Ted Nugent may be infamous for radiating disdain for animal-rights activists, but heretofore, no one has alleged that he might treat his own fans in a less-than-kind manner.
But now such an allegation has come to pass.
Ron and Krishelle Bennett, a couple from Lincoln, Nebraska, filed a lawsuit Monday that accuses Nugent of reneging on a deal that would have found the pair dining with the guitarist before enjoying front-row seats at his August 25 show opening for Kiss at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The suit specifies fraud and breach of contract.
The Bennetts say that in an eBay auction initiated by Nugent to raise funds for his wilderness-oriented "Kamp for Kids," they paid Nugent $1,535 for a pair of all-access backstage passes that would have guaranteed the previously described perks, as well.
But instead of feasting on venison medallions with Nuge himself (one of his mottoes is, "You Can't Grill It Until You Kill It"), followed by the experience of having their synapses singed at close range by his fretboard fusillades, the Bennetts say they were presented only with limited-access passes.
Furthermore, they allege that Nugent spoke to them only briefly before the show, after which the two were given tickets, each with the face value of $45, about 30 rows back from the front row. After complaining, the Bennetts were allowed to watch the show from the side of the stage.
Ron Bennett told the Associated Press that Nugent had crushed his belief in the redemptive qualities of "Cat Scratch Fever" (RealAudio excerpt), "Free for All," "Stranglehold" and every single other rock composition not written by Nuge himself. "The guy was my hero," Bennett said. "I was thrilled to see him, and he basically destroyed my faith in rock and roll."
Doug Banker, Nugent's manager, said neither he nor Nugent has been served with any lawsuit. Banker said that based on what he'd read in news reports, the suit "is totally without merit and frivolous."