Last month, Rush and Heart finally were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after each being passed over for the honor for more than a decade. One legendary rock band that continues to be overlooked by the Rock Hall, much to the chagrin of its rabid fans, is KISS.
The group’s longtime frontman, Paul Stanley, also is apparently pretty frustrated by the snub, while pointing out that the powers that be behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shouldn’t necessarily be considered the authorities in charge of choosing which artists deserve to be recognized.
“Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing,” he declares during a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “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.”
As a case in point, Stanley notes that late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro — best known for writing hits for Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Fifth Dimension and Barbra Streisand — has even beaten KISS into the Rock Hall.
“I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans,” the singer/guitarist maintains. “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.”
Stanley also notes that many established musicians, including Lenny Kravitz, Garth Brooks and Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready, have acknowledged that KISS has had a major influence on their own music and careers. “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,” insists Stanley.
Despite his complaints, Paul says he could take or leave KISS being inducted into the Rock Hall, but says he’d like the band to be acknowledged for the sake of its fans. “I would certainly accept on their behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them,” he says. “But I don’t need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
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