Ted Nugent on His Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Exclusion: "They're All on Dope"
"They put Patti Smith in because they all got high with her"
Published Jun 28, 2021Ted Nugent has an explanation for why he has yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it's about as stupid as you'd expect from the anti-mask, one-time COVID-denying, My Pillow guy-defender.
According to Uncle Ted, the reason he has yet to be recognized for his influence on rock music is simple: the voting committee is stoned.
"For a couple of simple reasons," he explained in conversation with Eric Carroll of the hilariously titled Dad Talk Today podcast. "'Cause I'm on the board of directors of the NRA and I'm anti-dope. Everybody there hates the NRA and doesn't think you should be able to defend yourself, and they're all on dope. That's it in a nutshell. But you know what? Even as I'm responding — I'm not angry and I'm not hurt — I don't take it personally."
Nugent continued: "How dare you call it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when you have the gods of musical genius like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and then you put in Patti Smith, Grandmaster Flash, ABBA, but not Ted Nugent? You just lost all credibility."
He added: "They put Patti Smith in because they all got high with her."
This year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted some arguably more influential artists, including Foo Fighters, JAY-Z, the Go-Go's, Todd Rundgren, Carole King and Tina Turner.
Listen to Nugent's Dad Talk Today interview below.