The words “Gene Simmons” and “timid” don’t typically belong in the same sentence together, so it came as little surprise when, last month, the
KISS frontman yet again bemoaned his band’s exclusion from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ”It’s become a joke,” Simmons told Rolling Stone last month. “We’ve been
thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.'”

Simmons, as well as members of the KISS Army, have long lamented the induction of pop-leaning acts like Madonna and ABBA. It goes beyond comments in the press, though: In 2006, 500-some KISS diehards descended upon the Cleveland-based museum to protest the absence of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

In 2009, finally, the costumed rockers got a nod. Thirty-six years after the release of their self-titled debut, the members of KISS were nominated for induction in 2010 ­ the first time since becoming eligible in 1999 ( eligibility becomes possible 25 years following the act’s first album). Election by the Rock Hall’s committee of 500+ so-called “Rock Experts” ­ music industry figures, musicians, journalists, historians escaped the act, and they’ve yet to be nominated since.

Despite a 13-year snub, there is some hope for KISS, says Jim Henke, the Rock Hall’s VP of Exhibits and Curatorial Affairs.

“My view on it is: I think you can make a good case that KISS probably should be in here [the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame],” Henke tells CBS Radio. “It’s interesting that they [KISS] keep talking about it, but I think there are a number of artists that should be inducted. Over time, artists that are overlooked when they hit eligibility are inducted. This year, for example, you see someone like the Faces/the Small Faces, or Donovan ­ who has been eligible for many, many years ­ get into the Rock Hall. And I think we’ll continue to see more of that. We’ll see what happens with the KISS’es of the world.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has its proverbial hands full preparing for this year’s induction of  Guns N Roses, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, and more, with the ceremony to take place this Saturday (April 14) in Cleveland. But soon enough ­ this fall, says Henke ­ nominations will roll out once more ­ possibly with KISS’s name on it.

Jillian Mapes, CBS Local

Note: One of the “Rock experts” on the nominating committee has said anonymously that he/she stays on the committee for the sole purpose of keeping KISS out. -SV

  1. Floyd Gould says:

    KISS are THE GODS of Rock and Roll…so they should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago! KISS’ debut Album was released in 1974..KISS has great Rock and Roll Music love it or hate it..KISS has proven themselves since the 1970′s! KISS should be in the Hall of Fame! The most frequent criticism of the Hall of Fame is that the nomination process is controlled by a few individuals who are not themselves musicians, such as founder Jann Wenner (who has filled the position of managing editor for Rolling Stone magazine), former foundation director Suzan Evans, and writer Dave Marsh, reflecting their personal tastes rather than the views of the rock world as a whole. Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. KISS was released in 1974. KISS exploded in the 1970’s to be one of Rock biggest bands and are still strong and active today, as they still sell out huge tours and release new music ( Sonic Boom 2009 debuted #2). 42 Gold and 16 Platinum Records….Millions of people love KISS and their music, and so they market bigger and badder than everyone. KISS has so many fans it’s called the KISS Army. Some of Rock’s biggest selling tours with the greatest live rock show ever…they influenced the pyro and lighting of music concerts while raising the bar in concerts. Influence? KISS were fans of Led Zep, the Stones, The Who, etc. so I listen to these other bands because of KISS. Then KISS introduced me and the USA to Van Halen, ACDC, Iron Madien, Cheap Trick because KISS let these bands open for them. AS far as famous people whom were influenced by KISS there is Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Garth Brooks, Anthrax, Poison, Pearl Jam, Lenny Kravitz, Motley Crue, Guns and Roses, Gwar, Taylor Swift, Rob Zombie, Skid Row, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Nirvana, Warrant, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails , Marilyn Manson ,Twisted Sister, Weezer, along with thousands of Tribute Bands all over the world….Ace Frehley influenced many to pick up a Les Paul and try to play..Peter Criss made many want to be drummers! How many people have rocked and rolled Gene Simmons style by sticking out their tongue and flashin’ a demon hand sign…Paul Stanley IS Rock and Roll at its finest a shinning Rock Star!….KISS has many great songs..Rock and Roll songs. and play their instruments..Even though KISS’ whole dressing-up thing was a gimmick, musically they’re just a terrific rock ‘n’ roll band. KISS SHOULD BE IN THE ROCK AN ROLL HALL OF FAME!

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