WOODTV.com is reporting that Ted Nugent took center stage in a Muskegon courtroom for a trial in which he is suing organizers of the Muskegon Summer Celebration after his June 2003 concert was cancelled.
The concert was cancelled after the rocker allegedly used derogatory racial slurs during a radio interview in Denver prior to the concert in West Michigan. Nugent has denied the allegations.
The nine jurors will decide if Nugent is owed $89,000 for the concert that he did not perform.
Nugent took the witness stand and testified that he did use the "N" word during that interview, because he was quoting a famous African-American musician who used the word to pay a-then teenage Nugent a compliment.
Nugent said he was stunned and then dismayed by the cancelled concert, because the self-described former Michiganiac looked forward to coming home. Even though a contract was never signed, Nugent says the concert was announced and tickets were sold, he was ready to play.
"It was on the itinerary, it was discussed amongst band and crew, management, family…because it was a return to Michigan, my entire family was planning on joining me there. We all get together whenever we can geographically. So yes, it was as confirmed as a concert can be," Nugent told the courtroom.
Attorneys for the organizers are now cross-examining Nugent.
Photos of Nugent on the stand can be viewed at WOODTV.com.