A Lincoln couple is suing Ted Nugent for allegedly reneging on a deal in which they paid for dinner with the rock star and front-row seats at one of his concerts.
Ron and Krishelle Bennett said they paid $1,535 during an eBay Internet auction for unrestricted backstage passes to Nugent's Aug. 25 concert at Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kan. They say they also were promised front-row concert seats and dinner with Nugent.
The Bennetts allege in a lawsuit filed Monday in Lancaster County Court that they were given limited-access backstage passes and that Nugent did not join them for dinner, only talking to them briefly before the concert.
They were then given tickets for seats some 30 rows back, which had a face value of $45 each.
After complaining, the Bennetts were allowed to watch the concert from the side of the stage. The Bennetts said they were ordered to leave the amphitheater when the concert was finished.
"This guy was my hero," said Ron Bennett, 35, a student and part-time bartender. "I was thrilled to see him, and he basically destroyed my entire belief in rock and roll."
The Bennetts are asking for unspecified damages for fraud and a breach of contract.
"He thinks he's the big dog on the block, and I just went away. I want my money back," Bennett said.
The Bennetts also are suing Nugent associate Ward Parker, who reportedly arranged the deal.
Nugent did not return messages left at his office. Parker did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Nugent, 50, rose to fame in the 1970s and is best known for his hit "Cat Scratch Fever."
Known as the "The Motor City Madman," Nugent is an avid hunter who has served on the board of the National Rifle Association. He wrote a book last year titled God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll.
Nugent is to appear Feb. 3-4 at the 21st Annual Outdoor Sportsman's Show in Omaha.