If there was ever a time or place to break the rules, it should be in the pursuit of the true meaning of rock and roll.
I didn't even know this was an issue until today.
Apparently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is only inducting the original members of the band KISS during the April 10 ceremony.
It is excluding members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer. The induction ceremony will be held in New York City -- we only get the induction here in Cleveland every three years -- and KISS's Paul Stanley is unhappy about the exclusion.
In case you don't know the background, the original members from 1973 — Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley — are scheduled for induction. Criss left the band in 1980 and Frehley left in 1982. Other members joined during the 1980s, but the current lineup includes Singer, who joined in 1992, and Thayer, who came on board in 2003. Got it?
In an interview with the Associated Press, Stanley said the hall has adjusted their rules for other acts.
"We have continuing issues with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, starting with the fact that they chose to only induct the original lineup when that's hardly the case with other bands," he said during an interview in Los Angeles with the Associated Press.
He said the Grateful Dead had a writer inducted who never played an instrument and other bands had members inducted that weren't with the bans for 25 years. (Acts become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record.)
KISS has refused to perform at the induction ceremony because of this.
See, I understand that we can't have the induction ceremony here every year but not inducting all of the members of the band is ridiculous. In fact, not inducting all the members of ANY band is ridiculous.
Rock and roll is all about breaking the rules and moving forward. I get it that there have to be some rules -- like a time period before consideration -- but isn't the heart of rock and roll about rebellion and mixing things up and breaking new ground? I mean, it's not like the hall is running out of room or anything, right?
So, can we appeal to the "powers that be" not to just let this slide by?
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