Tom Morello speaks about his unlikely friendship with Ted Nugent

“While we certainly have differences, I consider him a friend.”

Tom Morello and Ted Nugent

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Tom Morello has spoken about his friendship with Ted Nugent, and how it relates to their wildly differing political views.

Morello is known for his left-wing views, and Nugent is known for being an outspoken conservative. Morello told the Howard Stern Show how the friendship began, despite their differences: “For his 60th birthday, someone reached out to me and said, ‘We’re making a video, and we’re asking guitar players [to contribute].

“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: 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 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.”

Nugent was a fervent supporter of former US president Donald Trump, and circulated claims of electoral fraud following Joe Biden’s victory last year. He claimed that “hundreds of thousands of dead people” had their vote counted, and that machines were “rigged” to give a Donald Trump vote to Joe Biden.

Morello, on the other hand, called Trump an “orange-faced demagogue” and has played shows with “fuck Trump” written on his guitar.

You can see a snippet of Morello’s interview below.

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