Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nugent's Rants Make Him Sound Even Worse

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nugent's Rants Make Him Sound Even Worse

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Perpetually hostile nostalgia act Ted Nugent will never have to worry about what he'll wear to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. It ain't happening.

Thirty-five years after recording "Cat Scratch Fever," a forgettable song with a memorable chorus that climbed no higher than No. 30 on the Billboard singles chart, the Motor City Madman is officially a dreary caricature of the bare-chested showman that was already a cliche in the '70s.

Without discounting Mr. Nugent's considerable skills as a shredder and antic stage performer over the decades, it's ludicrous for a guy with one memorable riff to his name to whine about not being included in the same hallowed company as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Mr. Nugent blames his exclusion on disapproval of his pro-gun activism by the Cleveland institution's biggest underwriter, Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner. Of course, Elvis shot up a lot of televisions in his day, but that didn't prevent him from being included on the first ballot. In fact, all of the inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the possible exception of ABBA, are bad asses in their own way.

But Ted Nugent? Well, he's just nuts. Still, there's always hope that he'll find himself immortalized in some future Motor Mouth Hall of Shame accessible to anyone with a quotient of moronic utterances as high as his.

This week, the Secret Service met with the 64-year-old before he took the stage in Oklahoma. The men responsible for protecting the president had some questions for the performer who once shouted during a 2007 concert: "Obama, he's a piece of [excrement] and I told him to suck my machine gun. ... Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless [expletive]. Any questions? Freeeeeeeedom!"

Mr. Nugent's admiration for President Obama hasn't exactly grown over the years. His rhetoric has become even more derogatory toward the Democrats in general and Mr. Obama in particular, an escalation in bad manners that has made him a regular on Fox News' "Hannity" and other low-brow commentary shows.

"Our president and attorney general, or vice president [and] Hillary Clinton, they're criminals," Mr. …

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