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Ted Nugent concert at Vina Robles is canceled

Classic rocker Ted Nugent is known for the songs "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold" and "Wango Tango."
Classic rocker Ted Nugent is known for the songs "Cat Scratch Fever," "Stranglehold" and "Wango Tango."

Controversial rocker Ted Nugent’s upcoming concert in Paso Robles has been canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances,” according to show promoter Nederlander Concerts.

The news comes after similar cancellations prompted at least in one case by derogatory remarks Nugent made about President Barack Obama.

Known for his outspoken conservative politics and hit songs including "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold,” Nugent was set to perform July 13 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre.

Jessica Puchli of Nederlander Concerts said she did not know if there are any plans to reschedule the show. Refunds are available “at point of purchase” for those who have already bought tickets, she said. Vina Robles Amphitheatre is on the grounds of Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery.

Earlier this month, the Clark County Fair announced it was canceling Nugent’s Aug. 5 concert in Ridgefield, Wash., citing a contractual issue.

In April, organizers in Fort Knox, Ky., canceled Nugent’s planned June 23 performance at the U.S. Army base after learning the rocker had called Obama a “subhuman mongrel” in a January interview with

In March, the city of Longview, Texas, paid $16,250 to end contract negotiations with Nugent, who was being considered to headline a Fourth of July concert.

Nugent courted controversy in San Luis Obispo County in 2001 when the rocker performed at the California Mid-State Fair. Fairgoers complained about his high-volume use foul language — prompting then-fair CEO John Alkire to issue a press release formally apologizing for "the excessive noise levels and inappropriate lyrics."

Nugent, for his part, agreed to donate $2,000 to a fair agricultural fund.