Tom Morello Says He And Ted Nugent Certainly Have Differences While Opening Up About Their Relationship
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello opened up about his relationship with rock veteran Ted Nugent during an interview with The Howard Stern Show and revealed that despite the differences when it comes to their political view, the two guitarists are actually friends.
As many of you know, Ted Nugent is known for his support for the U.S. Republican Party and various associated conservative causes, particularly gun rights and hunter’s rights. He is a supporter of former President Donald Trump and his views have been often considered racist by many, therefore, there are numerous musicians and bands who outcasted him in the rock and roll world.
On the other hand, Tom Morello is everything opposite of Nugent when it comes to politics and worldviews since Morello is a member of the labor union the Industrial Workers of the World, it’s fair to say he does not like Donald Trump as he referred to Trump as an ‘orange-faced demagogue’ couple of years ago.
During a recent interview, Tom Morello revealed that he and Ted Nugent have differences for sure, however, they also have things in common such as their love for music, especially for rock and roll, their respect for black artists, and musicians who created rock and roll, therefore, the two remain friends regardless of their different opinions.
Here is what Morello said:
“For his 60th birthday, someone reached out to me and said, We’re making a video, and we’re asking guitar players. At the time, the Ted Nugent which was sort of known in the world in general was this kind of more right-wing caricature — people were not thinking of him, first and foremost, as the guy who shredded on ‘Stranglehold.’ But then I had to think, ‘What is the video that I’m going to make for Ted’s birthday?’ And I put some thought into it, and I said, ‘It’s gonna be about two things. One, it’s gonna be things that Tom Morello and Ted Nugent have in common,’ and I went down this long list of free-speech advocates, our love of rock and roll, our respect for black artists who created rock and roll. And then the second was things that Ted Nugent taught an adolescent Tom Morello about sex. And then I went through ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ — these strange words, like the lyrics to the song ‘Cat Scratch Fever,’ the lyrics to the song ‘Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,’ which were utterly foreign to me, and I had to ask about on the playground. Anyway, so Ted called me up after that. And while we certainly have differences, I consider him a friend.“
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