The Reason Ted Nugent And David Crosby Attacked Each Other

Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and the Byrds icon David Crosby may be primarily known for his music career spanning nearly six decades. However, he also has an infamous reputation for being unapologetic about his personal opinions of other musicians. The rocker often shares controversial statements on his official Twitter account and constantly makes it to the headlines with his in-your-face attitude.

One thing the 80-year-old rocker has in common with rock veteran Ted Nugent is that they both never hold themselves back when expressing their opinions. No week goes by without a piece of groundbreaking news by Uncle Ted, who often brings out every matter he cares for during his Facebook Livestreams with much enthusiasm.

When Ted Nugent and David Crosby didn’t see eye to eye following Nugent’s statements about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the argument got heated almost instantly. Both musicians lived up to their reputations while responding to each other. Fortunately for their fans, they eventually showed affection for each other, but still, it was far from a proper conversation. Let’s take a look.

David Crosby And Ted Nugent Got Into A Heated Verbal Fight Over Music And Drugs

In 2018, Ted Nugent opened up about his feelings towards not being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during an interview with MyGlobalMind. According to the musician, it is disrespectful to those who founded it, such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard. He went on to say that it’s crazy how musicians such as Patti Smith and ABBA have been inducted, but he hasn’t.

During the interview, Nugent stated:

“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 & Roll Hall Of Fame. Because the Rock & 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 & Roll Hall of Fame, but Ted fucking Nugent isn’t? Is that the most outrageous and disgusting lie you have ever seen?”

Following this statement, David Crosby, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, shared a post on Twitter and reacted to Nugent’s interview. In his post, Crosby expressed how he found it funny to hear Ted Nugent claiming he deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since he isn’t good enough and never will be.

David Crosby’s tweet follows:

“That is really funny stuff… He’s not good enough and he never will be. A hack player and no singer at all. Could not write a decent song if his life depended on it.”

After seeing that the Byrds’ icon calling him a talentless musician, Uncle Ted shared a post on his official Facebook page and stated that he was named the best guitarist in Michigan, which means everybody but Crosby knows something about music. Furthermore, Nugent linked these comments of the rocker to his years of substance abuse.

In the Facebook post, Nugent shared:

“David clearly is correct for every music lover in the world knows the Michigan rockers don’t know anything about music when they named Ted Nugent the No. 1 guitarist ever in Michigan. Poor David. Proof that substance abuse is not a victimless crime.”

While their fans would expect this feud to last a little longer than this, both rockers decided to end their conversation there following Ted Nugent’s post. It has been three years since David Crosby and Ted Nugent didn’t rekindle this dispute, and they recently interacted once again. This time, they had a relatively less-heated discussion.

The Two Rockers Later Buried The Hatchet, Sort Of

During an interview with Rolling Stone, David Crosby recently opened up about the consequences of his long-term substance addiction. The rocker said that answering any kind of question is hard for him due to his age and former drug addiction, both of which have caused a chronic distraction.

After seeing his honest statement about how destructive substance addiction can be, Ted Nugent couldn’t hold himself and shared the article on his official Facebook page. While thanking the rocker for admitting how addiction left him ‘braindead’ among many other unpleasant accusations, Nugent also expressed his love for the musician.

Nugent’s Facebook post goes:

“Thankfully, he admits that a lifetime of substance abuse has left him mostly braindead disconnected wallowing in self-inflicted ignorance and abject stupidity. He is the perfect spokesman against conservation. Thank you, David. We love you.”

While this interaction doesn’t necessarily scream peace, and Ted Nugent sounded as sarcastic as possible with his post, it was nice to realize that both musicians are actually on the same page, in a different book. Although it’s most likely impossible to see them sharing selfies together, it’s fair to say that they possibly won’t argue with each other in the near future.

You can see the Twitter posts below.