Wednesday, August 09, 2006

KISS meets the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Believe it or not, the KISS army is still alive and well. Over the weekend, they protested in front of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio over the fact that their favourite band has still not been inducted.

To be honest, I agree. I honestly believe that KISS was the most underrated band of the 70s. Everybody remember the make-up, the stage shows, the bad movies, the over commercialism etc etc. But in the end, before they reinvented themselves in the 80s, they still had some good music.

Top 5 KISS songs
1. Detroit Rock City
2. Do You Love Me
3. Hard Luck Woman
4. Calling Dr. Love
5. Sure Know Something

The issue of KISS in the Hall of Fame has been going on since 2005 when members of the KISS army had been sending letters and petitions to them demanding they induct the iconic 70s band. In August of last year, they received a letter from Hall of Fame President Terry Stewart who advised them, "candidates are reviewed and discussed relative to their impact on this music that we broadly call rock and roll."

The co-chair of the KISS army Paul Carpenter found this answer "unacceptable", talking about his favourite band. “Look at their impact on the music industry! Artists from Lenny Kravitz to Garth Brooks have said on record that KISS were the most influential musicians in their lives. The fact that year after year the Hall has failed to place KISS on its list of finalists is not just an oversight but a disgrace.”

Of course, the funniest part of their protest this past weekend is that the voting committee is located in New York City, not Cleveland. So, in essence, all they did was annoy people trying to get in to see the Hall of Fame.

As this picture shows, I have been to the Hall of Fame myself. We went there two summers ago for Jayman's bachelor party. It was a weekend of the Hall of Fame, dinner at the Cleveland Chop House, extracarricular activities at The Circus and an Indians/White Sox game at Jacob's Field.

For those of you excited about going to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, remember, in the end, it is still just a museum. Of the group of us, some wanted to stay all afternoon. Myself and Rickie B, we were done after an hour and a half. After strolling through the exhibits, plaques etc, we headed to the gift shop and finally ended up walking back to the hotel bar for some cold beers (i.e. Samuel Adams, god bless America).



Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you, A lover of music and music history only spend an hour & 1/2 at the hall of fame. I spent a whole day and still didn't see everything.Also I think this is the first positive thing I have heard you say about KISS. Stewby!!

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