Everyone knows the band KISS. How could you not? “Rock-N-Roll All Night” is a party staple!
How, I ask you, how could this iconic band not be in the Rock & Roll Fall of Fame?
According to the Eligibility Requirements listed on the website:
“To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.
We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.”
So, according to this, KISS needs to be a musical influence. CHECK. How many bands have claimed KISS as an influence? Length and depth of career and body of work? CHECK. CHECK and CHECK. Innovation, come on, KISS did things that no other band thought about! CHECK.
Here’s the kicker, musical excellence…. BIG FAT CHECK!
In other words, according to the criteria, KISS should be in the Hall. Why aren’t they?
Well, one thing that is holding them back is the nomination and voting process. If the committee, made up of non-musicians, doesn’t like them, they aren’t going to get in no matter how influential, musical excellent, or just down right awesome a band is.
It’s a matter of personal taste.
I have a special place in my heart for the band. Growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, there weren’t a lot of big name concerts I could attend. When I was sixteen, my mom splurged and bought us tickets to see Slaughter, Faster Pussycat ope up for KISS at the old Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis. We drove three hours for the show. It was my first rock concert and I was hooked. Even being embarrassed by my mom wasn’t enough to stop me from having a good time.
And, guess what, she LOVED it.
Undoubtedly, the KISS Army would back me up that KISS should’ve been inducted during the first year of eligiblity.
At this point, though, I hope they pull a Sex Pistols move and refuse to show. KISS is much bigger than the Hall of Fame anyway.