A Longview resident speaks out against the city's decision to book Ted Nugent (Source: KLTV staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
Things got a little loud in Longview Thursday evening over Ted Nugent.
A city council meeting was packed with people discussing the decision to cancel Nugent's performance at an upcoming Fourth of July event. The city had to pay the rocker $16,000 for him to cancel the show.
At Thursday night's meeting, residents were outspoken about the city's decision to hire Nugent in the first place.
"Unfortunately, due to inexperience, lack of communication, some of our staff members were very unaware of entertainment contracts as acts were being vetted," said Longview Mayor Jay Dean.
Mayor Dean did not dance around the issue. At the very beginning of Thursday's meeting, he apologized to citizens about the way the Nugent situation was handled.
"Unfortunately, good intentions don't always turn out good," added Dean.
His apology did not appease many of the residents who packed the room to voice their opinions on the issue.
"The problem is people in leadership positions thought it was okay to have someone of Mr. Nugent's background. If it had been a private promoter that's one thing but not the City of Longview," said one Longview resident.
The majority of those who spoke came to speak against the decision to consider Nugent in the first place, but there were some who showed their support for him as well.
"Ted Nugent, he's a bit radical, but he's an American. He's a vet, does a lot for conservationism. Doesn't drink, doesn't smoke," said one man.
At this time, the City of Longview has not decided who will replace Nugent at the Fourth of July concert at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. Singer Chubby Checker has expressed an interest in performing at the show.