are currently leading the fan vote for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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"
"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."