Ted Nugent has listed himself along with rock legends Queen, AC/DC, and Rolling Stones while talking about the most influential figures in rock music history.

Ted Nugent is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to fame with the band The Amboy Dukes. He then pursued a prolific solo career after dissolving the band. During his music career, Nugent also contributed to the works of other artists with his distinctive singing, such as Derek St. Holmes, Brian Howe, and Meat Loaf. Currently, Ted Nugent is still making new music and recently completed working on his latest studio album titled ‘Detroit Muscle.’

Being active in the music scene since 1964, Ted Nugent revealed his thoughts on the current state of rock music during a chat with David Nino Rodriguez. Nugent started his words by mentioning Queen’s and Freddie Mercury’s musical talent and creativity and noted that they enriched the music world. He then said Queen consisted of gifted virtuosos with an unbelievable work ethic.

Nugent then commented on the effects of technology on the music industry. Following that, he went on to say that today’s rock music has not lost its soul. Nugent then mentioned the musicians he’s considered the most prominent and influential such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, AC/DC, and more. While giving these iconic bands as examples, he also included Ted Nugent’s music along with them.

Nugent then spoke of the current state of rock music. He said that all these musicians and their music have a gift of soulfulness and liberty. Ted also argued that Foo Fighters and Greta Van Fleet create great music, and in this way, they represent today’s rock music in the right way.

In the interview, Ted Nugent told David Nino Rodriguez that:

“A big hallelujah that Freddie Mercury’s gift of talent and soulfulness, musical creativity and adventure that so enriched everyone’s lives. Queen’s music and Freddie Mercury’s musical vision and spirit – it enriched the world. It’s the soundtrack, these magical pieces by the band Queen, just gifted virtuosos.

And their work ethic – to achieve that level of success and uninhibited musical outrage takes an unbelievable man-in-the-arena work ethic. So, a salute to the Queen band and Freddie Mercury. But how prophetic.

Because those words have iron, and we are horrifically living in that time now where technology has literally deterred people from practicing the guitar so that you could play like Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen and Billy Gibbons and Tommy Shaw, my Damn Yankees musical genius buddies and all the incredible musicians in my life. I’ve been surrounded by the best of the best forever.

But, no, music has not lost its soul. The biggest, most powerfully impacting music today is Van Halen, Montrose, ZZ Top, Foreigner, Queen, The Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, The Damn Yankees, the Ted Nugent music, the Blackfoot, the Brownville Station, the AC/DC.

I mean, all that music is so unleashed in its ferocity and soulfulness and uninhibitedness. Foo Fighters create some great stuff, and Greta Van Fleet from Michigan create some great stuff. That’s it.”

You can watch the full interview below.