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Nugent concert to be held despite petition

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People protested a New Haven night club that will be hosting a Ted Nugent concert Tuesday night.

The woman who led the petition drive said Nugent is a racist, and has made controversial comments, after the Trayvon Martin trial.

Nugent, who is a vocal gun rights advocate, is scheduled to perform Tuesday night at Toad's Place in New Haven.

New Haven Activist Barbara Fair wrote a letter to the owner of Toad's Place, asking for the concert to be canceled, because Nugent said Martin was a 17-year-old "dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe" and that George Zimmerman had no reason not to attack.

Fair even tried to get a meeting with the owner, but that never happened.

"We know at this point, he's not going to cancel," Fair said. "We don't expect him to cancel. At least listen to the voices in the community, who frequent your club all the time."

Dozens of people protested outside of Toad's Place starting at 7 p.m.

However, Nugent fans Tuesday, told Eyewitness News, what the rockstar says off stage is no reason to cancel his rock and roll show.

"Oh man you can't cancel stuff like that. Everyone wants to see him," said one unidentified fan. "There's way more people who want to see him, than people who want to make a stink."

New Haven Police said they would have extra officers here through the concert, to make sure there aren't any issues.

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