KISS fans have spoken and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has listened. The bad boys of rock have finally gotten the nod and will be inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame being held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next April.
Fans of the glam rockers have been lobbying for their induction for years. Even their harshest critics have complained over their obvious snub. However, KISS fans finally got their chance to vote and they were the clear winners. KISS fans, known as the KISS Army, are some of the most loyal fans in rock and roll. They have finally gotten their wish.
With nearly 1.4 million people voting for over 16 nominess, KISS took over 17 percent of the votes with a total of 239,417. Close second was 90’s grunge band Nirvana who took nearly 16 percent of the votes with a total of 218,155.
The question remains as to whether or not the entire band will be on hand at the Barclays Center on April 10th. Bassist and founder of KISS, Gene Simmons, has recently said that even if the band were to be inducted that founding members, drummer Peter Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley, would not receive an invitation. Simmons claims that both Criss and Frehley have had three chances to be part of the band and they blew it.
Peter Criss and Ace Frehley both briefly left the band in the 80’s. They were replaced by drummer Eric Carr (Criss) and guitarist Vinnie Vincent (Frehley). In 1995 both Gene Simmons and co-Founder Paul Stanley contacted Criss and Frehley and asked if there was any interest in reuniting for a few songs during an appearance on MTV’s Unplugged. Both men agreed and it set off months of speculation that there was a possible reunion in the works. In 1996 KISS fans finally got their wish when the original foursome appeared at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. However, the reunion was short-lived and both Criss and Frehley were replaced once again.
Since it’s the original four that are being honored as inductees Ace Frehley claims that Simmons cannot keep him from attending the ceremony in April and he plans on being there no matter what.
Another 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nirvana, made the cut because their music not only changed the music industry, introducing us all to the grunge genre, but because their band has stood the test of time. It’s amazing to think that the group only had a few years together before troubled lead singer Kurt Cobain took his life in 1994 at the age of 27. Former drummer Dave Grohl picked himself back up and went on to form the band Foo Fighters while former bassist Krist Novoselic left music behind. Since artists are eligible to be inducted 25 years after the release of their first recording, Nirvana has made it in just under the wire in their first year of eligibility.
Other nominees this year include Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and solo artist, Peter Gabriel, who already received induction in 2010 with his former band, Genesis.
KISS fans have spoken and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally listened. The ceremony promises to be filled with fantastic music and, if we are lucky, a little drama from the masked group who have waited so long for this honor.
By Mary Kay Love