Joan Jett took time out to slam Ted Nugent, who believes she should not have been ranked in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” list. Not too long ago, Nugent defamed Jett on his YouTube livestream for her placement on the magazine’s list at Number 87 by naming other musicians he would’ve preferred to see on the list — and hitting below the belt regarding her alleged sexual preferences.

Nugent mocked Jett by saying, “(I) love Joan. Some of my greatest memories include lesbians. I love the lesbians; it’s a cocktail of wonderment. (I) love Joan Jett — ‘put another dime in the jukebox, baby’; great rock and roller — but as a Top 100 guitar player, but you don’t list Rickey Medlocke or Dave Amato. Really? Or Dick Wagner and the Frost from Detroit. Or Mark Farner? Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad. Joan Jett is on the list but not Mark Farner? Grandmaster Flash is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame but not Grand Funk Railroad (laughs)?. . . You have to have sh** for brains, and you have to be a soulless, soulless pr*** to put Joan Jett.”

Jett, who was promoting her new acoustic album, Changeup, countered in NME, saying, “Is that his implication that he should be on the list instead of me? Well, that’s just typical — it’s what I’ve dealt with my whole life, being written off. Ted Nugent has to live with being Ted Nugent. He has to be in that body, so that’s punishment enough. He’s not a tough guy. He plays a tough guy, but this is the guy who sh** his pants — literally — so he didn’t have to go in the Army. So this is the tough guy who’s running around America, stirring things up against each other.”

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will next perform on May 14th at Macon, Georgia’s Macon City Auditorium.


  • Out now is Changeup — the new 25-track acoustic set from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
  • Here’s the complete track list of Changeup:

“(I’m Gonna) Run Away”
“You’re Too Possessive”
“Long Time”
“Victim Of Circumstance”
“Coney Island Whitefish”
“Love Is Pain”
“Oh Woe Is Me”
“You Drive Me Wild”
“Bad Reputation”
“Fake Friends”
“Fresh Start”
“Soulmates To Strangers”
“Make It Back”
“I Love Playin’ With Fire”
“Cherry Bomb”
“I Want You”
“Crimson And Clover”
“A 100 Feet Away”
“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got”
“School Days”
“Good Music”
“Light Of Day”

CHECK IT OUT: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts performing “Bad Reputation” from 1981’s URGH! A Music War: