KISS: Not Alone in Ruining a Special Day
KISS are catching flak from fans and folks in the music industry for refusing to perform when they’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th in Brooklyn, New York. But they aren’t the first and certainly won’t be the last to refuse.
A list was compiled of the “10 acts who ruined their own Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony,” and it’s quite impressive:
•Guns n’ Roses – Axl Rose refused to attend their 2012 induction, and requested that he “not be inducted in absentia.”
•Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1993 – John Fogerty was cordial to former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford during his acceptance speech, but then refused to have them perform with him.
•Sex Pistols – 2006 – None of the members showed up.
•Blondie – 2006 – Deborah Harry refused to let former guitarist Frank Infante and bassist Nigel Harrison perform with the band, despite Infante’s pleas at the podium.
•The Supremes – 1988 – Diana Ross was a no-show.
•The Beatles – 1988 – Paul McCartney was a no-show as he was not on the best of terms with the rest of the band over some business issues.
•Grateful Dead – 1994 – Jerry Garcia was a no-show, but the rest of the Dead, all decked out in tuxedos, brought up a life-size cardboard cut-out of their leader. And ironically, every member of the Dead was inducted, which is what Paul Stanley wants to see happen with KISS.
•The Band – 1994 – Levon Helm was a no-show, leaving Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson and Garth Hudson to play with the house band and special guest Eric Clapton, who inducted them.
•Van Morrison – 1993 – A no-show.
•Van Halen – 2007 – With Eddie Van Halen in rehab, Alex Van Halen opted not to attend, as did David Lee Roth, leaving Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar as the lone members.
•Pink Floyd – 1996 – Roger Waters was a no-show as he was still on the outs with the rest of the band.
•Black Sabbath – 2006 – All four members attended, but they refused to perform.
KISS have one big-name supporter in their decision not to perform. Mega-fan and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says, “I’ve got Gene Simmons tattooed on my leg, so whatever Gene says is what goes… Would I wanna see the four original dudes back in makeup one more time? Of course I would, as a fan. But bands don’t do things dictated by what the audience wants. A band would last about a year if that’s how you worked… KISS has been around for 40 years and are bigger now than they were in 1977 because Gene and Paul make smart decisions… So, why people get so upset over these things, I really don’t understand.”