Ted Nugent Says He Wasn’t Hating On Joan Jett: ‘I Even Saluted The Lesbian Thing’
Ted Nugent has defended his current feedback about Joan Jett, saying that he was solely being “trustworthy” when he questioned her inclusion on an inventory of the world’s prime guitar gamers.
Late final month, Ted blasted Rolling Stone journal for together with Jett on its checklist of “100 Greatest Guitarists”. The 73-year-old rocker, whose current time within the highlight has been extra for his political opinions than his music, railed towards Jett‘s look on the checklist throughout his December 30 YouTube livestream. He mentioned: “How do you checklist the highest 100 guitar gamers and never checklist Derek St. Holmes? How do you try this? You try this by mendacity. The identical means you get Grandmaster Flash within the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. You try this by mendacity. You must be a liar. You must have shit for brains and you need to be a soulless, soulless prick to place Joan Jett… [I] love Joan. Some of my best recollections embody lesbians. I really like the lesbians; it is a cocktail of wonderment. [I] love Joan Jett — ‘put one other diamond within the jukebox, child’; nice rock and curler — however as a prime 100 guitar participant, however you do not checklist Rickey Medlocke [LYNYRD SKYNYRD] or Dave Amato [REO SPEEDWAGON]. Really? Or Dick Wagner? Dick Wagner and THE FROST from Detroit. Or Mark Farner? Mark Farner from GRAND FUNK RAILROAD. Joan Jett is on the checklist however not Mark Farner? Grandmaster Flash is within the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame however not GRAND FUNK RAILROAD? [Laughs]
“By the best way, if Grandmaster Flash is within the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Joan Jett is on the checklist of prime 100 guitar gamers, then I’m Caitlyn Jenner‘s boy toy,” he concluded.
After Nugent was extensively criticized for singling out Jett as somebody who did not need to be on the Rolling Stone checklist, he doubled down on his feedback throughout an interview with Dave Spuria of The Real Music Observer. Addressing the damaging suggestions he acquired for his remarks, he mentioned (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I began off by praising Joan Jett‘s real shitkicker, down-to-earth, all-American rock and roll credentials. I began off by praising her. I even saluted the lesbian factor.
“Here’s the query: how on God’s good inexperienced earth may somebody take heed to what I say after which declare it is about hate and about knocking and belittling? Joan‘s superior. I imply, THE RUNAWAYS. Her complete, ‘Put one other diamond within the jukebox, child.’ I imply, she’s the actual rock and roll McCoy. But belonging on the ‘prime 100 guitar participant’ checklist anyplace on planet earth, even ‘Boring’ Stone earlier than real virtuosos of the six-string? That was my assertion. I used to be solely utilizing Joan for instance as a result of she occurs to be an ideal one.”
Addressing Spuria immediately, Nugent continued: “I believe I can inform that you’re a actual music lover — you like spirit and soul, defiance, center fingers on fireplace, real musical authority, all that mixture that represents that dynamic and majestic soundtrack to our lives, our American Dream, and if there’s a German or a Spanish Dream, I hope they get a soundtrack as properly. But Joan Jett represents that. But on the highest 100 guitar gamers checklist, earlier than Tommy Shaw [STYX], earlier than Rickey Medlocke and earlier than Derek St. Holmes — I can go on with 100 examples… I used to be solely utilizing that lovely younger woman for instance, and folks actually went berserk attempting to twist it into hate.
“There was no hate,” Ted added. “I haven’t got any hate. I had my hate amputated once I was 5 years previous. No hate — all love and compassion and honesty. That’s what drives individuals loopy: my honesty.”
Nugent‘s December 2021 feedback weren’t the primary time he had been important of Rolling Stone editor David Fricke‘s selections for “100 Greatest Guitarists”. Four years in the past, he mentioned that he hasn’t gotten the popularity that he deserves as a guitar participant, explaining: “This is not ego. I’ve an ego, as a result of I’ve shallowness, as a result of I put my coronary heart and soul into being the most effective that I may be. If you run a race and your chest breaks the ribbon and you’ve got received the race, I believe you’ll be able to look within the digital camera and go, ‘Man, I’m quick. Man, I ran good.’ I believe that must be celebrated. Excellence ought to at all times be celebrated. But bear in mind, these individuals within the musical [sic] trade who make these selections about who’s greatest and who’s within the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they hate me as a result of I’m towards dope. And I am towards dope. I do not suppose it is good. I do not need my little kids, I do not need my grandkids, I do not need my pilots, I do not need my band, I do not need my crew stoned. I do not need them comfortably numb. I do not wanna must wake ’em up 3 times to get to the gig. I do not wanna must remind ’em how the tune goes. I’ve had this all my life. And these individuals in command of deciding this, they do not like me as a result of I’m on the board of administrators with the very best votes for 25 years on the National Rifle Association. They by some means blame inanimate instruments on crime.”
He continued: “I do know that Jimi Hendrix was a god, and Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and Joe Perry and Joe Bonamassa and Rickey Medlocke and Billy Gibbons and Eddie Van Halen and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Of course they’re the most effective. Steve Vai. Joe Satriani. Hell, Vic [Johnson] in Sammy Hagar‘s band is an unbelievable guitar participant. Derek St. Holmes is an unbelievable guitar participant. Brad Whitford… I may go on and on and on — limitless. But to suppose that I do not qualify within the prime 100 of guitar gamers in America is only a silly lie. Case closed.”
Nugent‘s new studio album, “Detroit Muscle”, is due on April 29 by way of Pavement Music. The follow-up to 2018’s “The Music Made Me Do It” was recorded with Ted‘s present band, which incorporates bassist Greg Smith and drummer Jason Hartless.