kiss-return Andy Greene of Rolling Stone reports: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt will all join the class of 2014. The E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

The induction ceremony will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10th, 2014. It’s the first time the general public will be able to attend the event in New York City. Tickets go on sale in January; HBO will air the event in May.

Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Nirvana, whose first single Love Buzz came out in 1988, are entering the institution their first year of eligibility. “That’s really no surprise to me,” says Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Joel Peresman. “People see the relevancy of that band. We’re just getting into the creative of the show, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with that performance. They have to figure it out.”

KISS have been eligible for the last 15 years, but didn’t get the nod until now. “The Kiss Army has descended on Cleveland in recent years,” says Peresman. “And we’ve gotten thousands of letters. They also did extremely well in the public vote.” (In 2012, the band joked to Rolling Stone, “We’ve been thinking about it and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.'”)

The annual induction ceremony has moved out of the tiny New York Waldorf Astoria Ballroom in recent years into larger venues in Cleveland and Los Angeles, where the public can attend along with music industry insiders.

This year’s event at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is the first time the induction has been held in an arena, making it the largest ceremony in the history of the Hall of Fame. “Bringing in the fans adds an incredible energy to the event,” says Peresman. “The fans should have an opportunity to see the show. They are the reason these bands exist.”

Read more at Rolling Stone.


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  • joseph on

    congrats to kiss and all the fans who in all wanted them in for the last 15 yrs or so but i must say , i’m in awe and very happy for both ace and peter as well as gene and paul .they deserve this and now its a reality. again congrats and hope they will all show up in good spirit and do a few songs and if for nothing else do it for the fans because after all its what we all want i’m sure..

    • Mike on

      No Yes or Deep Purple to put in pop stars Peter Gabriel was more pop singing by himself not prog rock like Yes or Genesis were in the 1970’s the others all pop.-

    • Mike on

      I am happy about Kiss being in not the others trash all of them.

  • ACE on

    I want to get Motorhead in the RNR HOF before we lose Lemmy. You in?

    • Eddie on

      I have been trying for a couple years behind the scenes. But nobody can “get them in” until the voters of the Hall finally come around.

    • ACE on

      I guess we just gotta convince ’em… 😉 But all kidding aside, We should begin now to mobilize public opinion. I’m glad we won the battle to get KISS in, but we need more representation of actual Rock music. Cheap Trick is another example. And, the list goes on…but for now, it’s a Merry KISSmas!

  • Frank Ormdtead on

    About Time On KISS.. NOW, I hope everyone plays nice.

  • Mark on

    Nirvana over Deep Purple ? Another case of the clueless in charge. Why does anyone even care who they pick, it’s an insult. LL Cool J, yea I listen to him a LOT being a metal/rock person, along with others already elected who don’t sing or play a musical instrument. Oh, forgot, neither required for the Hall of Shame. It a commercial junk store run by record companies and presided over by idiots who probably don’t even listen to radio unless told to (and what to listen to)..

  • richman on

    The HALL OF FAME is silliness but KISS should be honored in New York. Here is where it gets dicey. KISS is a New York outfit with all 4 originals being from 4 of the 5 boroughs. I don t know where Thayer and Singer are from but if you return to the roots then you need Ace and Peter as a celebration of KISSes origin. That would be interesting but as they say in NY FOGETABOUTIT. KISS is awesome and should be revered for their accomplishments. NIRVANA with Paul McCartney was cool on 12 12 12.

    • ACE on

      Only the Original 4 are inducted in this case.

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