Ted Nugent Knows Exactly Why He’s Not In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – And Who’s To Blame For It
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Ted Sounds Off On Rock Hall
Like The Monkees and all too many others, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent knows exactly why he’s not likely to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – and he even knows who’s to blame.
Ted’s more than met the Rock Hall’s prerequisites for induction. His double platinum 1975 debut album made him eligible for induction as of 2000 and with over 30 million records sold worldwide, it’s safe to say that the weight the Rock Hall committee gives to “the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll” is also satisfied.
So what’s the problem?
Ted points his finger at “political correctness,” setting his sights squarely on Rolling Stone co-founder and Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner, who he says “hates” both the NRA and Ted’s affiliation with the gun rights advocacy group.
“And so I’m on the board of directors of the NRA, Jann 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,” he told Albany’s Q103.
Ted’s not the first artist to call out Wenner and the Rock Hall powers that be.
In 2007, The Monkees’ Peter Tork revealed that while he doesn’t know why The Monkees have yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or whether they even belong there, “it’s pretty clear that we’re not in there because of a personal whim.” Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi leveled similar criticism at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prior to his own induction earlier this year, citing several members of the voting board “making it their personal mission” to keep Bon Jovi from being inducted.
Despite his exclusion, Ted wouldn’t balk at the chance to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if it ever comes around – in fact, he’d be overjoyed.
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is paying tribute and homage to geniuses who gave us the ultimate soundtrack for our American Dream,” said Nugent. “I’m all in, man, I’m genuinely moved, and I’m glad there is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”