He said: “This isn’t ego. I have an ego, because I have self-esteem, because I put my heart and soul into being the best that I can be. If you run a race and your chest breaks the ribbon and you’ve won the race, I think you can look in the camera and go, ‘Man, I’m fast. Man, I ran good.’ I think that should be celebrated. Excellence should always be celebrated.
“But remember, those people in the musical [sic] industry who make those decisions about who’s best and who is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, they hate me because I’m against dope. And I am against dope. I don’t think it’s good. I don’t want my sons and daughters, I don’t want my grandkids, I don’t want my pilots, I don’t want my band, I don’t want my crew stoned. I don’t want them comfortably numb.
“I don’t wanna have to wake ’em up three times to get to the gig. I don’t wanna have to remind ’em how the song goes. I’ve had this all my life. And these people in charge of deciding this, they don’t like me because I’m on the board of directors with the highest votes for 25 years on the National Rifle Association. They somehow blame inanimate tools on crime.”
Nugent continued: “I 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 best. Steve Vai. Joe Satriani.
“Hell, Vic [Johnson] in Sammy Hagar‘s band is an unbelievable guitar player. Derek St. Holmes is an unbelievable guitar player. Brad Whitford… I could go on and on and on — unlimited. But to think that I don’t qualify in the top one hundred of guitar players in America is just a stupid lie. Case closed.”