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PAUL STANLEY SLAMS JANN WENNER FOR KISS ROCK HALL SNUB

5/20/2013

With the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony now running on HBO, there's definitely a marked difference between the haves and have-nots. Although Rush fans played a tremendous part in finally getting the band inducted into the Hall after being passed by every year since first becoming eligible in 1999 -- Kiss, who also first became eligible that year, are no closer to induction than they were then.

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley took time to salute the band's fans while taking a swipe at Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner when asked if he ever sees a day when Kiss will be inducted, telling The Huffington Post, "Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner. Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing. You've got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Songwriter Hall of Fame? Absolutely."

He went on to plead his case, saying, "It's absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we're not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don't need the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

We caught up with Rush's Geddy Lee and Neil Peart backstage at the Rock Hall ceremony and they gave all the credit for their long awaited induction to their legendary fans: (Geddy Lee): "I think the collective voices of our fans -- without question -- put a hell of a lot of pressure on the board of whoever decides these things. To take. . . (Neil Peart): Gotta be. (Geddy Lee): Gotta be. I had the people from the Hall of Fame coming up to me today, thanking us, because it's the quietest it's ever been after the announcements were made. Usually they're so besieged with angry, violent (laughs) emails and such. So, they had a lot to do with it and so, I really appreciate it."

Randy Newman was one of the many acts in 2013 -- like Rush -- who have been eligible for years before finally seeing induction. Newman told us that he had basically given up on thinking he'd even had a shot: "I didn't think about it, I just didn't think I would get in. 'Cause when I didn't get in with the original sort of interest, I didn't think it would happen till I died, or something -- or never -- 'cause why would I?"


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