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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    Wait, the fans' vote counts for 1 of 600 votes?! Way to listen to what the people want...
    If KISS is what they choose I don't want them to have any influence over the decision...
    Nirvana, Deep Purple, and Kiss should all go in. No more non-rock acts until every notable rock act is in.
    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
    Don't leave out Yes, but i don't get why the hall committee chooses these pop artists. Maybe because they are corrupt.
    If they do induct Kiss, they better posthumously induct Eric Carr. Eric is one of the best drummers of all time.
    I doubt they will, based on the fact that most of his tenure with the band was during their low point in new material.
    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.
    Yeah... if you held a fan vote, I bet One Direction would get a lot of recognition also.
    If Deep Purple doesn't win this, it will become a massive joke.
    Deep Purple has a smaller fan base than KISS and Nirvana, so if they don't win, I wouldn't be surprised.
    It already is a massive joke.
    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.
    But Nirvana were a much better band, just cause they're not as old as Deep Purple doesn't make them better.
    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.
    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
    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!"
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    "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.
    C'mon. You all know damn well that they deserve it, whether you like them or not.