KISS Leading Fan Vote for Rock Hall

Band pips Nirvana to the post in latest poll.

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Kiss are currently leading the fan vote for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Blabbermouth reports. The band has reportedly overtaken Nirvana in the Rock Hall's fan poll poll. Kiss is currently at 15.2 percent, followed by Nirvana at 14.87 percent, Deep Purple at 11.89 percent, and Yes at 10.52 percent. However, it isn't all plain sailing for the classic rockers from here on out. The Rock Hall's official poll will be used to create a single online fan vote. That will be matched against about 600 voters consisting of artists, historians and members of the music business. That means that the other panelists will have to agree with the fans if the band stand a chance of being inducted: Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has been critical of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, recently telling Huffington Post that he thought it was a "faceless" organization: "Look, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is marketing," he continued. "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. "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."

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    dentrix
    Wait, the fans' vote counts for 1 of 600 votes?! Way to listen to what the people want...
    K33nbl4d3
    If KISS is what they choose I don't want them to have any influence over the decision...
    Anjohl
    Nirvana, Deep Purple, and Kiss should all go in. No more non-rock acts until every notable rock act is in.
    Rustus
    Admittedly, I do have to disagree, though my non-rock choice (Public Enemy) is already in. I do agree though, that Nirvana, Deep Purple, and Kiss should go in
    AwesomeOne3
    Don't leave out Yes, but i don't get why the hall committee chooses these pop artists. Maybe because they are corrupt.
    codyjt5150
    If they do induct Kiss, they better posthumously induct Eric Carr. Eric is one of the best drummers of all time.
    Firehawk2410
    I doubt they will, based on the fact that most of his tenure with the band was during their low point in new material.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Well the inducted Sid Vicious and he didn't really do anything for the Sex Pistols except stand there and look cool. I think he wrote bass on one song on the album.
    notaconotaco
    Yeah... if you held a fan vote, I bet One Direction would get a lot of recognition also.
    haifisch234
    If Deep Purple doesn't win this, it will become a massive joke.
    Firehawk2410
    Deep Purple has a smaller fan base than KISS and Nirvana, so if they don't win, I wouldn't be surprised.
    Wintersentinel
    It already is a massive joke.
    Firehawk2410
    Considering it has basically become the "any music likable to the personal tastes of our board of trustees hall of fame" yes it is a joke. However, I have been to the museum itself three times and I think they do a great job of preserving rock history. They just need to induct the right people to be completely credible.
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    But Nirvana were a much better band, just cause they're not as old as Deep Purple doesn't make them better.
    Firehawk2410
    True, but Nirvana are inarguably more influential than Deep Purple. You don't have to be around for 40 years to make a big impact.
    Baby Joel
    But didn't Deep Purple help inspire metal? And isn't The Melvins a metal group? And wasn't Kurt Cobain deeply influenced by The Melvins? Therefore, there would be no Nirvana without Deep Purple, therefor Deep Purple should be in. Troll logic, yes, but to say that NIrvana has had more influence than Deep Purple is a bit silly.
    Crimson Ghost
    THE TOP 5 ARTISTS ON THE FAN POLL ALL GET THE EXTRA BALLOT! The article fails to mention this and everyone commenting seems misinformed. Kiss, Nirvana, Deep Purple and Yes will all get the fan vote. The 5th one is either going to be Peter Gabriel or Hall and Oats.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Is that even a contest, Peter is like one of the top three most iconic Prog Rock frontmen, not to mention he made so many killer solo albums. No disrespect to Hall & Oats, who also deserve to be in there.
    Crimson Ghost
    I'd much rather have Peter Gabriel get the fan ballot, but right now they are neck and neck in votes
    EqualOfHeaven
    They're one of those bands I kind of assumed was already in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame since I never took that stuff seriously and figured all the overrated household names in Rock were already in there. Give the spot to Kiss, Nirvana, Deep Purple, whoever, who cares? I can't honestly say I've ever thought to myself "I need a reliable guide to quality Rock n Roll Music, I'll have a look who's in the hall of fame!"
    phds
    They deserve it. I don't agree with everything Gene Simmons says, but, Kiss has conquered their place in the world of rock music.
    Thrice Capades
    This is sad. KISS is so freakin' commercialized, watered down and overrated. Pop has no place in the Rock Hall, even well disguised pop.
    Playtodie
    As Maiden95 said, yes KISS is overly commercialized. But look at what they played in the 70's and beginnig of 80's : there is material that has influenced a lot of bands and that wasn't played only for money. I prefer KISS over Nirvana but I think they both deserve a place, like as Deep Purple.
    Jazz1992
    Off the top of my head, ABBA and Madonna are in there, as well as some rap bands. So don't think this "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" is all rock and roll.
    Maiden95
    You know, I agree with them being commercialized to an embarrassing degree and overrated. But when you look at some of the things they've accomplished in terms of record sales, gold/platinum albums (Top 4 or 5 all time for bands) and their mass influence, they deserve a spot. So many musicians have listed Kiss Alive as their first musical influence.
    Firehawk2410
    And I bet the only KISS song you've ever heard is "Beth." Listen to Creatures of the Night and the first two Alive albums. KISS is predominantly rock, but like a lot of bands they reeled in more album sales by a few pop hits.
    Thrice Capades
    I can guarantee you that "Beth" is not the only KISS song I've heard. Unlike half the jackasses on this site, I don't comment on something unless I have some knowledge on which to base my opinion.
    Firehawk2410
    You obviously still have very limited knowledge of KISS then. I used to be a KISS-hater like most of the people here, then I actually listened to their music.
    HeavyMetalSonic
    Same here. I thought they were a stupid cartoon act until a friend had me listen to Sonic Boom. Then I got the old stuff and it's pretty decent, really.
    MaggaraMarine
    IMO Kiss is pretty much straight forward rock just like AC/DC, just a bit more melodic. Their first albums were pure rock. Just some of their songs (late 80s stuff, Dynasty and Unmasked) were pop rock. Kiss definitely is a rock'n'roll band.
    Jazz1992
    "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 don't like the guy, but this is pretty much spot on.
    michaeltots
    C'mon. You all know damn well that they deserve it, whether you like them or not.
    AwesomeOne3
    I think KISS should get in the hall, but they should leave out gene. But, i kind of doubt they'll put in the good artists because the rock hall committee is corrupt
    lena1505
    Nirvana should win. It would be a tribute to Kurt on occasion of his 20th anniversary of death on 5th April 2014.
    MaggaraMarine
    I'm pretty sure everybody only hates Kiss because of Gene. Judge them by their music, not by what one of their members does/says in private life!
    Maiden95
    Kiss deserves to get in. They have for many years too, but with this ballot, they'd be, at most, my 4th pick behind Nirvana, Deep Purple and Yes.
    jd3v3n3y
    I think they'll win it. Aside from the odd amount of hate for KISS on UG, there's still a ton of KISS fans out there today.
    archangels
    Where can I find this fan poll? I want to vote for one of the bands that's not KISS.
    christopher1126
    Nirvana should not be there! Kiss should be in over Deep a Purple. They have been among the hardest working rock bands for 40 years! I don't think they have ever stopped touring! They give the fans exactly what they want at every show. The catalog? Now you tell me? You all need to stop bashing Kiss and instead figure out a way how you're going to describe the music you listened to to your kids! That will be a laugh, you young folk! Have fun with that! Because it is all shit going foward!
    GodzillaRAWRRR
    Well death of the frontman kinda makes hard working difficult but look at Dave Ghrol how is he not hard working with all he's done now? The KISS catalog sucks. The Nirvana catalog although significantly smaller is far superior.
    paulyg
    Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame is an oxymoron. The whole idea of Rock'n'Roll is 'Stickin it to the man'! It's about rebellion and anti-establishment. There shouldn't be any grades/awards in rock music. So my opinion is Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame is a ****ing joke! I'm a big fan of Deep Purple, KISS, Nirvana and probably lot's of bands that are not yet inducted, if they do get inducted that will not make me listen to those bands any more than i already do. My final words.... FUCK THE ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME!
    PRSfanatic
    I'd vote for Rebecca Black if it meant Nirvana wasn't going to get in. Kiss is an amazing band, but Deep Purple should be in there, no doubt. Anyway I'm surprised people actually care about this meaningless hall of fame.
    JelloCrust
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Now I hurt a little inside (because of this) and out (from laughing so hard).
    bustapr
    well, Im probably one of the few here who actually believe KISS deserve a spot on there. regardless of how bad I believe theyve been for the last few albums, its hard to deny that their earlier stuff was the very definition of Rock. and they did have some of the best rock songs I have ever heard to this day. they are also a major influence for kids getting into bands and playing rock.
    INSULIN
    THIS VOTING DOES NOTHING A PANEL OF PEOPLE VOTE
    kurt_cobain9
    actually, this vote does do something. As stated on the website: "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is offering fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. The public has the opportunity to vote for the five nominees they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2014 inductees, who will be announced soon."
    BigMikeBDD
    It's seriously pathetic how some snobs on this board can tell other people what is good rock or bad rock. Nobody labeled you the judge of rock & metal. If you think Kiss doesn't deserve the hall, then your knowledge of rock music and the history of it is nothing more than ignorance.
    purplexing
    God you people in the comments are stupid as ****. This isn't the hall of talent or skill or songwriting. It's the hall of FAME !!! Kiss is iconic, more so than Nirvana will ever be. 20 years from now, someone will look at a picture of Gene Simmon and they'll know exactly who that is. Kurt Cobain, probably not. Whether you like one band more than another, or think they are better doesn't matter. It's about fame and Kiss clearly have that.
    Joey Radical
    Deep Purple should definitely win. Maybe that would inspire Ritchie Blackmore to stop with his medieval bullshit and starting pwning on a strat again.
    rockstarbear
    Man, I haven't seen this much KISS voting turnout since "Reason to Live" was number one on Dial MTV every afternoon for a WHOLE WEEK!!!
    christianonbass
    Is this year the first year that Nirvana are eligible for the HOF? Isn't it 25 years need pass since the founding of a band for a band to be nominated? They will get in, but apparently not this year, which is OK. I am shocked that yes and Deep Purple aren't in already! Both Yes and Deep Purple are very influential! Kiss does deserve to be in there because of what they did from 74-77. What a dumb ass I was for assuming a legendary band like Deep Purple had already been abducted. I mean they did headline California Jam in 74 I think it was. Sabbath played before them. I think they are pretty legendary too, but what do I know? Put Miley Cyrus in the ****ing HOF. What a joke it all is
    Salvo416
    Gene must have offered them his billions of dollars to beat them because theres no way they are any better then Nirvana.
    ecpete86
    i guess kiss should be in the rhof but they are just so terrible. its one of those things that you know is gonna happen but you just pray to god that its quik and painless and you dont have to hear about them anymore