Longview pays off rocker Ted Nugent to no-show
March 21, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.
After rocker Ted Nugent became an issue during <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/news/state/nugent-backlash-rare-misstep-for-texas-gop/article_053858a9-a64a-5dad-b44b-f3fe4986b0f6.html" target="_blank">a campaign swing</a> with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, the city of Longview pulled the plug on Nugent's possible appearance at a Fourth of July celebration.
A city spokesman said Longview and its talent booking agency were in conversations with Nugent's agent to make him the headliner who would play inside the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center at the Fireworks and Freedom Celebration this Independence Day.
But after the national hullabaloo over Nugent's incendiary comments about the president and song lyrics suggesting child molestation, the city paid to keep him away.
<em>This story will be updated online and in Saturday's Longview News-Journal.</em>