KISS: Rock Hall Riffing
|Gene Simmons isn't pulling any punches over KISS's omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has been eligible since 1999 and nominated once, in 2009. He tells Rolling Stone, "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... 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 adds, "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."
Pete Seeger was inducted in 1996, and Tone-Loc has never been nominated.