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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  • Lee on

    Jan Wenner is the guy with the whip at the Hall. If Rolling Stone puts Deep Purple, Kiss, Ronstadt,Moody Blues,Yes etc in their dog house then they get shafted. Maybe Cat Stevens can sing Beth…..I mean CCR had no Stu or Doug onstage with Fogerty. Poor Tommy Thayer looking out at Ace as he cranks into “Detroit Rock City”….that’s gotta be hard.

  • tom on

    did not think kiss would go , but I thought deep purple would because a member died. hall and oates weren’t in? the biggest duo of soft rock that ruled the radio just gets in now too? was it because kajagoogoo said no?. don’t know where to find a list of who is in or not, but is journey ,styx , foreigner, reo speedwagon in yet?

  • tom on

    im going to piss off a lot of ppl now with what im about to write but g’n’r is average at best. if you take out “appetite for dsestruction” john mellencamps “scarecrow,” springsteen “born in the u.s.a.”. prince “purple rain”, and the bee gees “Saturday night fever” you know what you get. 5 acts that would never be acclaimed on the highest level. they would never be considered mega- stars at all and would never get hall of fame induction.

    • DR on

      If it were all about Album sales, a lot of acts would be in already and a lot of acts wouldn’t be in ever. I agree with you on GNR, but not Mellencamp, Springsteen, or Prince. However to use your argument, Nirvana only had one big album and they’re in.

    • tom on

      I never thought grunge was anything special. .guys mumbling while singing about things I don’t understand..they all stunk but for some reason I liked alice in chains… none of them are hall worthy

  • james perkins on

    A band’s “influence” (or a fan’s love/dedication) is measured by the purchase of their products over the greatest length of time. Deep Purple sold more 8 track tapes than Nirvana sold anything. Same for KISS (who need to offer tribute to ALL members @ the induction). The rrhof staff are not fans. They consider themselves music aristocrats who hold their noses while suffering the indignity of “weighing the perceived merit” of bands held dear to the working class. Keep dogging their pompous ass Eddie.

  • john on

    no Deep Purple and No Grand Funk Railroad ?? IDIOT !

    ROCK N ROLL HALL OF SHAME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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