Gene Simmons is going to have one less talking point in his upcoming interviews. He’ll no longer get to field the question that he is most frequently asked: how does he feel about KISS, one of the most influential bands of the past four decades, not being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame? Because on April 10, they’ll finally join that always-controversial institution, along with Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens. Also being honored this year: the Beatles‘ late manager Brian Epstein, the Rolling Stones‘ former manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham and Bruce Springsteen‘s longtime backing group the E Street Band.
The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10 and will be open to the public. An on-sale date has yet to be announced.
One thing Simmons will still be able to gripe about: the fact that it took KISS fourteen years to be inducted (they were first eligible to be voted in in 1999, 25 years after the release of their 1974 self-titled debut), but Nirvana was inducted the minute they were eligible: their debut single, “Love Buzz,” was released in 1988, so this was their first year on the ballot. One question Simmons is sure to field often in the coming weeks: whether or not he and Paul Stanley will perform with former members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at the induction ceremony (he told Radio.com that they would not).
The Hall of Fame has not announced which members of each band will be inducted. In the case of KISS, the obvious choices are the founding members. However, Criss first left the band in 1980 and Frehley in 1982, and a number of guitarists and drummers have passed through the ranks since then: among them, Criss’s immediate replacement, Eric Carr, who died in 1991 after a battle with cancer.
— Brian Ives, Radio.com.