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Texas city pays Nugent not to play Fourth of July event

Ted Nugent performs at a concert at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada in this file image from August 11, 2007

Credits: REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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Longview, Texas, has paid rocker Ted Nugent $16,250 not to play its Fourth of July celebrations.

City officials had entered into a verbal contract with Nugent's management to have the controversial singer perform at the Independence Day celebrations, but cancelled after deciding Nugent was "not the right act" for the event, the Longview News-Journal reported.

The fee is half of what Nugent's appearance would have cost the city.

Nugent "didn't really fit what we're trying to put together, a family oriented program," Mayor Jay Dean told the newspaper.

But the move was also likely political because Nugent has been speaking out in favour of Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.

During a radio interview in February, Nugent called U.S. President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel," but later apologized saying he shouldn't have used the "street fight terminology" and instead should have called Obama "the liar that he is."

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