During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, KISS frontman Paul Stanley took time to salute the band’s fans while taking a swipe at chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, Jann Wenner, when asked if he ever sees a day when KISS will be inducted into the Rock Hall. “Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner,” Stanley said.
“Look, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is marketing,” he continued. “You’ve got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Songwriter Hall Of Fame? Absolutely.”
He went on to plead his case, saying: “It’s absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we’re not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don’t need the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.”
For the 14th year in a row, KISS has been passed up for inclusion into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Had they been inducted in 1999, the year they were first eligible, they would have entered with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, and Curtis Mayfield, among others. That year, instead of KISS joining those legends in the Hall, the late Del Shannon was inducted — an artist, whose influence and fan-base simply can’t be compared to the New York rockers. Over the years, KISS has watched such ’70s peers as AEROSMITH, the RAMONES, AC/DC, ZZ TOP, the SEX PISTOLS, the STOOGES, and Alice Cooper enter before them.
KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone last year about once again being shut out of the Rock Hall: “It’s become a joke. We’ve been thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.’ In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is such an insult to MADONNA, BLONDIE. . . Who the fuck knows what other disco act is in there? It’s an insult to them because they don’t get to be in the ‘Dance Hall Of Fame’, because that’s what they do. They’re legitimate dance, disco artists. They don’t belong in rock and roll.”
Stanley added: “The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has reached a point where they’re really scrounging and scratching to find someone left that they consider viable. With all due respect, when you get to Patti Smith, you’re about two steps away from Pete Seeger.”
Gene Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio that awards hold little allure for him, since it’s the fans that ultimately decide who stays around and who doesn’t: “Our awards are under the ‘K’ section in record stores. Every time somebody goes out and plunks down their hard-earned money — either for a KISS ticket or for an album — that’s the award, and reward.”