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Derogatory racial remarks made by veteran rocker Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the Muskegon (Mich.) Summer Celebration. Festival officials canceled his concert following an interview last week witDerogatory racial remarks made by veteran rocker Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the Muskegon (Mich.) Summer Celebration. Festival officials canceled his concert following an interview last week with two Denver disc jockeys in which the DJs say he used slurs for Asians and blacks.
Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, morning talk-show hosts on radio station KRFX-FM Denver, said they stopped the May 5 live interview with Nugent after he made the remarks.
Following discussions with community leaders, Summer Celebration's board decided "it was in the best interest of the community" to drop Nugent from the festival lineup, Summer Celebration President Joe Austin told The Muskegon Chronicle. The festival runs June 26-July 6.
The festival scrambled to replace Nugent on the June 30 bill, and has booked classic rock veteran Pat Benatar and Blues Traveler in his place.
A Nugent spokesperson would not comment on the festival's decision. Described on its Web site as "Michigan's most complete festival" and "#1 for family fun," the Muskegon Summer Celebration will also host shows by LL Cool J, the Allman Brothers, Michelle Branch, Aaron Tippin, Pinmonkey, 3 Doors Down, Our Lady Peace, Huey Lewis & the News, the Commodores, Joe Cocker, and others.
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