KISS Refuses to Perform at Rock Hall Induction


If you’re a Kiss fan, don’t expect to see the band’s original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss reunited onstage for the April 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In a Friday Associated Press (AP) interview, Stanley let it be known that the band is upset that the Rock Hall is only inducting original Kiss members, leaving current band members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer in the lurch. Stanley made it clear that Kiss will not perform at the Rock Hall induction, because its members believe the Hall is trying to strong-arm the band into a reunion of its original members.

Kiss formed in 1973, with original members Criss leaving the band in 1980 and Frehley following in 1982. Various musicians filled in throughout the 80’s, but Singer and Thayer have been mainstays since 1992 and 2003 respectively. During his AP interview, Paul expressed his frustration with the situation, pointing out instances in the past when the Rock Hall did include members of bands who weren’t part of the band’s original lineup, adding that the Hall’s criteria seems very inconsistent. A representative of the Rock Hall has yet to comment on Kiss’s refusal to perform at this year’s induction ceremony.

With Kiss finally making the Rock Hall this year and the Canadian rock trio Rush being inducted in 2013, two of the biggest snubs on most rock enthusiast’s lists have been crossed off. That moves bands such as Boston, Chicago (maybe the Rock Hall doesn’t like bands named after a city?), Journey and The Cars to the top of most lists. The bands’ credentials certainly make them worthy of consideration.

A classic rock station couldn’t respectfully call itself that if it didn’t play staples such as Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and “Don’t Look Back.” Further, the band’s debut single, “Long Time,” holds the distinction of being the best selling debut single of all-time, selling 17 million copies.

Chicago dominated the charts in the 1970’s with its unique blend of rock, jazz, funk and blues, producing more Billboard hits in the decade than any other band. In a time when music packaging was almost as important as the music, the band also produced innovative and provocative album designs.

If you are a Journey fan, then you “Faithfully” believe that the band will one day make it to the Rock Hall. The band enjoyed great success in the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s with hits like “Wheel in the Sky,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which was used to close out one of the most iconic series in television history, The Sopranos.

Much like Journey, The Cars also saw great success beginning in the late 70’s and continuing into the 80’s. During that time, the band produced 16 top 40 hits, including four top ten singles, producing memorable songs such as “Good Times Roll,” “Drive” and “Let’s Go.” Further, the band’s frontman, Rick Ocasek, married the lovely and talented model-actress Paulina Porizkova in 1989, which certainly adds to the band’s rock and roll “cred.”

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Jethro Tull, Steve Miller Band, Yes, The Doobie Brothers and Cheap Trick round out the who’s who of bands that most rock and roll enthusiasts include on their Rock Hall snubs list. Acts are eligible for the Rock Hall 25 years after their first album release.

While a host of iconic rock and roll bands will need to wait at least one more year to join the Rock Hall, fans who tune into the 29th-annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when it airs on HBO in May will see Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt  honored along with Kiss. There will also be an award for musical excellence given to Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. What fans won’t see is a much awaited reunion of original Kiss members, as the band has made it clear that they won’t be performing at this year’s Rock Hall induction.

By Scott Merrow

The Huffington Post
Chicago Tribune

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