Ted Nugent says that "it's sacrilege" that he has not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The conservative rocker, who has been eligible for the honor as a solo artist since 2000, has enjoyed a remarkably successful and eventful musical career over the past five decades, but his music is increasingly overshadowed by his political outbursts.
Asked in a new interview with Myglobalmind what his thoughts are on the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and whether we will ever see him there, Nugent responded: "I have some really clear thoughts. It's sacrilege. It's ultimately disrespectful and cruel to Chuck [Berry], Bo [Diddley] and Little Richard and all the founding fathers in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Because the Rock And 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 Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith and ABBA are in the Rock And 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 [when] he said, 'It's not music-lover-driven.' He used the word 'fan,' and it's not fan-driven. It's 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 percent 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 [them], look at them eye to eye and believe them when they say Ted Nugent should not be in the Rock And 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 And Roll Hall Of Fame is a joke. Ted Nugent is rock and roll.'"
In a 2017 interview with the Q103 radio station, Nugent said that the "only reason" he hasn't been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is his involvement with the National Rifle Association. He explained: "Jan Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone [magazine] 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 [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 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 went on to reiterate his belief that that rappers and non-rock artists like Madonna don't belong in the Hall Of Fame. "I mean, why don't you just piss on Chuck Berry's grave, you know what I mean?" he said.
According to Ted, the fact that both Patti Smith and Grandmaster Flash have been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is the result of "political correctness," which he calls "a self-inflicted and embarrassing scourge." He added in a mocking tone: "Yeah, Grandmaster Flash is rock and roll. And I'm a gay pirate."