Ted Nugent believes that he belongs and could provide one of the more memorable moments in induction history. But during a recent chat with Albany Q103 host Tigman, the “Motor City Madman” feels there’s one reason in particular he won’t be inducted anytime soon.
“Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone and the boss hog at Rock and 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, twenty-six years with some of the highest votes except for Charlton Heston,” says Nugent. “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 so I’m on the board of directors of the NRA, Jan Wenner hates the Second Amendment, so that’s the only reason I’m not in the Rock and Roll of Fame. 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.”
Nugent says that he’s in the “most important Rock Hall in the world,” which is being an artist who has played 6,615 concerts. “That’s a ‘We the People’ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” says the singer/guitarist.
When asked what he might do if he ever did get the call, Nugent said that he would attend and promised a moving moment. “I will lead the most important moment in the history of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame,” says Nugent. “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 the Rock And 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 And Roll Hall of Fame.”
And much like Gene Simmons, Nugent also says he has an issue with who’s being inducted, questioning the inclusion of rap and pop acts like Madonna and Grandmaster Flash. “I mean, why don’t you just piss on Chuck Berry’s grave, you know what I mean?” stated Nugent, later adding, “Yeah, Grandmaster Flash is rock and roll. And I’m a gay pirate.”
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