Earning extra points, Simmons manages to insult arch-nemesis Madonna with a back-handed compliment while correctly pointing out that she probably belongs in another, more pop- or dance-oriented hall of fame... if such a thing existed.
Speaking to Rolling Stone about having been passed over yet again while the Beastie Boys, Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers (to name three) sailed to the front of the line this year, Simmons said: "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… Who the f--k knows what other disco act is in there? 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."
As RS notes, KISS has been eligible for entry since 1999 (it has to be 25 years since your first album was issued) while Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 opus Appetite for Destruction only became eligible this year, and yet it’s sending the band to Cleveland April 14 for the honours.
KISS singer Paul Stanley went on to add: "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."
Touché, gentlemen, touché.
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