Rock Hall of Fame credibility questioned by Kiss
Obviously buoyed from last week’s tour announcement and feeling in the mood to put right the world of rock, Kiss’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley have turned their attentions from pop singer Rihanna to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Well, they have never been nominated themselves – despite selling over 40 million records since 1973 – which would certainly explain some of their angst, but they do have a point.
Simmons is only too aware of how the inductees are chosen by the selected 500 “rock experts”, with various artists from other music genres somehow finding their way into the honours list, thus cheapening the accolade.
“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 and Tone Loc.
“Who the f**k 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.”
Paul 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.”
I’m not sure these comments will have helped their chances of being inducted in the future, but I suppose they could take the Sex Pistols view…